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My mom is here this weekend, so we’ve enjoyed lots of laughs and good food. She’s such a fun person to cook for since she likes everything I make. Here’s what is on the menu this week:

Breakfasts
Cinnamon rolls
Homemade donuts*
Eggs and toast
cereal
apples and oatmeal
Hot Cross Buns* and fruit
Pancakes

Lunches
Asian Chicken and Noodle Salad
Tuna Pitas*
Pasta Salad
PB&J
Leftovers

Dinners
Pizza*
Lasagna
Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, veg
Bean tostadas
Peanut Butter Chicken
Taquitos, Beans, and Rice
Calzones*

Having a meal plan is a great way to streamline your life. Don’t have one? Never done it? Here’s my quick and dirty tutorial for meal planning. Want further inspiration? Visit I’m an Organizing Junkie every Monday.

* Recipes to follow.

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  1. Snow White says:

    looks delicious. (also, thanks for letting me know about the flour storage — I guess you do go through it quickly!!)

  2. CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home says:

    Hey…I’m making Hot cross buns, too! I found a new recipe to make the dough in my breadmaker! Are you making them for Friday??!! Thanks for the donut recipe! I’m going to have to try it!! Have fun with your guests!

  3. That picture looks good enough to eat!

  4. Your Frugal Friend, Niki says:

    Sounds like a yummy week!

    “Quick ‘n dirty”! LOL I love it!

    🙂

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What’s Cookin’

While I’ve approached meal planning in a number of ways in the past (here, here, and here), lately I am enjoying this plan out a whole month at a time. You can see my December Meal Plan here.

I brainstorm all the different meals that I could make with what’s in the cupboard or what I think might be on sale in the coming weeks. I divide them into categories (meat, poultry, and veg/misc) so that I can vary our meals. Then, each weekend I go through my list and choose 7 dinners for the week. This is a great way to save some time and brain space for me. And I need all the help I can get.

So, this week we’re having

Grilled Chicken Breast and Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Cornbread
Costco Pizza
Carnitas Soft Tacos, Rice and Beans (not on the list, but I got a good deal on the meat)
Pasta Salad (OK, also not on the list, but this is a super easy dinner for us)
Chicken with Tomatoes, Feta, and Olives, Rice, Veg, Bread
Tamales, Beans and Rice
Minestrone Soup with Baguette and Butter

For more ideas about meal planning and real live menus, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie every Monday.

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  1. The Estrogen Files says:

    Excellent list! Have a wonderful week.

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  1. How ’bout if I come to your house with my five kids and help with boxes? HaHa! “Will work for food” Especially Tuna Salad Nicoise!!!!!

  2. Yummy week planned! 🙂 Those raspberry muffins sound scrumptious! 🙂

  3. You’re only drinking your Peet’s coffee one morning the entire week???!! If I was back in California, I’d be having it twice a day!
    Aimee P.

  4. Honey, you’re more than welcome to join the party.

    Sonshine, you’ll have to make those muffins. They are really good!

    Aimee, well, that depends on the day. Somehow the store bought just doesn’t taste as good as I remember it. And it’s a drive to the closest Peets, so I go back and forth between that and Starbucks. Plus, we have that budget thing to look out for. Still own two houses in KS. Ugh. I think you guys should move back, buy a coffee shop, and then give me a discount on Peets. 😉

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  1. JessieLeigh says:

    For a meat-free, still protein-rich dinner, I love to make Hot & Sour Peanut Noodles. The hubby, the 2- and 3-year olds, and I all love that dish! It appears quite regularly throughout the year and very heavily during Lent.

  2. I don’t have any ideas but I am jumping on that bandwagon too. My new goal is to try some tofu dishes. We have never really tried any, so I am ready to give it a whirl! : )

    Michelle

  3. Stacy and Brian says:

    I sneak “meatless mondays” into our menu all the time. Nothing beats a meatless pasta with fresh veggies or a homemade mac and cheese. Enjoy! Stacy

  4. There are lots of easy vegetarian meals for family. Have you tried Meatless Monday? I work for the nonprofit public health campaign called Meatless Monday (www.meatlessmonday.com). We have lots of tasty meatless recipes as well as good information on health and nutrition. Try Savory Ranch Tacos, Winter Warmer Stew, Incredibly Easy Wraps and much more!

  5. Thanks for the great suggestions. I’ll be checking that site, Peggy.

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