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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Week 82 Menu

Good morning! I am on FIRE today…it’s only 9:14 AM and I am showered, I just pulled a pan of muffins out of the oven, there is a load of laundry in the washing machine, both girls are bathed and fed, and I’ve got my weekly menu done. Pigs must be flying in you-know-where. In fact, I think they’re throwing snowballs, too.

Asian Spinach Salad

– Leftovers

– Penne w/vodka sauce, fresh parmesan & mozzarella
– Salad

– BBQ Chicken Pizza (recipe to come this week…you won’t want to miss it!)

– Eat out

– Hamburgers
– Corn on the cob
– Fruit
– Baked beans

Orange chicken
– Rice
– Spinach Salad with something yummy mixed in

Cori and/or Meghan…do you have a recipe for your Chicken Poppyseed Casserole?

Stella…what is Chicken Murphy?

Thank you all for your menus every week. It helps SO MUCH with my planning! Let’s see what you’ve got this week…


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    Hmm in no particular order really. Depends on how hot it gets!

    Salmon Caesar Wraps
    Jerk Chicken
    Breakfast for Dinner {baked cheesy garlic grits & sausage patties}
    Curry Turkey Salad Melts
    Steak & Potato Wedges
    Black Bean & Rice Salad

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    mon- french dip sandwiches, fruit salad
    tues- minestrone soup, rolls, salad
    wed- left overs
    thurs- bbq steak, and whatever else my husband throws together
    fri- sun- out of town!! Someone else is cookin!! 🙂

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    Last week was rough, so I've got to carry-overs from last week.

    -Ham & Mozzarella Panini's
    -Potato Salad

    -Broccoli & Cheddar Quiche

    -Baked Potatoes

    -Baked Chicken
    -Parmesan Orzo
    -Green Beans

    -Homemade Pizza

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    Jane, here is the recipe it is from Kelly at and is so easy and good! I did do the butter over the crumbs. My menu to come, still deciding…..

    chicken poppyseed casserole
    2 c. cooked chicken chunks
    2 cans cream of chicken soup
    1 c. sour cream
    Ritz cracker crumbs

    Mix sour cream and soup. Pour over chicken in casserole. Sprinkle with crumbs and poppyseeds. (Can pour melted butter over crumbs.) Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes.

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    It is so hot that I don’t feel like cooking at all…but of course still have to eat! So here is a tenative plan:

    Mon: White bean salad (didn’t make this last week)
    Tues: Asian Spinach Pasta Salad (love this too!) and Spinach Artichoke Dip (can’t wait to try this)
    Wed: Farfalle pasta with parmesan cream sauce
    Thurs: Taco Salad
    Fri: Mustard-Crusted Salmon, rice
    Sat: eat out, b-day party for dessert
    Sun: B-day dinner at friends house!

    Also, I am going to try the chocolate zucc bread recipe at some point this week.

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    Julie B

    Well, it’s good to have you back, Jane, and I am glad someone is on fire today! I most certainly am not, but I do know what I am cooking this week:

    Sunday: Carne asada tacos with ceviche (from the local Mexican market…we communicate through sign language)

    Monday: Spaghetti (my daughter’s favorite, since it’s her first day of Preschool! Yikes!) and salad

    Tuesday: Chicken wrapped in bacon and dried beef with sour cream and cream of mushroom sauce, green beans and rice (Or we just might head to the local brewery for $2 beers and $2 taco night)

    Wednesday: Steak, baked potatoes and corn

    Thursday: Dinner at my mom’s to see my Uncle from Indiana

    Friday: Something on the BBQ, crab?

    Saturday: Dinner out, hopefully without the kiddos

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    Monday: Big salads and baked pirogie casserole

    Tuesday: Crockpot lasagna

    Wednesday: Cheese steak sloppy joes and green beans

    Thursday: hubby has a work meeting so we’re each on our own

    Friday: having a tapas party at our place. lots of fun things planned

    Saturday: Pizza? TBD?

