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Menu Plan, Week of 6/18


I got up at 5:29 this morning to take the girl to cheerleading practice. This is much earlier than I am used to, but I am finding that I like the extra time. I can get so many things done before the time I am usually even out of bed! However, The Muny season opens tonight, so I don’t think I will be getting up so early tomorrow. We’ll see how long I can keep up the early morning hours–hopefully these two weeks of early morning practices will be enough to shift my schedule at least a little bit earlier.

Planning considerations for this week:

  • Muny on Monday, nothing too heavy before we sit outside in the heat.
  • Racquetball at 6:30 on Tuesday, with a required stop at GameStop to pick up the Lego Batman game that the boy reserved last week. We will need something that the girl can cook before I get home and we can eat fast or take with us.
  • I am trying to avoid the store before payday on Thursday. I could buy a few things, but I would rather use what we have first.

Monday: Corn pasta with butternut squash pasta sauceand chicken tenderloins

Asian Slaw with Ginger Peanut Dressing, Image from Once Upon a Chef

Tuesday: Italian sausages, baby carrots

Wednesday: Lentils and rice with caramelized onion tahini sauce, honey hot sauce chicken tenders

Thursday: Salmon noodle casserole, steamed broccoli

Friday: Pizza

Saurday: BBQ brats, artichokes, asian slaw with ginger peanut dressing

What are you having this week?

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

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!