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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Week 500 Weekly Menu – Let’s Celebrate!

The giveaway described below is now closed. Thank you to all who entered! Winners are listed below!

Today is a big milestone for my blog. It’s my 500th weekly menu post. FIVE HUNDRED. Five hundred Sundays in a row I have posted. No matter what. Yes, some of those posts didn’t have menus (like when I had babies or traveled to Africa or whatever). But most of those posts did include a weekly dinner plan and, more importantly, a place where our little community could come together to support and help one another get dinner on the table each week! I know these weekly posts have helped our family immensely over the years. I hope that it has helped some of you, too! In related news, I looked up the Week 1 Menu post. Oh man, we’ve come a long way from half a menu and only one comment from my friend Margo (thank you, Margo!).

I think it’s time to celebrate the big 5-0-0, don’t you? We’re doing two special things this week in honor of the big occasion.

The 500th Weekly Menu from @janemaynard, including favorite recipes from the blog and a fantastic giveaway!

Celebratory Act #1: Menu #500

First, I need to post a menu! This week’s menu is completely, totally, 100% UNrealistic and is actually a list of some (although not all) of my most favorite recipes on the blog. This seems like the best 500th menu I could pull together and is most certainly my dream menu (I would never in a million years make all of these recipes in one week, but it sure would be delicious!) Here are the links to all the recipes (links are also included in the downloadable PDF, which you can access by clicking the menu image above or by clicking here). As usual, please share your own weekly menu in the comments! (In fact, when you share, well, see celebratory act #2 below!)

Celebratory Act #2: An awesome GIVEAWAY that you all need to enter!

You guys. For real. Today’s giveaway is golden. I was able to get some of my favorite kitchen brands to donate all kinds of wonderful items for the 500th menu giveaway. AND we’re going to have three winners! Winner #1 will receive every last thing you see listed below. (Winner #1 is a lucky dog.) Winners #2 and #3 will each receive the first item on the list below (that beautiful 6-quart casserole from KitchenAid, which we will get to in a moment). Not too shabby, my friends!

Here is how to enter the giveaway (prizes must be shipped within the US):

  • Leave a comment, any comment, on this post before Midnight PT on Sunday 8/28/16. That’s it!
  • BONUS ENTRY: Leave an additional comment with your menu for the week! (You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)
  • BONUS ENTRY: Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook! (If you already follow, that counts! You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)
  • BONUS ENTRY: Follow This Week for Dinner on Pinterest(If you already follow, that counts! You must leave a separate comment to get the bonus entry.)

This giveaway is now closed. Here are the winners!

  • Ana was our grand prize giveaway winner! Her Pinterest bonus entry (#82) is what got her the prize, but here is her initial comment! “Jane, congrats on reaching 500! I’m in awe of you! What a generous prize!! Would absolutely love to win!!”
  • KitchenAid Casserole Winner #1: Nora B (#214), who said: “Wonderful giveaway!”
  • KitchenAid Casserole Winner #2: Barbara (#118), who said: “Congrats on your 500th menu. They are a huge help to me on those weeks when I just can’t think of anything to cook.”

You may be wondering what the giveaway actually is.  Here we go!

KitchenAid's Professional 6-quart Cast Iron Casserole is functional and gorgeous. from @janemaynard

  • KitchenAid Professional Cast Iron 6-Quart Casserole (retail value $249.99): I love KitchenAid and they are always willing to provide the most wonderful gifts to celebrate my blog’s milestones. This cast iron casserole (with a lid that also works as a cast iron grill pan) is GORGEOUS and I love it so much. As I  mentioned, all three winners of the giveaway will receive one of these for their very own (you get to pick the color, but I gotta tell you, you’d be crazy not to pick Fiesta Blue. Really, it is so pretty.)

Reliable's Steamboy 200CU Steam Floor Mop is my new favorite, we use it all the time! from @janemaynard

  • Steamboy 200CU Steam Floor Mop from Reliable (retail value $99.00): I’ve had my Steamboy since the start of the summer and it is my new favorite. It is just so easy to clean the kitchen floor and my 9-year-old Anna loves cleaning with it, which has actually been very helpful! I also love that there are zero chemicals involved. I use it once or twice a week and am so happy this steam mop is in my life.

Force of Nature Green Cleaning Kit from @janemaynard

  • Force of Nature Kit (retail value $89.99): This is another new green cleaning tool we have in our home that is really cool. I actually just got mine, so I don’t have a lot of experience with it yet, but so far I love it. Basically you make a cleaning agent that is powerful, effective, chemical-free and safe. I’ve really tried to cut back on chemical use in our home for many reasons and this gadget will help tremendously.

le creuset butter crock - one of my favorite kitchen items! from @janemaynard

  • Le Creuset Butter Crock: You should all own one of these by now because I talk about it enough. But I have a sneaking suspicion a few of you may still need one. Into the giveaway it goes!

silpat half-sheet baking mat, a must have for any home baker! from @janemaynard

Q Squared NYC Melamine Dishes - Perfect for Entertaining! Knoll Gardens Pattern | from @janemaynard

  • Q Squared NYC’s Knoll Gardens Serving Bowl with Provence White Salad Servers: Q Squared makes the best melamine dishware around and their new Knoll Gardens pattern has stolen my heart. (Note: the salad servers are not pictured above but are included in this giveaway.)

Magic Chef Microwavable Cookware from @janemaynard

  • Magic Chef Microwave Cookware Set: Earlier this year I worked with Magic Chef to do recipe demos at a huge housewares show in Chicago to show off their new microwave cookware, which just hit the market! My favorite thing about this cookware is how it allows you to harness the steaming power of the microwave to cook all kinds of things, like perfectly tender chicken and heavenly chocolate lava cakes.

