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Menu, Week of 9/1



I know it is Thursday, not Monday–it’s been a rough week.

My poor little girl was injured at cheer practice last week–on her birthday. One minute she is texting me asking if she can invite three friends along for dinner, and practically the next minute, the athletic trainer is calling to tell me to meet them at Children’s Hospital. She was back spotting a stunt, and the flyer fell and hit her in the side of the head. They put her in a brace and on a board and she was not a happy camper, let me tell you. Especially when she discovered the neck brace she has to wear for a couple of weeks means no driving test, because you have to be able to turn your head to drive. Not the best 16th birthday, huh?

Fortunately, nothing appears to be broken. The boy and I have been catering to her a bit, but she gets a bit better each day, able to do a bit more. She gets very tired, though. She is back at school today, and I expect she will be exhausted when she gets home.

I know how she feels, a bit. My neck doesn’t hurt, but I am so tired. We had family in town this weekend, and we did a bit of running around with them, plus a lot of cleaning and cooking to have everyone over on Sunday. The house did need the cleaning (still does need some, actually), so it is nice to have a lot of stuff done, but we were a bit short-handed–the girl did help, but she was limited in what she could do.

This week we are back to work and school, but we are glad to be having a shortened week!

Sunday: covered in last week’s menu–we didn’t do the burgers, beets or fries, though, and my cousin brought a fruit tray

Monday: At my aunt’s–ribs, pork tenderloin, chicken and dumplings casserole, salad, potato salad, pickled beets

Tuesday: Burgers

Wednesday: Kielbasa and cabbage

Thursday: Meatloaf, broccoli

Friday: leftovers

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

Menu, Week of 1/13



I know it isn’t Monday, I am a bit behind this week. I want to keep posting these menus anyway, for reference and to force myself to plan the rest of the week!

Sunday: Spaghetti with meatballs and Italian sausage in tomato sauce, steamed broccoli

Monday: Persian chicken and rice/quinoa, steamed veggies

Tuesday: Shrimp and pea risotto

Wednesday: leftovers

Thursday: Potato/kielbasa hash, steamed broccoli, pineapple chunks

Friday: salmon burger, leftovers

Saturday: out with friends

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu Plan, Week of 1/7


I have been making some menus in the last several months, but I have not gotten myself together enough to actually post them. I think I am making my menu planning too difficult and I need some kind of theme. Problem is, I don’t like feeling constricted, so the idea of a Monday = chicken, Tuesday = meatless type menu does not appeal, and neither does a Monday = comfort foods, Tuesday = rice, etc. Maybe if I made a list of categories to hit each week, but didn’t assign them to a day, that would help.

Monday: Shrimp and pea risotto, salad

Tuesday: Shredded chicken with honey hot sauce, frozen potato/green bean/mushroom mix

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Chicken and veggie stew

Friday: Pepperoni pizza, salad, baby carrots

Saturday: Lentils and rice with carmelized onion tahini sauce, sauteed veggies and kielbasa

Maybe I am just overthinking menus, and I need to let go of the idea that I will be able to come up with the “perfect” plan. How do you menu plan quickly?

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu Plan, Week of 9/9


Every year, the beginning of the school year hits like a tornado, and I find myself two weeks in with a messy house, piles of paper, piles of dirty laundry, and a long list of unfinished tasks, not to mention looking back at two weeks of the most chaotic dinners, from cereal nights to sandwiches to too much eating out. With the girl starting high school this year, things were even more chaotic than normal. She is a cheerleader too, which means adding freshman football games to an already full schedule. On top of that, I volunteered to do a lot with the high school parent club, so our evenings are full.

I am proud to say, though, that although my house did devolve into a piles of paper and laundry-filled mess, we did not eat out a lot this year.  Our habits are in place to the point that I really prefer to eat at home, and going out seems like the bigger amount of trouble. This has been a big change in perspective for me–in the past, I always thought of eating out as the easy option, but now it just seems time-consuming and honestly a bit annoying. It costs so much money, and the food is often not as good as what I make at home (to me at least). It certainly is lacking in the veggie department most places.

Another reason we have eaten at home more is that I have gotten better at throwing together a good meal based on what we have in the house. The garden has helped me there, because I had to re-orient myself to use what is fresh while it is abundant, from my old ways of planning what I want then going to the store. Picking my own ingredients while I am making dinner is so cool, though, it is totally worth it!

Still, a plan does save time and energy during the week. This year I really want to figure out how to use the crockpot in ways that make sense for our family, if that makes sense. So many recipes are short times that just don’t cover the time I am gone when I go into the office.  But the benefits of coming home to a mostly done meal are so large, I need to find recipes that work for us.

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: Rosemary Chicken and White Bean stew
This started out as a chicken and white bean skillet with only some diced tomatoes in the original recipe, but I have always started my recipe out with diced onions, garlic and sliced baby carrots, and last night we added a can of tomato sauce when my son brought the wrong can up from the stock up shelves. I just opened the can and then noticed it was the wrong thing! I added the diced tomatoes, too, and called it a stew. It was still delicious.

Tuesday: Rosti with Bacon and Scallions, fruit smoothies, possibly scrambled eggs with goat cheese
The girl is cheering at her first away game, and I am meeting with the freshmen parents’ activity club, so we need something easy and quick.

Wednesday: Sweet and Sour Kielbasa, brown rice/quinoa, salad
The kids will be at their dad’s for the night, so this is a good time to try something they may not like–and it is fast, too!

Thursday: Slow Cooker Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken, brown rice/quinoa
I have some chicken drumsticks in my freezer that need to be used up, but other than that, I won’t be putting this in the freezer. Also, I will use the veggies I have on hand.

Friday: leftovers

I also want to make a gluten-free baked oatmeal casserole for quick and easy breakfasts either this weekend or one night this week. I will be going grocery shopping on Saturday, so I will start next week’s plan a day early.

As always, this post will be linked to Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com–lots more ideas over there!

Menu, Week of 12/26

This is the the-kids-are-gone-and-I-have-to-go-back-to-work-after-vacation version of a menu, so not terribly inspired. Also, it is late, because I had to go out and buy cheap Christmas stuff and craft supplies today. Hey, it’s a family tradition, what can I say?

Monday: Leftovers–salmon, veggie risotto, chocolate pecan pie

Tuesday: Kielbasa with cooked cabbage

Wednesday: Leftovers or out with a friend

Thursday: Red beans and rice, steamed broccoli

Friday: Probably leftovers or out

Saturday: Pizza, appetizers, snacky stuff for New Year’s Eve

We had a pretty good Christmas. Thanks to my foresight in purchasing my own present, I am set to have some fun craft projects keeping me busy for the foreseeable future. In addition to the supplies I bought today, I was able to order a lot more from Amazon, because my brother gave me a nice gift card. The kids got 9-inch portable DVD players from my brother (this was the great deal I posted about back in November–$50, down from $129, and the Target by my mom’s house had them on an endcap in the Market section, which was why there were plenty left when we got there around noon), and those kept them occupied, along with a 3DS (the boy) and an awesome book I picked out for the girl–Divergent, by Veronica Roth–which I can’t wait to steal when she is finished reading.

How were your holidays?

This post will be linked up over at orgjunkie.com–head over for more inspiration (hopefully a lot more than my not very inspiring menu!)