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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a menu!

I no longer plan specific meals for specific days.  Instead, I make a list of meals and make them all on the weekend at the beginning of the week, or whenever I have time during the week.  Most often, I’ll prepare a couple meals at the same time.  It’s nice to come home from work and have food already prepared.  I’ve even started cooking breakfast foods (several days worth) the night before, because there isn’t much time for cooking in the morning.

We eat from the prepared dishes that are available in the fridge, sometimes eating the same thing each night and sometimes alternating.  It feels a bit like having a restaurant, since we have choices.  Each week, I usually make one or two soups/stews.  They feed for several meals.  Lunches are usually leftovers with a salad or a very large salad with meat and corn.

Meals for the Week of March 16:

  • pasta with ground sausage, salad
  • chili (Lots of veggies!)
  • chicken fajitas with onions, bell peppers, and avocado
  • beef taco salad and crunchy tacos with lettuce, tomato, etc.

Additional Meals that we might have:

  • tilapia with brown rice and broccoli
  • chicken fried rice (with leftover rice)
  • sausage slices with broccoli, green beans, and corn

Check out orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas!

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I have another week of menus planned based on the Food Nanny plan.  Some of the recipes are from the Food Nanny cookbook.  I think building my way up from 5 planned meals a week is still better than planning 7 meals and not getting them cooked!

Menu Plan for the Week of May 14:

Family Traditions – Cumin Pork Roast, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli

Comfort Food – Chicken fajita soup

Italian – Whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs, carrots

Mexican – Taco salad

Grill Night – Steak salad

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I actually have a menu for dinner this week.  It stems from eating out way too much last week.  We want to try to eat at home as much as possible this week.

I planned the menu with a blank Food Nanny menu plan and Food Nanny theme nights.  Some of the meals are from or based on recipes in the Food Nanny cookbook.  I planned meals for 5 days this week as a way of getting back into the swing of things.  I haven’t done much in the way of meal planning or cooking for a while.

Menu for the Week of May 7:

Family Traditions – beef roast with veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini, green bell pepper)

Italian – whole wheat pasta with ground beef meat sauce, green beans

Fish – salmon, brown rice (or quinoa), steamed broccoli

Mexican – chicken quesadillas with bell pepper, onion, sour cream, and avocado

Grill Night – pan fried sausages, green beans, corn

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This is a continuance of the two week menu I made for the weeks of March 21 and March 28.  Each day of the week has a theme, such as pizza on Fridays.  Check out The Food Nanny for blank shopping lists, theme day recipes, and blank menus.

Menu for the Week of March 28:

Sunday – Traditions:  Ham steak, potatoes, carrot slices, bread

Monday – Comfort Food:  All-in-one-dish Hamburger Casserole, bread

Tuesday – Italian:  Chicken noodle soup, bread

Wednesday – Fish:  Paprika Tilapia, brown rice, mixed vegetables

Thursday – Boxed Meals:  Mac and Cheese, turkey sausage, peas

Friday – Pizza: Whole wheat pizza with chicken and mushrooms

Saturday – Leftovers

For more menu plans, go to Org Junkie.

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In an effort to try ideas from The Food Nanny, I’ve been trying to plan a menu and shop for two weeks at a time.  To help, you have theme nights, such as Italian food on Tuesdays and pizza on Fridays.

I’m posting my two weeks of menus separately, but I did shop for the both weeks in one shopping trip this weekend.

On Thursdays, I have a grad school class out of town (every week) and on Saturdays, we eat leftovers.

Menu for the Week of March 21:

Sunday – Traditions:  Turkey Biscuit Bake

Monday – Comfort Food:  Chunky Chicken Chili, bread

Tuesday – Italian:  3-Cheese Lasagna, carrots, bread

Wednesday – Fish:  Paprika Tilapia, brown rice, mixed vegetables

Thursday – Boxed Meals:  Hamburger Helper, canned biscuits

Friday – Pizza:  Pepperoni whole wheat pizza with mushrooms

Saturday – Leftovers

Please note on the menu picture above, I initially wrote the incorrect dates.

At the bottom of the menu, I have listed that I want to make salad with avocado, smoothies, and kolaches with turkey sausage.  These are not dinner items, but I wanted to include them so that I would get the appropriate ingredients on my grocery list.

For more menu plans, go to Org Junkie.

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Hooray!  I finally did a menu again!  It’s been so long!  I made a list of meals for the week and went shopping for the ingredients.  I even planned out weekly breakfasts!

Dinners for the Week of November 8:

Sunday – pork roast, potatoes, green beans, frozen veggies (steamed)

Monday – Hamburger Helper w/ mushrooms, rolls, salad

Tuesday – chicken breasts w/ cream of mushroom soup, brown rice w/ lemon (cooked w/ bouillon), salad

Wednesday – turkey sausage, Mac & Cheese, raw carrots, frozen veggies (steamed)

Thursday – grad school night – fend for yourself



Sunday – cereal, fruit, milk

Monday – Kashi waffles w/ peanut butter, juice

Tuesday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Wednesday – fruit bread (pumpkin bread this week), yogurt, milk or juice

Thursday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Friday – bagel w/ peanut butter, milk

Saturday – pancakes, eggs, milk


For more menu ideas, go to Org Junkie.

Special Thanks to Cindy’s Porch for meal calendars and menu ideas.

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Menu Plan Monday

I’m writing this post on Sunday, and I’ve already got half of what I had planned to make prepared.  I’ve had to add more items to my menu this week.  Lately, I’ve been planning my menu, cooking half of it, and stopping by the store for ready-made food.  To be honest, I did a few sushi runs last week, which led to making my own sushi, but that’s another story.  Here is my menu, including the items I made earlier this afternoon (meatloaf and cheeseburgers).  I may add additional dishes, such as chicken noodle soup or chicken pot pie.  Lately, it’s been cook-what-you feel-like, spur-of-the-moment after getting home from work.
Menu for the week of March 30:

  • Spaghetti with ground beef
  • Garlic breadsticks
  • Salad (From my garden!!!!)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Turkey/beef meatloaf
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Salad
  • Bun-less cheeseburgers
  • Veggies
  • Salad
  • Pan-fried ham slices
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Veggies
  • Salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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