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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of Oct 5, 2015

    I can’t believe it’s October, but the cooler weather we’re finally having does indicate fall is approaching (not to mention all of the winter squash at the markets!). This is always my favorite time of year, with the delicious anticipation of the holidays, and of course, all of the yummy food that comes with them!

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Toast or Cereal
    Dinner – Pizza Rev (I’ve got a craving, and they have a fantastic Monday Meal Deal)

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Pumpkin Muffins
    Dinner – Cheesy Butternut Squash Pasta

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Coffee Cake
    Dinner – Beef & Cheddar Hand Pies

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Toast or Cereal
    Dinner – Chili, cornbread

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Rice Cooker Oatmeal
    Dinner – Miso Ramen

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept 28, 2015

    These Chocolate Chip Cookies, which I mentioned last week, are my kids’ new favorite (I left out the nuts), and my only complaint is that they don’t lend themselves to small cookies so I can’t pack them in their lunch boxes. (I use these Sistema containers for lunches every day. They are the perfect size for my kids, when I add a drink and an applesauce pouch.) So I am going to try this Martha Stewart recipe next.

    Also, if you are looking for a delicious, easy, one-dish meal, I highly recommend tweaking Smitten Kitchen’s Zucchini/Rice casserole. I used cooked rice, so I cut down considerably on the liquid, and added shredded chicken for protein. If you are feeding more than four people or want leftovers, I would increase quantities if you’re using this as a one-dish meal.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Cookies
    Dinner – Shoyu Chicken, rice, some kind of veggie

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Pancakes or toast, fruit
    Dinner – Pasta Bolognese, salad, garlic bread

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Homemade Jam Tarts
    Dinner – Chicken Enchiladas, salad

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast sandwiches, fruit
    Dinner – Bacon-Wrapped Tofu, rice, some kind of veggie

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Oatmeal, fruit
    Dinner – Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, eggs, fruit)

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept 21, 2015

    Here’s a fascinating food fact I learned this week: Apparently you can make pudding in a Vitamix! I also found a new Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe to try, although I’ll be skipping the walnuts – it’s supposed to be in the mid-80’s on Tuesday, so that’s my baking day.

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Sandwiches, fruit
    Dinner – Spaghetti Carbonara with peas

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Oatmeal, fruit
    Dinner – Zucchini, Rice and Cheese Gratin {adding chicken to make this a one-dish meal!}

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – No school, so I will probably take the kids out for a treat 🙂
    Dinner – Salmon Furikake, rice, some kind of veggie

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Soba Noodle Salad

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Strawberry Jam Crumb Cake
    Dinner – Croque Madame with Spinach and Smoked Salmon

    Saturday Dinner: Overnight Caramel French Toast, bacon, fruit

    Sunday Dinner: Dinner out

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of Sept 14, 2015

    This week, I thought I’d share a little bit about how I craft my weekly menu plan, which starts first and foremost with my calendar. When deciding what to make for dinner each night, I take into account how busy the day is scheduled to be, and what our evening will look like (both boys frequently have late afternoon practices that run into early evening, and I sometimes have evening meetings or girls’ nights).

    I used to plan to prep dinner once the kids got home from school, so that I would have more time for all of the things I want to/need to do during the day. But I realized the first week of this school year that they do better if I give them my full attention after school. So I’ve been working really hard to get dinner prepped during the day, while the kids are at school, and it’s been working fairly well. It does mean some dinners have to be reheated, but for the most part, I am able to plan meals that can be prepared ahead and assembled quickly before eating, or prepped and then baked (i.e., ignored), or fully prepped and left to sit or cook (e.g., in the fridge or slow cooker).

    I try to vary our meals by incorporating one pasta dish, one Japanese dish, a meatless dish, and different proteins throughout the week. We also usually eat out once or twice a week, whether it’s dinner as a family at a restaurant or dinner with friends or extended family. Pinterest is my favorite way to curate recipes, as you might have guessed if you’ve ever perused the Chief Family Officer Pinterest boards. I’ve organized the boards to help with planning meals by category.

    With all that in mind, here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Dinner – Chicken Enchiladas, salad {there’s no school, but if there was, I’d prep everything ahead of time and pop the enchiladas into the oven an hour or so before dinnertime}

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Udon with Miso Broth {subbing udon noodles for the soba called for in the recipe}

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Yogurt with Fruit & Granola
    Dinner – Shredded Beef Sandwiches {gotta love the slow cooker!}, tater tots {I have a bag in the freezer I want to use up – I bought it at Trader Joe’s after my kid said he loved them at a friend’s house, and of course, he hasn’t been inclined to eat them since!}, carrot sticks

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Cinnamon Raisin Toast
    Dinner – Turkey Burgers, some kind of roasted veggie

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Cereal
    Dinner – Grilled Salmon Salad, Cheesy Toast {like Sizzler’s, if I can pull it off!}

    Saturday Dinner: Dinner out

    Sunday Dinner: Breakfast {French toast, sausage, fruit}

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


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    Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 7, 2015

    The air conditioning did not get fixed until Thursday of last week, so that kind of rendered last week’s menu plan useless. On the bright side, getting the a/c fixed naturally coincided with a drop in temperatures, which has scratched my itch to bake. I’m going to try Trisha Yearwood’s Chocolate Chip Cookies and maybe Ina Garten’s Double Chocolate Layer Cake. (Although temps are supposed to go back up this week, so I may not feel like baking again – I may at least have to stick to things I can make in my toaster oven.)

    Here’s my plan for this week:

    Monday:
    Dinner – out

    Tuesday:
    Breakfast – Yogurt with granola and fruit
    Dinner – Turkey meatball heroes, some kind of veggie

    Wednesday:
    Breakfast – Bagels and cream cheese, fruit smoothie
    Dinner – Miso Salmon, rice, sauteed baby broccoli

    Thursday:
    Breakfast – Blueberry Muffins
    Dinner – Cavatappi with Prosciutto and Parmesan, some kind of veggie

    Friday:
    Breakfast – Breakfast Burritos
    Dinner – Cheesy Mashed White Beans With Kale, Parmesan, and a Fried Egg

    Saturday Dinner: Hawaiian style breakfast (rice, eggs, sausage, some kind of sauteed veggie)

    Sunday Dinner: Six Layer Nachos, tortilla chips, salad

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


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