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Sunday, September 15, 2013

Week 347 Menu

I am already making our second batch of homemade granola bars! I can’t believe how many we went through in just three days. I think having six guests and two soccer games this weekend may have had something to do with it!

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I’m feeling a bit under the weather and not really wanting to sit here at the computer planning a menu, so I’m pounding this out as fast as I can!

Bistro Chicken
– Mashed Potatoes + a veggie

Chicken Soup with Rice

– Chicken Croissants (got moved to this week)
– Veggie

– Leftovers

– Take out

– Homemade pizza (Hawaiian and Honey Goat Cheese with Caramelized Onions)

– Fresh Fruit

Your turn! Bring on the menus! I was so happy to see a few long-time reader, first-time menu posters last week! Hope to see more of you! 🙂


  1. 1

    Feel better soon!

    sat – out!
    sun – Test Recipe for ATK: Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Lemon and Ginger, roasted butternut squash
    Mon – roasted cherry tomato & eggplant pizza
    Tues – burgers, eggplant “fries” w/ fresh marinara sauce
    Wed – spinach tortelloni w/ veg’s
    Thurs – crockpot chili & hotdogs
    Fri – BFD

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    This month for Sunday dinner:

    September 8
    Spaghetti Carbonara
    Homemade Sourdough Bread
    Garden Salad
    Strawberry Mousse

    September 15
    Fish and Chips

    September 22
    Baltimore Pit Beef

    September 28
    Something from the family cookbook

    October 6
    Pan-fried pork chops with orange gastrique

    October 13
    On vacation

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    I made the granola bars today too! But I didn’t put enough oil and they just crumbled…at least I think that’s what happened. Gotta try again!

    • Jane Maynard

      bummer! (although that would make some yummy cereal!)

      I think the trick for me was to make sure it cooked long enough (without overcooking, of course), but then letting them cool before cutting. the longer they cool the more they “harden” and stick together. I cut too soon the first time and they started to crumble a bit, so I stopped, waited, and then I didn’t have the problem. don’t know if this will be helpful at all. good luck!!!

    • Jane Maynard

      catherine and I have been emailing and there are really two tricks – when you form the rectangle before baking, be sure to press it all together really well, even though it seems dry and hard to do. then don’t cut them after baking until they’re totally cooled.

      and, yes, probably need to put enough oil and honey! hopefully it works for you the second time around! 🙂

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    Sunday – grilled calamari on a salad (home alone this week so just what i like and want!)
    Monday – sautéed cod filet with haricot verts
    Tuesday – quinoa with veggies
    wednesday – out for sushi
    Thursday – cheese and crackers
    friday – ?
    Saturday – ?

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    Liz L

    Jane, I hope you start feeling better soon. Sending good thoughts your way . Here is my menu for the week.
    Sunday – Blackberry Jalapeno Pork Tenderloin
    Monday – slow Cooker Sausage Florentine over Whole Wheat Pasta
    Tuesday – Baked Spanish Chicken
    Wednesday – Grilled Cheese Samdwiches / Heirloom Tomato Soup
    Thursday – Chicken with Pepperoni Marinara
    Friday – Grilled London Broil with Cherry-Balsamic Reduction
    Saturday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches
    Sunday – Italian Beef Patties with Balsamic Cream Sauce

  6. Su: white chicken chili & corn muffins

    M: tri tip sandwiches & grilled potato wedges

    Tu: l/o

    W: teriyaki fish & rice noodle salad w/ snap peas & edamame

    Th: slow cooker green chili-pork & rice burritos & salad w/ salsa dressing

    F: Family game night! delivery or take-out

    Sa: chicken sliders w/ fruit salad & onion rings

    Su: Game day! antipasto platter & pizza spirals

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    Sunday- cheesy burger pasta, salad
    Monday- baked pork chops, homemade potatoes Au gratin, green beans
    Tuesday-grilled chicken, potato salad, baked beans
    Wednesday-Pepperoni Spaghetti, salad, homemade garlic bread
    Thursday-Birthday Dinner for hubby and me! Crockpot roast, mashed potatoes, buyer beans, Twinkie Cake
    Saturday-Going Fishing, Picnic! Fried chicken, pasta salad, sugar cookies, lemonade.

