menu plan monday: 11.28.11

Last weeks main menu goal was simple: clean out the fridge before 30 people came over for Thanksgiving dinner.

It was a success, but it was also a great reminder of how much better we eat when there’s a plan in place. We also ended up eating out a bit more than I’d intended with all the holiday craziness, and I’m looking forward to a more regular schedule for the next few weeks.

In addition to the dinner plans, I also need to replenish my chicken stock and I want to try some beef stock. I’m also hoping to make a batch of the Paleo Parent’s Cinnamon Apple Creamed Cereal and am pondering if I can turn this Paleo Pumpkin Gingerbread cake into a lebkucken-spiced cake somehow. The spices are already fairly similar – the biggest difference I see right now is the lack of molasses and addition of pumpkin. A little experimenting might be in order.

This week’s Gluten Free Menu Swap theme is pizza…something I haven’t quite figured out how to do on a paleo diet. If I were to go off plan, though, it would be for this polenta pizza I came up with a few months ago. It’s soooo good!

Monday
Steak Tips and Roasted Veggies (still trying to get this recipe posted)
Roasted Kabocha Squash

Tuesday
Beef with Broccoli (from Make It Paleo)
Roasted Curry Cauliflower

Wednesday
Balsamic and Rosemary Chicken (another Make It Paleo recipe)
Roased Baby Carrots (30 minutes at 400 degrees, drizzled with olive oil and simply salt and peppered)

Thursday
Roasted Tomato and Meat Sauce (in the freezer from some of summer’s great tomatoes)
Zucchini Noodles
Green Salad

Friday
Herbed Chicken Skewers (yet another Make It Paleo – I really do love that cookbook!)
Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Chipotle Cranberry Sauce
Stir Fried Napa Cabbage

Saturday
not sure yet – we’re going to help decorate my grandparent’s house for Christmas sometime, and it might be a good night to eat out…or do something simple like omelettes

Sunday
Paleo Beef Chipotle Chili

Shared at Org Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday and the Gluten Free Menu Swap hosted at Our Frugal Happy Life this week.

menu plan monday – 09.25.11

It’s going to be a fun week – one of our MFF’s (most missed friends) is coming to visit from Florida next weekend – and we can’t wait. The weekend menu is a little bit open, but here’s the rest:

Monday
Chicken with Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce
Brown Rice – looking for a soaked, baked recipe
Sauteed Squash

Tuesday
Easy Slow Cooker Pot Roast
Potatoes, Onions and Carrots

Wednesday
Mushroom Pork Chops (I use this recipe for homemade cream of chicken soup, using half the amount of corn or tapioca starch instead of flour for thickening)
Steamed Broccoli

Thursday
Soutwestern Flank Steak
Green Salad

Friday
Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Saturday
Grilled Lamb Chops
Grilled Tri Tip Steaks with Montreal seasoning
not sure what else yet – definitely a great big salad…maybe some grilled veggies and potatoes?

Sunday
quick trip to San Francisco after church – looking for somewhere good to eat, possibly on the water

This post will be linked to Organizing Junkie’s Menu Plan Monday. Looking for meal inspiration? It’s a great place to visit!

menu plan monday: 07.18.11

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We had a much needed, much enjoyed lazy Sunday at our house after two days in a row of trips to the "big city" an hour away…including 3 hours at the emergency room for a mis-diagnosed case of strep throat. We have a few roll-overs from last week due to that and a few other things I need to get on the menu before they get spoiled.

It hasn't been easy to plan this week!

Monday
Grilled Tuscan Lemon Chicken
Sauteed Squash, Onions and Baby Bellas
Summer Black Eyed Pea Salad

Tuesday
Tacos (the easy ones – ground beef seasoned with lots of chili powder, cumin and garlic)
Brown Rice Tortillas
Watermelon

Wednesday
Spaghetti with Italian Sausage (with Tinkyada pasta)
Green Salad

Thursday
Tri Tip Steaks
Baked Brown Rice
Carrot Salad (an old, family recipe my husband just discovered and loves. I'll try to get the recipe shared this week)
Steamed Broccoli

Friday
Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Veggie Fried Rice

Saturday
Meatloaf (my mother-in-law's recipe, with some extra spices – I should write it down one of these days!)
Roasted Carrots and Potatoes
Green Salad

Sunday
California Grilled Veggie Sandwiches
with Chicken sausages
Corn on the Cob
*My order of Jule's Gluten Free flour should arrive this week, and I'm saying a prayer I can put together some sort of bread for these sandwiches by Sunday. If not, I'll just eat the veggies with a little cheese and maybe a bite or two of sausage. I really hope I can – I've missed those sandwiches!

What meals are you looking forward to this week?

This post will be linked to Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. Looking for meal inspiration? It's a great place to visit!