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Menu Plan for the Week 6/17 – 6/23

Grilled vegetables with couscous

I must admit I was a little nervous about how the kids would do with the Grilled Vegetables and couscous for dinner last week, but they loved it! We all loved it. I kept the dressing separate because 2 out of 3 of our kids prefer things a little more plain if possible. The picture above actually shows the leftovers. I chopped up the leftover veggies, mixed them with the leftover couscous and dressing, added a bit of chopped fresh spinach and basil and it made a super yummy lunch!

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

  • Buffalo Chicken Wraps (I made them with chicken I cooked in the slow cooker. I also added chopped celery. I couldn’t find yogurt blue cheese dressing at my grocery store, but maybe I should try making some next time.)
  • watermelon
  • Sun Chips
  • carrots

Monday

  • 15-Minute Chicken Chili (Bumped from last week. I used regular canned tomatoes and had chiles as an optional topping. I couldn’t find the A1 sauce from the recipe at my store, so I mixed some regular steak sauce and hickory smoke barbeque sauce.  I also added some chili powder and cumin.)
  • corn bread
  • green salad

Tuesday  

Wednesday 

  • Beef Stir fry (I’ll use some leftover London Broil and a variety of veggies)

Thursday 

Friday

  • Homemade Pizza with a quick and easy crust (I use part whole wheat flour and knead the dough after mixing)
  • raw fruit/veggies

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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Weekly Menu Plan: 2 weeks! 4/29 – 5/12

So the menu plan last week didn’t really happen. I did have a brainstorm list, but not really a clear plan. But I decided to go ahead and post what we had last week, even though it was only semi-sorta-almost-planned-ish. But this week there is a real plan! Two weeks of meals for you to check out!

Homemade Pizza Night

Favorite meals from the last 2 weeks:

Last Week’s Menu “Plan”

Sunday

  • Nachos – cheese, refried beans, black beans, green onions, salsa (I made some Healthy Corn Tortilla Chips to use up some leftover corn tortillas, but I did add a tiny bit of oil.)
  • raw veggies

Monday – My sister and her kids were here for dinner.

Tuesday  

  • A friend brought us dinner :-)

Wednesday 

  • Tortellini Soup from the freezer (I froze it without the tortellini, and I didn’t have any tortellini in the house, so I used bow tie pasta instead.)

Thursday 

Friday

  • Dinner out with the family for my secret shopper job :-)

Saturday

Vegetarian Taco Salad

This Week’s Menu Plan!

Sunday

  • We were sent home with leftover food from the potluck lunch at church (Roast chicken, rice, bread). Yay!
  • Spinach salad

Monday 

  • Chicken Noodle Soup (I use a Cook’s Illustrated recipe, but I’ll make the broth like this recipe)

Tuesday  

Wednesday 

  • 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

Thursday 

Friday

  • Homemade Pizza with a quick and easy crust (I use part whole wheat flour and knead the dough after mixing)
  • fruit/veggies

Saturday

  • We will be celebrating our anniversary in some low-budget way. Mr. RSS might be the chef. :-)
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: 4/22 – 4/28

Healthified Ham and Potato Casserole

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went really well. Of course it was huge that we were gifted with 3 out of 7 meals. That was helpful on many levels.

Favorite meal from last week:

Let’s go with the Healthified Ham and Potato Casserole. Great comfort food. I used red pepper instead of green and added some mushrooms that were crazy on sale from Aldi. Oh, and mine wasn’t quite as healthified as the recipe, mainly because I used regular cheese instead of reduced fat.

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

Monday

  • Quick spaghetti and meat sauce: 1 box of spaghetti + 1/2 pound of cooked ground beef + 2 jars of spaghetti sauce = happy tummies in a hurry
  • salad

Tuesday  

  • A friend is bringing us dinner.

Wednesday 

Thursday 

  • Chicken Fried Rice – I make it pretty much like this Pork Fried Rice recipe, but I add celery and increase the spices

Friday

  • Homemade Pizza with a quick and easy crust (I use part whole wheat flour and knead the dough after mixing)
  • fruit/veggies

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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Meal Plan for the Week: 4/15 – 4/21 and Umbrella Cookies

Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole

How last week’s menu went:

It was a really good menu week. I made the Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole with macaroni noodles this time, and I think we liked it even better. I really need to double the recipe next time, because it was gone, gone, gone.

Favorite meal from last week:

Of the meals we made we’re going with the Slow Cooker Pulled Pork. Yum. And I put some in the freezer for another meal. Of course I didn’t get a picture because we were so excited to eat it that we just scarfed it down.

But I did get a picture of the Umbrella Cookies that I made for “U” week in kindergarten. I use The Best Rolled Sugar Cookies recipe. It really is the best, by the way. I just used a circle cookie cutter and then cut the circle in half to get the right shape. And I used this Sugar Cookie Icing recipe with vanilla extract instead of almond. I had help from Gabe, too. He loves to help in the kitchen, especially with baking.

Umbrella Cookies

This Week’s Menu Plan

I am feeling ridiculously blessed this week because 3 lovely ladies from my MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group are providing meals for us.