KitchenIQ's Better Zester from @janemaynard(Better Zester photo credit: KitchenIQ)

  • Better Zester from KitchenIQ: Everyone needs a good zester in their life, and everything I’ve ever gotten from KitchenIQ has been awesome (including their knife sharpener, which I use every day!).

The Smood from Dreamfarm (@janemaynard)(Smood photo credit: Dreamfarm)

  • Smood from Dreamfarm: Dreamfarm makes incredibly fun kitchen gadgets, many of which I own and love, and this one is no exception!

live fashionABLE scarves from @janemaynard, supporting women in Ethiopia

  • ONE Beaded Bracelet, ONE T-Shirt and a fashionABLE Scarf: One of the very best things that has come out of having my blog is working with ONE. The work they do is inspiring and really making a difference and I am grateful to be a part of that work. Go ONE! And fashionABLE! (fashionABLE is a company I discovered through ONE and the work they do is amazing. And I love their scarves and have like a bazillion of them.)

A huge THANK YOU to all of these companies for making this giveaway possible!

Here’s to another 500 menus! (Oh man, can you imagine? Am I going to be posting these until I die? That would not be a bad thing, actually. ;))


  1. 1
    Kim From PA

    Cheers to TWFD!! Happy 500th menu!

    The celebratory giveaways are fantastic!

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    Kim From PA

    My grocery store is Wegmans and this is the first week I used my Wegmans app to create my shopping list. It arranged my list by aisle and I checked each item off on my phone as I put it in the basket. It worked great! I’m hooked.

    Sun: Hoagies & big pickles
    Mon: Scallops, corn on the cob, coleslaw
    Tue: Tacos
    Wed: Seared salmon, peas
    Thu: Meatloaf, mixed veggies
    Fri: Open face turkey sandwiches, gravy, carrots
    Sat: Spaghetti & salad

    • that app sounds amazing – another thing to be jealous of wegmans for! 🙂

    • Michelle T Ross

      I can not express how much I miss Wegmans. We were living in Raleigh, NC (Lowes (the grocery store) was not too bad, but not Wegmans) when they expanded to the D.C. area so I was hopeful I would be able to visit once in awhile…shortly thereafter we were transferred to Huntsville, AL. Huntsville is beautiful, the people are awesome, the grocery stores…subpar is kind. In the 12 years, we have been here Publix is what I have to deal with. Fresh Market has arrived, Whole Foods has graced us with one store (I would drive to Birmingham or Nashville to purchase bread with CRUST) but no Wegman’s. Thank you for posting, I will live vicariously through those lucky enough to still have access to a Wegmans.

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    Sunday: grilled chicken
    Monday: roasted pork loin
    Tuesday: pulled pork sandwiches
    Wednesday: fish tacos with mango salsa
    Thursday: hamburgers
    Friday: pizza
    Saturday; leftovers

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    Congratulations Jane!

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    Kim M

    Congratulations on 500 weeks! Can’t believe it has been so long

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    Kim M

    Monday — Mac n cheese, broccoli
    Tuesday –tabbouleh, hot dogs
    Wednesday –steak, mashed potatoes, green beans
    Thursday –leftovers
    Friday –salmon, rice, salad
    Saturday –out
    Sunday –breakfast for dinner

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    Kim M

    Following the blog

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    Kim M

    Following on Pinterest

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    Sunday – pizza
    Monday – salmon, rice veggie and salad
    Tuesday – flank steak, corn on the cob, salad
    Wednesday- chopped salad with shrimp
    Thursday- stir fry with chicken
    Friday- out
    Saturday – leftovers

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    Jamie M

    Congrats! I am a fan of this blog. Inspiring meal ideas in here has saved me from lots of fast food meals. Plus the product tips are great and interesting to read (IKEA dish towel tip was my favorite- those are awesome and saved us $ with less towel buying)

    Sun- eat out for sis-in-law’s bday
    M- Jane’s easy carnitas (I have almost 5 lbs of pork and 20 corn tortillas)
    T- leftovers
    W- homemade pizzas (dough from Trader Joe’s)
    Th- ravioli using the leftover sauce from pizza night
    F & S- Big Bear weekend trip

  12. How exciting!! I love meal planning and having you a resource for when I am stuck!

    Sunday – Baked Ziti (loosely based off of the Pioneer Woman one)
    Monday – Leftovers (that ziti made enough for my husband and I have to have dinner twice and lunch!)
    Tuesday – Chicken Teriyaki Bowls with Broccoli and Carrots)
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Mushroom and Mince Stroganoff with Cucumber and Tomato Salad
    Friday – Chicken Quesadillas with Black Beans

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    Lisa Waller

    M: out to a Posh Party for me… leftovers for the guys.

    T: roasted corn & cheese stuffed chile relleno/black beans and rice

    W: Crock-Pot pork chops, veg, & noodles

    Th: l/o

    F: grilled pizzas

    Sa: Hosting Pampered Chef party

    Su: San Diego for my birthday! First stop=Hash House a-Go Go!

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    Lisa Waller

    Congrats on 500th!!!

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    Congrats! The Indian Burritos are an all time favorite at my house!

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    S:Chicken Tortilla Soup
    M: Fish Tacos
    T: Eat Out (It’s my birthday)
    W: Capresse grilled pizzas
    Th: Baked Chicken Tenders
    Friday: Company for the weekend

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    Nicole L.

    Congratulations on 500 weekly meal plans! I come here often for inspiration for my upcoming week. Thanks for being such a wonderful resource.

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    I follow you on facebook!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Congrats on 500 weekly meal plans! It’s an inspiration to me to start really setting up a menu for the week.

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    Happy 500th! I visit your blog at least once a week!

  22. This is the best giveaway! Hooray for 500 meal plans!!!

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    ellen patton

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    ellen patton

    I follow you on FB.

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    Stacey Lehwald

    Congrats! Thank you for your dedication to awesome menu’s!

