Meal Plan in MA ~Sept 26

26 09 2011

Starting up again with some meal planning… I’m aiming to make more well-rounded meals and inspire my kids to ask for more exciting foods. So, I’m participating in the plan it ~Don’t Panic challenge. Be sure to visit her for some great ideas on making you own meal plans!

Today we’re also going to make some more applesauce in the slow cooker from the apples we picked earlier in the month. Don’t you love Mighty Man’s expression? He was the most efficient apple picker and would not rest until the bag was overflowing!

Our dinner plans for the week…

Monday: Emeril’s Turkey and Pinto Bean Chili (Food Everyday magazine, Sept. 2011)

Tuesday: “Andouille” Chicken Sausage with Red Bell Pepper Rice and Onions

Wednesday: Slow cooker split pea soup (Woman’s Day, Oct. 2011) and Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs, French Cut Green Beans, Polenta

Friday: Baked Scallops, Asparagus Spears

Saturday: Slow Cooker Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs, tomato salad

Sunday: Mixed Munchies (aka leftovers!)

Meal Plan March 7

9 03 2011

Better late than never- the meal plan for this week!  Note, I did make it Monday morning but we have had extra kids this week so I haven’t had a chance to sit down to the computer to post.

Last week was a success and so far this week is shaping up that way too. 

So it looks like another yummy week.  Not too yummy though, because we are supposed to be sacrificing!  I can’t say I’m going to pare down my cooking for Lent since I’ve already pared it down because of the new baby. But for the next few weeks I’m going to try out new recipes that take advantage of what I already have on hand and we’ll see if I can’t pare down my pantry a little- use up all those items that got shoved to the back!

Monday:  Polish sausage stirfry, pierogies
Tuesday: Rabbit stew (yes, rabbit- from hubby’s winter hunting- this recipe turned out really good),  biscuits
Wednesday: Simple supper of soup and bread for Ash Wednesday (maybe trying a version of this recipe: Morocco’s Best Lentil Soup  Note: this soup was great!  It looked like “prison food” according to my husband, but it tasted very good and was even better the next day.  The bread was easy and good, but very crumbly.  Perfect with the soup though.
: leftovers
Friday: Knights of Columbus fish supper
Saturday: buttermilk fried chicken (recipe cut out of a newspaper years ago and yet to be tried- I’ll post if it comes out)
Sunday: pizza

For other meal plans each week check out I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Have a great week!


Meal Plan Monday returns to AK

28 02 2011

While shopping at Michael’s the other day, I stumbled upon the “every calendar for 30 cents” display. They had a cute weekly planner that sticks to the fridge that I thought was perfect for planning meals and grocery lists. And so I am motivated again to get my meal plan made each week.

Here is what I am planning for the week. And a note to my husband- be flexible. I now have another interruption to contend with!

Monday: ribs, spicy mac ‘n cheese bake, salad
Tuesday: slow cooker sloppy joes, corn on the cob
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: turkey fajitas with homemade tortillas and rice
Friday: spicy pepperjack salmon
Saturday: chicken and dumplings
Sunday: brunch- salmon broccoli quiche
dinner- polish sausage and pierogies with grilled onions

Join the fun of meal planning at I’m an Organizing Junkie. It’s never to late to get back in the game!


Meal Plan Monday- AK (week 2/4)

22 03 2010

Last week went pretty well.  I mixed up some of the days toward the end of the week and ended up just cooking salmon on Friday.  Two new recipes to share with you- yesterday avocados were on sale so we made up some easy guacomole.  I also made some cake mix sugar cookies for a school snack that came out rather nice (they taste like Jiffy cookies).

