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This week's menu plans!

  1. youboots

    honeydew / 7622 posts

    Last night- burgers out
    Tonight- nachos
    W- not sure
    Th- pork tenderloin

  2. Silva

    cantaloupe / 6017 posts

    @Foodnerd81: no need to sear, in my opinion, someone with a better sense might disagree....but it tastes good to me!

  3. PawPrints

    pomegranate / 3658 posts

    M: (Veggie) sliders and roasted asparagus
    T: Kidney bean red curry and rice
    W: Leftovers
    Th: Cauliflower soup
    F: Creamy French lentils with mushrooms and kale
    Sat: Delivery or takeout or eat out

  4. yoursilverlining

    eggplant / 11824 posts

    @caterw: thanks, sounds delicious! We usually use fennel to make this Italian veggie and faro salad that's faro with roasted veggies (fennel, eggplant, onions, peppers - all diced after roasting), lots of fresh herbs (I do a mix of basil, parsley and mint) and liberal amounts of balsamic vinegar and olive oil. So good.

  5. Mrs Panda

    apricot / 388 posts

    Chinese mustard greens with noodles
    Burritos with homemade Spanish rice and refried beans
    Slow cooked teriyaki chicken
    Take out pizza

    And I need one more! Scouring this post for ideas.

  6. caterw

    persimmon / 1445 posts

    @yoursilverlining: Yum! That sounds a lot like the salad I made for my lunches this week, but I used bulgur wheat and lentils instead of farro so it's sort of like a bulked up tabbouleh.

  7. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @Mrs Panda: can you share a link for the slow cooker teriyaki chicken please?

  8. Mrs Panda

    apricot / 388 posts

    @delight: it's from the Williams Sonoma slow cooker book...let me know if you can't find it online.

  9. FaithFertility

    eggplant / 11861 posts

    Sunday: chicken wings and Sweet potato wedges
    Monday: Stir fry and egg noodles
    Tuesday: Baked Ziti
    Wednesday: out to dinner
    Thursday: Cheesy brocolli chicken and rice in crock pot
    Friday: No idea?!

  10. ellewoods84

    kiwi / 728 posts

    @FaithFertility: Do you have a recipe link for the cheesy broccoli chicken and rice crock pot recipe?? Yum!

    Monday: Rotisserie chicken (costco) with mashed potatoes and asparagus
    Tuesday: Baked Tacos
    Wednesday: Sausage and spinach pasta with salad and garlic bread
    Thursday: Crockpot pulled chicken sandwiches with oven fries and corn
    Friday: Orange chicken with rice and broccoli

  11. irene

    nectarine / 2964 posts

    Ahhh! I need some jiajiang mein!!!! Now I must find myself a good jiajiang mein recipe!!!!!! Such a great idea!!

    I am still trying to go low carb / low cal for myself while I want the remaining of my family to live "normal". I love the fact that DS (now 4) eats what we eat nowadays. So this is us this week:

    Mon: Baked hamburger patties + baked sweet potato fries. I ate it with lettuce wrap while DS and DH ate them with buns.
    Tues: Roasted cod and potatoes (1 pot meal), + salad
    Wed: baked chicken for DS and steak for us. I am planning to roast or steam a big pot of broccoli. And salad. Some rice too for DS & DH.
    Thurs: baked chicken for DS, for DH and I we'll probably eat frozen dumplings. Will make a side veggie and carb for DS.
    Fri: Contemplating on eating out, haha. I have so much veggies at home but running out of protein! Or maybe I'll run to the store and get some pita bread, and make pita pizzas. I am craving pizza.

    Motherhood is such a weird thing. I hate and avoid cooking as much as I could when I didn't have children. Nowadays all I think about is cooking!

  12. Mrs Panda

    apricot / 388 posts

    @irene: this is the zha jiang mien recipe I use and we love it - even the kids!


  13. LemonJack

    persimmon / 1130 posts

    Sunday - grilled burgers with asparagus and watermelon

    Monday - homemade turkey burgers with a side salad

    Tuesday - homemade black bean burgers (I guess this is a theme this week) with sweet potato fries and a side salad

    Wednesday - crock pot chicken tacos

    Thursday - leftovers

    Friday - no idea, we'll just pull something out of the freezer, probably fish

  14. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    -Bean Burritos (with crockpot refried beans!)
    - Copycat AppleBees oriental chicken salad
    -Guatamalan Black bean salad and rice

    I don't usually plan specific days, I just do what works with our schedule and what we have left. I try to have two options for leftovers, so I'll often cook two days and then take a day or two off.

  15. delight

    pomelo / 5326 posts

    @Mrs Panda: I couldn't find it online but found lots of other chicken teryaki slow cooker recipes so I'm good thanks!!