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    Stacey Lehwald

    I follow you on FB

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    Stacey Lehwald

    I follow you on Pinterest

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    I remember when you used to just send us an email with your weekly menu because we couldn’t figure it out on our own.

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    We’re at the rents house this week because our upstairs bathroom flooded into the downstairs bathroom. So no bathrooms at our casa. So the weekly menu is really up in the air.

    S- Swedish pancakes
    M- Stroganoff
    T- traveling to Hershey, PA
    W- celebrate Maddox’s birthday @ Hershey Park
    T- travel back
    F- ?
    S- hopefully back at our house

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    This blog has been so fun all these years! You’ve especially helped me become a Thanksgiving rockstar which I really appreciate (everyone LOVES my gravy!). Happy 500th Menu!!

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    I follow you on FB

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    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Way to go! 500!

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    Nicki Burnett

    I remember when you first started this venture. Congratulations and here’s to 500 more posts….at least!

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    Nicki Burnett

    I follow you on Facebook. Or should I say I stalk you on fb. Not that doesn’t sound as good!

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    Nicki Burnett

    I follow you on Pinterest as well!

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    Lo Mein and dumplings
    Mongolian Beef
    7 layer Pasta Salad
    Homemade Pizza
    Salmon Burgers and French fries
    Left overs
    Breakfast sandwiches and nectarine salad

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    500? Already? Feels like yesterday!

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    I follow you on fb

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    Sunday: Garlic Basil Chicken w/ Tomato Butter Sauce (from Pinch of Yum)
    Monday: leftovers
    Tuesday: Chiken Apple Salad Sandwiches
    Wednesday: Creamy Corn Chowder (from Cooking Classy)
    Thursday: Grilled Steaks w/ Herbed Rice; Parmesan, Tomato & Zucchini Bake
    Friday: date night! (Papa Haydn’s downtown Portland 🙂
    Saturday: Trader Joe’s Mandarin Orange Chicken, fried rice & pot stickers

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    Congratulations on 500!! What an amazing thing you’ve created 🙂

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    I follow you on Pinterest (gotta make those soft pumpkin sugar cookies you just pinned 🙂

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    Katrina L

    Congrats on #500!

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    I follow TWFD on FB too!

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    Katrina L

    I already follow you on Facebook. Love your recipes!

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    Katrina L

    My menu for the week is going to change. I just got an unexpected grocery bag of assorted garden veggies from my neighbor last night. I will make: beef and broccoli stir fry, mason jar salads for lunch, BLT sandwiches, and veggie soup.

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    Katrina L

    I am following you on Pinterest now too!

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    I have been lazy about menu planning, but I want to win.

    Monday- Tri tip tacos with extra veggie
    Tuesday- homemade chicken noodle soup, rolls
    Wednesday- baked chicken tenders, sweet potato fries, salad
    Thursday- Zuchini frittata
    Friday- butter chicken (frozen!)
    Saturday- dinner out
    Sunday- something without meat

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    I follow you on Facebook

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    Renee Olson

    Congratulations Jane! To 500 more!

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    Renee Olson

    Monday – Chorizo tacos
    Tuesday – Pasta with red sauce
    Wednesday – Mushroom soup with bok choy
    Thursday – Red lentil soup and rice
    Friday – Pizza
    Saturday – Salmon, rice, and broccoli
    Sunday – Stir Fry tofu and veggies

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    Renee Olson

    I follow you on Facebook. 🙂

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    Renee Olson

    Now I follow you on Pinterest too.

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    Michelle C

    Congrats on 500 weeks! You are inspiring! I love food and cooking, but I have never planned ahead a full week of meals. Maybe I should try it!

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    Andrea westervelt

    I just discovered your blog! It is great!

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    Michelle C

    Follow on facebook

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    Stacy Libby

    500! Thank you for sharing your recipes (and words of wisdom) with us!

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    Andrea westervelt

    Following on facebook!

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    Katie Rose

    Wow! That’s an impressive number of posts/menus!


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    Katie Rose

    We have gone through many variations of meal planning (weekly, monthly, 8 week “permanent” rotation, etc.) but we are going back to weekly. It just works better with our current family style. Our upcoming menu:

    -Pan Seared Salmon w/Chimichurri & sautéed veggies
    -Chicken in Creamy Parmesan Sauce w/Artichokes & Tomatoes
    -Ham Steaks with Red-Eye gravy & Carrot-Raisin Salad
    -Mediterranean Chicken Wraps
    -Freezer Chicken Enchiladas
    -Grilled Chicken & Grilled Eggplant w/Yogurt Sauce
    -Slow Cooker Weeknight Chili

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    Michele Wang

    Happy 500th Jane!! I miss seeing you in Nor Cal, but I still follow you and use your recipes all the time. I just made your carnitas tacos last week. Super yummy!! Today I am going to try your Korean beef bbq tacos. Can’t wait. Hugs to you and the kids.

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    Love the idealism, structure, and family-ness of menu posting and planning!!!

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    I follow you on FB!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Beth George

    I’m so glad Jennie Perillo mentioned you on Twitter! I’m in love with your blog!

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    Andrea P

    Congratulations on reaching week 500! Years ago I was a regular commenter, but even though my comments faded out, I still check-up on your blog frequently. Thanks for sharing awesome recipes and ideas.

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    Andrea P

    I follow you on Facebook!

  68. Congrats, Jane! I’m so proud of you! xoxox

  69. Oh, I also do follow you on FB

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    Beth George

    Sunday-grilled cheese with Jersey tomatoes
    Monday-pasta in cream sauce with spicy shrimp (Family Flavor by Whitney Ingram)
    Wednesday-chicken cutlet with crockpot mac & cheese (Brown Eyed Baker) & zucchini meatballs(Skinnytaste) for my vegetarian
    Thursday-BBQ chicken salad (Mels Kitchen Cafe)
    Friday-Pizza (In Jennies Kitchen)

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    Andrea P

    I follow you on Pinterest!

