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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Week 374 Menu

Well, we finally gave into the trend and tried a cronut this weekend. Our cousins were in town visiting and had heard that a donut shop in Cardiff has great cronuts. The donut shop is called VG Donut & Bakery, a place Nate and I have been wanting to try for months, so we were totally down with the taste test! Cronuts (at least the ones from VG’s) are downright delicious. They remind us of a French cruller, but not quite as eggy. Cronuts are more donut than croissant, but the texture is definitely different than a normal donut, with layers of moist goodness inside a crispy exterior. DELISH!

cronuts from VG's in cardiff, california from @janemaynard

cronuts from VG's in cardiff, california from @janemaynard

I can’t believe it’s time to plan another menu. Here goes nothin’!

weekly dinner menu from @janemaynard including free printable meal plan and shopping list!

– Boozy Beef Stew à la Cora my SIL (recipe to come!)

Bertucci’s Tortellini
– Garlic bread and salad

Pulled Pork Sandwiches

– Leftovers

– Eat out

– Fried Chicken (I’ve never made fried chicken and want to finally try it – if you have a recipe you love or tips to share, please do!)
– Veggie and biscuits

– Breakfast for dinner: Swedish pancakes
– Fresh fruit

Click here for the free printable of this week’s menu plus the shopping list!

As always, reading through your menus from last week was so helpful as I planned for this week. Thank you so much for sharing! Looking forward to seeing what you all have planned for this week!


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    Last week did not plan a menu, not a good idea as we ended up eating out/ take out during the week. Also made the pesto salmon from eek before as did not make it that week.
    Sunday – BBQ hamburgers -nice spring day in pacific NW today 🙂 french fries or tator tots
    Monday – whole roasted chicken with lemons, spinach orzo pasta and roasted fennel, asparagus, green beans and fingerling potatoes ( From Ina Garten back to basics)
    Tuesday – Taco night
    Wednesday – lamb chops, pesto and veggie tbd
    Thursday – TBD/left overs
    Friday – talapia with citrus sauce – from Giada’s family dinner cookbook and roasted asparagus
    Saturday – eat out?

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    Chili Cheese Tater Tot casserole (didn’t get to this last week- new recipe)
    Cube Steaks in crockpot, mashed potatoes, veggies
    honey mustard chicken, broccoli
    chicken fajitas
    gorton’s fish portions, cole slaw
    chili, cornbread

  3. Monday: soup from the freezer [we have several kinds that need to be finished]
    Tuesday: roasted chicken
    Wednesday: black beans & rice
    Thursday: Tasty Mexican Lentils
    Friday: leftovers
    Saturday: grilling out – my sister & brother-in-law are visiting!
    Sunday: out to eat

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    Jane–I’m just throwing this out there, but when you have your pulled pork sandwiches do you put the coleslaw on the sandwich? If not, you totally have to try it. That’s how it’s done in the south and it’s amazing!

  5. Lunch:
    1. Eat Out
    2. Spaghetti with meat sauce
    3. Dad’s Meatloaf with Relish Sauce, mashed potatoes, beets
    4. Beef curry, rice, steamed carrots
    5. Chinese Style BBQ Pork, rice, beets
    6. Falafel, tomato and onion salad
    7. Visiting Family

    2. Breakfast for Supper
    3. Tomato and Lentil Soup, bread
    4. Egg Rolls
    5. Leftovers
    6. Visiting Family
    7. Visiting Family

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    what? you have lived in san diego for HOW LONG and are just trying VG donuts? Jane! it was a weekly favorite for us. i hope you loved it!

  7. I am drooling over those cornets!!!

    Here’s my meal plan for the week:

  8. This month for Sunday dinner.

    I’ve been interested in cronuts but I don’t know of any local bakeries that sell them, we don’t have many good local bakeries. I may just have to make them myself.

    I fried chicken a few weeks ago and I was very happy with the recipe. You can read more in my blog ( and if you send me a private e-mail I may be able to slip you a copy of the recipe.

    March 16
    Barbecued Ribs (by request)
    Quick Boston Baked Beans
    Broccoli Salad

    March 23
    Morning Glory Muffins
    Scrambled eggs
    Mimosa (always good with BFD)

    March 30
    On the road for California Destination Imagination State Finals Tournament

    Orange-glazed Pork Chops

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    sunday – Home alone this week! butternut squash farro risotto
    Monday – leftover spaghetti with sausage
    Tuesday – leftovers
    Wednesday- out for sushi
    Thursday – salad
    Friday – out
    Saturday – omelet with salad

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    Tania S.

    We are on Spring Break this week, so there will be some out of town travel for us.
    Sunday- (home) Roasted Pork Loin, Potatoes & Squash
    Monday- (out of town) Dinner with my in-laws.
    Tuesday- (out of town) Out to eat with my parents & some other extended family
    Wednesday- (home) Pizza
    Thursday- (out of town) Out to eat
    Friday- (out of town) Out to eat
    Saturday- (home) Grilled Hamburgers

  11. We celebrated Chip and Dip Day in style today! Glad I made the full batch. 🙂

    Sunday: Spicy Turkey Nachos and homemade salsa and guac…for national Chip & Dip Day!!
    Monday: Homemade tilapia fish sticks and broccoli
    Tuesday: Chicken Pot Pie…hot pockets 🙂
    Wednesday: Tilapia cakes and Carrot Mash with Mint/Orange
    Thursday: Pumpkin pancake in the oven
    Friday: Leftovers
    Saturday: Out.

