Posts Tagged ‘weekly-menu’

M is for Menu Planning

I started planning weekly menus just over a year ago, about when I started this blog.  It has been SUCH a good decision for our family.  I have managed to gather together a collection of recipes that we love and a few easy recipes for those tough days.  I rarely spend the afternoons wondering what is for dinner that night.  I save money by stocking up on items that we often use when they are on sale, and we (generally) eat more nutritiously.

You can find menu plans for most of last year on this blog… and menu plans from January on at my other blog — Melody’s Menus.  It hasn’t been updated in the past few weeks either… but it still has some recipes that we love on it.  I’ve been a little burned out on menu planning lately… but I am excited that May 1 marks the opening of the Farmer’s Market here.  I can’t wait for summer produce and meals where supper is just whatever meat we found at a good price and lots of fresh vegetables!  (And I am even happier that I can look back and see what recipes I used last summer and make them again!)

Menu Planning 12/27-1/2

Linking up with again for menu planning!

Monday: leftovers from Christmas dinner
Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday: a ham & cheese quiche slightly resembling this one, white beans & ham, dinner out with a friend
Friday: taking snacks to a New Year’s Eve party… haven’t figured out what yet!
Saturday: my little boy’s birthday, so his choice
Sunday: leftovers

I have to share some baking successes from the past week too.  I made up some homemade peppermint marshmallows to pair with hot cocoa mix for Christmas presents, and some peppermint meltaways to share at Christmas dinners.  Both turned out amazingly well and I was very impressed that my first foray into candy-making was a success!  The peppermint mocha truffles were also a huge success and will definitely be returning next year.

Stay tuned for a round-up of my favorite recipe finds of 2010…sometime this week!

Monday Menu Plan 12/13-12/19

Linking up with again for menu planning! Scroll down for some holiday baking ideas too!

Monday: Sloppy Joes & mac and cheese (It’s guys night, I’m heading out to a book club, spaghetti and homemade brownies!) 🙂
Tuesday: Parmesan Chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas
Wednesday: French Onion Soup with French Bread

Thursday: Leftover Buffet (and since I am not cooking, I’m making the rice for fried rice on Saturday, does that count as cooking?) 🙂
Friday: Bacon Tomato Cappellini — new recipe for us!
Saturday: Chinese Chicken Fried Rice II, broccoli, fortune cookies — new recipe for us!
Sunday: Leftover Buffet

It is definitely time for holiday baking as well. We’ve already made Double-Decker fudge. I need to make one more thing for a party this week and am thinking of trying out these peppermint mocha truffles that I came across a month or so ago. We’ll definitely be making my new favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe for Santa (and enough for us to eat as well, as my little boy pointed out when I was talking of making them for Santa) 🙂 . I’m sure we’ll make some sugar cookies or some other easy and fun to decorate cookie too. (I’m open to suggestions on that one! Any cookies your kids have loved to make over the years?).

What’s cooking at your house this week?

Menu Plan Monday 12/6-12/12

Monday: Cheesy Chicken & Rice with broccoli

Tuesday: Southwest Turkey Burgers with homemade tortilla chips (and store-bought salsa) — recipe to come

Wednesday:  Bean Soup (using homemade beans this time, so I hope it turns out okay!) with Beer Bread

Thursday: Steak Fajitas with black beans

Friday: Breakfast for dinner — pancakes for now!

Saturday: White Beans and Cornbread

Sunday: Leftover Buffet or the rest of the chicken tortilla soup from the freezer

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Menu Plan Monday 11/22-11/28/2010

Short week with basically no cooking involved.  I’ll make banana bread at some point because I have some bananas that need it… besides that, massively easy week.

