Fall Menu: Week 2

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We are having some gorgeous fall weather in my neck of the woods, and I hope you are too! I am loving it – almost as much as I love this week’s menu. Your taste buds should be singing and dancing by the end of the week.

Click on the link below to download a PDF of the menu, grocery list, and recipes.
Fall Menu: Week 2

Sunday: Chicken and Butternut Squash Tagine

 

 

 

 

Monday: Zesty Quinoa with Beans

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Chili-Lime Chicken

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Sausage and Kale Soup

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

 

 

 

 

Friday: Leftovers with Apple Cobbler

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Broccoli Cheddar Quiche

 

 

 

 

Have a great week!

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Fall Menu: Week 1

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Fall is finally here, which means the temperature is cooling, and I get to start using my favorite cooking appliance – the oven. Yay! For those of you in Northern California, we’re expecting rain and cool temperatures this week, which is perfect weather for this week’s menu. I’ve included several easy oven dinners, and comfort food that will warm you up from the inside.

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Fall Menu: Week 1

Sunday: Easy Roasted Chicken with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

 

 

 

Monday: Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Curried Butternut Squash Soup

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Shrimp and Sausage Jambalaya

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs

 

 

 

 

Friday: Mexican Baked Fish

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Roasted Pork Loin with Buttered Apple Sauce

 

 

 

 

Have a great week!

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Summer Menu: Week 6

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Hello friends! This week’s menu has a wide variety of yummy recipes. My “Lazy Friday” recipe this week is grilled cheese sandwiches with salad. Even when I have no desire to cook, I can usually motivate myself to make grilled cheese sandwiches. I realize most of you already know how to make a grilled cheese but there was a time that I didn’t, so I’ve included a recipe for you, just in case.

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Summer 2012 Menu – Week 6

Sunday: Peachy Piggy Pizza

 

 

 

 

Monday: Cheesy Quinoa Casserole

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Simple Summer Squash and Sausage

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Mexican Casserole

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Balsamic Chicken Pasta with Olive Oil Toast

 

 

 

 

Friday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with Salad
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Saturday: Simply Delicious Burgers with Zucchini Sticks

 

 

 

 

Happy cooking!

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Summer Menu: Week 5

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This week’s menu utilizes summer bounties, including chiles, tomatoes, pears, and squash. You deserve a break, so on Friday, treat yourself to your favorite take-out dinner and make a delicious pear pie instead!

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Summer Menu: Week 5

Here’s the menu for this week:

Sunday: Chiles Rellenos

 

 

 

 

Monday: Grilled Sockeye Salmon

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Salmon Tacos

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Tabouli Salad

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Bean and Kale Ragout

 

 

 

 

Friday: Take-out with Almond Pear Pie

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Summer Squash Quiche

 

 

 

 

Have a great week!

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Summer Menu: Week 4

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Happy Back to School for those of you who had kids start school last week! Remember when we used to start school the day after Labor Day – what happened to that? Well school may have begun, but according to the weather (and my stomach) it’s still summer and this week’s menu is filled with great summertime recipes.

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Summer Menu: Week 4

Here’s the menu for this week:

Sunday: Greek Pasta Salad with Sausage

 

 

 

 

Monday: Grilled Lemon Herb Pork Chops with LO* Pasta Salad

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Tandoori

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Tomatoes with Fresh Basil over Pasta

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Green Salad with LO* Tandoori Chicken
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Friday: Vegetarian Pesto Pita Pizza

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Fish Tacos

 

 

 

 

*left-over

 

Happy cooking!

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Summer Menu: Week 3

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Hello friends! This week’s menu is full of flavor and has lots of yummy vegetarian options. Click on the link below to download a PDF of the menu, grocery list, and recipes.
Menu Summer 2012 3

Here’s the delicious menu:

Sunday: Spiced Lentils with Garlic Naan

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monday: Zesty Quinoa and Beans

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Simple Summer Squash and Sausage

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday: Cranberry Spinach Salad

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Mediterranean Garlic Herb Cod

 

 

 

 

 

 

Friday: Heavenly Ricotta Pancakes (Breakfast for Dinner!)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Parmesan Basil Orzo with Shrimp

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy!

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Summer Menu: Week 2

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I hope you enjoyed last week’s menu (read about it here)! This week’s menu has a wide variety of delicious recipes.

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Menu Summer 2012 2

Here’s the menu for this week:
Sunday: BBQ Ribs with Southern Dry Rub

 

 

 

 

Monday: Grilled Sockeye Salmon

 

 

 

 

Tuesday: Turkey Tacos

Wednesday: Grilled Lemon Chicken

 

 

 

 

Thursday: Nachos

 

 

 

 

Friday: Chicken Caprese Panini

 

 

 

 

Saturday: Pasta with Broccoli and Sausage with a Ricotta Surprise

 

 

 

 

Enjoy and keep on cooking!

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Announcing Weekly Menus and Grocery Lists!

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I love to plan things. I come from a long-line of planners, so it must be in my blood. Every week I spend about 2 hours planning our dinner menu for the coming week. I realize that many people don’t have the time (or desire) to devote to menu planning, so I’ve decided to do the hard work for you!

Each week (roughly – life happens) I will post a seasonally appropriate weekly menu and corresponding grocery list. All you need to do is take the list to the grocery store, buy the items on the list, and chef them up on the corresponding day. Easy!

I tend to cook “big dinners” on the weekends, and choose meals that are easier to prepare during the week. I never feel like cooking on Friday, so I try to make Friday’s dinner a leftover, freezer, or easy recipe day. Each recipe should feed at least 2 adults and 2 kids, but if you have hungry teenagers, you may want to double some of the recipes.

Here’s the menu for this week:
Sunday: Slow-Cooker Carnitas with Avocado Salsa
Monday: Carnitas Taco Salad
Tuesday: Turkey Burgers
Wednesday: Sweet Potato Bean Burritos
Thursday: Grill-Roasted Red Snapper
Friday: Spaghetti
Saturday: BBQ Chicken with Mexican Bean Salad

Click on the link below to download the menu, grocery list, and recipes for this week.
Summer Menu: Week 1

For those who are interested, here is my menu planning process.

STEP 1
Grab a pen, paper, coupons (if you use them) and your grocery store’s weekly sale advertisement (check the store’s website if it isn’t mailed to your home).

STEP 2
Go through your store’s weekly ad, page by page. Look for items that are on sale, paying special attention to the meat and produce section. Looking through the ad usually reminds me of other things I need too. Write down the items that you want to buy (the list won’t be complete yet).

STEP 3
Use the list you created in Step 2 to create a menu for the week. For instance, if ground beef, lettuce, and cheese are on sale, you could add hamburgers or tacos to your menu. Use cookbooks and the internet to find recipes, if you need inspiration. I like using allrecipes.com, because it allows you to search for recipes by ingredients. As you identify recipes, write down your menu and add the ingredients that you need to your grocery list.

STEP 4
Check your pantry, fridge, and freezer for any items that need replenishing and add them to your grocery list.

STEP 5
If you use coupons, flip through them and see if you have any coupons for the items on your grocery list. Don’t forget to check your store’s website for printable coupons; I often get best deals with those coupons. I’m not a coupon-junkie, but if I can save a $1.00 off something that I’m going to buy anyway, I figure it’s worth the few minutes of my time to do some coupon clipping.

That’s all there is to it! Using this method, I save between 25% – 30% off my grocery store’s regular prices. For me, that’s about $50 each week! I’m happy to help, so let me know if you have any menu planning questions.

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