  72. …and Pinterest. 🙂

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    Jane, congrats on reaching 500! I’m in awe of you! What a generous prize!! Would absolutely love to win!!

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    following on pinterest

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    Beth George

    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Beth George

    I follow you on Facebook!

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    congrats on 500 weeks of menus.

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    Sunday – pasta w/meat sauce
    Monday – turkey burgers w/ sweet potato fries
    Tuesday – chicken tacos w/ TJ mango salsa
    Wednesday – homemade lasagna w/ spinach salad
    Thursday – bone-in grilled bbq chicken w/ Greek salad
    Friday – margherita pizza
    Saturday — Fish n’ chips (TJ’s)

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    – fish tacos
    – pasta
    – chicken/veggie fried rice
    – hamburgers
    – pizza
    – out to eat
    – pork soulvaki

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    I love seeing your dinner menus. Congrats on the milestone.

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    My menu- 1st week back to school so keeping it easy.
    Turkey kielbasa sandwiches with peppers and onions, cucumber salad
    Burgers, raw veggies and tator tots
    Ravioli casserole and garlic bread
    Hot dogs and baked beans
    Bean enchiladas with corn
    Grilled Chicken and salad

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    I follow you on FB

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    I just followed you on Pinterest. Congrats again and thanks for the chance.

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    Erica Zamora

    Congrats!! So amazing! Been following along for years (before Owen) and happy to join in the fun!

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    Haven’t posted a meal plan for a while, but nothing like an awesome giveaway to motivate me!
    Here goes:
    Sun – grilled salmon, cheesy baked squash, quinoa
    Mon – veggie burgers, fries, fruit
    Tues – baked tacos, southwest salad, cut up veggies
    Wed – crockpot veggie chili & cornbread
    Thurs – grilled chicken legs, grilled veggies,
    Fri – haven’t decided, probably pizza night – long week!
    Sat – bbq at a friends house

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    Erica Zamora

    Sun – Chopped Thai Salad with Coconut Curry dressing
    Mon – Carnitas Sopes with rice and beans
    Tues – Veggie chili and cornbread
    Wed – Taco Salad Skillet
    Thurs – Leftovers
    Fri – Take out
    Sat – Grilling

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    I follow you on facebook!

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    I follow you on pinterest!

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    Christy Robinson

    Wow Jane! I can’t believe where you’ve taken that idea born at the Mesa Housing playground so many years ago! Congrats on 500 weeks of awesomeness!

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    Love your blog – you motivated me a long time ago to start meal planning & have done it ever since!

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    Christy Robinson

    and I’ve followed you on FB since the beginning of that too!

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    Congratulations! Love the site and your podcasts! Here’s to the next 500!!

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    Monday–tamale casserole with leftover carnitas
    Tuesday–Fish tacos
    Wednesday–pizza & salad
    Thursday–slow cooker ribs
    Friday–grilled chicken & veggies
    Saturday–out for combo birthday & anniversary
    Sunday–roast with veggies & potatoes

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    I just found your site last week and am trying new recipes this week. I have a monthly menu excel spread sheet that I make each month to keep me on track.

    Monday-baked fish and rice
    Wednesday- broccoli cheese soup
    Thursday- pepperoni bread
    Friday-hot dogs
    Saturday-asian chicken salad & leftovers

  97. Congratulations! That’s such a great accomplishment.

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    Andrea P

    In honor of your giveaway I did meal planning for the first time in months (it’s been a rough summer!).

    Mon. – Chicken Taco Soup
    Tues. – Tuna Pinwheels with cream of chicken soup/gravy
    Wed. – Pasta Salad
    Thurs. – Chicken Fried Rice
    Fri. – BBQ at friends house we are bringing veggies/salad
    Sat. – Leftovers or bean and cheese burritos/quesadillas
    Sun. – Chili with cornbread (will use slow cookers for both so it can cook while we are at church.)

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    Natalyn Bradshaw

    Congratulations on 500! I am off my meal planning game but getting back on it and happy to have this as a resource.

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    Natalyn Bradshaw

    I follow on Facebook

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    Congrats on the 500th post! Great menu, and amazing giveaway!

  102. Congrats on 500 menus. can’t wait to try it!

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    Lauren Sullivan

    Tuesday–lime chicken quesadillas
    Thursday–oven fried chicken
    Friday–pork chops

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    I just followed you on Facebook! So happy to have found your site because I’ve been needing some serious help meal planning.

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    500 weeks?! That’s incredible. I spent the last few minutes trying to figure out how many years that is…and I’ve determined it’s a lot! You’re a force for good in this world and I’m glad that our paths crossed in real life and continue to cross through this blog! Congrats Jane!

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    Follow on fb

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    Follow on pinterest

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    We’re moving this week so my meal plan is on the easy (and embarrassing) side, but I kind of want to win those fun things more than you can even imagine so I’m throwing my pride out the window!

    M- spicy Bean soup and rolls
    T- BLTs
    W-Eggs and toast
    Th-chinese chicken salad
    F-pizza for movers
    S-burgers for movers

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    500 Sundays, that is huge. I wish I found you 500 Sundays ago! Will be checking back in weekly, sure to be lots of inspiration.

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    I am now following on Facebook too!

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    And Pinterest!

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    Jane! I love following you – and seeing your beautiful family … and was excited to see the cilantro sour cream enchiladas – somehow missed those before and loved seeing that it’s Erika’s recipe. Wonderful Playschool memories! Especially this time of year with the start of a new school year upon us. Cheers and thank you for your constant inspiration!

  113. First comment, any comment. 🙂

    I came to see what you were cooking for dinner this week since I just doubled my family size (OMG) and thought you’d feel my pain! Going to make Butter Chicken on Thursday for sure. Thank you for the inspiration!

