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Sunday, July 20, 2014

Week 391 Menu + Dinner at Veladora

Hello! We are home from vacation and I am getting back into the cooking groove! After such a long break I am actually really looking forward to it.

review of veladora restaurant by @janemaynard

Before we get to this week’s dinner plans, I need to tell you about the dinner that Nate and I had last night. Today is our 15th wedding anniversary (TIME FLIES! Happy anniversary, Nate!). Last night Veladora at the Rancho Valencia hotel in Rancho Santa Fe hosted us for dinner to celebrate. There are no words for how wonderful our evening was, but I’m going to give it a try! (Seriously, in the time it took for us to drive off the hotel property we must have said, “That dinner was awesome!” twenty times.) First of all, the food. Ahhh, the food. Nate ordered prime rib cap and I was treated to scallops. Both dishes were unreal. The rib cap was a beautiful cut of meat cooked to perfection, and my scallops were paired with three different corn sides that complemented the scallops beautifully. All of the food we had was wonderful, right down to the 18-year old balsamic vinegar for dipping the focaccia. Chef Matt came out to meet us at the end of our meal and it was so interesting talking with him about the food, how the menu is developed and modified with the seasons, as well as his own career path. Beyond the food, the serving staff was stellar and the restaurant itself was beautiful. The best part was that, despite the high caliber of the restaurant, we felt comfortable and relaxed, thanks to both the setting and the staff. Oh, and they gave us a little gift on the way out the door that was, of course, a tasty treat. It was truly the perfect way to celebrate our latest life milestone. Thank you, Veladora, for a night we will not soon forget.

Despite the fact that I pretty much don’t want to eat any other food ever after Veladora, real life dictates that I still have to feed my family. So, back to the weekly menu!

weekly dinner plans from @janemaynard including FREE printable menu and shopping list!

– Caprese salad with crusty bread
Stewed green beans

Taco night

Grammy’s Orange Chicken
– Rice and veggie

– Leftovers

– Takeout night

– Chicken on the grill
Corn on the cob and watermelon

– Quiche
– Spinach and strawberry salad

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

Big THANKS to all of you who continued posting menus the last few weeks while I took a break. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate it!

As usual, please share your menu for the week! Plain or fancy, we want to see it all!


  1. Sounds like a great week! I love how you keep things simple.

    Here’s my plan for the week!

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    Kim from PA

    Sun: Left overs (I can’t stop making chicken piccata! It’s my new favorite….I unexpectedly made a huge batch last night again)
    Mon: Halibut, corn, sliced tomatoes
    Tue: Pasta with cherry tomatoes, garlic, and herbs from the garden, salad
    Wed: Salmon with lemon & dill, green beans
    Thu: Scrambled eggs & homemade hash browns, fruit
    Fri: Grilled chicken Caesar salad
    Sat: Out

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    Happy Anniversary to you and Nate!!! So glad you had such a good time.

    Sunday – Hake, Baked potatoes, lima beans
    Monday – Turkey sausage sandwiches with peppers, onions, tomato and cheese, fries
    Tuesday – Ham, mac and cheese, applesauce
    Wednesday – Thinking maybe Ham and cheese tortillas
    Thursday – Turkey breast, potato casserole, green beans, coleslaw
    Friday- Turkey tetrazzini, Italian bread
    Saturday – Leftovers

  4. Monday: Chicken Black Bean Casserole and Fresh Veggies
    Tuesday: Beef Taquitos with Fresh Salsa and Guacamole
    Wednesday: Fish with Rosemary, Garlic and Potatoes and Green Beans
    Thursday: Stir Fried Sesame Chicken
    Friday: Carne Asada Fries
    Saturday: Out To Eat
    Sunday: Left Overs

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    Happy Anniversary!!! We will be at 17 years in September. Time really does fly!

    Now that we are done traveling for the summer, I have to start actually meal planning again. I’m kind of looking forward to it and kind of not… We definitely need to decrease eating out these days! So, I’m here for inspiration 😉

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    Mon: Husband’s birthday – burgers on the BBQ, salad and apple crumble cheesecake.
    Tue: Homemade pizza, green salad.
    Wed: Dinner out.
    Thur: Potluck at a friend’s. Taking beetroot salad and bread.
    Fri: Pasta with sausage and greens.
    Sat: TBC but your caprese salad idea is calling my name!
    Sun: Dinner at Mum’s.

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    Lynn BB

    Sunday: Grilled pork tenderloin, buttered noodles, broccoli
    Monday: Chicken and veggie stirfry
    Tuesday: Chicken noodle soup from the freezer
    Wednesday: Skillet lasagna
    Thursday: Grilled chicken sandwiches
    Friday: Not sure, probably something on the grill
    Saturday: Shrimp with feta

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    Happy Anniversary!!

    Sat – ricotta stuffed squash blossoms, baked ziti
    Sun – steak w/ caramelized onions, risotto, carrots
    Mon – grilled chicken over salad
    Tues – tortelloni w/ roasted vegs (turnip, summer squash, yellow beans)
    Wed – homemade pizza!
    Thurs – black bean quesadillas
    Fri – summer veg quiche

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    sunday pork nachos yummy
    Monday naan pizzas
    tues blt with tomatoes from garden
    wed chicken tacos
    thur Panini
    Friday grilled hot dogs or sliders

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    We too are back from a few wonderful days in King’s Canyon and the Sequioa National Forest. Did some fishing, climbing and hiking!

    Mon – Spaghetti, Salad, Garlic Bread
    Tues – Coconut Chicken, Basmati Rice, Broccoli
    Wed – Grilled Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Baked Beans
    Thurs – Pork Tenderloin, Yellow Squash, Summer Pasta Salad
    Fri – Grilled Chicken, Rice, Salad, Pineapple
    Sat – BBQ w/friends and family
    Sun – Leftovers

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    M: zuppa toscana (from freezer)/whole grain bread/watermelon

    Tu: b4d–blueberry pancakes/bacon/scallion-cheddar eggs/cherries

    W: chicken salad w/ grapes on whole grain bread/watermelon

    Th: cheesy salsa chicken/corn tortillas/rice/avocado & mango

    F: grilled pizzas/salad/fruit & yogurt smoothies

    Sa: out to Pechanga Casino Comedy Club for a friends bday

  12. Monday: greek salad
    Tuesday: asian lettuce wraps
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: kale pizza
    Friday: salmon burgers
    Saturday: out to eat
    Sunday: breakfast for dinner

  13. thanks for all the menus, everyone!!

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