Sunday 

  • A friend brought us dinner.

Monday

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

Tuesday  

  • A friend brought us dinner.

Wednesday 

Thursday 

  • A friend is bringing us dinner.

Friday

  • Brown Rice with Black Beans (I’ll add some cumin and chili powder.) Possible toppings: Lettuce, tomato, cheese, sour cream, cilantro)

Saturday

  • leftovers
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: 4/8 – 4/14 with Bunny Cake

Chicken Divan, Lightened Up

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went pretty well. I didn’t make the quiche, but I cannot seem to remember what we ate instead! I must be getting old, or I’m sleep deprived, or both. We also did not have a leftover night, and that was because our friends invited us over for a cookout. Sweet! It was a lovely time.

Oh, and I tried the Beautiful Burger Buns as hot dog buns, and it didn’t work out very well. They were very flat and not very soft. I wonder if I used too much flour. But we were able to laugh about it and enjoy the hot dogs anyway!

The Big-Batch Vegetable Soup  (I added a bay leaf and a parmesan rind while cooking) turned out great. I didn’t want to use a tablespoon of tomato paste this time, because I ended up wasting the rest of the can I used the last time. So I just used some pasta sauce instead (more than a tablespoon). I also added diced potato instead of the pasta I had planned. It was good!

Favorite meal from last week:

I couldn’t really decide, so I asked everyone else, and of those who could clearly verbalize a choice, here’s what we had:

Gabe picked the Homemade Pizza with a quick and easy crust, Ella picked the hot dogs, and Mr. RSS picked the Chicken Divan, Lightened Up (I increased the sauce amounts, used cheddar cheese, and added curry powder).

Bunny Cake

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday –  Easter Dinner with family! 

  • Glazed Baked Ham
  • Classic Green Bean Casserole
  • Fresh pineapple
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Bunny Cake (I didn’t make it exactly like the one from this link, but this is the same basic cake.) Mr. RSS grew up having this cake on Easter Sunday, so it has some family history. Grandma and the kids helped decorate it.

Monday

  • I got a free Artisan pizza from Domino’s Facebook offer! My sister was coming over for dinner with her kids, so she picked up a cheese pizza also.
  • raw veggies
  • grapes
  • leftover bunny cake

Tuesday  

  • Ham and Cheese Omelet
  • green salad or fruit salad

Wednesday – A certain little boy is turning 6!

Thursday 

  • A friend is bringing us dinner. :-)

Friday

Saturday

  • Skinny Tuna Noodle Casserole  (I’ll top it with french fried onions instead of whole wheat bread crumbs. Yep. And I might use macaroni instead of egg noodles this time, too.)
  • raw veggies and 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: 4/1 – 4/7

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went pretty well. I have been such a crock pot failure lately, though. I always seem to forget to get the crock pot recipes started in time! Does anyone have a great idea for this? It happened this week with the Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers. I didn’t get them started in time, so I made them more like this recipe (which I have used before) that uses the oven.  I ended up doing a recipe that was something between the two, and it was good, but one of these days I want to try again to get those peppers in the crock pot on time!

Favorite meal from last week:

I’m going with the Omelet Bar (choice of cheese, a little bit of leftover ham, spinach, sauteed onions, mushrooms) was the favorite for the week. It was sort of a surprise favorite, actually. And I’m adding it to my mental list of good recipes for using up little bits of food that need to be eaten. Omelets are cheap and easy, too!

I didn’t get a picture of the omelets, but Mr. RSS assures me that you all know what one looks like. :-)

I did get a picture of the Buffalo Chicken Salad, which was another favorite (I saved some plain chicken for the kids).

Buffalo Chicken Salad

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 veggies

Monday

Tuesday  

  • Beans and Rice – I was totally winging it on this one – sauteed onion and red pepper, taco seasoning, diced tomatoes, black beans, kidney beans, brown rice (served with a few optional toppings like cheese and sour cream)
  • optional tortillas to make a burrito (the kids like this)
  • apple slices

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

Saturday

  • leftovers
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: 3/25 – 3/31

Steak Salad

How last week’s menu went:

Last week went very smoothly. Gotta love that.

Favorite meal from last week:

I’m going to say that our favorite meal was the Steak Salad, although I can’t take any credit for the steak part because our marvelous friends sent us home with it after a dinner party. But I did make the salad. And I did reheat the steak and slice it. I even made the dressing. So I say it counts. I added some lightly sauteed yellow peppers and loved that addition, too.

I could pick several dishes for second place, but I do want to say that the Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells were really super easy and yummy and we all loved them.

Make-Ahead Unstuffed Shells

This Week’s Menu Plan

Sunday

  • Omelet Bar – cheese, a little bit of leftover ham, spinach, sauteed onions, mushrooms
  • steamed broccoli
  • homemade vanilla yogurt with blueberries (I use low fat milk and add 1 c. of nonfat powdered milk to thicken)

Monday

  • 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
  • green beans

Tuesday  

Wednesday

Thursday 

Friday

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

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 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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