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Sunday, July 10, 2011

Week 233 Menu

Nate has been buying mangoes atΒ CostcoΒ lately and they have been so tasty, we can’t get enough. I just wish it didn’t take five minutes to cut up one mango! But, I must admit, it is worth the effort.

I am absolutely loving reading about all of your pregnancy cravings. I knew we’d get some good comments, it’s cracking me up…and making me feel much better about myself! And I can’t believe how many of us have craved McDonald’s cheeseburgers! What in the world?!

I soooo blew it on last week’s menu. I’m not even entirely sure what we ate. But it would have been yummy if I stuck to it, so I think I need to put a few of those items on for this week. I apologize for the repeats!

Tuscan Tomato Soup
– Yummy bread

Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
– Guacamole and chips

– Leftovers (swim lesson night prevents any real cooking time)

– Real live honest-to-goodness hamburgers…Nate’s sick of me feeding him chickpea burgers. Stinker.
– Baked beans, watermelon

– Tacos (Jodie had this on her menu last week, we haven’t done a taco night in years…and it sounds really yummy to me right now!)

– Eat out

– Fresh fruit

Your turn to share your menu for the week! And…it’s not a holiday this weekend, so back to work people! No more slacking off! Get your menus up here! πŸ˜‰


  1. We have weeks like that too. But, I don’t have the pregnancy excuse πŸ™‚

    This week we’re having:
    Sunday-Grilled Steak Gyros with Rice Pilaf and Roasted Zucchini.
    Monday-Roasted Sticky Chicken, Roasted Potatoes and Carrots.
    Tuesday-Italian Chicken Pasta Salad, French Bread
    Wednesday-BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad with Warm Tortillas
    Thursday-Beef Tamales, Crock Pot Black Beans, Green Salad
    Friday-Pizza and Salad
    Saturday Leftovers

    Crock Pot Black Beans:
    BBQ Ranch Ckn Salad:

  2. Hi there! love your blog πŸ™‚

    This week:

    Monday- Whole wheat pasta with tomato cream sauce and italian dressing marinated chix
    Tuesday- Huevos Rancheros
    Wednesday- Marinated Grilled Chix and Pineapple Sandwich with a side of some veggie
    Thursday- Marinated Pork Tenderloin and a veggie

    Fri/Sat/Sun- headed to Maine, probably lots of grilling, pasta salads…perhaps a strawberry pie πŸ™‚

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    I don’t necessarily plan meals for a given day, I just make sure I have enough for the week.

    This week’s meals: Taco Soup, Pancakes, Cheeseburger Pie, Sausage Balls, Savory Chicken Cups, Grilled Cheese, Pork and Mushroom Ragu.

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    Nancy Deininger

    Sunday – salmon on the grill, French fries, salad
    Monday- chicken enchiladas
    Tuesday- spaghetti with sausage
    Wednesday- chicken on the grill and grilled veggies
    Thursday – taking son to college orientation away Thursday and Friday
    Saturday- some thing easy.

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    Sun: Trader Joe’s chicken sausages and Country Potatoes
    Mon: Spinach roti and garbanzo bean dal
    Tues: Pasta salad
    Wed: Leftovers
    Thur: Picnic in the park~ veggie empanadas and fruit salad
    Fri: Taco night! Grilled chicken, spanish rice, guacamole
    Sat: Baseball game: hotdogs it is!

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    Sunday – Farmer’s Market Summer Pasta, bread and salad, berry cobbler w/fro yo (family over for dinner).
    Monday – Leftover pasta, or make a spaghetti sauce w/ leftover veggies (if we are pasta’d out I could also do a stir-fry w/ leftover veggies).
    Tuesday – Soup and bread
    Weds – Trader Joe’s since husband works late.
    Thurs – “fancy” mac n cheese (packed w/ veggies)
    Friday – Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
    Sat – Out

  7. Let’s see, we’ve planned

    Sun: burgers and sweet potatoe fries
    Mon: BBQ chicken salad
    Tues: grilled salmon and potatoes
    Wed: Adobo pork and glazed carrots
    Thurs: broccoli cheese soup
    Fri: sping vegetable pasta
    Sat: chicken fajitas

    Also, can anyone tell me how to link a recipe without typing the whole url?? πŸ™‚ Happy Sunday, all!

