Category Archives: Meal Planning

What’s on the Menu? 7/24-7/30


Somewhere during this busy, ridiculously hot month of July, my menu posting has gotten all out of whack.  It looks like I’m just posting a 1 week menu this time around – but I’m not shopping until next Saturday.  This probably looks like something I’ve already posted.  After losing 1/2 pound of italian sausage to negligence (forgetfulness by way of exhaustion is more accurate) and being too tired or hot to fire up the oven, we flip-flopped a few items. 

And here’s what’s on the menu:
Sun, 7/24: Pigs in a Blanket (with From-Scratch Crescent Dough)
Mon, 7/25: Polish Sausage with Saurkraut, Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Tues, 7/26: Bacon Turkey Cheeseburgers, Oven Fries with Kalamata Dip
Wed, 7/27: Leftover Night #1
Thurs, 7/28: Pizza Braid (We had to bake for 30 min.  This was a HUGE hit in our house!)
Fri, 7/29: Leftover Night #2
Sat, 7/30: Bombay Curry with Chicken, Potatoes, & Broccoli (Husband’s Meal)

I’m also making the following “extra” this weekend: Baby Whole Wheat Pancakes (for the baby!) to freeze and pull out as needed.  I made buttermilk pancakes last night, and he absolutely loved them.  We spread them with natural applesauce and some with yogurt.  I thought it would be great to have a bag of them frozen so I could pull them and microwave whenever we want them.


What’s on the Menu? 7/10-7/23


There is something about summertime (the exhausting heat I’d bet) that causes me to severely deviate from our menu plan.  We don’t eat out though, it’s more a sandwich and salad kind of substitute.  Anything really that doesn’t require heating the house up.

I changed my schedule at work as well leaving Wednesday nights as “Leftover” night and Friday nights as “Husband Fends for Himself” night.

And here’s what’s on the menu:
Sun, 7/10: Baked Salmon with Tomato relish, Creamy Polenta, & Cucumber Salad
Mon, 7/11: Homemade Chicken Salad with Grapes & Pecans on Sourdough, Pickles
Tues, 7/12: Spaghetti with Turkey Meatballs & Marinara
Wed, 7/13: Leftover Night #1
Thurs, 7/14: Bratwursts, Pork ‘n’ Beans, Pickled Beets
Fri, 7/15: Leftover Night #2
Sat, 7/16: Bombay Curry with Chicken, Potatoes, & Broccoli (Husband’s Meal)

Sun, 7/17: Enchilada Casserole
Mon, 7/18: Bacon Turkey Cheeseburgers, Fries with Kalamata Olive Dipping Sauce
Tues, 7/19: Italian Sausage Pizza (with homemade crust)
Wed, 7/20: Leftover Night #1
Thurs, 7/21: Homemade Buttermilk Pancakes with Sausage
Fri, 7/22: Leftover Night #2
Sat, 7/23: Hamburger Soup (Seems silly, but we have what we need to make it!)

I’m also making the following “extras” this week: Zucchini Nut Bread (for the freezer), Whoopie Pies , and whatever decent recipes I can find to use up the zucchini!

What’s on the Menu? 6/12-6/25


Even though my deep freezer is full of hotdogs, bags of homemade marinara sauce, and frozen bread from the local outlet, I still couldn’t resist a deal this week on ground turkey ($1.67/lb at Dierberg’s!)  With the help of my husband, we packaged 15- 1 pound packages of ground turkey in freezer paper to add to the stockpile.  I hadn’t seen a sale like this since January 🙂

And here’s what’s on the menu:
Sun, 6/12: Grilled Hotdogs, Corn on the Cob, & Garden Salad (lettuce from our garden)
Mon, 6/13: Greek Salad with Lemon-Parsley Vinaigrette
Tues, 6/14: Curried Chicken Salad with Red Grapes on Toasted Baguette
Wed, 6/15: Brown Bag Burritos (from the freezer – bumped from last week’s menu)
Thurs, 6/16: Leftovers
Fri, 6/17: Chicken Enchiladas
Sat, 6/18: Hamburger Pizza (with homemade crust)

Sun, 6/19: Lemon Basil Orzotto
Mon, 6/20: Marinated Flank Steak, Baked Potatoes, & Garden Salad
Tues, 6/21: Broiled Salmon with Tomato Relish, Polenta, & Cucumber Salad
Wed, 6/22: Penne a la Vodka (Minus the vodka as we ran out)
Thurs, 6/23: Leftovers
Fri, 6/24: Wildcard!
Sat, 6/25: Homemade Sloppy Joes, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Steamed Corn

We added a “Wildcard” option to our menu which can be an extra leftover day if we need it or if…and only if…for take-out if we have a superb coupon.  Sometimes we like to go to the deli section of our favorite grocery and get some chicken salad and bring it home for an easy dinner.

