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#1 of 40 Old 06-22-2007, 11:10 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I love reading everyone's menus, gives me good ideas for my own family. Here is our meal plan for tomorrow through next Friday:

1. Mexican Salad
2. Stuffed baked potatoes & green salad
3. Chicken casserole, herb-roasted vegetables & crescent rolls
4. Vegetable soup & broccoli cornbread
5. Baked spaghetti, green beans & garlic bread
6. Pork chop casserole, corn on the cob, lima beans & pistolettes

Desserts (I make one dessert on Sunday and one on Wednesday):
Apple crisp
Macaroons
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I just made my menu for the week. I still need to figure out a few things. I'm trying to use up pantry and freezer food this week.

Tonight - vegetarian meatball sandwiches with a salad
Saturday - NIGHT OUT (yeah!)
Sunday - chocolate chip pancakes and fruit
Monday - Greek cous cous (I might throw some vegetarian chicken nuggets in there)
Tuesday - Tuna and broccolli noodle casserole with a salad
Wednesday - left overs
Thursday - Vegetarian sausage and peppers, tater tots, something green
Friday - Egg, soyrizo, mushroom, potatoe casserole with some kind of strawberry dessert
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I love reading your menus! Keep 'em comming Mamas, so I can get more great ideas from you!

1.Homemade pizzas on wheat tortillas - with mushrooms, shredded zucchini, feta cheese
2.Pork roast (crock pot), sweet potatoes, coleslaw, broccoli (love having left over pork roast on hand for burritos & sandwiches)
3.Chicken wraps - garlic & pepper seasoned chicken, tomatoes, corn, green pepper, egg, avocado, ranch dressing
4.Spaghetti, green beans, salad, garlic bread
5.Bean Quesadillas with Spanish rice
6.Halibut, seasoned potatoes, broccoli, coleslaw
7.Carry / Eat out!!
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I really need to get back to doing this. Since I've been pregnant I've been much less organized about meal planning. We've been spending a lot more on groceries, and while I know it's important to eat well, I think I can do that and control my spending a little by meal planning. Okay, here are 8 meals:

1. chicken fried brown rice with fresh snow peas, garlic and basil
2. homemade pizza and a big salad
3. pasta with either meat balls or sausage and a salad
4. nacho style beans and rice (we make this with brown rice but layer it like nachos- brown rice, beans, cheese, salsa, guac, etc.)
5. quiche and a salad
6. chicken curry with veggies, rice and garlic nan
7. left over curry, rice and nan
8. grilled salmon, potatoes and a veg
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Here's our meals for the week-very flexible, as we don't assign specific days to specific meals. We are also flexible with sides-we always have plenty of veggies, salad stuff, and fruit around. We usually do fruit as dessert and eat it later in the evening. I've planned through Friday-we're doing a big Costco and Wild Oats run this weekend, so we're getting a little bare.

1. Hamburgers with Alexia baked onion rings (they are so yummy!)
2. Grilled chicken with veggie
3. Creamed chicken with veggie
4. Lasanga with salad and veggies
5. Potato grill wraps (basically potatoes and whatever leftover meat, veggies, cheese we have)

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Here's mine for the next two weeks. I've been trying really hard to include foods that don't heat up the house to cook. We're mostly using the crockpot and grill to cook.

Saturday
Lunch: sandwiches, pretzels
Supper: Black bean salsa burritos with WW tortillas

Sunday
Lunch: egg sandwiches on English muffins, fruit kabobs
Supper: Homemade pizza- one topped with pinapple, the other with green olives

Monday
Lunch: PB & J, apples, carrots
Supper (game night): sub sandwiches- turkey & cheese with lettuce, green peppers, shredded carrots, tomatoes, sprouts

Tuesday
Lunch: Ham and Cheese sandwich with lettuce, sprouts and tomatoes
Supper: crockpot herb-roasted veggies, corn muffins, salad

Wednesday
Lunch: Quesadillas (WW tortillas, cheddar, tomato chunks, salsa)
Supper: Turkey, spinach, shredded carrot, cuke slices in a tortilla wrap

Thursday
Lunch: crock pot mac & cheese (homemade), broccoli, carrot slices
Supper: marinated chicken on the grill, slald

