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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of November 21, 2016

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    The best food holiday of the year is finally upon us! I’ll be making the delicious side dishes I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, plus I think I’ll also make a noodle kugel since my family loves it and it’s been a while since I’ve made one. (I totally forgot to make it for Rosh Hashanah last month.)

    But we still have to eat the rest of the week, so here’s my plan:

    Monday – Slow Cooker Pork Carnitas, taco fixings

    Tuesday – Breakfast (waffles, bacon or sausage, fruit, plus homemade strawberry syrup per my son’s request)

    Wednesday – Quiche with Broccoli, fruit

    Thursday – THANKSGIVING!

    Friday – Leftovers

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard and Garlic

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of November 14, 2016

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    I’m thinking the one-month menu plan was easy to make this time because I had so many meals in the freezer just ready to go. Therefore, as I use up what was in there at the beginning of the month, I want to start stashing away new meals for next month. I need to go to Costco this week, so I’ll pick some new meals to make from my Freezer Meals Pinterest board. I’ve found that shopping at Costco is conducive to freezer meal prep, since I can buy one big package of meat and make two or three meals at once.

    Meanwhile, here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Roasted Cauliflower and Sardine Pasta

    Tuesday – Beef Tenderloin, Whipped Cream Horseradish, Creamed Spinach, Yorkshire Pudding

    Wednesday – Miso Chicken, rice, some kind of veggie

    Thursday – French Dip Sandwiches, some kind of veggie

    Friday – Chili (this one is a favorite, but I might make a different one for variety, including extra portions to freeze)

    Saturday – Leftovers

    Sunday – Breakfast (pancakes, bacon, fruit)

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 31, 2016

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    I’m really excited about the cooler weather we’ve been having – it feels like fall! And that makes me feel like casseroles and soups, although I didn’t actually get any casseroles on my menu for this week. I’m going to stop putting up freezer meals for a few weeks, so we can work our way through the food we already have in the house.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Mummy Dogs, crudite, fruit

    Tuesday – Kalua Pork Hash (using leftover kalua pork from the freezer and adapting this hash recipe), some kind of veggie

    Wednesday – Crock-Pot Cocktail Meatballs, some kind of veggie

    Thursday – (Leftover) Kalua Pork Hash Croquettes, some kind of veggie

    Friday – Pan-Seared Tilapia with Citrus Vinaigrette, some kind of veggie {the tilapia has been in my freezer for a while}

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Broccoli and Cheddar Soup {I’ll be using frozen broccoli}

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 24, 2016

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    I’m pretty happy with how things are going in my kitchen lately, but I need to stock up on some new freezer meals. In fact, as I refine my freezer cooking techniques, I realized that I needed (and therefore made) a Freezer Meals Pinterest Board. From that, this week I am going to prep Braised Beef Short Ribs, Bolognese Sauce, Fajitas (beef and chicken), and Slow Cooker Honey Sesame Chicken. Costco, here I come!

    And here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Pasta Bolognese, salad, garlic bread

    Tuesday – Sandwiches, Fruit, Crudite

    Wednesday – Slow Cooker Rosemary Chicken, Sausage & Mushrooms, Polenta (I’m testing the chicken recipe to see if we like it, and to see if I can turn it into a freezer meal)

    Thursday – Italian Turkey Meatloaf, some kind of veggie

    Friday – Garlic Cheddar Chicken Strips, 10-Minute Miso Broccolini

    Saturday – Crockpot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, garlic bread

    Sunday – Dinner out

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 17, 2016

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    As usual, I didn’t get to all of my planned meals last week, but it was still fabulous having an actual planned menu. So I’m back again this week, although I need to make room in my freezer before I can put up more meals.

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    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Chicken Pasta Salad with Tomatoes and Olives (the chicken is frozen in the marinade right now)

    Tuesday – Chicken, Rice and Mushroom Casserole (the chicken and rice are from the freezer; I just have to make the cream of mushroom sauce to bake it in), green beans

    Wednesday – Egg Salad Sandwiches, fruit

    Thursday – Enchiladas (from the freezer), salad

    Friday – Lentil Soup with Sausage, Chard, and Garlic

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Leftover soup

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of Oct 10, 2016

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    It’s been a while since I’ve actually planned my menu for the week, but the good news is that I have been cooking a lot. I’ve always been a fan of freezer meals, but in the last two months, I’ve been making a TON of freezer meals because a close family member has a new baby and I’ve been stocking their freezer for them. In the process, I’ve discovered new techniques and recipes that have ignited not just a fandom but a passion for freezer cooking.

    This week, I’m planning to use the $5/$20 meat purchase Target coupon to make Brown Sugar Meatloaf and White Chicken Chili for the freezer, along with some Apple Crisp and Short Ribs. If you’re interested in learning more about freezer cooking, I highly recommend New Leaf Wellness as a great resource.

    Here’s my plan for this week, including several meals from the freezer:

    Monday – Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs, some kind of vegetable

    Tuesday – Ruth Reichl’s Savory Sweet Pasta

    Wednesday – Slow Cooker Kalua Pork {I season the pork roast before freezing; after I thaw it overnight, all I have to do in the morning is dump it into the slow cooker!}, sauteed cabbage, rice

    Thursday – Freezer Club Sandwiches, chips, fruit {I’ll make extra for the freezer too}

    Friday – Miso Ramen

    Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner {pancakes, bacon, fruit}

    Sunday – Leftovers

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.


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