  16. travellingbee

    hostess / papaya / 10219 posts


  17. irene

    nectarine / 2964 posts

    @Mrs Panda: THANKS!!! YUM!!!!! But sooooo complicated! Do you guys really make this on the weekday???

    I am craving zha jiang mien now, I'll just take LO this weekend and pay $6.5 to share a bowl. Let's see if he even eats it first before I go all out to make it... but man, it is really complicated.

  18. Mrs Panda

    apricot / 388 posts

    @irene: it's not too bad - maybe it sounds more complicated than it is! Give it a try!

  19. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    Since you guys are posting that coconut curry, I wanted to post another recipe. Its a peanutty red version. Its SOOOOOOO GOOD!!! I use all coconut milk instead of the water/coconut milk mix called for in the recipe for extra richness and added a can of bamboo shoots and some sliced bell peppers towards the end for that Thai restaurant experience. A fistful of basil at the end wouldn't hurt either! I do it 4 hours on high.


  20. Silva

    cantaloupe / 6017 posts

    @gingerbebe: yum, I might make that next week- my husband would love it

  21. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    Another week, another menu plan!!

    - Homemade pizza tonight (thanks for the craving @Raindrop!)
    - Chicken sausage and zucchini pasta
    - Creamy chicken and rice casserole
    - Korean rice gnocchi stirfry (ddokboki)
    - The slow cooker curried chicken thigh recipe I posted above.

  22. Pumpkin Pie

    persimmon / 1431 posts

    @gingerbebe: can you share the creamy chicken and rice casserole recipe? How is it?

  23. gingerbebe

    cantaloupe / 6131 posts

    @Pumpkin Pie: So this is a "quick" version of one of those old school guilty pleasure casseroles. I make it "healthier" by making my own "cream of soup" base, but you can totally just use the canned stuff. Also, I don't know why but this HAS to have the canned mixed vegetables - the mushy veggies just make it. Also a bonus is that my toddler gobbles it up!

    2 cups cooked rice
    1.5 cups chopped cooked chicken (I use Costco rotisserie chicken meat)
    1 can (10 3/4 ounce) Cream of Chicken Soup
    1 can (10 3/4 ounce) Cream of Celery or Mushroom Soup
    1 can of mixed vegetables

    **Broccoli cheese variation - replace mixed veggies with 2 cups of chopped frozen broccoli and add 1 cup of shredded cheddar.

    Directions: Preheat oven to 350. Mix everything together and pour into a 9x13 pan that is well-greased or sprayed with Pam. Cover dish tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes.

    Homemade Cream of Soup Base: (makes 2 can's worth)

    4 tablespoons butter
    6 tablespoons flour
    1.5 cups chicken broth
    1 cup milk
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    1/2 teaspoon of poultry seasoning or thyme or dried herbs
    1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
    1/2 teaspoon onion powder

    Directions: Melt butter in pan, add flour and whisk until combined and the roux turns blonde/golden. Add the liquids and seasonings and whisk together and cook on low heat for about 5 minutes until thickened.

  24. caterw

    persimmon / 1445 posts

    Here's mine for the week:

    Sunday- steak, couscous, parsley salad (sliced bell pepper for toddler)
    Monday- Falafel pitas, cucumber salad
    Tuesday- Salmon, miso smashed sweet potatoes, garlic kale
    Wednesday- Spiced chicken thighs, couscous, asparagus
    Thursday-Leftovers? Or something from the freezer
    Friday-Spaghetti or maybe takeout pizza

  25. T.H.O.U.

    wonderful clementine / 24134 posts

    @gingerbebe: thanks! This is on our menu for this week. The kids love it!

    Monday - chicken and rice
    Tuesday - tacos with ground beef

    Need more ideas though!

  26. travellingbee

    hostess / papaya / 10219 posts

    Our week-
    Sunday:Left over pot roast from yesterday
    Monday: Weinerschnitzel and mashed sweet potatoes
    Tuesday: Chicken fajitas
    Wednesday: Pulled pork bites and salad
    Thursday: Take out (pizza, since I've discovered Papa John's dairy free pizza!)
    Friday: Beef short ribs and rice
    Saturday: Out

  27. yoursilverlining

    eggplant / 11824 posts

    We've got a short week as Thursday both DH and I have to attend separate charity functions for our work over the dinner hour, and Friday LO and DH are traveling.

    Saturday: bacon cheeseburgers topped with avocado, tomato, onion and jalapeno. Grilled sweet potato wedges on the side tossed in olive oil, dried cilantro, red pepper flakes, S&P (these were SUPER good!)