Friday
Lunch (park day?): PB&J, carrot sticks, green pepper slices, apples
Supper: Burgers on WW buns, mixed veggies

Saturday
Lunch: tacos, salad
Supper: crock pot baked beans, corn muffins

Sunday
Lunch: egg sandwiches, fruit kabobs
Supper: pizza (1 pinapple, 1 green olive)

Monday
Lunch: PB&J, carrot sticks, apples
Supper (game night): sub sandwiches with all the fixins

Tuesday
Lunch: ham & cheese sandwich, fruit, veggie slices of some sort
Supper: pasta salad w/ tomato, balck olives, bell peppers

Wednesday
Lunch: quesadillas (WW tortillas, tomatoes, salsa)
Supper: Turkey, spinach, carrot, cuke tortilla wrap

Thursday
Lunch: crockpot mac & cheese (homemade) with peas, fruit
Supper: crock pot baked beans, corn muffins

Friday
Lunch: PB&J, fruit, veggie slices/sticks
Super: Burgers (on the grill), mixed veggies, salad

Saturday
Lunch: marinated chicken on grill, salad
Supper: grilled cheese sandwich, cold veggie soup

Sunday
Lunch: Brats (WW buns), fruit salad
Supper: pizza (see a trend here? Sunday is pizza night at my house )

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6/26 cabbage rolls
6/27 sweet and sour chicken wings
6/28 anazai beans with rice
6/29 grilled chicken
6/30 grilled tri-tip beef (I think thats the cut)

I never plan side dishes until the day of since I usually change my mind. I think with the cabbage rolls tonight we will have steamed english peas with garlic butter.
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Here's my Rough 2-week menu plan

Chili (crockpot) - will freeze leftovers and use next week (makes about 3 dinners)

Baked potato bar / salad – will have an extra potato to take for lunch the next day

Baked spaghetti/green beans – will make enough for 2 dinners

BBQ pineapple chicken w/ rice- enough for at least 2 dinners

Pork tenderloin kebabs on BBQ, homemade naan -not usually much for leftovers here! 4th of July

Stir fry with peanut sauce and noodles – enough for 2 dinners (do you see a theme here?)

Bread baking usually happens on Saturday and Wednesday to keep enough in the counter and freezer to feed any and all bread cravings. Crockpot oatmeal on Sunday night makes really good leftovers for breakfast on weekdays. I make scratch pancakes for breakfast on "mommy-stay-home-days"

I try to alternate days with new stuff vs. days w/ leftovers.
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Tonight: Spinach linguini topped w/ cheddar cheese & amy's vegetarian chili
naan bread, salad
Tomorrow: my mom is coming over to start a soup for me! yeah!!
Friday: most likely out, pizza
Saturday: depends on what's in the CSA box
the rest depends on the CSA box & farmers market for next week
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Today: hamburger steaks, cucumbers and tomatoes in Italian dressing, zuchinni with oregano, roasted potatoes and arugula

Thursday: collards and turnips, macaroni and cheese, cornbread, cucumbers in vinegar, and squash

Friday: (our anniversary) bruschetta with smoked salmon and cucumbers, scallops provencal, herbed basmati rice, tomato mozzarella salad, fruit tarts

Sat: cheesy olive bread, potato leek soup

Sun: lunch: cheese gorditas with salsa
supper: (my birthday) eggplant lasagna, salad, peaches with whipped cream and crumbled almond cookies

Mon: roast chicken, squash casserole, pasta with pesto, sliced tomatoes (? depends on how many are ripe)
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I posted my month-long menu for July on this other thread: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...=695267&page=2

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what's up with all the naan? Am I missing out an easy, quick, yummy recipe? Please share!
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- Crockpot chicken with black beans, salsa, & cream cheese over rice
- Chicken, broccoli, rice casserole
- Cobb sandwiches (turkey, lettuce, tomato, avocado, ranch dressing on toasted english muffins)
- Veggie fried rice
- Tuna Casserole, Salad
- Fish Nuggets, Broccoli, Sweet Potatoes
- Baked Potato Soup
- Whole Wheat Couscous with parmesan and cheese
- Crockpot chicken & stovetop (I know its bad! It's a pg craving!), green beans, salad
- Zucchini Beef Bake
- Spinach & Mushroom Quiche
- Red Beans & Rice, Sausage, mixed steamed veggies

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Tuesday
Lunch: Ham and Cheese sandwich with lettuce, sprouts and tomatoes
Supper: crockpot herb-roasted veggies, corn muffins, salad
Do you have recipes for the crockpot herb-roasted veggies and corn muffins? Both sound good!

