Monday, July 6, 2009

Menu Plan Monday: Week of July 6

Well, I've never posted my menu plan before, but many of my favorite bloggers participate, so I thought I'd give it a try. My friend and I often find ourselves in the "What's for dinner?" discussion and she's great about sharing her menus and recipes. On weeks when I sit down and menu plan, I make better use of items on sale that week along with what we already have stocked up in our pantry and freezer (so that nothing goes to waste).

I should preface this first-ever menu by explaining that we have become a freezer cooking family. We don't eat freezer meals exclusively, but it's so nice to have the meals prepared and ready to go in the freezer. Most of the time, this involves buying meat on sale and preparing it (trimming, breading/coating, marinating, etc), then freezing it in meal-size portions. Since I'm not a huge fan of handling raw meats, I'm glad to avoid that part of the cooking each night. My husband is also a master at the grill and is willing to stand outside (even if it's raining) while I prepare the side dishes inside!



  • Turkey, Ham, or Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • "Snack Lunch" (like a homemade Lunchable)
  • Quesadillas
  • Macaroni & Cheese with Ham
  • Leftovers


    Ziploc Chicken (bone-in chicken on the grill)
    Buttered noodles, carrots
    Excellent Sandwich Bread* and fresh salad

    Taco Rice on flour tortillas
    Fresh Salad

  • WEDNESDAY (picnic at the zoo!)
    Favorite Chocolate Chip Cookies and fresh fruit

    Crispy Picnic Chicken
    Potatoes, Excellent Sandwich Bread and fresh salad

  • FRIDAY (hosting family from out-of-town!)
    Tammy's Spicy Grilled Turkey Burgers (some with ground beef)
    McCain French Fries (Meijer clearance!)
    Ice Cream Sundae Bar (with all of the free Smuckers toppings we have!)

    Take-out Pizza

    Spaghetti with Meat Sauce
    Fast Homemade Herb Bread* with salad

*These are our favorite simple & easy bread machine recipes. I'll post recipes soon!

If you feel like commenting, please let us know what's on your menu tonight or later in the week! We can always use a new recipe to spice things up.

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  1. Sounds like a yummy menu Jolyn, you gave me some ideas!


  2. Looks great! Glad you could join in to the fun! I need to do more freezer cooking.
    Thanks for sharing!


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