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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on August 19, 2014

Now that we’re back from vacation and school is officially back in session for our older sons, I’m attempting to get back into my school year routine (somewhat unsuccessfully!).  As a part of this routine, I’m planning to put together a comprehensive listing of the dinner meals our family most likes, along with the necessary ingredients for each to make it easier for planning and grocery shopping purposes.

My goal is to have all these recipes put together in a binder so I can simply pull out what I need each week instead of searching through piles of clipped recipes or scouring the internet for my favorite meals (even though this ever-so-effective method works well…especially during the craziness of late afternoon at our house!).

I plan to have this project completed by the end of the month, so I’ll be sure to post an update once I have it finished.  As for this week, here’s what’s our on family’s menu plan:

Monday – Gold Star Chili (prize from the kids’ summer reading program)

Tuesday – avocado chicken wraps, fresh fruit

Wednesday – grilled sirloin burgers, snap beans, fresh fruit

Thursday – teriyaki pork chops, spinach salad, strawberries

Friday – fish tacos, rice with cilantro, fresh fruit

Saturday – healthy buffalo chicken, raw veggies and hummus, fresh fruit

Sunday – beef barbecue, spinach salad, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on July 21, 2014

Since we have quite a few busy days on tap this week, I’m opting for several easy meals in our menu plan.  We also received a gift certificate from a nearby restaurant which we plan to use this week as well.

Here’s what we have planned:

Monday - sweet mustard chicken, steamed broccoli, peaches

Tuesdayturkey chili, raw veggies and hummus, fresh fruit

Wednesday - pizza from Papa John’s

Thursday - healthy buffalo chicken, grilled veggies, fresh fruit

Fridaydinner out

Saturday - inside out tacos, brown rice, fresh fruit

Sunday - crockpot chicken, spinach salad, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on July 14, 2014

Even though we don’t eat out very often, we took advantage of Papa John’s half price deal and ordered pizza this evening.  By sticking with two basic large pizzas, we were able to feed the crew for just over $12 – not too shabby for eating out!  To be honest, I opted for a peanut butter sandwich (trying to stick to my diet!), but everyone else really enjoyed the pizza.

Anyhow, here’s what we have planned for this week:

Monday – pizza out

Tuesday - grilled sirloin burgers, grilled marinated veggies, fresh fruit

Wednesday - dinner with extended family (bringing fruit)

Thursday - sandwiches, fresh fruit, raw veggies (picnic in Kings Island parking lot!)

Friday - grilled teriyaki chicken, grilled veggies, brown rice, fresh fruit

Saturday - fish tacos, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Sunday - barbecue pulled chicken, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on July 8, 2014

Since our family has a busy week coming up, I’m keeping our meal plan very simple.  Here’s what we have planned:

Mondaylemon pepper chicken, celery and hummus, fresh fruit

Tuesdayteriyaki chicken, steamed veggies, peaches

Wednesdaydinner at extended family’s house

Thursdaysweet mustard chicken, grilled veggies, fresh fruit

FridayChik-fil-A (for Cow Appreciation Day!)

Saturdayinside out chicken tacos, brown rice, fresh fruit

Sunday - grilled sirloin burgers, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on July 1, 2014

This is an easy menu planning week for our family.  Between eating out twice this week and scheduling a night of leftovers/sandwiches, I have very little cooking to do (not that I’m complaining!).

Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Mondaydinner out at Penn Station (yum!)

Tuesdaygrilled sirloin burgers, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Wednesdaygrilled teriyaki pork chops, steamed broccoli, cantaloupe

Thursday - grilled bruschetta chicken, spinach salad, strawberries

Fridayleftovers

Saturdaydinner at a wedding for our extended family

Sunday - citrus marinated grilled chicken, grilled vegetables, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on June 23, 2014

As you may have noticed, several of our dinner ideas repeat from week to week.  There are certain meals that we all enjoy having on a weekly basis (especially the ground sirloin burgers), and it simplifies menu planning by knowing there are some meals that are a constant in our rotation.

Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Monday – grilled sirloin burgers, spinach salad, watermelon

Tuesday – inside out tacos, brown rice with cilantro, fresh fruit

Wednesday – marinated chicken, steamed broccoli, cantaloupe

Thursday – grilled pork chops, spinach salad with avocado dressing, fresh fruit

Friday – grilled chicken kabobs, grilled vegetables, fresh fruit

Saturday – pork fried rice, raw veggies with hummus, fresh fruit

Sunday – dinner out

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on June 16, 2014

With temperatures soaring into the 90′s this week, I’ll be relying heavily upon my crock pot and grill for most of our dinners.  Since we have a rather small house, it heat s up quickly on a warm day if I use the oven, especially in the evening.

Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Mondayhealthy buffalo chicken, raw veggies and hummus, strawberries

Tuesdayinside-out tacos, brown rice with cilantro, fresh fruit

Wednesdaydate night (spaghetti, salad, and fresh fruit for the kids)

Thursday - grilled sirloin burgers, steamed broccoli, spinach salad, cantaloupe

Fridaydinner out as a family

Saturday - sweet mustard chicken, spinach salad, fresh fruit

Sunday - grilled pork chops, grilled veggies, fresh fruit

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on June 9, 2014

In spite of a rainy forecast for the middle of the week, I’m still hoping to be able to grill several times this week.  Okay, as a disclaimer I guess I should clarify…I plan to have my husband grill several times this week.  Grilling is simply not one of my better talents!

Here’s our menu plan for this week:

Monday – grilled lemon pepper chicken, steamed broccoli, homemade ice cream cake

Tuesday – chicken quesadillas, chips with homemade guacamole, fresh fruit

Wednesday – grilled sirloin burgers, spinach salad, fresh fruit, s’mores

Thursdaychipotle chicken skewers, grilled veggies, fresh fruit

Friday – lime cilantro chicken, spinach salad with avocado lime dressing, strawberries

Saturday – healthy buffalo chicken, raw veggies with hummus, fresh fruit

Sunday –  eating out for Father’s Day

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Our Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on May 27, 2014

I chose very easy meals for our family’s menu plan this week.  Between baseball games, finishing out our school year, and a lot of yard work that needs to be accomplished, this week will be busy enough without cooking any gourmet meals.

Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Monday – family grill out (I brought a salad and veggies with hummus)

Tuesdayhealthy buffalo chicken, raw veggies, cantaloupe

Wednesday – lemon pepper chicken, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

Thursday – leftovers

Friday – ground sirloin burgers, grilled veggies, fruit salad

Saturdaysweet mustard baked chicken, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

Sunday - coconut lime chicken, fresh green beans, fruit salad

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This Week’s Menu Plan

by Katie on May 6, 2014

Now that warmer temperatures have returned, I’m on the lookout for new grilling recipes.  If you have any family favorites, I’d love it if you would share your recipe!

Here’s what we have planned for this week:

Monday – teriyaki grilled chicken, salad, fresh fruit

TuesdayChipotle night for Educators’ Appreciation Day (yum!)

Wednesday - grilled sirloin burgers, cantaloupe, steamed veggies

Thursday – dinner out since I’ll be out of town for the day

Fridayturkey chili, raw vegetables, fresh fruit

Saturdaycilantro lime chicken tacos, raw vegetables, fresh fruit

Sundaygrilled lime coconut chicken, steamed broccoli, fresh fruit

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