  114. Second comment is my meal plan for the week:

    Sunday Supper: Grilled salmon with backyard herbs, lemon and green beans flash fried in backyard jalepeno pepper and garlic.

    Monday: Lechon with black beans and grilled apples

    Tuesday: Tri tip marinated in chimichurri, whatever veg is in the fridge

    Wednesday: Cauliflower “fried rice” with fried eggs and chicken breast

    Thursday: TWFD Butter Chicken

    Friday: Mixed grill to welcome the new au pair (sausages, prawn skewers, veggie skewers) with tomato salad from backyard tomatoes/basil and burrata if I can get the good kind.

    Saturday: Mama doesn’t cook. 🙂

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    Congrats on your 500th menu. They are a huge help to me on those weeks when I just can’t think of anything to cook.

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    Sun – Grilled steak, potato salad, salad
    Mon – Shrimp bagels
    Tue – Asian bliss bowl w/Sesame dressing
    Wed – Monte Cristo sandwiches
    Thu – Burgers
    Fri – Pizza
    Sat – Falafel, Greek salad

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    I follow you on Facebook

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    I follow you on Pinterest

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    Congratulations, Jane! I follow your blog religiously and every time I make the honey goat cheese pizza (one of my favorite recipes of all-time), I end up referring people to your site. Love the concept, love the execution. Only wish I had tried every single one of your recipes. Thanks for posting every week without fail!

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    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    I follow you on Facebook as well. Thanks!

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    Sunday – tacos
    Monday – marinated chicken, oven-roasted rosemary potatoes, and corn on the cob
    Tuesday – waffles and bacon
    Wednesday – BLTs
    Thursday – Zuppa Toscana
    Friday – eat out
    Saturday – BBQ with friends

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    Congrats Jane! I definitely need to try a few of these favorites that I haven’t had before! They are going on my menu this week! XOXO

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    500!! Wow!! Congratulations Jane! Here’s my menu for the week.

    Mon – Quick road trip to see some plays at the Shakespeare Festival!
    Tues – Lemon Grilled Chicken, Asparagus, Couscous
    Wed – Meatloaf, Garlicky Mashed Potatoes, Broccoli
    Thurs – Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
    Fri – Coconut Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Carrots
    Sat – Chicken Enchiladas, Rice, Salad
    Sun – Chicken Parmigiana, Salad, Breadsticks

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    debbie rough

    WOOHOO congrats my friend so excited for you! you are amazing and I love your blog!!!

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    debbie rough

    Sunday: steak tacos
    Monday: chicken Caesar salad
    Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas
    Thursday: EAT OUT
    Friday: Pizza
    Saturday: Seafood BBQ

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    debbie rough

    I follow you on FB

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    i follow you on pinterest

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    Congratulations Jane! When are you cooking for us? 😉

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    Nikki CB

    What a huge milestone!! So fantastic.

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    Sunday: steak tacos
    Monday: chicken Caesar salad
    Wednesday: Chicken Enchiladas
    Thursday: EAT OUT
    Friday: Pizza
    Saturday: Seafood BBQ

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    I follow you on FB

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    Nikki CB

    I follow you on facebook.

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    Congrats Jane that is very exciting!

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    I follow you on FB

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    Crystal Conway

    Congrats on #500! What an awesome giveaway!

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    Crystal Conway

    I follow on FB.

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    carol johnson

    Congrats to you, and thanks for the chance

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    carol johnson

    I liked your fb page

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    carol johnson

    Followed you on Pinterest. Thanks

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    What a giveaway!

    Congrats on your success!

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    Danielle J

    Just discovered you on FB last week! Can’t wait to browse your previous posts for menu inspiration. Congrats on having a blog with such longevity!

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    Danielle J

    Beef roast with potatoes and steamed broccoli
    Homemade pizzas
    Kielbasa stir fry with carrots, broccoli, zucchini over brown rice
    Homemade chicken nuggets, tortellini, green beans
    Egg sandwiches on bagel thins with cheddar cheese, fruit

  144. Congratulations, Jane on your 500th menu. I’ve enjoyed following your over the years. Thanks for the giveaway!

  145. Weekly Menu:

    We will be eating out due to a last minute vacation. Yay!

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    Melissa Mills

    Love your site and have followed it for many years! Congrats on 500 and thank you for your inspiration to be weekly meal planners!

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    Melissa Mills

    Monday- waffles, eggs, bacon and chocolate milk (my sons first day of school dinner request!)
    Tuesday-Pesto pasta, broccoli, garlic buns
    Wednesday-Chicken soup with dumplings
    Friday-Homemade pizza, watermelon, carrots
    Saturday-BBQ with old friends
    Sunday-Chicken taquitos, rice, peppers, black beans

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    Amy S

    Congrats on the 500!

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    Jackie French

    Congrats on 500! Thank you for the great giveaway.

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    Jackie French

    I follow on Facebook.

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    Jackie French

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Lynn BB

    Congratulations on week 500! I check each week to see what’s on your menu!

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    Lynn BB

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Congrats jane! No menu for me this week – it’s our last week of free-spirit summer living!

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    I follow you on fb

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    I follow you on Pinterest

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    I follow you on pinterest

  158. How did I not know about this blog until today? I’ve been looking for something like this. Not hard enough, obviously! Can’t wait to try some recipes.

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    Erin Iacobucci

    Congrats on hitting 500! Thanks for all the menu suggestions over the years!!

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    Erin Iacobucci

    Sun – Penne pasta with homemade sauce
    Mon – Roasted chicken and veggies
    Tue- Avacado chicken salad sammies and salad
    Wed – Italian sausage & peppers
    Thur – Turkey burgers and sweet potato fries (we love using our grill as much as possible!)
    Fri – Sausage & shrimp jambalaya
    Sat – Grilled pork shoulder steaks and corn on the cob

  161. Following on Facebook.

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    Congratulations on the big 5-0-0 and heres to many more!

