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Menu, Week of 4/13



It is spring cleaning time. My kids are not happy with me, because I made a schedule with tasks for every day. I don’t know what they are complaining about, though, because they get a break when they go to their dad’s house! I have tasks every single day!

Mostly I am trying to get rid of as many things as possible. We are in no danger of being on the show Hoarders, but we do have way too many things. I am a big contributor to this problem, I know. I have so much trouble getting rid of books and yarn. I am making an effort with the books–I have a pile of books that I have never read that I have to give one more chance, and if I don’t like them, I have to get rid of them. I am trying to use up at least some of the yarn I have before buying more. These are fairly long-term projects, though.

For the rest of the house, we are getting rid of whatever we can. Clothes purged. Old toys donated. Papers recycled. It is helping, some. We need to get rid of a lot more, though. At least I can remove one decision from my days: I have a dinner plan.

Sunday: Out to dinner with a gift certificatebratwurst

Monday: Breaded pork chops with mustard sauce, fried cabbage and pancetta, buttered broccoli

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Bratwurst

Thursday: Seafood Alfredo with zucchini noodles

Friday: One skillet paleo dinner

Saturday: Doro Wat, made with chicken thighs rather than drumsticks

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu, Week of 9/15



Last week, I hit the beginning of school wall. I thought I was doing pretty well, even with my daughter’s cheerleading injury thrown into the mix, but then a pipe burst in my kitchen sink and I ran out of energy. I did cook dinner most nights, and we got the necessities down, but no menu planning, no blog posting, and not as much Parents’ Club organizing as I would have liked.

Cute story: Saturday night, I wasn’t feeling the cooking, but I wasn’t feeling the spending money either (did I mention I had to call a plumber? so expensive!), so I just made Italian sausages. I asked the boy how that sounded and he told me he didn’t want that. Why?

“Because that’s what we have when you are in a hurry, and I like the food you cook when you really cook.”

Aww! Makes a mother and chief dinner maker proud! We ate the easy sausages Saturday, but I promised I would cook real food on Sunday, which I did. And, that was a huge success, too! I made the dish a bit less spicy than the recipe called for, but still kinda spicy, and my daughter still liked it! In fact, she has recently started to enjoy most things that I make, even if they have a sauce! (I know, that is a lot of exclamation points, but I cannot overemphasize how exciting this is! She is a plain food lover of long standing, and I hate plain foods, as a general rule.)

Sunday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids

Monday: Chili, whole wheat pasta for kids

Tuesday: leftovers

Wednesday: Crackslaw

Thursday: Baked Chicken Thighs with garlic and lemon, sauteed zucchini

Friday: leftovers

Saturday: hot wings, salad

I should also add that I made this menu on Sunday, but didn’t get it posted. I thought about skipping it again and being on time next week, but I need to dive back in or I will never have any menus posted again, I am sure. Okay, that is a bit melodramatic, but the general point is true–I need to get on this now, not keep procrastinating, ;).

As always, many more menu ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu, Week of 8/4


mpm-chalkboardLast week was mostly successful on the menu. I actually made nearly everything on the menu, although not in order. I went out to eat one night and I didn’t get the paella made, but that is pretty good for a week with no kids, I think.

This week I have hungry kids back with me, so I need to feed them here at home–I really miss the days when we could go out and I could buy them cheap kids’ meals. Or sometimes they would eat free! Now it costs a small fortune to take all three of us out.

This is our last full week before school starts next Tuesday. We are already busy with friends and band camp and school prep, though. I am trying to get the house cleaned up (with help from the kids) to help the school year start off on an organized note, but no one wants to give up the last bits of end-of-summer laziness, ;).

The beginning of school is expensive, too–supplies, pictures, yearbook order, renting a flute, and on and on–so the menu is extra important. I need to make sure we are not spending all of our money on eating out, tempting thought that may be. That said, we are eating out tonight for our last night at the Muny!

Sunday: Dinner at a friend’s house

Monday: out

Tuesday: bratwurst, sauteed cabbage and bacon

Wednesday: Burger stroganoff over zucchini pasta

Thursday: Pork with Paprika, Mushrooms and Sour Cream, gnocchi for the kids, broccoli

Friday: shrimp scampi over steak, sauteed mushrooms, green beans

Saturday: Low carb Paella

As always, lots more menu ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu, Week of 7/28



This is going to be a strange week, as the boy has band camp in the evenings. He is at his dad’s this week, and his dad is having some conflicts with the time, so I am doing a lot of driving back and forth so that he can attend. I won’t have a lot of time to cook! I won’t really have kids around, so I can do quick and easy, though, so that helps.

Sunday: Leftoversstew

Monday: “Breaded” pork chops with dijon mustard sauce, Zuccchini bake

Tuesday: Curried beef stew

Wednesday: Bratwurst, salad

Thursday: leftovers

Friday: Bacon, mushroom and cheese omelet, salad

Saturday: Low-carb Paella

As always, lots more menu ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Curried Beef Stew


I made beef stew last night, and it was so good I knew I had to document it before I forgot what I did. This recipe was the basis for my efforts, but I made a few changes. I didn’t measure the spices, so the numbers below are just guesses, but it should give the general idea.