So now we are on week 2.  It was really nice to look at my menu and give hubby a 4 item shopping list for the week!  Here is my schedule for this week and the rest of the month…
Week Two

Monday:  breakfast for dinner: sausage, pancakes, eggs

Tuesday:  Thai chicken curry, rice, springrolls

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Hawaiin Mini Burgers

Friday: date night

Saturday: crockpot Chicken Marengo

Sunday: spaghetti and meatballs, green beans

Week Three

Monday: leftovers from birthday party or pizza

Tuesday: Cajun beans and rice

Wednesday: sausage and pepper sandwiches

Thursday: Holy Thursday- lamb

Friday: Good Friday- soup and bread

Saturday: Bud’s birthday (dinosaur theme)- pizza and sides

Sunday: Easter breakfast- hot cross buns, coffee cake, fruit salad, sausage, hard boiled eggs

Easter dinner: ham, rolls, salad, green beans, scalloped potatoes, lamb cake

Week Four

Monday: leftovers!

Tuesday: Creamy Tuscan Bean and Chicken Soup

Wednesday: sausage lasagna

Thursday: tacos

Friday: salmon gyoza, vegetable lo mein

Saturday: leftovers or eat out

Sunday: meatloaf

For more inspiration check out I’m an Org Junkie every Monday. 

Have a great week!


Meal Plan Monday in MA

7 02 2010

Meal Plan Monday at OrgJunkieLooks like a quiet week here. Hope you all have a great time with the preparations for Valentine’s Day!

Monday: Unstuffed Peppers

Tuesday: Chicken Parm with ziti & green beans (Going to toss leftover cooked chicken with noodles & sauce and top with cheese)

Wednesday: Cheeseburger Pie

Thursday: Black Bean Nacho Bake

Friday: Tunaburgers & coleslaw

Saturday: Leftovers & such

Sunday: Hmm, I think myValentine will be doing the cooking. Sounds nice to me!

Shake up your meal plan with new ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie this week.

A little time left to enter to win Kristin Hannah’s novel Firefly Lane here too.

Meal Plan Monday in MA

8 01 2010

I’m beginning to think that I should switch to Meal Plan Fridays since I’m not great at planning dinners first thing on Mondays. So this is either really late for this week or a bit early for next, but here goes:

Friday: Baked fish and vegetable soup.

Saturday: Pizza and Salad

Sunday: Hot dogs and pink potato salad, Soup

Monday: Teryiaki Chicken with fried rice (onions, peas & carrots)–recipe from Dream Dinners cookbook

Tuesday: Baked Pork Chops with mashed potatoes and a sauce made from evaporated milk

Wednesday: Pork and Pink Bean Sautee–Leftover pork cut into pieces and mixed with beans and spinach

Thursday: Pasta & Sauce, or leftovers

Friday: Baked Tilapia with cracker crumbs

Saturday: Leftovers, or Pasta & Sauce (whatever doesn’t happen on Thursday!)

Sunday: Frozen Lasagna (recipe from Best Make Ahead Recipes)

Happy eating! Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for more ideas. To find this week’s MPM, click here.

She’s also got a list of links for freezer recipes here.

Meal Plan Monday- AK

7 12 2009

Christmas, Christmas time is here. Time for joy and time for cheer!

Happy Belated St. Nicholas Day!  Sorry kids- no chocolate in your shoes.  Somehow that seems a lot more exciting when you’re a kid, now it just makes me think of stinky flavored treats- maybe keep an extra pair of unworn shoes for the occassion?  Plus I always forget until Dec 7!  Hubby had to work Saturday but took yesterday off and we spent the day relaxing and putting up the tree and outside lights.  We bought some white and blue LED snowflake lights that make our house look a little more sophisticated!