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    Following on FB

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    Following on Pinterest

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    Congrats on 500!!

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    Following on Pinterest

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    Nikki CB

    I follow you on pinterest

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    Love it!

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    I would love that cast iron casserole. I’ve always wanted a cast iron pot.

  170. Congrats! So happy this internet web site brought us together!

  171. (And I follow you on FB and Pinterest too!)

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    My weekly menu is questionable at this point as I finish packing and getting ready for my first move and my wedding next week. Yikes.
    Monday: Chicken and mashed potatoes
    Tuesday: Salad and grilled ham and cheese
    Wednesday: Dinner out
    Thursday: Tacos
    Friday: Night before race day so protein and carbs yet to be decided on.

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    This menu looks awesome!

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    Wahoo!! Congrats lady!

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    Always looking for a little culinary inspiration!

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    500! Congrats! That’s a lot of meal planning!

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    Yay! Congrats to your blog milestone, it’s a big one!

    Sun- Pasta Carbonara w Salad
    Mon- Flounder, tater tots & green beans
    Tues- Creamy pasta with chicken & broccoli
    Weds- Eggs & Beans on toast (Mom has late work mtg)
    Thurs- Hamburgers & Fries
    Fri- Pizza

  178. Congratulations on a great milestone. What an achievement. And now I’m craving Korean Slow Cooker Tacos!

  179. I follow on Pinterest!

  180. Menu this week:
    Sun: Pasta with egg yolk sauce, sauteed zucchini and speck.
    Mon: Italian Sausages, Corn, Onion and Potatoes on the grill, cucumber salad and a birthday pavlova with nectarines and strawberries.
    Tues: Fish Tacos
    Thursday: Chicken Pesto Meatballs with Salad
    Friday: Pizza

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    Holy Guacamole! 500! Congrats. Your menus have made our meals extra tasty and we look forward to 500 more.

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    I also follow you on Facebook. STEAMBOY…I NEED YOU!

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    Missi W.

    Congratulations!!! I recently started following on Facebook. Very interesting site.

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    Congrats on 500 posts. Seriously amazing! And thanks for providing lots of recipe ideas.

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    Oh my gosh – how exciting! I started following you a couple years ago. I was already meal planning, but we were getting sick of my “usuals”. I have used SO many of your recipes since then and many have become favorites! Many thanks and huge congratulations!! You have a great blog 🙂

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    I meal plan from Tuesday to Tuesday, since that seems to be the day I do my food shopping. Then we are always covered for the busy weekend and the dreaded Monday! This week on my menu I have:

    Rotisserie Chicken Sandwiches, corn on the cob, deviled eggs
    Homemade Waffles with Homemade Berry Sauce
    Crockpot Chicken & Salsa Burritos, Veggies
    Homemade Spaghetti (I grew up on this recipe), Salad
    Eat Out Saturday (we are always traveling for football and never home for dinner)
    Homemade Buttermilk Biscuits and Sausage, Raspberry Jello
    Bean & Cheese Quesedillas on Wheat Tortillas, Veggies

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    Vicki Tunell

    I have been following your blog for years, I don’t even know when I started, but it has been a long time! Thanks for all the great recipes and inspiration!!!

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    Vicki Tunell

    Monday: Skillet Jambalaya
    Tuesday: Chicken Fingers, Oven Fries, and Fresh Fruit
    Wednesday: Grilled Chicken with White Bean and Tomato Salad
    Thursday: Rustic Potato Leek Soup and Cheesy Breads
    Friday: Chicken and Mozzarella Pasta
    Saturday: Root Beer Pulled Pork and Coleslaw Sandwiches
    Sunday: Chicken Kiev and Green Beans

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    Luv soooooooooooooooooo many of your recipes…I am going to try the
    Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef on Friday!

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    This weeks menu…
    M-Beefy Sloppy Joes & oven zucchini fries
    T-Chilled Tomato Cucumber Shrimp salad & cheesy quesadillas
    W-Pork tenderloin, smashed potatoes & green beans
    Th-Chicken Parma spaghetti & green salad
    F-Slow Cooker Sweet Korean BBQ Beef…yum & frozen oriental veggies
    S-Tortilla Pizzas…everyone tops their own.
    Sun-Teriyaki Salmon & pineapple almond couscous
    And all the homegrown tomatoes, cucumbers and zucchini anyone wants!

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    Following you on Pinterest…

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    Debbie the NY Baker

    Congratulations on this milestone! I enjoy reading your blog and especially like dessert items. Thanks for your commitment to your readers!

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    I just found your site last week and so far have made your orange chicken and the carnitas tacos. I will definitely keep coming back for more ideas! I have four children under the age of six, so I am always searching for things the littles will eat. Here is my menu for the week:
    carnitas tacos
    stuffed peppers (the kids ate leftover meatball subs)
    loaded baked potatoes and salad
    peanut chicken w/ rice noodles
    breakfast casserole and homemade bread
    oven fried chicken w/ sweet potatoes
    leftovers at some point in the week

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    Sorry for the repeat on my menu. I forgot I had to leave it in separate post. Thank you!

    carnitas tacos
    stuffed peppers (the kids ate leftover meatball subs)
    loaded baked potatoes and salad
    peanut chicken w/ rice noodles
    breakfast casserole and homemade bread
    oven fried chicken w/ sweet potatoes
    leftovers at some point in the week

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    Congrats Jane! How exciting to finally reach 500!! Though I haven’t been here from the very beginning, I have been following since you only had one child ☺️, so I feel like I’ve been following along from the beginning.

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    I also follow on Facebook.

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    Wahoo!!!! Way to go Jane! 500 what a great number !!