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    Ok Janers, mango cutting lesson #1

    Cut off ends. then, with your paring knife, cut a grid through the meat of the mango, but not through the skin. Then, scoop that goodness out with a SPOON beginning at the edge and working your way in throughout the grid. Lovely bite-size pieces in seconds!

    Now you can eat about 5xs as many mangoes in as many minutes.

    • Jane Maynard

      my mind is blown. why have I never thought of this approach before? it’s how we cut avocados, for heaven’s sake. trying this next time!!!!

    • I do the same thing for avocado. πŸ™‚

    • Emily

      I do this too! And when the sides are gone, I’m a usual culprit for attacking the pit with a paring knife…or my teeth! It is somewhat unfortunate that this method makes mangoes disappear so quickly!

      My favorite way to cut an avocado is to cut it in half, use the blade of my knife to remove the pit, and then cut the halves in half. These avocado quarters peel quite nicely if the fruit is ripe…no wasted pieces of mush stuck inside the leathery skin!

    • I don’t get it, but it sounds like the way my mom does it! And my husband taught me how to cut an avocado the same way as Emily. My two favorites – wish I could have them both right now!!

      {mommy chic} design. style. kids. life.

  9. Here’s our plan…we’ll see if I stick to it:

    Sunday: Homemade meatballs and sauce over wheat spaghetti
    Monday: Smoked sausages and veggies on the grill, sweet potatoes
    Tuesday: Leftovers
    Wednesday: Honey Nut Chicken fingers, grilled veggies, Israeli couscous
    Thursday: Leftovers or Chicken and Spinach burritos
    Fri-Sat: Hubby’s out of town…cereal for me!

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    I watched a lot of Food Network last night…! Here is the line-up:

    Sunday: Ribs & Blue Cheese cabbage slaw (Bobby Flay)
    Monday: Burgers a la Pizzaiola (Giada)
    Tues: Summer Garden Pasta (Barefoot Contessa)
    Wed: Rigatoni w Rapid Ragu (Mad Hungry)
    Thurs: Bahn Mi Wraps (Aarti Party)
    Friday: out!

    • Jane Maynard

      love your menu – totally made me laugh! all hail food network chefs – hopefully they all come through for you! πŸ˜‰

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    Sunday – leftovers
    Monday – homemade pizza, salad and chocolate chip cookies for a guest
    Tuesday – Whatever I decide since I’m on my own
    Wednesday – Tabbouleh, hummus and fresh pitas
    Thursday – zucchini lasagna
    Friday – bacon, potato and cheddar frittata
    Saturday – who knows!

    • Do you have a good tabbouleh recipe? I would love to make my own!

    • Hi Bonnie! I made this last night for dinner tonight and tasted it. I really enjoyed the taste! We put in a cucumber because we’re swimming in them and used cherry tomatoes instead. I used a recipe from Cook’s Illustrated that you can find here.

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    This is what we are having this week. πŸ™‚

    So love reading all these menus.

    Sunday- We had smoked sausage, and cabbage. ( we tried a new brand of smoked sausage. It was horrible. The dog go most of it!)

    Monday- BBQ Country style ribs, French Fries, stewed

    Tuesday- Grilled pork steaks, butter and herb potatoes, cucumber slices

    Wednesday- Out

    Thusday- Cheese burgers, chips and grapes

    Friday- Not sure… it has to be fast.. and I can’t come up with an idea yet…

  13. Sunday: General Tso’s Pork with rice (Bitten Word)
    Monday: Veggie Stir Fry with any leftover rice
    Tuesday: Slow Cooker Ribs
    Wednesday: Quick bite before church
    Thursday: Chicken Pot Pie filling (from freezer) over noodles
    Friday: Pork Tenderloin on the grill with veggies
    Saturday: Out.