I’m also making the following “extras” this week: Cranberry Iced Tea, Cinnamon Raisin Scones, Blueberry Muffins, and Olive & Sun-Dried Tomato Bread.  Yum!

What’s on the Menu? 5/29-6/11


We’ve been having a lot of leftovers lately and meals from previous menus are getting bumped to our current menu – fine by me!  Less money spent!

And here’s what’s on the menu:
Sun, 5/29: Spinach Quiche (recipe coming later this week!)
Mon, 5/30: BBQ Bratwurst, Hot German Potato Salad, Marinated Broccoli, Dreamsicle Pie
Tues, 5/31: Penne with Four-Cheese Sauce
Wed, 6/1: Lentil Soup
Thurs, 6/2: Leftovers
Fri, 6/3: Blueberry Pancakes with Breakfast Sausage
Sat, 6/4: Taco Pizza

Sun, 6/5: Pigs in a Blanket (Made with Homemade Croissant Dough!)
Mon, 6/6: Pasta e Fagioli
Tues, 6/7: Cuban Sandwiches
Wed, 6/8: Lasagna (Double Batch, 1 for the freezer)
Thurs, 6/9: Leftovers
Fri, 6/10: Brown Bag Burritos (from the freezer)
Sat, 6/11: Breakfast Pizza

And today I’m doing a freezer/pantry cleanout.  I have decided on making cookies with a combination of chocolate, white chocolate, and butterscotch chips.  I have some leftover chopped walnuts to throw in too.  Everything-but-the-kitchen-sink cookies, anyone?

What’s on the Menu? 5/15-5/28


So here’s what’s on the menu currently hanging on our fridge.  I’ve also opted to print a second calendar with reminders such as “Thaw Bratwurst” or “Soak Beans.”  I’ve had many instances lately when our dinner plans have fallen through (and we’ve had to be creative) because a main component wasn’t thawed or prepared in time.

You can find a blank calendar here to help with your menu planning!

Sun, 5/15: Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles
Mon, 5/16: Crockpot Potato Soup
Tues, 5/17: Meatloaf, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, Tossed Green Salad
Wed, 5/18: Spinach Quiche
Thurs, 5/19: Leftovers
Fri, 5/20: Salmon with Tomato Relish, Polenta, Sautéed Spinach
Sat, 5/21: Grilled Bratwurst, Homemade Potato Salad, & Pork ‘n’ Beans

Sun, 5/22: Brown Bag Burritos
Mon, 5/23: Lemon Thyme Chicken, 7-Grain Kashi Blend, Veggies
Tues, 5/24: Homemade Fettucine Alfredo with Peas
Wed, 5/25: Kielbasa, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, & Sauerkraut (this failed to appear on our table earlier in the month)
Thurs, 5/26: Leftovers
Fri, 5/27: Ham & Bean Soup, Cheddar Cornbread
Sat, 5/28: From-Scratch Taco Pizza

Notice all the spinach on our menu?  This is because our garden is producing copious amounts of the stuff – and aside from the seeds, it’s been free! 

I can’t wait for the upcoming Memorial Day weekend and yummy BBQ!  What are you and your family doing for Memorial Day?

What’s on the Menu?


I’ve decided to separate my bi-weekly menu posts from my spending diet posts (which is going through its own transformation right now), and this is the first installment of that series. 

After our in-laws left at the end of April, we had to quickly shift from “We have guests!” mode back into “Save Money!” mode.  My husband and I sat down and planned a two-week menu for the first half of May.

And here’s what’s on the menu:
Sun, 5/1: Ham & Bean Soup with Cornbread
Mon, 5/2: Baked Chicken, Stuffing, Green Beans with Vinaigrette
Tues, 5/3: Leftovers
Wed, 5/4: Cheeseburgers (Prepared on the Grill), Homemade Pasta Salad, Pickled Beets
Thurs, 5/5: Leftovers (x2 this week as I started my new job!  More to come on this!)
Fri, 5/6: Pasta Primavera
Sat, 5/7: Salmon with Tomato Relish, Polenta, & Asparagus Salad

Sun, 5/8: Smoked Sausage with sauerkraut, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, & Veggies 
Mon, 5/9: Chicken Caesar Salad
Tues, 5/10: Tacos with fixin’s
Wed, 5/11: Tuna Melts, Sweet Potato Fries, & Dill Pickles
Thurs, 5/12: Herb Pork Chops, Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Veggies
Fri, 5/13: Penne a la Vodka
Sat, 5/14: From-Scratch Sausage Pizza

I’ve been thinking about making a springtime dessert all week and just haven’t gotten around to it.  What’s your favorite late spring/early summer dessert?