Curried Beef Stewstew

2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into bite size pieces
2 – 3 TBSP olive oil
2 – 4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 yellow squash (from my garden!)
2 cups beef broth
1 can diced tomatoes
2 TBSP sweet curry powder
1 – 2 tsp cumin seeds
½ – 1 tsp ground coriander

Fry the beef in the olive oil until mostly browned on all sides. Add the garlic and saute another minute or so, then add the squash. Chop the squash and add to the pot as you go–the thin top third of the squash, I cut in half and sliced, the middle third, I cut into 4 sections and sliced, and the thickest bottom part, I cut into six sections and sliced, so I got thin slices around 1 inch by ½ inch or so. Sautee for 2 – 3 minutes to get the squash softened, then add the tomatoes, broth and  spices and stir thoroughly.

Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes to let the flavors blend, stirring occasionally.


I really couldn’t believe how well this turned out–and I bet it will be even better today! I had planned to make cauli-rice to serve with it, but I didn’t feel like it at the time, so I just served the stew in bowls alone. Everyone liked it, although my mother was over, and she thought it was a bit spicy. If she hadn’t been there, I might have put more spice in it, but I refrained because I know she doesn’t like things too hot.

Menu, Week of 7/14



I find it slightly ridiculous that I have been making menus for 15 years or so, and I still feel a bit overwhelmed when I sit down to write out the plan, but there you go. I never said I was rational! I have had changing requirements, everything from vegan to low carb, in my defense. The adjustment makes it a bit difficult.

The real problem, though, is that I am convinced that there is a perfect plan with perfect meals, so I stress too much. I need to just make a good enough plan.

Sunday: The girl was off volunteering at a theater thing, so the boy and I went out.

Monday: Beef stew based on this recipe, cauli-rice

Tuesday: Spiced chicken wings, sauteed kale, sauteed mushrooms

Wednesday: Lamb burgers at my dad’s, sauteed squash, broccoli and onions, fries for the kids

Thursday: Zucchini boats stuffed with coconut curry lamb–the kids may not be thrilled with this, but I have a LOT of squash in my garden!, steamed broccoli

Friday: Teppanyaki Grill, for all you can eat crab legs!

Saturday: Pizza–Meatza pizza for me, with a hamburger “crust”, pizza with a garbanzo bean flour crust for the kids, salad

As always, there are a lot more menu ideas over at orgjunkie.com!

Menu, 9/17 – 9/22

I am entering the school year with at least one child in school for the ninth time this year. This is the fifth time that I have had both kids starting a new school year. You’d think I’d have this down, wouldn’t you?This year was actually better than some. I planned ahead a bit this year. I figured out that part of the problem is that there really are a lot of back to school events at the beginning of the year, which take up much of my normal cooking time.So, I haven’t done a lot of menu planning, but I have had a lot of ingredients for easy meals on hand, so we have actually cooked more evenings than not since school started. I don’t do well without any planning, but with some thought to easy meals at the grocery store combined with at least a quick glance through the freezer and pantry each morning, I have been okay.

It’s wearing on me, though. I do better with a plan. When I know just what I am making for dinner, and I know I have all the ingredients, because I made a menu, made a grocery list from the menu, and shopped from the list, cooking doesn’t seem like such a chore.So, this weekend I am getting back to the planning. Sure, it takes up some of my weekend, but then I don’t have to think about it all week, which is so worth it to me.

On Hand:

  • chicken thighs
  • ground beef
  • Italian sausage
  • 2 pieces of cod
  • canned tuna
  • red, purple, gold baby potatoes
  • pasta
  • black beans
  • baked beans
  • spiced garbanzo beans
  • shredded cabbage
  • frozen watermelon
  • frozen fruit
  • frozen broccoli

Available in the garden

  • carrots
  • green tomatoes
  • yellow bell peppers
  • kale
  • various herbs
  • japanese eggplants
  • butternut squash

Tonight: Pizza, watermelon frosties, carrots, ice cream

Sunday: roasted butternut squash risotto, steamed broccoli

Monday: Beef Bourgignon, mashed potatoes

Tuesday: cod panang curry

Wendesday: Pasta, Sausage and Bean Ragout

Thursday: Salmon noodle casserole

Next weekend my kids are going to be with their dad, and I am not making plans for Friday. I suspect I will have leftovers to use up, anyway.


  • Tuna Salad sandwiches
  • leftovers
  • salami sandwiches

Grocery list:

  • bread
  • beef broth
  • canned salmon
  • Daiya mozzarella
  • shredded cheese blend (soy)
  • eggs
  • bacon
  • salami
  • 2 lbs. beef stew meat
  • chocolate ice cream
  • vanilla ice cream
  • frozen peas
  • bananas
  • mushrooms
  • Yukon gold potatoes
  • pearl onions
  • egg noodles
  • arborio rice
  • bay leaves
  • nutritional yeast

I feel better already–now to just get to the store and back!