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Weekly Menu Plan – 24.0

Hi MincedReviewers!

Below is my weekly meal plan for next week.  It really helps to have your meals planned out in advance for several reasons.  It’s a money saver, a time saver and definitely a calorie saver.  The hard part is figuring out what to make so hopefully I am taking the stress out of that for you.  There are two templates at the bottom of this blog for you to use as well.  A weekly menu chart that you can print out and stick on your fridge and a grocery store template that you can print and check off what you need.  **please note that I have three boys in baseball so there are few crockpot days in a row. 🙂

Sunday – Asian Sesame Grilled Tuna Steak.  I just came across the recipe again.  I used to make this quite a bit but grew a little tired of it. Its time to bring it back.  A tuna steak is such a wonderful alternative to salmon. Serve with Garlic Mushroom Quinoa – another delicious AND healthy recipe.  This is definitely a day of a little more cooking complexity.  No rushing today.

Monday– CrockPot night- Bolognese Sauce.  Serve over noodles and with garlic bread.   This is an excellent recipe. I do use a 1 1/2 lbs, of organic, lean beef instead of the veal and pork. I’m sure that it is wonderful either way.  As a side note: Your house will smell fantastic when you get home.  This is also a great recipe to make ahead and freeze. 

Tuesday– CrockPot night-Cashew Chicken.  This recipe by a fellow blogger is a wonderful crock pot recipe that the whole family will love.  Serve over rice. Done and done.   **note-If you aren’t a huge cashew fan, you can substitute another nut (almonds or peanuts would work well too).

WednesdayCheesy Taco Casserole – Oh man, this is really good.  Really.  Really good.  A fairly quick weeknight meal from a great site (ohmyveggies.com) that everyone will love.  I don’t change a thing.

Thursday– Breakfast for dinner!  The whole family loves this.  Make it whatever you feel like you have time to do.  Eggs? French Toast? Cereal? Waffles?  Whatever you want to make.  

FridayCrab Spaghetti with Lemon Gremolata. Crab spaghetti with Lemon what??

gre·mo·la·ta
ˌɡreməˈlädə/
noun
a dressing or garnish made with chopped parsley, garlic, and grated lemon zest, served as an accompaniment to meat or fish.
So, now you know. 🙂  This is such a wonderful recipe.  I found it on foodiecrush.com and am obsessed with the crumbly topping.  Yum!
Saturday– Buy me some peanuts and Cracker Jacks. We are headed to a professional baseball game so no cooking for me.  I think you need a break too! 

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan – 23.0

Hi MincedReviewers!   Back by popular demand…a weekly menu plan.   For you new MincedReviewers, the menu plan is basically what I plan on cooking for the week, with a few tips and tricks thrown in.   Happy cooking everyone!

 

Sunday –  Bayou Catfish.   This recipe by AllRecipes was easy, light and delicious.  I love this recipe because it is easy AND healthy.  A great combo.  I have made this a few times, once as directed with corn meal and another time with Panko.  Both versions were wonderful but the panko coating had slightly more crunch.  Serve with Corn on the Cob and Sweet Potato Wedges/Fries.

Monday– Pasta with Basil, Tomatoes and Feta.  This is a great Summer pasta dish.  A fantastic way to enjoy some of the ripe garden veggies.  The boys pick the tomatoes and basil while I start cooking.   Serve with a yummy side salad and garlic bread.  Did I mention FETA??  You really can’t go wrong with a recipe that has the word feta in the title.  Can’t wait!!  

Tuesday–  Chicken Tamale Casserole.   This is a new recipe from Cooking Light that I am trying this week.  Not 100% sure about the creamed corn (not a fan) BUT I am a fan of tamales and this appears to be an easy way to make something similar.  I am going to serve with black beans and rice.   

