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Sunday, October 18, 2015

Week 456 Menu

I have a confession to make. I have been in a real “I don’t want to plan my weekly menu” funk for the last month or so (hence me posting at 8 pm tonight!). Each week I’ve been moaning and complaining to Nate about it, but I do it anyway, 100% because of the blog. And, I have to tell you, I am SO grateful that the blog keeps me on track. I am always so glad that there is a meal plan and shopping list in place. After all, we’ve gotta eat no matter how much I don’t want to plan it out! Anyway, just thought I’d confess, in case anyone else feels the same way…I do, too! And I wanted to thank you all for keeping me coming back each week to plan because it really does make life better! And, as always, thank you for posting your menus each week. They are tremendously helpful when I sit down to plan every Sunday!

week  456 weekly menu from @janemaynard including FREE printable meal plan and shopping list!

Okay, so let’s just get down to business. Here’s this week’s plan!

– Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo
– Salad

Chicken Piccata
– Mashed potatoes + veggie

Boozy Beef Stew
– Crusty bread

– Leftovers

– Bean and cheese burritos

– Take out night

– Breakfast for Dinner: Omelettes and Smoothies

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

Okey dokey! Your turn! Tell us what you’re having for dinner this week!


  1. Maybe it’s something in the air, because I’ve been in that same funk lately!!! You’re right though – we have to eat, so might as well have a plan! πŸ™‚
    Here’s mine for the week:

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    Sunday – clean out the fridge leftovers
    Monday – salmon, rice, veggies and salad
    Tuesday – chopped salad with crab and bread
    Wednesday – pumpkin soup with bread and salad
    Thursday – going away party for GAPP
    Friday – out
    Saturday – pizza

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    Kim from PA

    I am grateful & happy for “This Week For Dinner”. Before I started posting my menus here, I would haphazardly go to the grocery store right before dinner when I was hungry and buy whatever looked good. I had no plan at all whatsoever! That was crazy, time-consuming, and more expensive.

    Thank you for continuing this blog even when you don’t feel like meal-planning. It helps you and your family as well as all of us posters and our families πŸ™‚

    Sun: Pasta Fagioli, crusty bread
    Mon: Swedish meatballs, boiled red potatoes, lingonberry jam
    Tue: Grilled salmon, green beans, salad
    Wed: Pancakes & scrambled eggs, sliced apples
    Thu: Grilled lemon garlic chicken, corn, baked beans
    Fri & Sat: Business conference

  4. Monday: toasted turkey bagel sandwiches
    Tuesday: buffalo chicken pasta [that I keep putting off]
    Wednesday: leftovers
    Thursday: probably scrambled eggs after work”¦ cause that’s been the norm lately πŸ™‚
    Friday: dinner with friends
    Saturday: green chile quiche
    Sunday: potato soup

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    Jane….don’t ever think you can quit the menu planning. We would have to eat cereal every night! Remember I “hunted” you down for a reason…lol Thank you for this post and all the work you do to keep it going! You are truly appreciated.

    Sunday – Cheesy ranch pasta w/chicken and broccoli, garlic rolls, cukes & tomatoes in Italian dressing
    Monday – Chicken enchilada soup w/tortilla chips
    Tuesday – Tuna casserole
    Wednesday – Turkey hoagies, potato salad, applesauce
    Thursday – Tomato and spinach white pizza, salad
    Friday – Cajun chicken pasta, salad
    Saturday – Leftovers

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    Monday- Oven baked Shrimp and Fried Rice
    Tuesday- Grilled Cheese Sandwiches & Beef Veg. Soup
    Wednesday- Crock pot Pulled Pork, Baked Beans & Tater Tots
    Thursday- Cordon Bleus, Macaroni & Chz & Broccoli
    Friday- Easy entertaining friends in for the weekend with Quiches, Salad & Bread
    Saturday- Dining out with Friends (Babysitter – hurrah!!!)
    Sunday – Grilled vegetables and chicken legs w/ Bread

