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Meal Planning: Turkey in the Summer?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On August 7, 2011 @ 12:08 pm In Meal Planning | 7 Comments

Last week my meal plan [4] didn’t totally pan out. First there was the quick Chinese takeout [5] that wasn’t all that quick. Then there was a failure to thaw that famous turkey. Then, there was the realization that my mom would be at home with Hobbits [6] hungry children for two days and that she would need to feed them lots of easy meals.

So, I caved on a number of fronts, including a trip to Costco, and rolled with the punches on a few others. In the end, I made sure my mom had a fully stocked pantry and that by the end of tonight, I will, indeed, have pulled that turkey from the freezer for this week.

(That bird isn’t as big as I thought it was, so we’ll probably brine it and cook it on the grill. How’s that for an experiment to make up for my flakiness of last week?)

Some Most of this week’s meal plan is simply a re-do of last week’s:


(all served with fresh fruit or applesauce)

Pancakes [7]
Oatmeal (either baked [8], instant [9], or not mushy [10])
Waffles [11]
Granola [12]
Muffins [13] and Smoothies [14]
Rice and Toppings
Donut Run (’cause that’s how FishPapa rolls)


(all served with fresh fruit or veggies)

Sunbutter Sandwiches
Turkey Baguette Sandwiches [15]
DIY Pasta Salad [16]
Snacky Lunch [17]
Calzones or Soup
Burritos [18]


(all served with salad or steamed vegetables and rolls or bread)

Pasta with Crockpot Red Sauce [19]
Roast Turkey (possibly grilled if it’s hot), Potatoes
Turkey Pot Pie [20]
Beans and Rice [21]
Grilled Fish, Quinoa Pilaf [22]
Grilled Hamburgers on Homemade Buns [23]
Eat Out [24] (’cause that’s how I roll)

What are YOU having?

Don’t forget to visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [25] for more meal planning inspiration.

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[4] my meal plan: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/07/meal-planning-making-the-most-of-what-i-have.html

[5] the quick Chinese takeout: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/08/how-to-eat-at-home-to-save-money-frugal-friday.html

[6] my mom would be at home with Hobbits: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/08/coming-to-blogher-see-the-sights-of-san-diego.html

[7] Pancakes: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pancakes-easy-pantry-staple/

[8] baked: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/07/raspberry-baked-oatmeal/

[9] instant: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/frugal-friday-making-my-own-instant-oatmeal.html

[10] not mushy: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/03/ultimate-recipe-swap-whole-grains.html

[11] Waffles: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/11/waffles.html

[12] Granola: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/12/ultimate-recipe-swap-food-gifts.html

[13] Muffins: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/mix-and-match-muffins/

[14] Smoothies: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/diy-smoothie-bar.html

[15] Turkey Baguette Sandwiches: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/04/do-you-choose-the-same-food-each-time/

[16] DIY Pasta Salad: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/diy-pasta-salad/

[17] Snacky Lunch: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/06/snacky-lunch-its-whats-on-menu.html

[18] Burritos: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/07/freezer-cooking-lunches-and-frozen-burritos.html

[19] Crockpot Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html

[20] Turkey Pot Pie: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/09/ultimate-recipe-swap-favorite-fall.html

[21] Beans and Rice: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice/

[22] Quinoa Pilaf: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/03/quinoa-pilaf/

[23] Homemade Buns: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/04/fancy-hamburger-buns-whats-on-your-plate/

[24] Eat Out: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/07/restaurant-dining-on-a-budget-frugal-friday.html

[25] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/

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