    Sunday: fish tacos with spicy cabbage slaw and avocado. Maybe some pinto beans on the side

    Monday: Whole roast chicken and salad with goat cheese and apples on the side

    Tuesday: Burrito bowls: lettuce, black beans, roasted corn, bit of cheese, avocado, onion, black olives, tomato and topped with black beans and steak

    Wed: out with MIL

    Thurs and Friday: work functions and on our own

  28. ellewoods84

    kiwi / 728 posts

    Sunday: Homemade chicken salad sandwiches
    Monday: A giant salad with grilled chicken and all types of toppings
    Tuesday: Southwest Mexican Skillet
    Wednesday: Ravioli with salad and garlic bread
    Thursday: Our Anniversary (going out!). LO will eat a pulled pork quesadilla though and some sides
    Friday: Black bean Enchiladas
    Saturday: Chick-fil-a (we have a busy day that day!)

  29. Charm54

    cantaloupe / 6885 posts

    This week:

    Tonight: Hamburgers & Hotdogs for my sister's birthday
    Monday: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad
    Tuesday: Avocado Caprese Skillet Chicken, French bread & salad
    Weds: Baked honey garlic chicken, roasted potatoes & carrots
    (can you tell chicken is on sale this week, lol!)
    Thursday: BBQ Sausages
    Friday: Homemade Pizza
    Saturday : Steak, double stuffed potatoes, corn on the cob (my ILs are coming to town)
    Sunday : Lobster (Mother's Day tradition for us)

  30. Mrs. Champagne

    coconut / 8483 posts

    Saturday: ordered in
    Sunday: BBQ sausages and baked potato. Oh and I think Brussel sprouts
    Monday: possibly flat bread pizzas and salad
    Tuesday: BBQ chicken and corn on the cob
    Wednesday: spaghetti and meat balls
    Thursday: homemade burgers and a veggie
    Friday: probably out

  31. 808love

    pomelo / 5866 posts

    Tonight: Shrimp scampi
    Mon: Kalua pork quesadillas
    Tues:Salmon and broccoli
    Wed: Ravioli and salad
    Thurs: Tacos
    Fri: Chicken broccoli cheesy cream of mushroom casserole
    Sat: Shrimp stirfry

  32. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    I'm working on mine right now so keep them coming! I'll post when I'm done...

  33. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    This is actually 2 weeks worth for us plus I'm doubling a bunch of these for maternity leave.

    Corn Dog casserole
    Guatemalan Black Bean Salad and Rice
    Homemade Pizza (probably pepperoni) and broccoli tater tots
    One Pot Burrito Bowl
    Stir fry with Kielbasa and rice
    Black Bean and goat cheese enchilada bake
    Zucchini Cornbread Quiche
    crockpot Thai Chicken (thanks @gingerbebe:)

  34. yellowbird

    honeydew / 7303 posts

    M- sweet and sour chicken stir fry with cauliflower rice
    Tu- Lemon pepper flounder, grilled veggies, maybe a potato?
    We- grilled hamburgers and sweet potato for me and French fries for hubs and the kids
    Th-stuffed red bell peppers and salad
    Friday- fend for yourself!
    Saturday- whatever is leftover

  35. looch

    wonderful pear / 26210 posts

    Sunday: chicken cordon bleu
    Monday: pasta with fresh tomato sauce
    Tues/thurs: out
    Wed: clean out the freezer, probably dumplings with soup
    Fri: pizza

  36. irene

    nectarine / 2964 posts

    Here is us this week! I love this thread!

    M: Ribs (DH made them last night) + (TBD) veggies
    T: Oven Poached Tilapia and Broccoli
    W: Baked Salmon + some (TBD) veggies
    T: Zesty Cajun Skirt Steak + some (TBD) veggies
    F: Garlic Chicken Breasts

    Honestly I think somewhere along M-T there will be enough leftovers for Friday, so I put the skirt steak and chicken breasts in the freezer just in case we can't get to them And may I brag again, I love the fact that DS (now 4) is eating the same thing with us nowadays! Last week there were two days I cooked chicken for him while we ate steak, and he was really upset as I was eating a different thing. So I'll make sure he will eat the exact same thing as we do from now on. Heaven!

  37. Silva

    cantaloupe / 6017 posts

    Monday- Frittata, probably some biscuits
    Tuesday- out to dinner party
    Wednesday- black bean tacos, slaw
    Thursday- tuna melts, sweet potatoes
    Friday- Thai crockpot chicken, broccoli rice
    Saturday- burgers, oven fries
    Sunday- chicken tikka masala, peas, rice

  38. jhd

    coconut / 8079 posts

    @brownepiano: what is corn dog casserole?
    I think DH and LO would like that!

  39. brownepiano

    persimmon / 1467 posts

    @jhd: it's from here http://www.livingthecountrylife.com/blogs/lisas-kitchen/2011/04/21/corn-dog-casserole/

    Full disclosure my two year old hates it but I have no idea why! It's great comfort food when it is cold out. It takes 45 for me to cook, not the 30 min listed.

  40. jhd

    coconut / 8079 posts

    @brownepiano: thanks for the recipe!

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