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Menu Plan for the Week 3/18 – 3/24

How last week’s menu went:

There were definitely some changes to last week’s menu. I was a little indecisive about my Monday meal. I ended up making the Hearty Lentil Soup (I add celery, add chopped spinach instead of parsley, and only use 1/2 tsp of the balsamic vinegar) and the Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins. Both great choices.

On Thursday I realized that I had set myself up with a casserole-heavy week. The weather was beautiful and I decided to marinate some chicken breasts to be grilled instead of making the Chicken Divan, Lightened Up (but it’s still a favorite). We put the grilled chicken on a spinach salad. Perfect!

On Saturday we ended up going on a spontaneous day trip to visit some wonderful friends (Who fed us yummy things like  steak and homemade mint chocolate chip ice cream, by the way!), so I moved the Corned Beef  to Sunday. I’m sure you understand. :-)

Taco Casserole

Favorite meal from last week:

Of the meals we made here, I’m going to pick the Taco Casserole as the favorite. All 5 of us loved it. And there was not a crumb left.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday I was really late getting the corned beef going, so the kids ate pizza quesadillas and we ate the corned beef after they were in bed.

Monday

Tuesday  

  • Steak Salad with leftover steak our friends sent us home with! So nice! I’m planning to make it kind of like this recipe. I think it’s hard to go wrong with a steak salad. Yum.

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

Saturday

  • I think we are going out to eat for my new secret shopper job. :-)

 

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week 3/11 – 3/17 Yummy!

Baked Ziti

How last week’s menu went:

I stuck to the plan last week.  Except for one thing. I decided right when the corn chowder was almost done (already late) that I had to have some Cheese Biscuits. I’ve never even made them before, but I decided to make them anyway. I have no idea what that was all about.  So even though we didn’t eat dinner until around 8:00 that night, it was really good.

Corn Chowder and Cheese Biscuits

Favorite meal from last week:

The Baked Ziti takes first place! I used all ground beef and left out the sausage. I may have used more of the various cheeses than the recipe states. Okay, I did.

I’m throwing the Corn Chowder in here, too as a second place winner. I use more bacon than the recipe states. Cook it up and crumble it up as a topping. Please. Turkey bacon works, too. So good. Sometimes I substitute chicken broth for part of the milk in this, too.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Shamrock Cake

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday  

  • Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole  (I’ll top it with french fried onions instead of whole wheat bread crumbs because I’m a rebel)
  • raw veggies and fruit

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

  • Quick spaghetti and meat sauce: 1 box of spaghetti + 1 pound of cooked ground beef (from my freezer) + 2 jars of spaghetti sauce = happy tummies in a hurry
  • salad or green beans

Saturday – Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

  • Corned Beef
  • Cabbage, carrots, onions, potatoes
  • Irish soda bread
  • Shamrock Cake – I usually just make a cake from a mix and put green tinted icing on it with green sprinkles in the shape of a shamrock. The kids love to help and it has become a little tradition that they look forward to every year. I just cut out a shamrock shape from paper, tape the paper back to a shamrock shaped “frame” and hold it just over the cake to sprinkle the shape. Easy!
The cake I really want to try is this Chocolate Guinness Cake. Yum!
I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week 3/4 – 3/10

Big-Batch Vegetable Soup

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went well. I played around with the new Spinach Calzone recipe a little too much, and I think I made it not as good as the original. I was trying a little too hard to use up all of the spinach I had. I might try it again sometime with fewer changes to the recipe.

Favorite meal from last week:

I’m going to pick the Big-Batch Vegetable Soup as the favorite. I love how healthy it was and that it allowed me to use up 8 cups of veggies! I added a bay leaf and some grated parmasan. Next time I will add a parmesean rind while cooking, as a couple of readers suggested. I also added some pasta. There’s alphabet pasta in the picture above, but in the other half I used macaroni, which was better for this soup, I think. The Shrimp Scampi was also really tasty.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

  • Homemade pizza with a quick and easy crust (I use part whole wheat flour and knead the dough after mixing)
  • raw carrots

Monday

  • Beanie Wienies – I’m not loving the name, but I do love that it’s quick, easy, yummy, and healthy enough (I added extra beans) I also found this recipe that uses turkey hot dogs and serves it over brown rice. I like that idea, too.
  • Sweet potato fries
  • grapes

Tuesday  

  • Corn Chowder (I use more bacon. Cook it up and crumble it up as a topping. Please.)

Wednesday

  • Baked Ziti (I’ll use all ground beef this time)
  • salad

Thursday 

Friday

  • Some friends are treating us to pizza :-)

Saturday

 

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week 2/26 – 3/3

Pasta e Fagioli

How last week’s menu went:

Last week we were dealing with a broken refrigerator, and that caused more things to change than usual. I made pasta and meat sauce instead of the Crockpot Enchiladas (they moved to this week), I didn’t make the Chicken Fried Rice and instead my mom treated us to McDonald’s that night, and instead of leftover night we had frozen pizza.