Last week was a lot of pulling out Christmas decorations and trying to really clean the house.  Today I have a little more cleaning to do and I have to put the empty boxes away.  And then the rest of the week it’s on to more fun stuff!  Christmas crafts and COOKIES!!!  I talked to a nearby friend who also lives far from family and we’re going to get together and bake.  I’m looking forward to having some company while baking this year (company that helps, not the boys who just hover and taste test).

holidaympmBecause I’m going to be super busy with all I have planned this week, I have some easy/crockpot meals planned…

Monday:  salmon (from freezer- already in a lemon dill marinade), broccoli, brown rice
Tuesdaybeef stew , croissants
Wednesday:  pulled bbq beef (cook roast in crockpot until really tender, pull apart with a fork, add your favorite bbq sauce), baked beans, corn bread
Thursday:  leftovers and/or bbq beef pizza
Friday: date night- eat out
Saturday:  burgers?? depends on what’s going on that day
Sunday:  ham casserole (ham, peas, egg noodles, cream of something soup, french fried onions)

And as always, for more inspiration to plan meals this week, head on over to

Happy Christmas Time!!!


Meal Plan Monday in MA

30 11 2009

MEAL PLAN MONDAYThis week looks sad. I do better sometimes just throwing together things from the cupboards. Otherwise, I’m prone to spending too much at the grocery store to create my ambitious lists. Oh well, maybe next week will be better planned.

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: sausage soup with fava beans

Tuesday:  pizza

Wednesday: ham bone soup with pinto beans

Thursday: tbd

Friday:  tbd

Saturday: tbd

Shake up your meal plan with new ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie this week.

Meal Plan Monday- AK (Thanksgiving)

23 11 2009

ThanksgivingI started to post my meal plan last week but got distracted. I would have had a hard time living up to it though. The only thing I made from it was the French onion soup and roast. I got distracted and totally dried out the roast. Hubby actually put a piece back. He never does that. Oh well, failure turned success when he made dinner last night and mixed the roast with the soup and added noodles and cheese. Very yummy honey! I was disappointed not because I ruined a roast, but because that overshadowed the delicious soup.

This week I am not planning much other than Thanksgiving!! And plenty of leftovers! I have a 23lb turkey thawing and plans for much more food. We actually got invited to more than one dinner this year (which is a change because we usually aren’t invited anywhere). I think we will end up bringing food to some friends and cook over there. It’s so much nicer to cook with company in my opinion.

So, here is my current plan for Thanksgiving:

Appetizers: salmon dip, shrimp cocktail, olives

Main food: Turkey (brining instructions from Alton Brown), Ham

Sides: Stuffing (stovetop with onions and sausage added), Green bean casserole, Sweet potatoes, Corn on the cob, Mashed potatoes, Acorn squash, Cranberry sauce, Rolls, Gravy

Dessert: pumpkin pie, apple rhubarb pie, ice cream, cookies

And for the rest of the week…

Monday:  spaghetti with meat sauce, broccoli
Tuesday: tacos, corn bread
Wednesday: salmon chowder, fresh bread
Friday-Sunday: LEFTOVERS!!!

For more inspiration and Thanksgiving ideas visit I’m an Org Junkie.



Meal Plan Monday in MA

16 11 2009

MEAL PLAN MONDAYI dub this week “Week of the Little Piggy That Stayed Home.” I found some interesting recipes in the Grocery Bag section of this month’s Everyday Food. I’m glad this was a free subscription, since most of the recipes I have to tweak too much to fit our family’s needs and preferences. I tried the winter vegetable soup recipe last week and enjoyed it, so I’m optimistic about the companion recipes which center around ham and pork.
Stay tuned for next week, which will likely be the “Week of the Turkey.”

Sunday: Prelude to pork (aka: leftovers to make room for the week!)

Monday: Spice-rubbed pork loin with acorn squash (EF recipe)

Tuesday: Creamy Pasta with ham and broccoli (EF recipe)

Wednesday: Cubano Sandwiches (EF recipe, uses pork loin leftovers and ham)

Thursday: Leftovers eaten in a hurry since we’re going to see Miranda Lambert!!!

Friday: Baked Fish with herbed breadcrumbs and broccoli (EF recipe)

Saturday: Homemade pizza with pantry/freezer findings (maybe pork sausage??)


Shake up your meal plan with new ideas at I’m an Organizing Junkie this week. She has some great ideas for decorating your Thanksgiving table!