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    Sunday – Beef tips w/gravy and peas over rice
    Monday – Meatloaf, Fried potatoes w/peppers & onion, peas & carrot mix
    Tuesday – Kielbasa, corn on the cob
    Wednesday – Leftovers
    Thursday – Salmon, baked potatoes, green beans
    Friday – Spaghetti & meat balls, salad, garlic bread
    Saturday – Lefovers

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    Donna Arnold

    Congratulations on 500 meal plans!!! I look forward to your post every week!

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    I love your blog! My favorite recipe that I have gotten from your blog is sweet potato and black bean burritos. My sister loves the way the black beans are prepared in that recipe sometimes I will make just the black beans and we use them in other recipes. Congrats on 500!

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    I follow on Pinterest.

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    I follow on Facebook.

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    Jessica Hansen

    Wow 500. I knew that was coming soon and meant to say something to you on the Cape. Congrats! You have come so far!

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    Julie Breault

    Kudos to you! this menu plus a personal chef to hand it to is my dream!

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    Anne Pik

    Congratulations! I enjoy your weekly menus & have made many a meal from them.

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    Anne Pik

    I follow you on Pinterest.

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    Anne Pik

    Monday – chicken alfredo & salad
    Tuesday – grilled salmon & quinoa salad
    Wednesday – tomato soup & grilled cheese sandwiches
    Thursday – breakfast for dinner (eggs, sausage, toast & fruit)
    Friday – homemade pizza with “add your own fresh toppings”
    Saturday – barbqued ribs, corn & potato salad
    Sunday – waffles, strawberries &blueberries

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    Anne Pik

    I Like you on FB.

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    alison T

    Congrats! What an awesome website!

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    Nora B

    Wonderful giveaway!

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    Nora B

    Monday: chicken piccata
    Tuesday: beef chili
    Wednesday: meatballs and spaghetti
    Thursday: leftover chili!
    Friday: pizza night!!!
    Saturday: Sausage and peppers
    Sunday:tacos with homemade salsa!

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    Nora B

    I follow you on pinterest!

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    Congratulations! Although I’m not the best at posting my menus, I’ve been following you blog for a while. My family and I are grateful for all of your posts! This week we’re having one of our favorite TWFD recipes: Oriental Chicken Salad.

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    A little late on posting, but here’s this week’s menu:

    Sunday – Chicken Noodle Soup (To aid all family members dealing with seasonal allergies)
    Monday – Cheen Enchilladas/ Lime Cilantro Rice/ Refried Beans
    Tuesday – Mac & Cheese/ Chicken Tenders/ Applesauce
    Wednesday – Waffles/ Maple Sausage/ Fruit (Happy Intl. Waffle Day!)
    Thursday – Chicken Gyros/ Couscous
    Friday – Asian Chicken Salad/ Egg Rolls
    Saturday – Lasagna/ Garlic Bread/ Salad
    Sunday – Pub Potatoes

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    I follow you on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Jennifer S

    I’m a first time commenter, and relatively new having just found this site recently. So far, I really like the menus! I’m picking and choosing recipes from several different sites, including this one! I used to menu plan EVERY week, but have gotten out of the habit. I can’t believe how good it feels to have a menu again!

    • Jennifer S

      Maybe I should have added – I’m a homeschooling mom with 7 kids aged 22-7. We just took our eldest out to grad school in Montana last week, but the rest are still at home. I work part time driving special needs buses for our local school district.

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    Jennifer S

    My menu this week has been:

    Whole chickens, red potatoes pan browned with onion, and broccoli
    Crockpot enchiladas
    Homemade Hot Pockets
    Hot Dogs and Brats with mac & cheese
    Lentil Chili (from Costco) with rice
    Homemade Pizza rolls
    Vegetable Bolgnese

    We always have a vegi, and usually a salad too. I just don’t put it on the menu usually.

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    Jennifer S

    Pinterest doesn’t seem to be working for me at the moment but I will try again later.

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    Stefanie G

    thanks for sharing! I’m always looking for new weekly menus to try!

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    Stefanie G

    My menu this week-
    Sun – chicken salad sandwiches
    Mon – salmon w/grilled asparagus
    Tues – grilled chicken w/rice and corn
    Wed – homemade pizza
    Thurs – spaghetti w/ salad
    Fri – pork chops and potatoes
    Sat – london broil w/salad

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    Stefanie G

    following on pinterest – stefaniegladden
    thank you for the chances!

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    500 menus is amazing! Congratulations! I’m on week #374. Thanks for being consistent every week!

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    I like you on facebook!

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    Weekly menu:

    Sunday: on your own
    Monday: pizza
    Tuesday: sweet and sour chicken
    Wednesday: grilled teriyaki salmon
    Thursday: grilled pork chops
    Friday: sandwiches
    Saturday: burgers and brats

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    Congratulations! How exciting!!!!

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    I love your recipes. And, the blog site is so user-friendly. I’m 65 and need the extra help with dinner recipes. New is great! I pass along all the recipes I try and my friends and family rave about them, ( I also give them your site). I didn’t know how to make sticky rice till this. Again thank you for all the help.

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    I liked you on facebook today. This is going to be real fun.

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    I followed you on Pinterest today. There are a truck load of recipes there.

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    this weeks menu:
    Sunday: Out to dinner with my husband.
    Monday: Spaghetti and meatballs, salad,homemade rolls
    Tuesday: taco tuesday. rice. beans. guacamole salad.
    Wednesday: Chicken Stew
    Thursday: Leftovers [made spaghetti and meatballs into a casserole
    in the oven. Roasted asparagus and garlic bread
    Friday: Fish and Chips
    Saturday: Chicken tenders and vegetable soup

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    Congrats and thank you for being my go to on a weekly basis. Uncle Tony’s pizza sauce is an all time favorite and the enchilada sauce isn’t made enough around here!

