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Meal Planning > So, what's on everyone's menu for this week?
ShadowMom's Avatar ShadowMom 03:44 PM 08-29-2005

I'm looking for meal ideas and was wondering what everyone is having this week.

Here's what I've got loosely scheduled for us :

(breakfast is the same most mornings, so I just have lunches and dinner planned)

Dinners for this week :

Pasta w/ homemade tomato sauce and cut up chicken, topped w/ mozzarella (w/ steamed vegetables and homemade bread)

Homemade Pizza (w/ steamed veggies)

Marinated Chicken (w/ baked potatoes and homemade mac and cheese)

Quesadillas (w/ veggie fried rice)

Parmesan Chicken (w/ steamed veggies and bread)

Lunches (these are only loosely planned, so I just have several things on hand I can make and decide what to make on that day) :

Rice A Roni (DS loves this)

Grilled Cheese (I use Sara Lee wheat bread - there is a certain kind that has 4 grams of fiver per slice )

Homemade macaroni and cheese

Beef Enchilada Casserole (has beans and corn and lots of tasty stuff)

mykidsmom3's Avatar mykidsmom3 03:50 PM 08-29-2005
Turkey Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Fresh Green Beans
Home made Pizza
Shrimp and (turkey) sausage jambalaya
chicken and Pasta salad
7 bean soup and cornbread

Lunch is usually leftovers, Veggie Burgers, p'nut butter sandwiches or something equally easy...
nathansmom's Avatar nathansmom 06:08 PM 08-29-2005
I only plan dinners. My toddler and I only get to snack during the day so I don't plan breakfast or lunches.
Tonight: Sweet and Sour green beans, whole wheat rolls
Tuesday: Homemade mac and cheese, grilled ham slices (my toddler loves ham)
Wed: sauteed squash and zucc., roasted chicken and whole wheat rolls
Thurs: meatloaf muffins, roasted corn on the cob
Fri: spaghetti, salad, bread
Satur: something with eggplant
Sun: beef stew and biscuits
Geofizz's Avatar Geofizz 06:21 PM 08-29-2005
Tonight: Gai Gra Pao (takes lots of fresh basil from our yard...) on rice with green beans
Tomorrow: Sauted pork chops in salsa and black beans, with pasta and broccoli
Some night it's not raining Katrina: Burgers with more green beans
Some night it is raining: Meal in a bowl potato salad with more green beans.
Friday night: leftovers

Can you tell our green beans are in?
isosmom's Avatar isosmom 07:53 PM 08-29-2005
For this week:
Linguine with garlic, basil, tomatoes, and balsamic
Orzo with spinach, cucumbers, red onions, tomatoes, olives and feta. Serving with a mushroom and cumin saute.
Spinach and lentil stew in the cp served with mashed carrot and potato salad with harissa.
Red beans with corn and some rice cakes.
Stir fried tofu and tortillas with cream cheese.
Also planning on making some pb balls, banana ginger muffins, and tahini dressing.
carriedaway's Avatar carriedaway 10:20 PM 08-29-2005
here's our menu for the week... DH is making pizza now

Caesar Salad

Artichoke Risotto
Spinach Salad

Penne Rustica

Green Beans

Some kinf of veggie


CountryMom2e's Avatar CountryMom2e 10:53 PM 08-29-2005
Dinners are planned, lunches are leftovers or sandwiches. I usually make a soup of the week but with travelling this weekend, I'm not going to -

Sunday - Chicken Tikki Masala (with spinach, chick peas, carrots & onion), brown rice, shredded zucchini, salad

Monday - turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, beet greens, roasted beets, fresh tomatoes

Tuesday - (school night for me) - tuna cassarole (with egg noodles, peas, onions), salad

Wednesday - pork chops, homemade mac & cheese, broccoli

Thursday - grilled BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, quinoa & black bean salad

Friday - travelling - sandwich for DS in the car, and we'll stop halfway to eat on the way up.