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    Aaron Tunell

    Black Bean Soup (Martha Stewart)

    Cranberry Stuffed Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

    Chicken Spinach Roll Ups

    Cream of Chicken Soup with Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

    Breakfast for dinner

    Saturday & Sunday: Left Overs

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    Here you go:

    Mon-cheesy bacon mac, mixed veggies
    Tues- beef stroganoff, corn
    Wed- cheesy tuna casserole, salad
    Thurs – bbq chicken, parmesan pasta, mixed veggies
    Fri – pizza night
    Sat – chicken pot pie
    Sun – taco casserole

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    Sunday: Ribeye steak and potato salad with caper dressing

    Monday: Costco hot dogs!

    Tuesday: Croque Monseuir

    Wednesday: Chicken Salad

    Thursday: Bacon and Asparagus Quiche

    Friday: Tomato and zucchini pasta

    Saturday: Not sure yet…

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    rookie cookie

    Loved reading about your summer travels. It makes me hunrgy!

    My menu:
    Monday: Citrus Steak Salad

    Tuesday: Chicken kababs with homemade hummus and naan.

    Wednesday: Linguine with Shrimp and Lemon oil. Spinach salad too.

    Thursday: Salt-crusted baked potatoes with all the fattening fixings.

    Friday: Date night! Some mac and cheese for Son One. Maybe I will get Annie’s Mac and Cheese. For some reason, I feel better about giving him mac and cheese if it is all natural (as if it makes that big of a difference!).

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    Monday: Empanadas and salad
    Tuesday: Tangy Shredded Pork Tacos
    Wednesday: Wraps (turkey, munster cheese, tomato, avocado and lettuce)
    Thursday: Herbed Cheese Ravioli, steamed green beans
    Friday:out to eat for son's birthday, cake & ice cream after
    Saturday: Quesadillas, garden veggie soup
    Sunday: Beef Stroganoff (crock pot), green salad,

  13. 13

    The ideas this week are great – I just got a new crock pot and am wondering about crockpot recipes such as the lasagna and the stroganoff?

  14. 14

    The ideas this week are great – I just got a new crock pot and am wondering about crockpot recipes such as the lasagna and the stroganoff?

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    This is the link for Asian-Inspired Sloppy Joes. It’s quick and easy, really good, kids like it. There’s cabbage in it but even people who don’t like cabbage like this. The recipe is at the end of the article. The length of the recipe makes it seem complicated but it really isn’t.

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    Jane Maynard

    cori – thanks for the recipe!

    rynell and kristen – better share your crockpot recipes…that’s my mother-in-law asking, and we need to keep her happy. she’s so mean. 🙂 (just kidding mimi!!!)

    again, bravo, everyone – love love the menus!

  17. 17
    Jane Maynard

    oh, and maria, I’ll need to try that asian sloppy joe recipe for sure. nate hates it when I whip out the manwich, so this would be a welcome change!

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    Hey! No menu this week because I’m boycotting the grocery store.

    Not really…just don’t want to go!

    Chicken Murphy is an Italian dish. You can make it with some sausage thrown in, too. Its chunks of floured chicken, onions, sauteed. The sauce is made from the “juice” in a jar of peperoncini and chicken broth. Throw in some of the peppers. Top with fried “diced” potatoes.

    I can give you a better more specific recipe if you want!

    Just email me mcgearstella at gmail dot com

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    Another easy, kid-friendly recipe is this particular Minestrone Soup recipe from Epicurious. My kids are not vegetable eaters but they like this, and it has 10 vegetables in it. Trader Joe’s has a 1/4 pack of pancetta cut just to the right size. Serve it with French/Italian bread and some sort of salami or salty cheese.


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    Another fast and easy favorite of mine:

    Easy Easy Spaghetti and Meatballs

    2 cups purchased chunky tomato pasta sauce
    (I use two large jars, which is more than 2 cups)
    1/2 pound ground turkey
    3/4 cup fresh breadcrumbs made from crustless Italian bread
    2 3/4 tablespoons purchased pesto
    1 egg white
    1/4 teaspoon salt
    8 ounces spaghetti


    Spread 1 cup pasta sauce over bottom of heavy medium skillet.

    Mix turkey, breadcrumbs, pesto, egg white and salt in medium bowl. Using moistened hands, form mixture into 8 meatballs. Place meatballs in single layer in sauce.

    Spoon remaining sauce over. Bring to simmer. Cover; reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until meatballs are cooked through, stirring occasionally, about 20 minutes.

    Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until just tender but still firm to bite. Drain pasta; divide between bowls. Top with meatballs and sauce.

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