Favorite meal from last week:

Everybody loves that Slithering Stromboli Snake (including a few special guests we had that night), so I’ll pick that. This was the first time I had made Pasta e Fagioli, and that was really good, too. I think it will become a regular in our soup rotation. I made it with this Crusty French Bread that we dipped in olive oil with pepper. Yum.

One more thing. Those sweet potato fries I made on hot dog night are so addicting.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

Saturday

  • Leftovers or homemade pizza with a quick and easy crust (I use part whole wheat flour and knead the dough after mixing)
I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week – 2/19 – 2/25

Slithering Stromboli Snake

How last week’s menu went:

Some things moved around last week. Which is fine. That’s one think that is nice about having a plan for the whole week. It’s easy to move things around when you need to. I also ended up bumping the Braised Country-Style Pork Ribs to this week. In the place of the ribs, I made a Chicken Pot Pie (in between this recipe and this one), which worked out great for using up some leftovers and things that needed using up.

Favorite meal from last week:

I’m going to pick the 2 favorites as Chicken leg quarters – (baked with olive oil and McCormick’s Montreal Chicken Seasoning) and Easy Lasagna (I add more sauce – almost double). All 5 of us like both of these recipes. And our special guest that was here for lasagna night seemed happy with it, too.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

  • Chicken fried rice  (I usually look at these 2 recipes: House Fried Rice / Pork Fried Rice and kind of wing it from there based on what I have on hand.)

Saturday

  • Leftover night
I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week 2/12 – 2/18

Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went well. I ended up doing a leftover night instead of the chicken leg quarters one night, both because we had a ton of leftovers and the chicken was taking forever to thaw. So it’s moving to this week.

Favorite meal from last week:

It’s a tough choice this week. Let’s go with the  Buffalo Wings (I make plain ones for the kids and they can dip them in BBQ sauce.) Let’s throw the Ravioli with Sage Cream Sauce in there, too. Not throw it in with the buffalo wings literally, mind you, just throw it in as a favorite.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

  • Leftover Night

Monday

  • Hearty Lentil Soup (I add celery, add chopped spinach instead of parsley, and only use about 1/2 tsp of the balsamic vinegar)
  • Maybe some bread, like French Bread (I throw a little whole wheat flour in there for fun)

Tuesday 

  • Easy Lasagna I add more sauce (almost double) and sometimes add spinach as well.
  • Salad

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

  • Valentine’s Date Night Woo Hoo!
  • The kids will eat something easy

Saturday

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week 2/5 – 2/11 And want to hang out on Facebook?

New! A Facebook Page!

Would you like to hang out with me on Facebook? But not too much, because, we all have things we need to do, right? Well, I created a Facebook page for Ready. Set. Simplify. over the weekend. I’m kind of excited and scared about it, actually. But I really do like Facebook and sometimes I have little things I’d like to say, or questions, or articles to share, but they don’t always make sense for a blog post. But they do make sense for Facebook! So I’m going to give it a try. As of this writing, I have 0 “likes” on my page.  So be one of the first to “like” me! (It feels really weird to ask people to like you.)

You can “like” me by clicking over to to my new Facebook page or by clicking the like button over there in my sidebar. It will be fun to see that 0 change to 10,000. Just kidding. How about 10? 20?

Now on to menu stuff!

How last week’s menu went:

Last week was a little crazy because for some reason I picked a bunch of new recipes to try. It often takes a little longer to make dinner when I’m trying something new. I enjoyed all of the new recipes, though!

Favorite meal from last week:

I was having a hard time deciding on a favorite, so I asked the family. The kids picked the Homemade Pizza (I use this crust recipe, with part whole wheat flour. I double the recipe and also knead the dough after mixing.) and Mr. RSS picked the Ham and Potato Casserole as his favorite.

This Week’s Menu Plan (No new recipes this week!)

Sunday

  • Buffalo Wings (These are baked, and I do mix melted butter in with the sauce as it says in the “Tips” section.) This is an authentic recipe – my hubby is from Buffalo and he is serious about his wings. I make plain ones for the kids and they can dip them in BBQ sauce.
  • raw veggies

Monday

Tuesday 

  • Ground Beef Stroganoff (A quick and easy version that my family loves. I pretty much double everything except the soup and sour cream. I add some beef broth to thin the sauce a bit, and I don’t stir the noodles in. I cook up a whole bag of egg noodles and serve the stroganoff over the noodles.) My daughter has been begging me to make this!
  • Green beans

Wednesday

  • Tortellini Soup
  • Maybe a salad, or maybe I’ll just throw some chopped spinach in the soup…

Thursday 

Friday

  • Easy Chicken Enchiladas (I add enchilada sauce on top before the cheese, and sliced black olives, too. We top these with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and sour cream.)
  • Multigrain chips and salsa

Saturday

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week: 1/29 – 2/4

Homemade yogurt with chocolate syrup (And some cute kids and some clutter in the background that I need to take care of)

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went well. I ended up not making the chili, but instead made a Kielbasa, peppers and onions dish that was sort of in-between this recipe and this one. It was yummy!

