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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.

    Menu Plan Monday | Chief Family Officer

    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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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of June 20, 2016

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    For reasons I can’t really articulate, I haven’t been planning my menus lately. Which isn’t to say I haven’t been cooking, because I have. I guess it’s that our life has been so busy and unpredictable that I have been living day to day, and I’ve been having trouble thinking ahead more than a day or two.

    But I do think we are settling into a routine, at least for a few weeks – or at least, in the sense that this week will be similar to last week. So, here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Somen Salad {I might use soba instead}

    Tuesday – Roasted Cauliflower and Sardine Pasta

    Wednesday – Eggs in Purgatory with Sausage {mostly because the name of this dish is so fantastic!}

    Thursday – Some kind of frittata

    Friday – Egg Salad Sandwiches, fruit

    Saturday – Breakfast {pancakes, bacon, fruit} or dinner out

    Sunday – Dinner out

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of May 16, 2016

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    With too many weekday games and practices, I lost my motivation to plan my menus these last few weeks. I still cooked some, but we also ate out plenty. I want to get back to cooking more, because it’s healthier and we’ll save money. And since things are calming down a little bit, I can and want to get back to menu planning too.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Turkey Bolognese, some kind of vegetable, garlic bread

    Tuesday – Skirt steak, rice, eggs, fruit

    Wednesday – Pizza or calzones, salad or some other veggie

    Thursday – Macaroni and cheese, salad

    Friday – Dinner out

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, bacon, fruit)

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of March 14, 2016

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    I totally flaked on a menu plan last week, but we winged it ok. However, I don’t want to do that again, so I’m back to planning this week. What I really need to do is inventory my freezer, so I can use up what I have – because we seem to have quite a bit!

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday – Spam Musubi, crudite {we’ll be eating on the go}

    Tuesday – Beef Roast, some kind of veggie, garlic bread

    Wednesday – Roast Beef Sandwiches, crudite {eating on the go again}

    Thursday – Homemade Poke Bowl {didn’t get to this the other week, but a recipe is coming!}

    Friday – Dinner out

    Saturday – Dinner out

    Sunday – Leftovers (if we’re not eating out again, which we might be)

    My shopping list:
    Carrots
    Celery
    Fruit (whatever looks good)
    Broccoli and/or cauliflower (on sale at Ralphs)
    French bread
    French rolls
    Sashimi grade salmon
    Masago
    Seaweed Salad
    Extra-firm Tofu
    Imitation crab

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


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