Saturday - away - MIL will cook!
isosmom's Avatar isosmom 01:59 AM 09-02-2005
Dinners for the next 2 weeks (I plan 3 weeks at a time)
Pea Soup and Spicy Tofu and Veg Salad
Red Lentil Soup in the cp with bbq tempeh
Vegetable Soup
Annie's macaroni and cheese with a fruit and nut plate
Gnocchi with tomato sauce
Herb Salad with Creamy Vegan Soup
Black Eyed Peas in the cp with garlic stewed tomatoes and green beans
Pinto beans with spinach and rice
Brekkie for dinner (cereal, etc.)
Edamame, hummus, pita, and veggies
mz_libbie22's Avatar mz_libbie22 04:27 AM 09-02-2005
I'm trying to plan meals more, lunches are pretty planned out since I pack DS's. Supper has been lentils, lentils, and lentils lately. But I'm not complaining This week I made a red lentil/carrot/orange soup, a yellow lentil and veggie stew, and tonight I made a morrocan eggplant stew/soup with red lentils. I just got a bag of brown lentils too that I'm going to cook up as soon as I've finished all the leftovers I already have! :LOL I've missed soup I guess, I ate it everyday last winter.
Poddi's Avatar Poddi 07:48 PM 09-02-2005
I usually just write down all the stuff I plan to make for the week (on Monday) and choose from the list each day. Once a dish is made I cross it off.

What's remaining on the list for this week is:
Cucumber salad
Mixed salad
Fried eggplants
Raw veggies with dip
Roasted broccoli
Sauteed squash and fennel
Steamed beets and potatoes
Grilled salmon
Chicken nuggets

You can probably tell I don't make anything fancy at all. All simple food. I myself love the natural taste of food and don't use much condiments at all.
babibelli's Avatar babibelli 09:37 PM 09-02-2005
thanks for the great meal ideas! We've been in a "dinner rut" lately...
oceanbaby's Avatar oceanbaby 05:01 AM 09-03-2005
Originally Posted by CountryMom2e
Dinners are planned, lunches are leftovers or sandwiches. I usually make a soup of the week but with travelling this weekend, I'm not going to -

Sunday - Chicken Tikki Masala (with spinach, chick peas, carrots & onion), brown rice, shredded zucchini, salad

Monday - turkey meatloaf, mashed potatoes, beet greens, roasted beets, fresh tomatoes

Tuesday - (school night for me) - tuna cassarole (with egg noodles, peas, onions), salad

Wednesday - pork chops, homemade mac & cheese, broccoli

Thursday - grilled BBQ chicken, corn on the cob, quinoa & black bean salad

Friday - travelling - sandwich for DS in the car, and we'll stop halfway to eat on the way up.

Saturday - away - MIL will cook!
Yum, please post recipes!
JenLove's Avatar JenLove 05:01 PM 09-03-2005
My planned dinners ~

Saturday - Spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
Sunday - Shepard's Pie
Monday - Sloppy joes, potatoes, and corn
Tuesday - Big salads with added veggies on top and garlic bread
Wednesday - Impossible Cheeseburger Pie
Thursday - Soup and sandwhiches
Friday - Pizza cassarole
earthmama369's Avatar earthmama369 05:23 PM 09-03-2005
I decided yesterday to start planning only 4 dinners a week, since we end up doing unexpected potluck dinners with friends so often and then have food going uneaten in our frig. This week, because it's Labor Day and I expect we'll have a lot of picnic leftovers, I'm only planning 3 meals and budgeting for an extra small trip to the store if we need it.

quinoa in a vegetable broth with diced tomatoes, onion, celery, kale, and thyme

rice and beans with tomatoes, peppers, olives, chipotle peppers, onion, and garlic

kaluski -- a Polish dish of cabbage, onion, and egg noodles sauted in butter

Each of those makes a lot of leftovers for lunch; I'll probably do the first in spinach wraps with cheese, raw shredded kale, and shredded carrots; and the second in tortillas with lettuce, cheese, fresh tomatoes, and sour cream.