    • I love that you celebrated chip and dip day! I put together a piece for cosmo and then totally forgot about it when the day actually came! 😉

    • Where do you think I got the idea, my dear?! 🙂

      I’m usually the one who forgets holidays/events when planning meals (i.e. my own birthday). I made a note this time because you can’t get much more kid-friendly than a chip/dip dinner!!

    • haha! love it! thanks for following me around the web 🙂 and it seriously is such a kid-friendly dinner! 🙂

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    Sunday – Mackerel and cabbage stew, crusty bread
    Monday – Ham, cabbage and noodles, applesauce
    Tuesday – Rice with vegetables and chicken, coleslaw
    Wednesday – Hamburger vegetable soup, grilled cheese sandwiches
    Thursday – Pizza, salad
    Friday – Chicken and bowtie pasta with white cream sauce
    Saturday – Spinach pie with ham and cheese

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    Cronuts…i must try one! Its on my agenda. 🙂

    Sun-Tu: visiting in-laws in AZ

    W: back home! B4D–eggs/French toast/bacon/fruit

    Th: braised country-style ribs/creamy polenta/roasted radishes & carrots

    F: l/o

    Sa: garlic-herb salmon/creamy orzo w/tomatoes & basil/salad

    Su: chicken enchiladas/refried beans & rice

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    Sat: pork tenderloin, broccoli, carrots
    Sun: almond crusted chicken, roasted broccoli, sweet potato fries
    Mon: tortellini in vodka sauce, green beans/wax beans
    Tues: buffalo chicken chili, salad
    Wed: eggplant parmasean, salad
    Thurs: leftovers
    Fri: homemade pizza, raw vegetables

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    Mon: Leftover turkey and pepper curry before evening class
    Tue: Pasta with broccoli, salad
    Wed: Mexican meatballs, rice, salsa, corn
    Thur: Chicken in parma ham, new potatoes, broccoli
    Fri: Flying to Brussels for the weekend to stay with a friend. Hopefully we’ll be having lots of waffles, chocolate and beer!

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    My menu for the week. After vaca i need to get back to the diet. i wore my loosest pants today and they feel tight….uh oh! but that’s the sign of a good vacation, no ?
    Sun – Carmalized onion and mushroom pizza
    Mon – Burgers and veggies
    Tue – Leftovers
    Wed – Dinner out for my brother’s b day
    Thu – Fish & veggies
    Fri – Date night must mostly errand running
    Sat – Tacos

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    Sat — risotto, salad, baked chicken drumstix
    Sun — out
    Mon — ham & cheddar quiche (using up a ham steak in the freezer), hash browns
    Tues — spaghetti with veal cutlets
    Wed — Ham and pineapple kabobs (using up another ham steak, I really wish my hb’s grandmother would stop giving us ham steaks), asparagus
    Thurs — veggie quiche, side of fruit
    Fri — veggie pizza

  18. My only tip for fried chicken, monitor the temperature of your oil :). The first time I made it, my oil was too hot, and my chicken didn’t cook through but was waaay too crispy on the outside ;). Having a deep fryer has made fried chicken much easier around here. Good luck!

    Monday: Breakfast for Dinner–The Recipe Girl’s Apple Cider Bread and PW’s Orange Vanilla Fruit Salad
    Tuesday: Enchilada Bake and Tomatoes and Avocados
    Wednesday: Baked Tilapia Parmesan (didn’t get to it last week) and Broccoli
    Thursday: Picky Palate’s Rigatoni Skillet Dinner and Green Beans
    Friday: Breakfast for Dinner–The Recipe Girl’s Nutella Swirled Pumpkin Bread and Eggs and Fresh Fruit
    Saturday: Out To Eat
    Sunday: Meat and Onion Turnovers and Fresh Veggies

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    Sun – teriyaki chicken wings, coconut rice, snap peas & mushrooms
    Mon – chicken thighs, mac & cheese, broccoli
    Tue – shrimp salad bagels, tomato soup
    Wed – Burgers, dragon fries (french fries topped with minced jalapeno, garlic & cilantro and served with sriracha mayo), salad
    Thu – Salmon, pesto and roasted red pepper pasta
    Fri – Pizza
    Sat – Fish, potatoes with kale & onions

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    Sunday: Grilled Chicken w/ vegetable skewers
    Monday: Grilled Burgers w/ home fries and Roasted broccoli
    Tuesday: Grilled Boneless Pork Ribs w/ mac & cheese sautéed green beans
    Wednesday: Grilled Turkey and Cheese Panini’s, and sugar milk fresh strawberries (Work late)
    Thursday: Grilled Chicken which will be turned into Chicken Teriyaki
    Friday: Out Of Town
    Saturday: Birthday Dinner at my niece’s
    Just realized lots of grilling happening this week, guess my mind’s gearing up for the summer.

  21. Fried Chicken? I’ll be right over next Saturday. 😉

  22. I could go for some fried chicken myself!

    Sunday-Chicken Enchiladas and Refried Beans

    Monday-Chili and Cornbread

    Tuesday-Pot roast and veggies

    Wednesday-Baked Potato Bar with homemade cheese sauce and chili, broccoli

    Thursday-Pizza and fruit salad

    Friday-Eat out


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    This looks so tasty! check out a new type of news covering the benefits of raw versus cooked foods!

  24. I’ve never tried a cronut. Not even sure they sell them here. Not a trendy foodie hub here at all.

    Fried chicken- use buttermilk, and soak for awhile. Also fry in smaller batches, don’t over crowd the deep fryer or pan. Use spice in each step of the process, the flour, the dredge, the whole ball of wax. It really helps with flavour. I make it every so often, but used to make huge batches of it for family gatherings and picnics and whatnot. I think I did 50 pounds of fried chicken for our stag n doe. Crazy town. Good oil helps too. xx

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