Wednesday–  Potato, Red Pepper and Feta Frittata – I know.  I know.  Another Feta recipe.  I just can’t resist.  This recipe is yum, yum and yum.  Don’t be intimidated by the word frittata like I was.  After making this once, I realize that the ingredient possibilities are endless.   I saw this recipe on another blog, The Kitchn and followed this to the teaspoon.

ThursdayZesty Slow Cooker Chicken BBQ  w/ Sandwich Slaw– My BIL and SIL made this over the Summer on vacation.  I immediately asked for the recipe (s).  It is almost unbelievably easy and full of flavor.   The BBQ has only five ingredients AND you throw it in the slow cooker!  The slaw recipe adds a fantastic crunch.  Serve without the roll for a gluten-free option,  Serve with chips/fries/sweet potato tots.  Keep the sides simple.  

Friday –  No cooking for you (or me in this case)!  Have an easy night tonight.

Saturday–  Chinese Chicken Salad.   This recipe by Ina Garten is such a wonderful, versatile meal.  You can eat it hot or cold.  You can eat alone or on your favorite bakery bread.  PLUS if you really want to save time, pick up an already roasted chicken from your local grocery store.   

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Weekly Menu Plan – 22.0

Hi MincedReviewers!   I was starting to slip, going to the grocery store 3-4 times a week, spending more $ than I should be.  I needed to rewind and go back to you where I started.  I planned my menu for the week, printed my grocery store template off to check off what I needed and off to the grocery store I went.  I bought a TON but I feel better prepared and certainly will save money.  You never really end up leaving with just the one thing you went in for.  The below is what I am planning on preparing this week.  Happy cooking everyone!

Sunday –  Cod with Italian Crumb Topping.   This recipe by AllRecipes was shockingly delicious.  I am not sure why I had lower hopes for this but I was surprised.   The only thing I changed in this recipe is that I brushed the fillets with olive oil instead of egg whites.  Served with Jasmine rice and green beans. 

Monday– Chicken Breasts with Avocado, Tomato and Cucumber Salsa.  I am making this tonight and am crazy excited for this.    I found this on Cooking Light and really it couldn’t be any more perfect for this time of year.  

Tuesday–  Pasta with Tomatoes and Mozzarella.  I am making this Epicurious recipe for the first time.  I’ve made similar dishes though.  I am thinking I may add pancetta (or super crispy turkey bacon) to this for a little more flavor.   I am going to serve this with salad and fresh bread.  

Wednesday–  Breakfast night!  I am soo hungry for a spinach feta omelet!   The boys love breakfast for dinner so we try to do this every couple of weeks.  Please see the blog link below on how to make the perfect omelet.

The Omelet Blog.

Thursday– Spice Rubbed Salmon with Lemon Garlic Spinach.  This is  a new recipe for me.  I found it on Cooking Light. I’ll let you know how it goes and if I make any changes after Thursday. 

Friday –  No cooking for you (or me in this case)!  Have an easy night tonight.

Saturday–  Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Style.  My SIL and BIL made this recipe from AllRecipes while we were on vacay together this summer.  AmaZing!  The big change on this recipe is to purchase the tzatziki sauce vs. making homemade.  I am all for homemade, in fact I usually prefer it, but the return on investment. The $ to buy all the ingredients, the time to make just does not outweigh buying a small tub of ready made tzatziki sauce.  Trader Joe’s makes an excellent one! **note** the pic above is a pic of my plate on vacation.  Yum! 

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Menu Plan – 20.0

 Menu 20:

Sunday – Fried Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw and Spicy Mayo.  Highly, highly, highly recommend this recipe from Bon Appetit.   I made the coleslaw ahead of time and fried the chicken in about an inch of olive oil.  I didn’t actually deep fry like the recipe calls for and it still turned out wonderfully.  I served this with corn on the cob and sweet potato fries.  Wow.  All I can say is wow!  🙂

Monday– Fastest ever Enchiladas. – This recipe is by one of my most favorite chefs, Ingrid Hoffman.  Her recipes always taste so authentic!  These truly are super fast.  Serve with Spanish rice and black beans for a perfect Mexican dinner.

