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Monday Menu Plan: 3/26-4/1

My son has been on a pizza kick lately. And by “lately”, I mean for the past year. I ask my kids what they’d like for dinner when I’m writing our menu plan for the week, and I can bet my bottom dollar that “pepperoni pizza” will be Christopher’s answer. Every. Single. Time. It doesn’t surprise me. He is, after all, a 5 year old with the palette of a goldfish (aka he forever prefers to subsist on just one thing: pizza).

I usually make our pizza at home to be frugal and save a few bucks, since I’d otherwise have to sell my second born child to support Christopher’s pizza habit.  For awhile I got sick of our homemade-on-a-cookie-sheet pie and tried to boycott pizza consumption altogether. In the meantime, my dad went out and picked me up a pizza stone, and now I’m back to embracing our weekly adventures in homemade pizza-making.

Let me just say, if you don’t own a pizza stone, go get one. Now. Last week alone, we made pizza TWICE for dinner. Yeah. It’s that good. You don’t even need a fancy schmancy one, ours was $12 (after 20% coupon discount) at Bed Bath and Beyond and it rocks our world. It also stores conveniently on the bottom shelf of our oven, so it doesn’t take up any precious cabinet space. Fo’ realsies, you have zero excuse.

Go out. Get one. Now. Thank me later.

When it comes to pizza, are you Team Homemade or Team Takeout? Let us know in the comments section below!

This pizza deserves love letters, it's so darn good.

Breakfasts: baked oatmeal, quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, popcorn, jello, veggie straws, goldfish crackers, spinach & fruit smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • roasted beets, quinoa and oranges over spinach
  • homemade dinner rolls
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • homemade pizza
  • salad
Sunday
  • baked black bean and sweet potato taquitos
  • guacamole
  • salad
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.
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Monday Menu Plan: 3/19-3/25

(Edit: Sorry for the Monday Menu Plan on Wednesday. I logged on to write a recipe post and my latest menu plan was nowhere to be found! From what I can gather, WordPress ate my homework. No joke.)

Exciting news! We’re moving at the end of April (long story short, I’m not exactly sure where yet but I should know in the next few days). In preparation, I’m going to start whittling down our overstock of pantry items that I don’t feel like packing and dragging to the next apartment. This means that my grocery bill will be MUCH lower for the next few weeks with all the pantry shopping I’ll be doing. And maybe, finally, I can make a dent in the stockpile of canned schtuff I got right before Hurricane Irene graced us with her presence (or lack thereof, we lucked out)! For the most part I’ll only have to make a weekly trip to restock our perishables: milk, eggs & fresh produce.

When you move do you try to pare down your food supply so there’s less to haul, or do you just pack it up and pray stuff won’t thaw before you get it to your new freezer? Share with us in the comments section below!

Breakfasts: baked oatmeal, quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, popcorn, yogurt, jello, veggie straws, goldfish crackers, spinach & fruit smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
  • apple cheddar quesadillas
  • salad
Tuesday
  • homemade pizza
  • green beans
Wednesday
  • baked macaroni & cheese with bacon
  • salad
Thursday
Friday
  • egg sandwiches on english muffins
  • salad
Saturday (Date Night!)
  • eating out
Sunday
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 3/12-3/18

As I type this it’s Sunday night, and I’ve just finished throwing together my overnight baked oatmeal recipe for breakfast Monday morning. My recipe calls for applesauce, but I had a few zucchinis that were looking a little questionable and I wanted to use them before they went to waste. I peeled and grated them and threw them in the mix. Zucchini is so mild that it should work out well as an applesauce substitute. I always have faith, but even more importantly, I always have a backup plan. Too often have my tinkering tendencies borderlined the Evel Knievel of culinary daredevilry, so just in case our oatmeal tomorrow tastes more like dead vegetables than warm and hearty comfort food we’ll have eggs and toast waiting on the sidelines for a quick fix.

Do you play around with and adjust recipes, or do you stick to the original recipe when making a meal? Share with us in the comments section below!

Be a whisk... er, RISK taker in the kitchen! (Yes, I drew that. No, I did not have formal art training. Yes, I'm good at bad puns.)

Breakfasts: baked oatmeal, quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, popcorn, yogurt, jello, graham crackers with peanut butter, spinach & fruit smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
  • pasta primavera
  • garlic bread
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • veggie frittata
  • toast
Thursday
  • cauliflower and bacon pasta
  • escarole gratin
Friday
Saturday
  • turkey meatball subs
  • salad
Sunday
  • fresh veggie wraps
  • chips
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 3/5-3/11

Hey, strangers! I’ve been bouncing back and forth between being busy and not feeling so hot, and blogging just never made it onto my to-do list last week. But faithfully I’m back to share my weekly menu plan 🙂
Due to some crummy weather we postponed our NYC Lego Store trip last week, so we’ll be hitting up the big city this Wednesday for our adventure and eating out somewhere in our travels. Normally Monday is my grocery shopping day, but Emma and I aren’t feeling too hot so we decided to lay low and head out tomorrow instead. To ward off boredom we headed to the kitchen for a sick day baking session. Emma wanted to make something with our overripe bananas and we settled on a banana snack cake. We just finished gobbling up the first pieces, and HOLY WOW is it good. Look for a recipe post on that one in the near future, it’s just too tasty not to share!

Banana Snack Cake

Breakfasts: baked oatmeal, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, popcorn, yogurt, jello, graham crackers with peanut butter, spinach & fruit smoothies, banana snack cake

Dinner:

Monday
  • sauteed cabbage over pasta
  • salad
Tuesday
  • baked beans over toast
  • salad
Wednesday
  • ??? – probably eating out somewhere in NYC
Thursday
  • quinoa stuffed butternut squash for Mike and I
  • chicken nuggets for the kids
  • salad
Friday
  • roasted chicken
  • rice
  • salad
Saturday
  • english muffin pizzas
  • salad
Sunday
  • veggie scramble
  • toast
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 2/27-3/4

Today is my son Christopher’s 5th birthday. Chris is an awesome little guy who deserves the best of everything, so this week’s menu plan is just about 90% Chris-approved. This, of course, is why it looks like a 5 year old picked all the meals 😉 We’re going into the city on Wednesday to hit up the Lego Store at Rockefeller Center (is it dorky of me to be mega excited for this?) and we’ll probably be home later so takeout is on the menu for dinner. This weekend is a bonanza of excitement for the kids with a sleepover at Grandpa’s Saturday night and a trip to Monster Jam (!!!) on Sunday afternoon. I’m not sure what we’re eating for dinner but I’m sure it’ll be good. As for today’s festivities, the kids and I will be baking and decorating a cake to voraciously devour after dinner.

Happy Birthday to Chris!

Breakfasts: baked oatmeal, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, waffles

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, pasta, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, popcorn, yogurt, jello, hard boiled eggs, graham crackers with peanut butter, roasted chickpeas, spinach & fruit smoothies, goldfish crackers, muffins

Dinner:

Monday
  • hot dogs
  • macaroni and cheese
  • salad
Tuesday
Wednesday
  • takeout (probably pepperoni pizza)
Thursday
  • grilled cheese
  • fresh veggies and dipping sauces
Friday
  • apple cheddar quesadillas
  • salad
Saturday
  • ??? – sleepover at my dad’s
Sunday
  • ??? – Monster Jam (!!!)
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.