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I need ideas.
I haven't made meal plans in ... months now. :
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what's up with all the naan? Am I missing out an easy, quick, yummy recipe? Please share!
No we buy it at our fabulous Asian market or at Trader Joe's.

Get the kind with garlic. It's really good, almost as good as our favorite restaurant. And much cheaper.
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what's up with all the naan? Am I missing out an easy, quick, yummy recipe? Please share!

There's a great recipe that someone else pointed out a while back on the allrecipes site. Just type in "naan" and look for the one with all the good reviews. Even though it's a yeast bread, it's pretty simple and SO GOOD!
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meal planning for next week and am stumped. What can I serve with Greek Pasta salad (as the entree)?
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meal planning for next week and am stumped. What can I serve with Greek Pasta salad (as the entree)?
I don't know... Pita sandwich type thing with goat cheese or feta and olives & onions? Does that sound Greek-ish?

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How about stuffed grape leaves - ?


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You could do warm pita bread or pita chips.

Pasta salad is always hard for me to think of side dishes, so we end up eating it for lunch on the weekends, when I don't serve sides.
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Just menu planned and grocery shopped for the next week:

Friday - breakfast casserole with soyrizo, mushrooms, potatoes, eggs, cheese. Fruit. Strawberry shortcake for dessert.
Saturday - Baked potatoe bar, baked beans, cucumber and tomatoe salad.
Sunday - Hallah French toast and fruit
Monday - Greek Pasta salad with hummus and pita
Tuesday - Tofu fajitas with guacamole and chips
Wednesday - vegetarian stuffed peppers (freezer) and tater tots
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - some kind of quiche with fruit

I just realized, though, that we don't have much green in the menu. Hmmm....
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Here's ours for July 1 through July 7:

1. Pork chop casserole, lima beans, pistolettes
2. Chicken spaghetti, green salad, rolls
3. Hamburger vegetable soup, cornbread
4. Mexican lasagna, black beans, tortilla chips w/ salsa
5. BBQ beef sandwiches, baked fries
6. Frozen pizza, green salad

Planned a couple of easy things for this week since we're doing a "No Eating Out" challenge for July.
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Here's ours:

1. Homemade pizza
2. Steak, potatoes, salad (4th of July dinner w/friends)
3. Grilled chicken, veggies
4. Baked potato grill wraps (didn't get to this last week)
5. Hot dogs/burgers and veggie

Tomorrow night will be flexible-we're going to a performing arts event, so we'll probably just do salad or something quick. I'd be surprised if we get to all these meals this week, as we'll have a TON of leftovers from the 4th. I bought a huge, yummy watermelon and would be perfectly happy eating that for dinner every day of the week!

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Breakfasts will be things like muffins, fruit, etc.


Sunday (tonight)
Dinner = turkey kielbasa with pasta and zucchini-spinach sauce

Monday
Lunch = Cooked chicken with dipping sauce; Grapes; Baby carrots (ds) / Peas (mama); Yogurt or cottage cheese with fruit
Dinner = Stir-fried noodles w/ veg and miso soup

Tuesday
Lunch = pbj on whole wheat (ds) / little frozen veggie lasagna (mama); dates (ds); cucumbers and yogurt
Dinner =Fish, rice, and veg

Wedneday – 4th of July!!
Lunch / Dinner =hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans (get Hillbilly Housewife recipe)
** Dessert = Apple pie ^.^

Thursday
Lunch =Fish salad pockets with sliced veggies, figs, and yogurt
Dinner =Asparagus (canned) and eggs with hollandaise sauce (?)
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Here's our plan for the week. Salad and fruit is available for any meal. We definitely won't get to all of it as the in-laws are coming and we'll probably eat out a bit. Our freezer is stuffed full and we need to eat out of it for awhile. The plan is to eat out of the freezer for the rest of the month and then do a big restock before school starts in mid-August.