  14. Here’s my menu:

    Sunday – Cottage Pie
    Monday – Lime Chicken and Rice
    Tuesday – Grilled hot dogs and brawts
    Wednesday – Breakfast
    Thursday – Crock pot BBQ ribs
    Friday – Tacos
    Saturday – Chicken Biscuit Bake

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    Here’s what we are having this week:

    Sunday: Greek Pasta Bake (recipe coming later this week!)

    Monday: Mexican Meatball Subs + corn and tomato relish (via

    Tuesday: Subs again + corn and tomato relish

    Wednesday: Hash Brown Quiche + Turkey Bacon + Fruit (via

    Thursday: Quiche again or leftovers

    Friday-weekend: At the lake with friends! I’m taking snickerdoodles and heath bar blondies!

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    sun: indian feast (chicken korma, channa masala, brown basmati rice, homemade samosas, masala naan). YUM.
    mon: rigatoni with eggplant and pine nut crunch
    tues: greek turkey burgers with tzatziki sauce
    weds: pan-fried chicken thighs, farro w/roasted veg
    thurs: shrimp taco salad
    fri: out
    sat: ?

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    Erika B.

    Real food after lots of take out.

    Sunday-Arabic Crushed Lentil Soup (Tasty Kitchen), Toast, Carrot Sticks, Raspberries
    Monday-Squash and Citrus Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Green Salad with Caramelized Onion Vinaigrette, Raspberries
    Tuesday-Leftover Pasta, Garlic Bread, Salad and Blackberries
    Wednesday-Loaded Baked Potatoes, Sesame Green Beans, Pineapple
    Thursday-BLT, Roasted Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Chive, Strawberries
    Friday-Out or Something Frozen

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    I am really loving this blog. It has made it so much easier to meal plan!

    Sunday: I didn’t get to the grocery store yet, so frozen pizza and cut up veggies from the garden
    Monday: Vegetarian day! Vegetarian Chili Mac
    Tuesday: Girls night for me, so I need a Crockpot meal. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, so good! with cucumbers from the garden
    Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner
    Thursday: Tacos w/ mexican rice & zucchini from the garden
    Friday: Meatballs & spaghetti
    Saturday: out or leftovers

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    First time to visit–love this post…and the comments. thanks for all the great ideas…I can see I need to come back here often! I am not one to “plan” menus, as I will just be trying daily to use up as much produce as our garden can provide! (tonight’s meal was a Squash/Roasted Tomato/Garbanzo Medley)

    • Jane Maynard

      I’m jealous of your garden!

      so glad you found and enjoy the site – “see” you around! πŸ™‚

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    I too didn’t get to most of my menu last week. I’m blaming the 100 degree heat index in St. Louis. It really zaps you from doing anything.
    Sunday- Fish Tacos
    Monday- Sloppy Joes and Sweet Potato Fries
    Tuesday- Chesse Tortellini with Bolognese Sauce (from a batch in the freezer), Garlic Bread and Salad
    Wednesday- Roaster Herb Chicken (Pioneer Woman) and Marbled Stuffed Potatoes
    Thursday- Grilled Summer Corn and Chipolte Chowdah and Salad
    Friday- Chili Mac (didn’t make this from two weeks ago)
    Saturday- Leftovers or Take Out?
    I really think I need to try the homemade graham crackers from Pennies on a Platter this week too. Smores are sounding yummy.

    • Jane Maynard

      when the weather gets hot (which luckily doesn’t happen all that often for us) it ALWAYS kills my weekly menu plans!