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    Sunday: out
    Monday: Chicken lo mein, wonton soup
    Tuesday: Cobb salad, garlic bread
    Wednesday: Strip steak, potatoes au gratin, veggies
    Thursday: Garlic penne w/ broccoli
    Friday: Sliders and pickles
    Saturday: TBD

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    Kim from PA

    We just returned from vacation….started in Yellowstone and worked our way across Wyoming with our grand finale at Mount Rushmore. Beautiful!

    Back to reality and menu planning. I read the 1st granola bar post during our flight home and bought the ingredients this afternoon. Can’t wait to make these. I really like the combination of oats and chocolate.

    Sun: Tuna sandwiches, baked french fries
    Mon: Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Tue: My birthday!..Dinner st my parent’s house
    Wed: Chicken pot pie, salad
    Thu: Leftovers
    Fri: Football game…eat at the food stand
    Sat: Making dinner for my Mom and Dad: Orange chicken, brown rice, green beans

    Jane- Hope you feel better soon!

    • Jane Maynard

      what a fun trip – I need to head up there sometime, although I HAVE been to mount rushmore, but not yellowstone!

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    Feel better soon!!!

    Sunday – Baked hake, macaroni and cheese
    Monday – Beef pot pies
    Tuesday – Vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwiches
    Wednesday – Crockpot ranch chicken, potato salad
    Thursday – Pizza, salad
    Friday – Leftovers
    Saturday – Granddaughter #4’s birthday party

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    Sun- Manhattan clam chowder
    Mon- Roast chicken, potatoes gratin, broccoli
    Tue- BBQ chicken quesadillas
    Wed-grilled cheese w/ bacon and tomato, fries, salad
    Thu- Cheese omelets, salad
    Fri- leftovers

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    So I have had a few life changing events (went back to work after 4 years home and then my mom died in labor day) and I have not been cooking, but I’m guessing at some point the family is going to need me to start cooking again, right?

    Sunday- Mother in laws house for chicken parm and eggplant parm and baked macaroni
    Monday- grilled steaks and corn
    Tuesday- meat sauce and spaghetti
    Wednesday- yummy honey chicken thighs with jasmin rice and broccoli
    Thursday- leftovers
    Friday- waffles and fruit
    Saturday- chicken sausage gumbo

  13. We LOVE homemade granola and granola bars. In honor of the season, I swap out the oil for pumpkin puree and add pumpkin pie spices. Aaaaahhhh (that is the sound of angels singing)!

    Sunday: Lettuce cups and “smorgasbord de la fridge”

    Monday: Burgers on the grill with homemade buns

    Tuesday: Pad Thai 

    Wednesday: Yorkshire pudding

    Thursday: Chicken and pineapple on grill

    Friday: Homemade pizza

    Saturday: Out

    • 2wellsmade5

      Do you use this same recipe that Jane uses or do you have a specific one. The pumpkin smells are running around in my brain and I am already smelling my house! If it’s not a similar one… Could you share.

    • I substitute canola oil/honey for:
      ½ cup pumpkin puree
      ¼ cup applesauce
      ¼ cup maple syrup

      Then, I go crazy with the cinnamon (1T), ginger (2t), nutmeg (1t), & cardamom (1t). I add 3/4 cup candied ginger (teensy dice) if I’m feeling especially pumpkin-y.

    • 2wellsmade5

      Thank u so much. I made the weelicious ones, but used nuts and raisins instead. I tossed in some cinnamon too. Can’t wait to try the pumpkin ones! I love pumpkin…Starbucks Pumpkin Latte here I come!