Tuesday– Salmon with Olive Vinaigrette.  This incredibly easy recipe by Bobby Flay is such a great midweek recipe.  Now if only I could figure out how to cut some fat out of this dish.  I am on a mission to figure that out.  I’ll keep you posted.

Wednesday–  Picnic in the living room night.  Make sandwiches.  Have chips. Cut up fruit.   If you don’t have kids, pop open a bottle of wine and call it a mid-week date night.  If you do have kids, pop open a bottle of wine and call it a brilliant idea for dinner night.  Super easy and everyone loves it.  🙂

Thursday– Chicken Breasts Stuffed w/Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. – This recipe from Cooking Light pretty much has all of my favorite ingredients in one recipe.    I haven’t made the shallot-thyme sauce.. I’m sure it’s great but I need to cut a few corners during the week.   I serve this with rice or orzo as the recipe recommends.  So delicious!

Friday –  Pasta With Spicy Shrimp and Tomato Sauce.   I found this recipe in Real Simple Magazine and it’s such a great Friday night dish.  It is so incredibly easy and who really wants to put a ton of effort into dinner after a long week.  Serve with garlic bread and call it a day!

Saturday–  Relax and let someone else do the cooking!!

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking and have a great week!

Menu Plan – 19.0

 Menu 19:

Sunday –  Nacho Chicken.  I found this recipe in last month’s Food Network Magazine.  It is actually called Nacho Chicken Drumsticks.  If you know me at all, you know that I don’t ‘do’ chicken on bones.  Therefore I prepare this with chicken breasts or chicken tenderloin.   Such a yummy, creative way to do a breaded chicken.  

Monday– Sausage-Stuffed Manicotti,  This recipe from Cooking Light is one of my faves.  I love it because it freezes well.  I like to double the recipe, freeze one of the casseroles and have it again in a couple of weeks.  Or you can make this on the weekend, freeze and bake during the week. Anything to save time.  Sidenote:  I cannot stand green peppers, so I either omit or replace with red peppers.  

Tuesday– Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion and Spinach Quesadilla.  Um. Yeah.  This recipe (from Fitness Magazine) had me at goat cheese!  Flippin’ fantastic and so easy.  Plus, you can just make plain quesadillas for the kiddos.  Serve with black beans and Spanish rice.  Yum!!

Wednesday–  Cheater Chicken Parm – This is my easy go-t0 mid-week recipe (from the kitchen of MincedReviews :)).  Cook frozen breaded chicken patties according to package instructions.  Make spaghetti noodles as directed while the chicken cooks.  Warm a jar of your favorite sauce then layer as follows:  spaghetti (tossed w/a little olive oil and garlic salt)/chicken patty/slice of mozzarella cheese/ladle sauce over/sprinkle with a little parmesan cheese.  Not the healthiest of recipes but sooo good and sooo easy.  Serve with a salad and garlic bread.  The whole family loves this recipe.

Thursday– Slow Cooker Red Beans and Rice.  Sigh.  I love the slow cooker.  I love red beans and rice.  So excited about this recipe (minus the green pepper of course).  This will be a new one for me.  I found this on Cooking Light when I was looking up the Monday recipe that I love.  I am going to serve this over jasmine rice.   

Friday –  Salt and Vinegar Fish Sticks.  So, now that we are in Lent, Fridays will become meatless Friday.  I am all about using creative choices for coatings (i.e. not just boring old bread crumbs all the time) so I was immediately drawn to this recipe by the Food Network.  Seriously.  Doesn’t this sound amazing!  It is!  Serve with The Pioneer Woman’s Crash Hot Potatoes. (i.e. my latest obsession).  

Saturday–    Dinner and a movie night?! 

Don’t forget to click on the link below to use the printable grocery list!  This will help keep you on track as you shop.  Hope this helps streamline your grocery store trips! The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

Grocery List Template

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.  It is super cute!!