  21. This is probably one of our more unhealthy weekly menu’s… but I try to redeem myself with veggies. πŸ˜‰

    Sunday – Beef Tostadas & Charro beans
    Monday – Chili cheese burgers & sauteed zucchini
    Tuesday – Pork chops & leftover sauteed zucchini (we have a LOT of zucchini)
    Wednesday – Deli style roast beef sandwiches & bowtie pasta salad
    Thursday – Homemade Pepperoni pizza & garden salad
    Friday – Out
    Saturday – Grilled sausage on a bun & roasted finger potatoes

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    SUN: Jane’s Tuscan Tomato Soup (Just ate it for dinner and LOVE it. It’s so easy to make and it yields a good amount so I think I’m set for lunches for a couple days.)
    MON: Mr. Jim’s Louisiana Barbecue Shrimp
    TUE: Panzanella
    WED: Either the leftover soup or waffles
    THU: Fish Tacos
    FRI: Homemade Pizza
    SAT: I think I’ll try a recipe from the At Home in Provence cookbook I just got.

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    Sun: Burgers & corn on the cob
    Mon: Chicken things with rice, beans, and a green salad
    Tue: Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Chimichurri sauce and Jello (because the kids have been begging for it)
    Wed: Faux-tisserie chicken in the slow cooker with Mango Quinoa Salad
    Thu: Shrimp Alfredo & a green salad (the lettuce in my garden is growing faster than we can eat it!)
    Fri: Sausage, potato & egg breakfast skillet
    Sat: Need to come up with a side dish to bring to a summer party at the park

  24. I love all of the ideas. And … I am so enjoying have my menu planned for the week.

    Sunday: Spicy Orange Chicken (Jane’s) and fried rice

    Monday: Reuben sandwiches and homemade chips

    Tuesday: Parmesan Crusted Pork Chops, smashed fried potatoes, and caprese salad

    Wednesday: Santa Fe Chicken Quesadilas and cheesy salsa corn

    Thursday: Memaw’s Lasagna and garlic bread

    Friday: leftovers

    Saturday: Tacos Vera Cruz, Spanish rice and avocado salad

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    Mon: Pasta with tomato and garlic sauce, salad, melon
    Tue: White pizza with goat’s cheese and rosemary, salad
    Wed: Herb and lemon griddled chicken,new potatos and french beans with roasted pepper sauce
    Thur: Hubby’s away so I’m treating myself to take out, probably Japanese
    Fri: Baked sea bass, ratatouille, yoghurt sorbet with peach sauce
    Sat: Going surfing in North Devon so probably dinner at the pub
    Sun: Dinner with mum, making peach and creme fraiche pie for dessert

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    Sunday: Stir-fried noodles with beef,spinach, mushrooms and peppers, eggrolls
    Monday: Grill night! BBQ chicken, Fingerling potatoes, green beans
    Tuesday: Carbonara, garlic bread, salad
    Wednesday: Hubby cooks. Hotdogs, beans, fruit salad
    Thursday: Hubby cooks. Fajitas, chips and salsa, melon
    Friday: Pizza night!
    Saturday: Pork chops with mushroom sauce, rice, green vegie

    Of course, my menu is subject to change depending on what’s in my CSA basket this week!

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    Janna M

    We write our menu on a mini white board that’s stuck to the side of the fridge. This week my daughter says to me “didn’t we have grilled chicken last week?” The summer is like that for us, we take advantage of being able to grill when we can. Plus it’s too hot to cook inside.

    Sat – teriyaki steak, baked potatoes & roasted veggies
    Sun – grilled chicken, baked potatoes & corn on the cob
    Mon – rotisserie chicken, couscous & garden salad
    Tue – Janna’s chicken & rice pilaf
    Wed – out for my company’s summer outing
    Thur – leftovers
    Fri – western sandwiches

    • Jane Maynard

      we just got our grill back from some friends and I’m ecstatic to get back into grilling again – so great in the summer!

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    Mon – orange chicken w/ broccoli & pea pods over rice
    Tues – penne primavera w/ shrimp & garlic scape pesto
    Wed – grilled bbq pork chops, corn on the cob, salad
    Thurs – beef burritos, corn
    Fri – homemade pizzas
    Sat – leftovers

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    My husband is out of town this week, so I’m loading up on fruits and veggies!