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    I like to have a copy of my weekly menu on my online calendar so I can access any time!
    Monday: Pesto Pasta
    Tuesday: Tacos
    Wednesday: Grilled Hamburgers & Corn on the Cob
    Thursday: Teriyaki Chicken & Rice
    Friday: Pizza (take out)
    Saturday: Picnic @ the park – sandwiches and fruit
    Sunday: Breakfast for dinner

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    Congrats, Jane! That is awesome! Thank you for 500 menus. 🙂

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    I just found this site and am thrilled! I’m loving the recipes 🙂

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    I just followed you on Pinterest!

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    I liked your page on FB.

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    Monday – Cabbage Rolls
    Tuesday – Leftovers
    Wednesday – Quinoa Patties
    Thursday – Naan Pizza
    Friday – Greek Souvlaki
    Saturday – Beef Stir Fry
    Sunday – Sandwiches

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    Amanda Z

    All of the giveaways look fabulous! Here’s hoping I get lucky 🙂

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    Anne Evans

    Love your blog! Thanks for the time and creativity that go into it!

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    Christie Dickson

    Love your blog– I’ve gotten many great ideas and recipes here over the years– Thanks!

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    Christie Dickson

    Menu for the week– better late than never?

    S- BBQ with family– brought black bean salsa & chips
    M- Back to school dinner- steak, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob & strawberry shortcake
    T- Leftovers
    W- Grilled cheeseburgers and watermelon
    Th- Baked potato bar
    F- BLTs
    S- Dinner out

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    Christie Dickson

    Follow you on FB

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    Christie Dickson

    Follow you on Pinterest too

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    Congratulations on 500 menus!

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    Sarah Burnap

    I found you through Weelicious! I am excited to read more.

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    Sarah Burnap

    Followed on Pinterest!

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    Sarah Burnap

    Liked on Facebook, too.

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    Ashley R

    I love your weekly menus to help decide what to make for dinner!

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    Ashley R

    I follow on Facebook.

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    Ashley R

    I follow on Pinterest.

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    Liz K

    I’ve checked into your blog often when I’m stuck or in a boring routine. You always have such fun, fresh ideas. Thank you, and congrats on an amazing milestone!

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    Liz K

    The week always goes better for me when I have a plan, so here it is for the coming week:
    S- Chicken enchiladas, cooked carrots
    M- Pizza, salad
    T- Grilled chicken & peppers, rice
    W- Breakfast for dinner (omelets)
    Th- Pork chops, roasted potatoes, green beans
    F- Stuffed shells (ricotta & spinach), broccoli
    S- BBQ with family – hamburgers, quinoa salad

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    Darlene B.

    Congrats on your 500th blog! I love your website, when I came across it while searching the web, I couldn’t believe it was just what I was looking for. My family loves all of the new recipes I try and your ideas keep our meals exciting, not boring! We have very busy lives and the meals fit into our schedule! Thanks again!

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    Darlene B.

    Weekly Menu:
    S-Grilled Hot Dogs/Homemade baked beans
    M-Grilled Shrimp/Steak
    T-TACO Tuesday
    W-Malibu Melt Wraps (Jane’s recipe, loved it!)
    Th-Grilled Burgers
    S-FUN day at the pool!

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    Happy 500th menu! I’m adding your Butter Chicken to my menu this week 🙂

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    I like you on Facebook!

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    I follow you on Pinterest!

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    Jessica E

    Congrats on 500! Thanks for the chance to win this amazing loot! It would make my year!

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    Jessica E

    Follow on FB

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    Jessica E

    Follow on Pinterest too!

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    Congratulations on your 500th post! What dedication!

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    I liked/followed you on Facebook.

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    I was already following you on Pinterest.

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    Congratulations Jane! 500!!!!! Fun to see my family’s favorite enchiladas are part of your list 🙂

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    We have a newborn, so this week’s menu was a mix of take out and yummy stuff brought to us by friends. Thank goodness for the meal train we were gifted.

    Monday-chili and cornbread
    Wednesday-Egyptian chicken and rice
    Friday-take out Jefferies Burgers
    Saturday-eggplant parm

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    Followed you on Pinterest 🙂

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    I love Wegmans and I love your blog for helping me so many of your 500 weeks of menu planning. Congratulations on your milestone!

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    I follow you on Facebook

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    My menu this week:
    M:Spaghetti & meatballs with garlic bread
    T: chicken and black bean taco night
    W: grilling out, burgers and hotdogs
    Th: chicken sausage and sweet potatoes
    F: first week of school is over pizza night!

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    I now follow you on Pinterest 🙂

  271. The kitchen items look awesome!

  272. Menu for the week:
    S: out!
    M: pizza
    T: tomato soup w/biscuits
    W: chickpea curry
    Th: pesto chicken pizza
    F: carbonara pasta

  273. Follow you on Pinterest!

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    I just found you today while I was looking for a tomato jam recipe.

    Congratulations on 500!

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    500??!! Way to go! *throws confetti*

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    Sunday: mesquite seasoned tuna with rice + broccoli
    Monday: grilled chicken legs with baked beans + peas
    Tuesday: chicken noodle soup with garlic bread
    Wednesday: beef fajitas
    Thursday: pot roast in crock pot
    Friday: pizza
    Saturday: sausage + burgers on the grill

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    Following on FB : )

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    I follow you on Pinterest : )

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    Bonnie Lawrence

    Holy 500 Menus, Bat Girl! Congrats!

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    Bonnie Lawrence

    Totally missed out on menus last week. Here’s what I made:

    – Roasted cauliflower steaks
    – Omelet
    – Kale, sweet potatoes, and black beans
    – Out to dinner with a friend
    – Pasta with marinara
    – BBQ at friends’ house

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    Bonnie Lawrence

    Aaaaaand. I follow you on Pinterest!

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    OMG I’m so excited!!! I never win anything and these prizes are so amazing!! Thank you so much! I’m thrilled beyond words!!!!!!!!

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