My Weekly Menu Plan 11/6/2011

We had quite the busy day yesterday!  It started with a church service, then a little grocery shopping, lunch, birthday cake-making, cleaning, going out for dinner, and then finally enjoying some birthday cake! 

It was my husband’s birthday, and he requested a Red Velvet Cake.  Not being one to pour a whole bottle of artificial red food coloring into something that we’re going to eat, I decided to go off of this recipe which uses beets as a natural food coloring.  

All Natural Red Velvet Cake

It turned out very well!  It was delicious and red!  I don’t particularly care for the taste of beets myself, but you can’t taste them at all.  All you can taste is deliciousness covered in more deliciousness! 

So, if you love red velvet cake but are turned off like I am at the thought of all that artificial food dye, I highly recommend you try this recipe for an all-natural, no red-dye, velvet cake!

Here’s my menu plan for the week which has been shared with Plan It – Don’t Panic at Keeper of the Home:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Fried Eggs and Toast

Mon: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Tues: Smoothies, Applesauce Bread

Wed: Smoothies, Hearty Breakfast Casserole

Thur: Smoothies, Amazing Baked Oatmeal

Fri: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Sat: Sourdough Waffles with Maple Kefir

LUNCH

Sun: Grilled Cheese, Pumpkin Soup

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Slow Cooker Chicken and Quinoa (can’t wait to try this!)

DINNER

Sun: Birthday Dinner (Mexican restaurant with friends), Red Velvet Cake (all natural, no red dye)

Mon: Salads, Loaded Baked Potatoes

Tues: Grilled Hamburgers, The Best Broccoli of Your Life

Wed: Salads, Broccoli and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Grilled Chicken

Thur: Salads, Savory Greek Sausage-Stuffed Autumn Squash

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Salads, Seared Tuna Steaks, Baked Sweet Potatoes

SNACKS

What’s on your menu this week?

My Weekly Menu Plan 10/30/11

It’s really starting to feel like autumn where we live, which makes me happy!  I love the opportunities the chilly weather gives me to get under a warm, fluffy blanket and snuggle up with my family (and a mug of Cozy, Dark Hot Chocolate!). 

I also love all of the seasonal foods of autumn!  We usually eat soup all-year round, but I especially love soup in the chillier months.  This week, I’m making a big pot of my Creamy Pumpkin Soup, and I’m also going to try this Mushroom Soup that Meg shared at Keeper of the Home.  Both are great immunity boosters, which we need right now in our house – there have been a few too many sniffles going around lately!

Pumpkin Soup

Once again, I am participating again in Stephanie’s Plan It- Don’t Panic! (A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge).  Be sure to check it out for more menu planning inspiration!

Here’s my menu plan for the week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Overnight Steel Cut Oats, Kefir Smoothies

Mon: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Kefir Smoothies

Tues: Breakfast Burritos, Kefir Smoothies

Wed: Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal, Kefir Smoothies

Thur: Scrambled Eggs, Toast, Kefir Smoothies

Fri: Sourdough English Muffins with Butter and Raw Honey, Apple Slices, Kefir Smoothie

Sat: Sourdough Pancakes with Maple Kefir and Fruit

LUNCH

Sun: Salads, Pasta Presto

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad (Creamy Pumpkin Soup & Mushroom Soup)

Sat: Salads, Grilled Cheese, Homemade Tomato Soup

DINNER

Sun: Leftovers

Mon: Salads, Spinach Ricotta Pie

Tues: Sticky Coconut Chicken w/ Brown Rice

Wed: Salads, Pan-Seared Salmon with Tomato, Basil, Feta Sauce, The Perfect Baked Potato

Thur: Lasagna, Salads, Garlic Bread

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Veggie Dip

Sat: Ham and Beans, Corn Cakes

Snacks

What are your favorite foods to eat in chilly weather?  Do you have any favorite soup recipes?

My Weekly Menu Plan 10/23/2011

I’ve been enjoying baking with my sourdough starter over the past several weeks!  If you would like to join me in making lots of delicious and nutritious sourdough goodies, learn how to make your own sourdough starter here!

Potaot Soup

Once again, I am participating again in Stephanie’s Plan It- Don’t Panic! (A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge).  Be sure to check it out for more menu planning inspiration!

