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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 – 21.0

 Menu 21:

Sunday –  Blackened Trout with Spicy Kale.    This is such a great, healthy dinner to start your week off.  This recipe from The Food Network is full of flavor but not full of fat.  The only thing that I change in this recipe is swapping out black beans for the kidney beans.   Not for any real reason other than I am a black bean fanatic.  

Monday– Peas with Shallots and Pancetta (with noodles).   and.. in opposite news (fat/calorie-wise).. this recipe by Bobby Flay is amaZing.  I turn this delicious side dish into a main dish by mixing it with whatever pasta I have on hand and a little extra olive oil.  I also like to grab the pancetta from Trader Joe’s that’s already diced and ready to  throw into the pan.  This dinner takes 20 – 25 minutes tops.  Really a great Monday night recipe. 

Tuesday– Slow Cooker Jerk Chicken.  Finally a jerk chicken recipe that actually tastes like I remember it tasting in Jamaica!    I found this recipe on Pinterest but it’s originally from a site called Bakers Royale.  I have tried recipe after recipe.  Jar sauce after jar sauce and I think this may be it!  AND it’s a slow cooker recipe.  

Wednesday–  Easy night!  Make your own Grilled Cheese night!  Add ham, add avocados, use goat cheese, use three cheeses.  What ever your heart/taste buds desire!  Serve with tater tots for an all around kid friendly fun night.  

Thursday– Bon Appetit’s Ultimate Lobster Rolls.  Ok.  So this recipe looks delicious and sounds delicious BUT I ain’t killing a lobster.  I’m the ultimate meat-eating hypocrite.  I admit it.  I am a vegetarian at heart and really in my brain too when I think about… well, you know, when I think about it.  However, my taste buds are selfishly winning this argument thus far.  With all that said, I will be using faux lobster or something from the seafood counter that tastes like lobster but does not appear to be staring back at me.  

Friday –  Stop cooking, will ya?   Take a break!  Order take-out.  Drive-thru.  Have a dinner out.  Something.  Anything.  Just stay out of your own kitchen.  🙂

Saturday–  Buffalo-Style Salmon.  Yess!!!!!!!  Finally I found a new salmon recipe.  Love all of the savory (soy/brown sugar) recipes out there but I really needed something different.   This has a  little kick and delicious greens on the side.  I will admit though, that I am not an arugula fan at all so I swapped out for a different leafy green.   This is a perfect grill night recipe.

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!