    • 2wellsmade5

      Just wondering how big of a can of pumpkin? I have a large can…surely not half of the big one. Thanks

    • Jane Maynard

      the recipe calls for 1/2 CUP pumpkin, not a can 🙂

    • 2wellsmade5

      Nevermind…duh, I thought it said half can. Ooooppps

    • Jane Maynard

      no worries! 🙂

    • Jane Maynard

      btw, bonnie, I am totally going to try that out sometime! the pumpkin granola bars sound delish!

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    Here it goes – my first time to post! My husband and son are big meat-eaters, while my daughter is vegetarian and I eat only minimal meat. So I try to plan meals that are still full without the meat.

    Sunday: Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad (I got too lazy to make the salad, so hopefully another night)

    Monday: Fish tacos with fruit salsa, rice, and black beans

    Tuesday: Steak, baked potato, baked beans (this might be a good night for that salad)

    Wednesday: Southwest crock pot chicken over rice with tortillas

    Thursday: 4-bean crock pot chili with corn bread

    Friday: Tacos

    Saturday: Leftovers and eating out

    • 2wellsmade5

      I also have myself and oldest daughter who don’t eat meat and then My hubby, and other 4 kids are carnivores! It makes things difficult!

    • Jane Maynard

      so happy you posted! and I love that you aren’t giving into the carnivores completely! 😉

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    Sun- apple/onion/sage turkey burgers, sweet potato fries
    Mon- chicken parm, green beans
    Tues- spaghetti & meatballs, salad
    Wed- Mac n cheese, roasted broccoli & carrots
    Thurs- breakfast for diner (omlettes & fruit salad)
    Fri- Hawaiian pizza, raw vegetables
    Sat- not sure yet

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    Sunday – leftovers – chicken,eggplant,sausage and marinara
    Monday – hamburgers and fries
    Tuesday – crockpot minestrone
    Wed – take out subs
    Thurs – chicken sliders
    Friday – friends coming for dinner – trying to think of something fun
    Sat – barbecue for hubs and son – dinner and a show for me and a friend!!

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    Sun- Football food… Saints vs Bucs at a friends.

    Mon- Red beans and Rice, salad and french bread

    Tues- Caprese pasta and PW ” The Bread”

    Wed- Cottage pie and clover rolls ( faux meat for some of us)
    Thurs- Baked Chicken and rice, corn and green beans

    Fri- Calzones

    Sat- LSU Game Day food…. Buffalo Shrimp and Chicken, french bread pizzas and football snacks

    Sun- Meatloaf muffins, mashed taters and broccoli

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    Mon – Slow Cooker Italian Beef Sandwiches, French Fries, Fruit Salad
    Tues – Beef Stroganoff, Egg Noodles, Broccoli
    Wed – Spaghetti, Garlic Bread, Salad
    Thurs – Chicken Shepherd’s Pie, Salad, Biscuits, Apple Fritters (Yum)
    Fri – Away Football Game – Eating at the game or on the way
    Sat – Grilled Pork Chops w/a Carolina Rub :P, Mashed Sweet Potatoes, Salad
    Sun – Crockpot Chili & Cornbread

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    Thanks to the 19 previous commenters. 😉 I got my menu mostly by you.
    S-Ziti (already made and ate it. LOL)
    M-French toast
    T-Taco soup
    W-Subs w/ chips
    R-Chicken cacciatore
    F-Tuna sandwiches w/ pickles
    S-chili dogs

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    cooler temps this week definitely putting me in the fall food mood….

    sunday: roast chicken and potatoes, carrots

    monday; breakfast for dinner: puff puff pancake, sausage and fruit

    tuesday: creamy chicken and noodles, green beans

    wednesday: hubby cooks. breakfast for dinner

    thursday: hubby cooks. Tator tot hotdish, mixed vegies

    friday: pizza night

    saturday: cross country meet- depends what time my son runs (11 or 2)- red beans and rice or take-out…

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    I hope you feel better soon!