(Edited for spelling.)
abclan's Avatar abclan 10:00 PM 09-03-2005
Like WOW!

I have heard of people planning meals but I have not ever really seen it in action. My family of orgin just always winged it. Now with three kids I have thought about meal planning but had no idea where to start. Usually I just look through the fridge and my csa box and whip something up.

Bravo to ladies! I want to eat at alll of your houses!

Is there any links or good threads about where to start or other suggestions?

I am sooo inspired! Thank you. Maybe next week I'll post my first pre=planned menu!
Mom2Wilmo's Avatar Mom2Wilmo 11:02 PM 09-03-2005
Tonight we had roasted green and orange peppers stuffed with black beans, brown rice, cheese, and salsa. Here's the rest of the week:
Sunday-Tomato basil squares
Monday- Hot Dogs (it's Labor Day so it's OK to be unhealthy, right?)
Tuesday-Black beans and rice cakes (with leftovers from Sat)
Wednesday- potluck at church I'm bringing corn pudding
Thursday-butternut and lentil bisque that I made last week and froze
I only plan main dishes and use whatever fresh veggies I have on had. This week we have broccoli, kale, green beans, squash, corn, peas, and tomatoes. I grocery shop on Thursdays so I plan meals from Friday- the next Thursday based on what's on sale.
crunchymomof2's Avatar crunchymomof2 04:03 PM 09-04-2005
Tonight we are having barley risotto with kale and parmesean. I added ham to dh's
The rest of this week Ill fix the following in no particular order.

veggie stir fry with brown fried rice
potato soup with kale and other veggies in it home made bread
leftover frozen lasagna and salad
homemade pizza with lots of veggie toppings

For breakfast I have eggs and oatmeal.
Lunch will be leftovers or sandwiches or salads

We get paid thursdays so ill plan more later in the week and we go shopping on fridays and saturdays.
snugglebutter's Avatar snugglebutter 04:29 PM 09-04-2005
S - leftover Penne Arrabiata
M - homemade pizza, topping to be determined
T - Italian Baked Chicken
W - Crockpot (need to check pantry before choosing recipe)
R - leftover night or bisquick quiche
F - Quesadillas, filling to be determined
S - breakfast for dinner, probably pancakes
MeghansDad's Avatar MeghansDad 08:24 PM 09-04-2005
Homeamde Mac & Cheese is a great meal for both dinner and lunch. If you have a toddler it a great chance to let them help out with making food too! Cost is next to nothing and you can make it anyway you want too.

Make some pasta, cut up some cheese any kind or mix will be great, add diced or crushed tomatoes ( if you want), add anything else you have that might fit the meal ( optional ). Bake til it lightly brown and crispy on top, let cool a bit. Eat!!! Leftovers are extra good for that quick meal.
CurlyTop's Avatar CurlyTop 08:37 PM 09-04-2005
L - Pasta salad with beans, tofu, beggies
D - Salmon, rice, chilled veg medley

L - Potstickers, edamame
D - Turkey burgers, corn on the cob, red beans w/rice

L - Ham, tofu, cucumber sandwiches
D - Picnic at the music festival night

L - Quesadilla, soup
D - Chicken w/red thai curry, rice, veg

L - Noodles w/veggies
D - homemade pizza

L - Chilled tofu w/seaweed, gyoza or potstickers
D - Crockpot chili

L - Omelette
D - pasta alfredo (egg, soycheese, spinach, fresh tomato)

- end -
*green*faery*'s Avatar *green*faery* 11:11 PM 09-05-2005
Mon.~ Homemade Barley, Black bean & veggie soup spiced up and tofurkey veggie sausage added

Tue.~Baked potato with steamed veggies and vegan mushroom gravy

Wed.~Cornbread Chili casserole

Thirs.~Veggie burgers and salad

Fri.~Tempeh Fahitas (sp?)

Sat.~ Homemade soup (Haven't decided yet, maybe split pea or pumpkin?)