1) Hamburgers/baked fries/veggies
2) Homemade pizza
3) Cajun chicken/green beans
4) Meatloaf cups/corn
5) Tacos
6) Pork chops with homemade stuffing/veggie

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Here is ours

1. Mirin and Sake Beef Stir Fry with peppers
2. Pork Kabobs with zucchini, mushrooms and onions
3. Ravioli with sauce
4. Fish tacos
5. Stuffed Poblano peppers
6. homemade pizza
7. Leftovers
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Oh, I love stuffed poblanos! Yum

Fri: steak sandwiches, pan fried potatoes, cucumbers in vinegar, zuchinni
Sat: shrimp coktel
Sun: hamburgers, baked beans, salad, cukes
Mon: fried chicken, collards, mashed potatoes with yeast gravy, sliced tomatoes
Tues: breakfast for supper

We get our CSA Tues, so I'll plan more then
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Here's mine through next Friday:

Today:
Lunch- Leftover Italian Cresent Bake, yogurt (all my weekday lunches are "take to work" lunches)
Dinner- Skillet chicken teryaki w/rice, pineapple, and stir-fry veggies
Dessert- pudding w/ whipped cream

Saturday:
Breakfast- Crescent Cinnamon Rolls, banana
Lunch- French bread pizza, salad
Dinner- Chicken parmesan pasta, brussel sprouts
Dessert- Homemade (well, its a mix, but that's about as homemade as I get right now...still learning!) Peanut Butter cookies w/milk

Sunday:
Breakfast- Banana pancakes
Lunch- BLT sandwiches, grapes and cheese slices
Dinner- Meatloaf cups, homemade mashed potatoes, whole kernel corn
Dessert- Crescent Cheesecake (I am trying out a bunch of new recipes before my kiddos get back from visiting their dads for the summer, thus all the "crescent" recipes...the girls LOVE them)

Monday:
Lunch- Leftover skillet chicken teryaki w/rice, pineapple, stir-fry veggies, grapes, cheese slices
Dinner- Tacos, fruit salad
Dessert- Peanut butter cookies w/milk

Tuesday:
Lunch- Chili Mac (canned, yes, I know), slice of bread, yogurt
Dinner- Shrimp with Pasta Alfredo, sliced cucumbers and tomatoes in dressing
Dessert- Crescent cheesecake

Wednesday:
Lunch- Leftover chicken parmesan pasta, banana
Dinner- Breakfast Pie, canteloupe pieces
Dessert- Store-bought coookies w/milk

Thursday:
Lunch- Leftover meatloaf sandwich, apple slices, cheese slices
Dinner- Kraft Macaroni and Cheese, smoked sausage, canned peas
Dessert- Homemade (again, mix) oatmeal choc chip cookies w/milk

Friday:
Lunch- Tuna salad sandwich, banana
Dinner- Spaghetti sandwiches, grapes, green salad w/dressing
Dessert- pudding w/cool whip

At this point, I'm JUST starting out trying to cook all of our meals at home. Before we would typically get fast food or take out 1-2 times a week, and go out to eat at least once on the weekend. In addition to being unhealthy (the burger I would make at home would be MUCH better for me that FF burgers), its dang expensive!

When we did eat at home, it was a confused jumble of "I don't wanna eat that!!!" and "oh crap, the macaroni's boiling but we have no milk" and oftentimes we'd end up having canned raviolis or sandwiches just out of "I don't think we have everything we need for something more complicated, and I don't farking feel like it."

I tried our first meal plan in June, and the kids LOVED it. The loved checking the bulletin board every morning to see the menu for the day, even if their favorite wasn't on the menu. And it helped me a lot knowing what I was going to cook, and knowing I had all the ingredients on hand, since I made my shopping list from the meal plan.

I'm so excited to finally be trying to get my family out of the 'fast food, take out, crap meals at home' rut! This forum has been such an inspiration!
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girlie1125-Congrats on successful planning! And don't worry about things not being "homemade"-you have to start doing what you can and you'll be able to slowly build. That's how I started out.

With the exception of an once-in-awhile meal out, I prefer to eat at home now. I can control portions (they give you such large portions when eating out!) and I know exactly what is going into my food. Plus, it saves so much money.

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