  7. Monday: Guinness Beef Stew
    Tuesday: Pizza Mac N Cheese and Broccoli
    Wednesday: Homemade Ramen Soup and Edamame
    Thursday: Rachael Ray’s Mustard and Brown Sugar BBQ Beef Sandwiches and Celery Coleslaw
    Friday: Yellow Chicken and Autumn Panzanella
    Saturday: Date Night, Kids get Oven Pizza
    Sunday: Rachael Ray’s Cowboy Spaghetti and Salad

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    It’s fall, it’s cold. and we’ve seen flurries… which means stews, casseroles, and soups!

    Sat — Guinness beef stew
    Sun — chicken pot pie
    Mon — chicken wraps, veg
    Tues– Tuna noodle casserole
    Wed– homemade pizza
    Thurs — butternut squash soup
    Fri– BFD

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    I can’t remember my menu for the week except I know we’re having cube steak and roasted balsamic veggies tonight (and celebrating hubby getting a new job!), but I totally appreciate your menu planning. I also get into funks about it so I know exactly what you mean.

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    Love this blog, Jane. Keep on keepin’ on!
    I’m finally back in the kitchen this week after travel, work, and a nasty cold. Here goes…
    Sunday: BF bday dinner- out for BBQ
    Monday: BF cooks
    Tuesday: Sausage and eggplant pasta & tomato, cucumber salad
    Wednesday: Potato, corn, chowder with bacon & crusty bread
    Thursday: Broccoli and cheese stuffed chicken, green beans with walnuts, garden salad with mustard vinaigrette
    Friday: Out
    Saturday: Pork chops with Maple- apple-bourbon cream sauce & cheesy polenta

  11. Girl, I’ve been with you for almost 7 years! I look forward to Sundays to see your (and everyone else’s!) menu every week! Cooking funks are ok…that’s why you have your go-to recipe arsenal. You have enough of those and you can get through the funkiest of funks.

    Sunday: out for Japanese

    Monday: Lentil chili with baguette

    Tuesday: Mini Italian meatloaves (meat muffins as the 3yo calls them)

    Wednesday: Pizza (birthday girl’s request!)

    Thursday: chili mac 

    Friday: leftovers

    Saturday: Daughter’s 7th birthday party!

    • I am so grateful that you have been such a loyal poster all these years – it’s amazing! thanks for your encouraging words, bonnie!

      happy birthday to daughter!

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    Denise Fla

    We all get the menu planning funk! Who really knows what their family is gonna want to eat any day of the week. But menu planning is our job and it helps to keep us sane when the family is looking at us for dinner. That being said I think we are having some of the same cravings this week.
    S: Take out indulgence – 5 Guys
    M: Chicken picatta, garlic mashed (leftovers) & green beans
    T: Chicken, broccoli & ziti in alfredo sauce, tomato basil salad
    W: Leftovers or Tuna sandwiches
    T: Using leftover short ribs to make short rib & mushroom naan pizzas.
    F: No plans
    S: Oktoberfest: Kielbasa & sweet potato & bacon salad, crusty rolls
    Make ahead breakfast: Potato, bacon & cheddar frittata
    Make ahead Thanksgiving: Roasted butternut squash & apple soup

    • I want to come to your oktoberfest! πŸ˜‰

      um, you are soooo good…already doing make ahead thanksgiving! wow!

      thanks for your encouraging words, I appreciate it!

  13. as usual, LOVE all the menus! thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    I got to say thank you for all your ideas. I just started working again, and cooking dinner let alone planning for the week of dinner was enough to put me in tears. I’m glad I found this website.

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    My best advice for you, for those weeks when it sucks to be in charge of dinner, is to focus more on dessert instead. In my house, on the nights when I feed my family canned soup or quesedillas, I always make a really nice dessert to go with it. The sugar offsets any bad feelings about the lame dinner and everybody stays happy. True story! πŸ™‚

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