Here’s my menu plan for the week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Sweet Potato Oatmeal, Kefir Smoothie

Mon: Egg Sandwich on Sourdough English Muffins, Fresh Raw Juice Smoothie

Tues: Breakfast Burritos, Kefir Smoothie

`Wed: Sweet Potato Oatmeal (leftover), Fresh Raw Juice Smoothie

Thur: Scrambled Eggs, Kefir Smoothie

Fri: Sourdough English Muffins with Butter and Raw Honey, Fresh Raw Juice Smoothie

Sat: Sourdough Waffles with Maple Kefir and Fruit

LUNCH

Sun: Grilled Cheese and Homemade Tomato Soup

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Nachos, Fresh Fruit

DINNER

Sun: Leftovers

Mon: Garlic Herb Chicken con Broccoli, Salad w/ EVOO and White Balsamic Vinegar

Tues: Pizza Pockets, Fresh Fruit and Veggies

Wed: Cobb Salad w/ Homemade Ranch and Sourdough Biscuits

Thur: Eggplant Parmesan, Salad w/ EVOO and White Balsamic Vinegar

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Rustic Lemon Onion Chicken, Salad with EVOO and White Balsamic Vinegar, Roasted Vegetables

My Weekly Menu Plan 10/16/2011

You may have noticed that I did not post a menu plan for this past week.  The reason for this lack of menu planning was a raw juice fast that my husband and I did together to detoxify our bodies.  Today is our last day on the juice fast, and we feel great!  We are, however, very excited to get back into our regular eating/cooking routines tomorrow. 

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I thought that doing this juice fast would give me a break in the kitchen, but the opposite was actually true!  Preparing all of that fresh juice in the kitchen three times a day was quite the task.  I cleaned and chopped more veggies and fruits this week then I think I ever have in my whole life! 

If you are interested in juicing or doing a raw juice detox, Sarah from Heartland Renaissance has a great, detailed post about the benefits of doing a juice fast, that you can read for some more information.  We also really liked her Spicy V-12 juice recipe.  It was one of our favorites! 

I am participating again in Stephanie’s Plan It- Don’t Panic! (A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge).  Be sure to check it out for more menu planning inspiration!

Here’s my menu plan for the week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Raw Juice

Mon: Raw Juice Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs with avocado

Tues: Smoothies, Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal (I’m going to use whole eggs instead of egg whites)

`Wed: Raw Juice Smoothies, Sourdough Waffles

Thur: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs with toast

Fri: Raw Juice Smoothies, Peanut Butter on Toast

Sat: Sourdough Biscuits, Egg Gravy

LUNCH

Sun: Raw Juice

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad (I’m trying this Creamy Tomato Bisque this week)

Sat: Grilled Cheese, Leftover Soup

DINNER

Sun: Raw Juice

Mon: Pumpkin Enchiladas, Salsa, and Guacamole

Tues: Salads, Veggie Pizza

Wed: Salads, Butternut Squash Lasagna

Thur: Seared Tuna Steak over Salad Greens, Baked Potatoes

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Salads, Easy, Cheesy Spaghetti Casserole

SNACKS

Homemade Rosemary Crackers

Popcorn (with butter and coconut oil –yum!)

Fresh fruits and veggies

My Weekly Menu Plan 10/2/2011

Things on the blog have been very slow and quiet this past week – mainly because things at home have NOT been very slow or quiet!  My mom and sister paid us a surprise visit, and really spoiled us while they were here!  My mom did my hair (she is a hair stylist!) took me shopping (and bought me practically a whole new wardrobe!), and took us out to eat several times.  It was a lot of fun, but the best part was definitely being able to spend lots of time with my mom and sister!  They left to go back home yesterday morning, and I miss them already!

We had some other exciting things happen last week too.  I was finally able to get a kitchen appliance that I have wanted for a LONG time!  I will share the details later this week, but let’s just say that my kitchen has been VERY busy!

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I am participating again in Stephanie’s Plan It- Don’t Panic! (A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge).  Be sure to check it out for more menu planning inspiration!