    Mon: Pasta with leftover beef stew, roasted patty pans
    Tue: Gnocchi with tomato sauce, salad
    Wed: Roasted pumpkin mac and cheese, tomato salad
    Thur: Broccoli risotto
    Fri: Meatball subs, sweet potato wedges, salad
    Sat: Turkey, chorizo, leek and chard pie, broccoli
    Sun: Dinner at mum’s.

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    Sue Petrosino

    Monday- Hot Turkey Sandwiches, mashed potato, veggie
    Tuesday- Baked potato bar
    Wednesday- Pork tenderloin, rice, veggie
    Thursday- Pasta, meatballs, salad
    Saturday- Left overs!

    Have a great week everyone!

  23. Monday – Smothered Pork Burritos
    Tuesday – Chicken Parm with Penne
    Wednesday – Pork and Blue Cheese Pie
    Thursday – Minestrone with Shredded Chicken
    Friday – Splurge night – I am thinking yummy cheese and meat platters
    Saturday – Roasted Chicken with Gravy and Rice
    Sunday – Fried Fish with Boiled Potatoes and Hollandaise Sauce

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    Monday-Pork Chops, Potato Casserole, Green Beans
    Wednesday-Fish & Chips or Burrito’s
    Thursday-Chicken Pot Pie

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    Monday – Hot Dogs & French Fries
    Tuesday – Oven-Fried Chicken Drumsticks & Soup Rice
    Wednesday – Kids with my Uncle heading to county fair
    Thursday – Sandwiches in the car as we head to soccer (probably lunchables either store bought or home-made version)
    Friday – Pepper Steak and Rice
    Saturday – OUT
    Sunday – Pasta dinner

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    Long-time reader, second-time poster. My first menu post was last week. I hope your Chicken Soup fixes you up, Jane!

    Monday: Maple Cider Glazed Pork Tenderloin, mashed potatoes, roasted cauliflower
    Tuesday: Honey Mustard Ham (leftover from the freezer), brown rice, cauliflower
    Wednesday: Homemade Hamburger Helper (made with ground turkey), pasta, carrots & beets
    Thursday: Leftovers
    Friday: Veggie Spaghetti, French bread
    Saturday: Free for all
    Sunday: Brown Sugar Pork Chops, brown rice, green beans

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    I hope you feel better soon.

    Sat L- Tuna Noodle Cassarole
    D- Hamburger Helper
    Sun L- Tea & Nibbles
    D- Mini Breakfast Dogs; Fruit Salad
    Mon L- PB&J
    D- MLB (Fish; Mashed Potatoes, Salad)
    Tues L- Baked Ziti; Rolls
    Wed D- Leftovers
    Thurs L- Chicken & Dumplings
    D- MLB (it’s just me, so I will see what I’m in the mood for)
    Fri D- Pork Stir Fry

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    Since I get inspiration from your blog each week, I thought I’d better pay it forward with my planned menu for the week.

    Sunday: Homemade “bang bang shrimp”
    Monday: One-pot chicken risotto
    Tuesday: Spinach lasagna roll-ups
    Wednesday: BBQ Chicken sandwiches with corn on the cob
    Thursday: Chicken and shrimp stir fry
    Friday: leftovers/eat out
    Saturday: My husband and I leave for our honeymoon to Scandinavia!

  29. I made the granola bars yesterday with my daughter and we followed the original recipe, but added a few craisins. They are good, but so crumby. Do you have any suggestions? I was worried after stirring and stirring and stirring and they were still so dry and when I put them on the cookie sheet, I could barely get them to stay in a rectangle form.

    • I meant “crumbly.”

    • Jane Maynard

      hi christine!

      I checked with catherine and she had the same response I was going to give.

      the mixture does seem dry, but when you form it into a rectangle be sure to pat the mixture together really well. after baking, let it totally cool before cutting. when I made them the first time I cut while they were still warm and they were falling apart. I stopped, waited, and it made all the difference.

      hope that helps!

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    Jane Maynard

    thank you all for your menus and for your healthy vibes and well wishes – colds are so DUMB because they wipe you out but for no good reason! 🙂 finally feeling normal today! anyway, thank you all!

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