Menu Planning Template

Happy cooking and have a great week!

Menu Plan 7.0

Week 7:

Happy Labor Day everyone. Labor Day is a day to recognize the economic and social contributions of US citizens. So, in celebration of this day, it seemed appropriate to send out this week’s meal plan to you on this day of all days. I hope that this will help you save some valuable time this week.

SundayChili! It’s officially September now, so I am going to start adding heartier meals. Crock pot meals. Casseroles. Etc. Sunday always seems to be a perfect chili in the crock pot day. Of all the chili recipes that I have cooked, this is my favorite. I do change a few small things. I use V8 instead of plain tomato juice and I add a can of seasoned diced tomatoes. I also omit the green pepper (not a fan).

MondayHot Dogs, Potatoes and Cheese, Oh My. – Clearly a made up name. Not sure this even had a name growing up. This was one of my favorite meals when I was little. Pretty unhealthy so my Mom would only make this once in a while. She would use her seasoned cast iron skillet but you can use any fry pan you want (as long as it has a lid). **note before cooking-Boil 6-8 potatoes for 10 minutes. Drain and cut into small one inch bites (think fried potato size), add to fry pan with 2 tbsp of butter/margarine. Add in 1/2 onion (chopped fine) if you like onion, fry until potatoes are cooked thru (about 10-15 minutes) and onions are opaque. Add 1 tsp of sea salt and 1 tsp of pepper. Add 6-8 hotdogs (cut into 1 inch slices). Heat another 5-10 minutes. Cover entire pan with slices of American cheese (usually 4-5 slices). Add cover and turn off heat. Serve after cheese has melted. Delicious. Unhealthy. Comfort food. She would usually throw some sort of veggie on the plate to offset this crazy concoction.

TuesdayChicken Lettuce Wraps – Admittedly, this recipe is a little complicated for mid-week so I try to make everything the night before and then reheat and serve in the lettuce leafs. Serve with rice and a few cucumber slices. Soooo good. If you like PF Changs, lettuce wraps, you will love this recipe! *note- If you don’t have rice wine vinegar, you can use white wine or apple cider vinegar with a touch of sugar added.

Wednesday– Taco Night!!! Chicken. Beef. Make this an easy, make your own taco night. The boys love putting together their own tacos. Put all the stuff to make the tacos in the center of the table and everyone can go nuts making their own. Other than browning the meat and adding a little taco seasoning, this is an easy mid-week meal night. I usually like to make a can of black beans and a packet of micro rice (the 90 second kind) to go with this.

ThursdaySimple Shrimp Glaze w/Pasta- This recipe is a yummy Cooking Light recipe. it is easy and only a few ingredients. This recipe calls for skewers and grills. I like to cook this in a square glass casserole dish (I also drizzle a little olive oil over all the shrimp), cook for 20 min at 350 and pour over thin spaghetti noodles (that have been tossed with a little olive oil and garlic salt). Serve with garlic bread and a salad. Omit the garlic bread, use protein noodles or whole grain noodles to make this a super healthy mid-week meal!

Friday– It’s the end of the week, live it up a little. Order pizza. Order Chinese. Go to dinner. Goal for today: no dishes to wash. 🙂

SaturdayFrench Onion Soup. WOW. If you like french onion soup at all, this is the recipe for you. Even 2/3 of my boys like this recipe. It is fantastic. Since Eric doesn’t consider soup a meal, I typically have to serve something else with it, so I am adding turkey/cheese grilled cheese for him and plain grilled cheese for the boys too.

Have a great week everyone! Next week I hope to have a printable shopping list that you can print out with everything that you will need for the current week’s menu. The goal is for you to go to the store ONCE this week. Save time. Save $$.

and as always, here is your menu planning template to print out, write your menu and stick on your fridge.

Menu Planning Template

Happy Labor Day and Happy cooking everyone!!

MincedReviews.