Monday: Spaghetti with leftover spaghetti sauce from the freezer and Italian Pinwheel Rolls
Tuesday: Baked Potato Bar (with leftover chili or whatever people want to throw on from the fridge)
Wednesday: dinner on the road
Thursday-Saturday: hanging out with family for Thanksgiving and I am not cooking! 🙂
Sunday: leftover Chicken Tortilla soup (from the freezer)

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Monday Menu Planning 11/15-11/21/2010

Linking up with OrgJunkie again for menu planning! Last week was hectic and we ate out more than expected… plus that Chicken Tortilla soup made enough (good) food to last us most of this week! We’ll probably eat it for lunches and maybe freeze some. Here’s the plan for this week:

Monday: Baked Mozarella Chicken Spaghetti (using up some leftover spaghetti noodles from last week — recipe to come!)
Tuesday: Country Supper (carryover from last week)
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas with black beans (new recipe from Food on the Table menu planning resource — Go check it out!
Friday: Date Night 🙂
Saturday: Tomato Green Bean Soup with some kind of homemade bread
Sunday: leftovers

Quick and easy week!

Menu Planning 11/8-11/14/2010

It has turned COLD outside over the past few days, so this week is all about warm suppers. I am going to be busy several evenings too, so I am all about quick and easy meals! Linking up again with for a weekly menu plan!

Monday:  French Dip Sandwiches

Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup

Wednesday:  Beefy Egg Noodles (leftover French Dip) with Honey Roasted Carrots

Thursday: Italian Wedding Soup and Salad

Friday: Country Supper

Saturday & Sunday: leftover buffet and there is plenty of leftover spaghetti sauce in the freezer!

Menu Plan Monday 10/25-10/31

Monday:  Panko Crusted Baked Chicken Thighs, Maple-Roasted Sweet Potatoes, green peas

Tuesday: Egg Drop Soup, Chicken Stirfry, Fortune Cookies

Wednesday:  eating out with family

Thursday: Italian Sausage Soup

Friday: Lentil Stew (I need to post the recipe for this one!)

Saturday: Bison Burgers (new to us!) with sweet potato fries

Sunday: Leftover Buffet for lunch… maybe for supper too!

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Menu Plan Monday 10/18-10/24

How is it already the middle of October???  Anyway… I’ve still been meal planning, just not posting.  I’ll have to do a blog post listing some of the yummy recipes I’ve found over the past few months!  Here’s this week’s plan… hop over to orgjunkie’s web site to find more recipes or link to your own menu plan!

Monday: Parmesan Turkey Meatloaf, leftover mashed potatoes, leftover cabbage
Tuesday: Crockpot Gyros with this tzatziki sauce, salad
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Mulligatawney Soup with grilled cheese sandwiches
Thursday: Mexican Crockpot Creamy Chicken over brown rice
Friday: Chunky Chicken Noodle Soup
Saturday: Leftover soup or PBJ for lunch, birthday party for supper
Sunday: Leftover Mexican creamy chicken (in tortillas) for lunch, chili @ church for supper

Menu Plan Monday 7/19/10-7/25/10

We got a massive amount of fresh basil CHEAP at the Farmer’s Market on Saturday… so the goal for the week is to use it up.

Monday:  Sloppy Joes on Honey Wheat Sandwich Rolls, sweet potato fries, salad

Tuesday: Chicken and Basil Stirfry (with white rice for a change!)

Wednesday: Tomato Green Bean Soup with Salad

Thursday: Ratatouille with French Bread

Friday: Penne Pasta with Pesto or marinara sauce, Caprese Salad and French Bread

Saturday: leftovers

Sunday: Tilapia, Roasted Red Potatoes, whatever veggies we still have at home

Also some breakfast planning so we do a better job of eating more than cereal (the 4-year-old) and smoothies (me) 🙂 Two ideas for this week:

Breakfast Burritos (egg, onion, cheese, peppers, bacon in a wrap or tortilla)

Whole Wheat and Oatmeal Waffles (I’m excited about trying these, especially since we have fresh blueberries!)

Wow, just realized we have 3 meatless meals this week.  Oh, well… when there are so many good fresh veggies around, who needs meat? 🙂  Personally, I could live on grilled corn, homegrown tomatoes, homemade bread, and whatever fruit is currently ripe for the rest of the summer…

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