Here’s my menu plan for the week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Biscuits and Gravy

Mon: Raw Juice Smoothies, Eggs and Toast

Tues: Smoothies, Pancakes

`Wed: Smoothies, Baked Oatmeal

Thur: Smoothies, Omelets

Fri: Smoothies, Applesauce Bread

Sat: Waffles, Maple Kefir, Bacon

LUNCH

Sun: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Leftover Chili

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Buffalo Chicken Dip, Fresh Veggies, Sourdough Bread

DINNER

Sun: Pancakes, Eggs

Mon: Chicken Salad Sandwiches, Homemade French Fries

Tues: Salads, Meatloaf, Garlic Carrot Potatoes

Wed: Enchiladas

Thur: Rice and Beans, Grilled Chicken

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Salads, Juicy Roasted Chicken, Creamed Corn, Mashed Potatoes

My Weekly Menu Plan 9/18/2011

Since I have been menu planning over the last eight weeks, we have been eating better and saving money.  On top of that, I feel much less stressed every day when dinner time rolls around.  It’s been wonderful!

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If you don’t meal plan, it is something that I highly recommend you at least give a try.  Stephanie at Keeper of the Home is hosting Plan It- Don’t Panic! (A 6-Week Meal Planning Challenge) which would be a great place for you to start if meal planning is something that you are interested in.  She wrote a very helpful post with Resources and Recipes to Make Your Menu Planning Successful which would definitely be worth your time to go through.  It is a gold mine of menu planning information and tips!  Be sure to check it out!

Here’s my menu plan for the week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Baked Oatmeal

Mon: Smoothies, Sourdough English Muffins with Peanut Butter and Honey

Tues: Smoothies, Breakfast Pizza

Wed: Smoothies, Baked Oatmeal

Thur: Smoothies, Cheese Omelets

Fri: Smoothies, Biscuits and Gravy (recipe coming soon!)

Sat: Sourdough Waffles, Maple Kefir, Sausage

LUNCH

Sun: Salads, Homemade Lasagna

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Chicken Gyros (these look SO yummy!)

DINNER

Sun: Out with family

Mon: Salads, Grilled Salmon with Tomato Basil Feta sauce, Baked Potatoes

Tues: Salads, Hamburgers, Corn on the Cob

Wed: Tacos

Thur: Cornbread Waffles and Beans

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Salads, Seared Tuna Steaks, Garlic Carrot Potatoes

SNACKS

  • Popcorn
  • Fresh Veggies and Veggie Dip
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Nuts

My Weekly Menu Plan 9/11/2011

On this ten year anniversary of the 9-11 attacks on our country, my heart truly aches for the loved ones of those precious lives that were lost on that tragic day.  So many emotions and so many memories.  May God bless the families of all those who were taken on that day, and may God bless our land.

Here’s my menu plan for this week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Baked Oatmeal

Mon: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Tues: Smoothies, Egg Sandwich

Wed: Smoothies, Baked Oatmeal

Thur: Smoothies, Rice Porridge

Fri: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Sat: Blueberry Pancakes, Bacon

LUNCH

Sun: Salads, Spinach Ricotta Pie

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Grilled Chicken Salad

DINNER

Sun: Ham and Cheese Sandwiches, Homemade Ice Cream

Mon: Salads, Juicy Roasted Chicken, Mashed Potatoes 

Tues: Salads, Bruschetta Pasta, Garlic Bread

Wed: Bean and Rice Burritos

Thur: Cashew Chicken

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Stuffed Marconi Peppers

SNACKS

This post has been shared with Menu Planning Mayhem.

My Weekly Menu Plan 9/4/2011

Wow!  Is it really September already?  August absolutely flew by in our household!  It was a very busy month complete with a much-needed vacation and our son’s very special first birthday! 

Summer will soon be drawing to an end, and the crisp, cool days of autumn will soon be arriving!  I am ready for the colorful change in scenery and for the warm, spicy change in my kitchen!  Apple dumplings, pumpkin pudding, hot tea, and lots and lots of warm, cozy stews and soups…I can’t wait!

But while it’s still warm out, I’m going to enjoy all the fresh, local produce and hot weather treats that I can!  Like homemade ice cream!  Yum!