For lunch I usually eat leftovers, salads, or sandwiches. Today I'm making some fresh juice, enough for a couple days, probably apple, cucumber and celery.

isosmom's Avatar isosmom 01:41 AM 09-14-2005
Alright, for the next 3 weeks:

-White bean and barley soup in the cp with grilled cheese
-Beans, cheese and tomatoes with tortilla chips and salsa
-Cottage cheese and fruit with graham crackers
-Pasta with beans, corn and olives with broccoli and broccoli rabe on brushetta
-Stuffed potatoes with ginger carrots
-Irish Stew in the cp
-Seitan and potato tacos with garlicky rice
-Cereal night
-Posole with cilantro salsa
-Veggie soup in the cp with potato zucchini pancakes
-Waffles and eggs
-Ravioli with veggies and dip
-Seitan and veggie burritos
-Winter Squash Risotto
JenLove's Avatar JenLove 09:17 AM 09-14-2005
Sunday - Homemade pizza
Monday - Spaghetti, salad, breadsticks
Tuesday - BBQ chicken with left overs
Wednesday - Veggie stirfry
Thursday - Soup and sandwhiches
Friday - Mini meatloaves, potatoes, and corn
Saturday - Scalloped potatoes
napless's Avatar napless 01:05 AM 09-19-2005
ChiknGirl's Avatar ChiknGirl 08:43 PM 09-21-2005
Stuffed bell peppers
Stir fried veggies with rice noodles
Chili with cornbread
Split pea soup
Roast chicken with veggies (our meat of the week)
Poddi's Avatar Poddi 09:42 PM 09-21-2005
I've got a list up. It's too many items I'm sure I won't be able to make all those. I just pick a couple from the list everyday depends on what I feel like.

Green pepper and shrimps
Potato and leek soup
Baked acorn squash
Stir-fried savoy cabbage and shrimp
Mushroom pork chops
Raw veggies with dip
Greek chicken breasts
Tomato and cucumber salad
Stir-fried cumcumber with eggs
Marinated celery and carrots
Sauteed fennel and mushrooms
Beef stew
Baked potatoes
Banana orange bread
Tortellini and broccoli
JenLove's Avatar JenLove 09:55 PM 09-21-2005
Poddi: How do you make your banana orange bread?
Poddi's Avatar Poddi 05:38 AM 09-22-2005
Oh, it's just regular banana bread recipe. I plan to put in less bananas and replace with grated orange peel. I'm going to try to make it tomorrow and see how it is. Usually I use bread flour and whole wheat flour, will replace WW flour with kamut flour tomorrow. If it's not awful I can send you the recipe. If you want to you can also try it with your own favorite banana bread recipe.
Attila the Honey's Avatar Attila the Honey 09:09 AM 09-22-2005
The week is half over, so I will put down what we already ate:

Breakfasts are usually pb toast, or cereal with raisins and rice milk, whole grain pancakes or oatmeal. This week I made a big batch of baked oatmeal, so we've been having that.

Lunches are usually leftovers, or fried potatoes and cottage cheese, or bean 'quesadillas'.

Here are the dinners:

S: Baked marinated tofu, quinoa and zucchini

M: Squasharoni (like mac and cheese, made with butternut squash)

T: Homemade pasta e fagioli with kale

W: Chicken and biscuits made with chicken style TVP

Th: Veg. chili and baked potatoes

F: Homemade pizza night (woo hoo :LOL )

S: Since it's typically the day I make bread, we usually have soup and bread on Saturdays. I will probably make a bean soup of some type this week.

I have next week partially planned since we get paid 2x a month.
I am going to make:

- a curry with garbanzos, spinach, tomatoes, coco milk
- bbq tofu with rice and beans
- lentil burgers
- tofu nut loaf and some tofu nut 'meatballs' (2 meals)
Alieand the twins's Avatar Alieand the twins 06:57 PM 09-22-2005
Attila the Honey -

Please please will you share your recipe for squasharoni. My kids eat too much pasta and a mac and cheese thing made with squash sounds WONDERFUL!!
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