I did a little more baking than usual last week. I made 2 loaves of French Bread, some Oatmeal Blueberry Applesauce Muffins, and some Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins. I also got back into making homemade yogurt.

I joined Jessica at Good (Cheap) Eats in a Pantry Challenge this last month, and it went really well. I actually notice the most difference in the refrigerator.  It’s actually looking pretty empty (for me). I think I need to keep this up on my own!

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole (made slightly less "skinny" by adding french fried onions)

Favorite meal from last week:

I wasn’t expecting this, but I’m picking the Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole as the favorite! I did add french fried onions instead of bread crumbs on top, which I would do again. All 5 of us liked it!

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

Monday

  • Ham and Potato Casserole (using some leftover ham from the freezer – healthier version of a recipe I used to make)
  • broccoli and or salad

Tuesday 

Wednesday

Thursday

  • Quick Chickpea Curry (Well look at this, yet another new recipe this week. I don’t know what came over me!)
  • rice or I might try naan
  • salad or veggies

Friday

  • Homemade Pizza (I’ll use this crust recipe, with part whole wheat flour. I double the recipe and also knead the dough after mixing.) I’m thinking about a ham and pineapple pizza this week.
  • Raw veggies

Saturday

  • Chocolate Chip Chili (Moved from last week. I think I’ll leave out the sausage. And yes. It’s a new recipe.)
  • Cornbread
  • Raw veggies or fruit

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week: 1/22 – 1/28

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went well. A few meals changed days and Saturday we were invited to dinner at a friend’s house, so the Chicken Tortilla Soup moved to this week.

Here’s something I’m happy about figuring out: Using up cilantro. I had 2 recipes planned last week that both used a good amount of cilantro, so I used it up easily without wasting a thing. Those 2 recipes are the BBQ Chicken Pizza and the Chicken Tortilla Soup. I need to remember to have those 2 meals in the same week again.

Favorite meal from last week:

I think I’m going to pick the Quick Spaghetti and Meat Sauce (1 box of spaghetti + 1 pound of cooked ground beef (from my freezer) + 2 jars of spaghetti sauce = happy tummies in a hurry).

I’ve been thinking a lot about trying to simplify dinner more. It just seems like it takes forever to get dinner on the table most nights. So I’m looking for more simple-fast-easy-healthy-frugal-yummy meals to serve for dinner. I’m not asking for too much there, am I? If you have one to share, please feel free to leave a link in the comments. I’m also planning to do some more freezer cooking in an effort to simplify dinner!

This Week’s Menu Plan

I’m joining Jessica at Good (Cheap) Eats in a Pantry Challenge. I’m trying to use up food from the pantry this month. I think this could lead to some good pantry cleaning out and organizing, too! 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday 

  • Baked Ziti a friend is bringing over :-)
  • Salad
  • Garlic bread, I hope (Most of the time I put this on the menu it doesn’t happen!)

Wednesday

  • Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole (New recipe I’m trying, but I think I’ll top it with french fried onions instead of whole wheat bread crumbs, you know, because I’m trying to use up stuff in my pantry)
  • Salad, I think

Thursday

Friday

  • Chocolate Chip Chili (I may not have the sausage in this, unless I find a good sale)
  • Cornbread
  • Raw veggies or fruit

Saturday

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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Menu Plan for the Week: 1/15 – 1/21

Chicken Noodle Soup

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went well! I think the only change was that I decided to make homemade pizza on Saturday night and bumped the chicken noodle soup to Sunday, which worked out quite well. I ended up using Simply Recipes’ recipe for making chicken stock from the roast chicken last week, and then decided to go back to my old standard chicken noodle soup recipe from The New Best Recipecookbook (from the editors of Cook’s Illustrated). That’s one of my very favorite cookbooks. by the way.

Favorite meal from last week:

It had to be the Easy Lasagna. I just served it with a green salad. It was so yummy I forgot to take a picture! I do use more sauce (almost double) than what the recipe calls for, which seems to be a common recipe modification in this house. We had a fabulous guest for dinner that night as well, and all 6 of us loved it.

This Week’s Menu Plan

I’m joining Jessica at Good (Cheap) Eats in a Pantry Challenge. I’m trying to use up food from the pantry this month. I think this could lead to some good pantry cleaning out and organizing, too! 

Sunday

  • Chicken Noodle Soup  (From Cook’s Illustrated) In an effort to use what I had and be a frugal-anti-food-waste gal, I added some leftover cooked veggies and some frozen veggies, too
  • Blueberry muffins

Monday

Tuesday 

Wednesday

  • Salmon Cakes (new recipe I’m trying in order to use up some canned salmon)
  • Spinach salad
  • rice or potatoes, I think

Thursday

Friday

  • Quick spaghetti and meat sauce: 1 box of spaghetti + 1 pound of cooked ground beef (from my freezer) + 2 jars of spaghetti sauce = happy tummies in a hurry
  • salad or green beans

Saturday

I’m linking up with OrgJunkie’s Menu Plan Monday, where you can find many more meal plans to check out!

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