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Here’s my menu plan for this week:

BREAKFAST

Sun: Fried Eggs and Toast

Mon: Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Tues: Smoothies, Applesauce Bread

Wed: Smoothies, Hearty Breakfast Casserole

Thur: Smoothies, Baked Oatmeal

Fri: Smoothies Scrambled Eggs

Sat: Sourdough Waffles with Maple Kefir

LUNCH

Sun: Taco Salads

Mon-Fri: Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat: Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (YUM!), Raw Veggies and Dip

DINNER

Sun: Salads, Broccoli and White Cheddar Mac & Cheese, Grilled Chicken

Mon: Salads, Loaded Baked Potatoes

Tues: Grilled Hamburgers, The Best Broccoli of Your Life

Wed: Salads, Bacon Wrapped Cheese Stuffed Chicken (wow, this looks so good!)Hasselback Potatoes

Thur: Salads, Grilled Whitefish, Mixed Veggies

Fri: Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat: Nachos, Homemade Ice Cream

SNACKS

My Weekly Menu Plan 8/28/2011

Wow!  What an exciting weekend we had at our house this past week!  My mom and dad, my mother-in-law, and my aunt and uncle all came down to join us in celebrating our son’s first birthday.  It was such a special time!  I will tell you more of the details of this later this week!

With all of the company that we had over the weekend our house was overflowing with so much wonderful food.  We have been enjoying so many leftovers, that I am just now getting my menu plan up for the week.  We will be having leftovers one more time this evening, and although all of the leftovers have been delicious, I am ready to start cooking again!

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So here is my menu plan for this week (including all of our leftovers!)

BREAKFAST

Sun:  Biscuits and Gravy

Mon:  Breakfast out with family

Tues:  Raw Juice Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Wed:  Baked Oatmeal

Thur:  Raw Juice Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Fri:  Baked Oatmeal (leftover)

Sat:  Blueberry Pancakes with Maple Kefir

LUNCH

Sun:  McCallister’s Deli with family

Mon:  Light lunch of Fresh Veggies and Dip (since we had a big, late breakfast)

Tues:  Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Wed:  Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Thur:  Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Fri:  Leftovers/Soup/Salad

Sat:  Leftovers/Soup/Salad

DINNER

Sun:  Salads, Chicken Pot Pie, Birthday Cake, Homemade Ice Cream

Mon:  Leftover Pizza

Tues:  Leftover Chicken Pot Pie (so yummy!)

Wed:  Rice and Bean Burritos

Thur:  Eggplant Parmesan, Salads

Fri:  Homemade Pizza (it’s tradition!), Fresh Veggies and Dip

Sat:  Grilled Tuna Steaks, Salads, Baked Potatoes

SNACKS
  • Homemade Yogurt
  • Fresh Fruit
  • Applesauce
  • Nuts

My Weekly Menu Plan 8/14/2011

After being on vacation with my family last week, we are slowly easing back into our normal routine.  It was a great time and I really didn’t want to leave, but it is nice to be home! 

I have decided to try leftovers for our lunches this week to see how that works out.  I will also make this Summer Soup and have salad on hand for us to eat with or in the place of leftovers as well.

Here’s my menu for this week:

 

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Spinach Ricotta Pie – Wednesday’s dinner

SUNDAY

Breakfast:  Scrambled Eggs, Sourdough English Muffins

Lunch:  Eat at restaurant after church

Dinner:  Sloppy Joes, Fried Okra

MONDAY

Breakfast:  Avocado Fruit Smoothies, Scrambled Eggs

Lunch:  Soup/Salad/Leftovers

Dinner:  Tacos, Watermelon Lemonade

TUESDAY

Breakfast:  Raw Juice Smoothies, Sweet Potato Oatmeal (this is SO yummy!)

Lunch:  Soup/Salad/Leftovers

Dinner:  Sausage Zucchini Bake, Fresh Corn on the Cob

WEDNESDAY

Breakfast: Raw Juice Smoothie, Egg Sandwiches

Lunch:  Soup/Salad/Leftovers

Dinner:  Spinach Ricotta Pie (Trevor has been requesting this!), Salads

THURSDAY

Breakfast:  Raw Juice Smoothies, Sweet Potato Oatmeal

Lunch:  Soup/Salad/Leftovers

Dinner:  Easy Chicken Enchiladas

FRIDAY

Breakfast:  Raw Juice Smoothies, Egg Sandwiches

Lunch:  Soup/Salad/Leftovers

Dinner:  Homemade Pizza with Sourdough Pizza Crust (from American Pie), Fresh Veggies with Homemade Ranch

SATURDAY

Breakfast:  Blueberry Pancakes, Scrambled Eggs

Lunch:  Fish Tacos

Dinner:  Rice and Veggie Alfredo, Salads

SNACKS