    Sunday–Fruity chicken salad and crackers
    Monday–Pulled pork sandwich, twice baked potato, peas
    Tuesday–Veggie alfredo pasta
    Wednesday–Cold chicken peanut noodle salad, potstickers, naan
    Friday–going to STL–bringing dinner to a friend who just had a baby

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    Monday: Fake-fried fish, corn on cob, salad
    Tuesday: Orange chicken (costco), rice, broccoli
    Wednesday: Pork tacos, bean, chips & salsa
    Thursday: Chicken spaghetti, green beans
    Friday: Take out
    Saturday: Homemade pizza or leftovers
    Sunday: Sandwiches

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    Angie .

    This week we’re working on clearing out the freezer. Not exactly sure what we’re going to have – but it’s all going to be freezer meals. I love that there’s a week I really don’t have to plan anything – just open the fridge and pull something out to thaw! It’s a nice break from slaving away in the kitchen when it’s 100+ degrees outside.

  32. On top of starting my second summer class this week, our oven decided to nearly catch fire after one of the heating elements shorted out. So it is totally a sandwiches, soups, and frozen Amy’s enchiladas kind of week in our house until we have more time and decide what we want to do about the oven. Blerg.

    • Jane Maynard

      I’ve heard those frozen Amy’s enchiladas are pretty darn good…

      sorry about your oven – that’s crazy!

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    I don’t have a menu, but I will say that I love using frozen mangoes in my smoothies. When I used them fresh I felt like the drink turned out a little pulpy and unappetizing. When they’re frozen they blend up nice and smooth and delicious. This morning it was straw-peach-mango, and I want another one now.

    • Jane Maynard

      a girl after my own heart – we have frozen so many mangoes over the last month I’m surprised they fit in the freezer. they are SO good in smoothies!!!!

      strawberry peach mango sounds perfect. and I have frozen strawberries, peaches AND mangoes, so maybe that will be tomorrow’s breakfast. πŸ™‚

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    Those mangoes look so juicy and delicious! A good healthy pregnancy craving. My last pregnancy all I wanted was pineapple and watermelon. I could not get enough of it.

    Sunday: family dinner at the club
    Monday: corn and asiago bread pudding with grilled sausages and roasted vegetables
    Tuesday: lighter chicken salad with watermelon
    Wednesday: chicken satay with roasted eggplant and basil
    Thursday: bacon and egg muffins with honeydew
    Friday: take out
    Saturday: take out

    Dessert: mocha latte ice cream and cream cheese brownies

  35. Monday – Fish Sticks and Mashed Peas
    Tuesday – Lasagna and Salad
    Wednesday – Honey Soy Pork Chops and Bok Choy
    Thursday – Mizithra Brown Butter Pasta and Salad
    Friday – Pizza

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    Monday- linguini w/homemade pesto
    Tuesday- grilled hot dogs and baked beans (didn’t get to this last week)
    Wednesday- grilled pork chops w/cilantro sauce (didn’t get to this last week either)
    Thursday- grilled chicken, grilled bread and grilled veggie- our once a week staple in summer
    Friday- spaghetti w/apple sausage, peppers and onions
    Saturday- cookout at my sister’s. She hasn’t told me yet what I’m bringing
    Sunday- my niece’s 1st birthday party

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    Tuesday-??? I like the Freezer surprise idea from above.
    Wednesday-Enchilada Casserole with Spanish Rice
    Thursday-Chicken Pot Pie
    Friday-Pizza, Homemade Chocolate Cream Pie (I’ve kind of started baking a dessert on Friday’s, hoping it will last the weekend.)

  38. I posted my menu plan on my website and am thrilled to say that I am making your Caprese Paninis for dinner one night. YUM!!

    Here’s a link to my menu plan: (I hope that’s okay.)

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