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Menu Plan Monday ~ May 10th

Hello my friends!  Welcome to another edition of Menu Plan Monday!  I hope everyone had a lovely relaxing weekend.  My husband is here for another weekend visit so I’m keeping this short and sweet today :)

First though I’d love to know how your recipes turned out last week?  Any new family favorites you want to share with us?  Feel free to leave the direct link in the comments so we can check it out.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday: Cheese-Stuffed Meatloaf (carried forward from yesterday as we went on a hot dog roast for Mother’s Day instead)

Tuesday: French Toast Sandwiches

Wednesday: Chicken & Ravioli Carbonara

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Southwestern Soup served with Bread Machine Wheat Bread

Saturday: Dragon’s Creamy Shrimp Pasta with Mushroom and Peas

Sunday: Church Potluck ~  Hashbrown Casserole


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56 Responses to “Menu Plan Monday ~ May 10th”
  1. 1
    Rita says:

    I’m checking out the hash brown casserole. Sounds perfect for our family. Have a wonderful day!

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    You really do a great job of menu planning even when your husband is gone. When my husband is out of town we usually eat cereal and sandwiches!
    I have one child who would love those French toast sandwiches. I might have to make them for her!

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    Gretchen says:

    I really want to try that cheese stuffed meatloaf. It looks so good!

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    Sarah says:

    I love Hashbrown Casserole! I’ve always planned to try to make it myself, but never have. I’ll be giving it a try. Thanks for sharing the link!

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    Christi says:

    Another church potluck… yum! Our church never has them!! Your chicken and ravioli carbonara sounds really good – I get stuck in a rut making the same Italian meals over and over again so it’s nice to get ideas for new recipes. Have a great week!

  6. 6

    The shrimp pasta looks amazing. I don’t think I could wait until Friday to try that. Thanks for the introduction to that beautiful dish!

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    laura @nms says:

    The French toast sandwiches look amazing!

  8. 8

    You are really making me hungry this morning :-)
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  9. 9

    Enjoy the time with your husband :) And I’m glad you put a hashbrown casserole recipe on your menu this week, I have been poking around for one.

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    Kerri says:

    I ended up only doing like 4 of the recipes last week. Some weeks just get busy….
    we love the hash brown casserole in this house…yum!!
    Have a great week!!

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    I’m joining in for the first time — I bookmarked the recipe for the bread. Do you make it a lot? I’m getting a bread machine in a few days — buying 100% whole grain bread every week is expensive!

  12. 12

    I love the French Toast Sandwich idea! So yummy.

    I just got off a blogging break, so not too many new things in our kitchen lately.

    Thanks for MPM!!!

  13. 13

    Looks like another delicious week:-)

  14. 14
    Anna says:

    It’s nice that your church has potluck Sundays! I wish we’d have those here. It’s nice to visit with friends that way.

  15. 15
    Tifani says:

    Our biggest hit last week was homemade poptarts via the Smitten Kitchen. We used nutella filling!

    Our pictures:

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    Trina says:

    That Hashbrown Casserole looks great! I’m definitely going to try that one — I think it would be a great side with brisket this weekend

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    Lisha says:

    Just getting back into the menu planning habit — been away for a few months. I have been eating lower-carb for about six weeks, so I am trying to stick with that for myself while still providing items for the rest of the family — not easy! That creamy shrimp pasta looks yummy — I guess I could just keep the pasta separate and combine at the table so that I could eat some, too ;)

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    *~jo~* says:

    oooohhhh.we love meatloaf around here!! and i think stuffed with cheese would be even better!! :) thnx!! gotta love those church potlucks, i know we do!! :)

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    Rose says:

    I really haven’t been doing that great sticking to my menu the past few weeks. All I’ve been craving is Chinese take-out! Maybe this week will be better…

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    Rachel says:

    Hey Laura!

    We tried out a lot of new recipes last week, and they all went great! We loved the Enchilada Casserole that your family also enjoys. I posted about it here:

    Let’s just say, there were NO leftovers! Hubby gobbled it up and I had no idea what the words “portion control” meant when I tasted it either. :) Thanks for sharing such a easy, great recipe.

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    Hi Laura,

    We did have a few favorites from last week. A yummy recipe for Chili Cheese Grits from Ren at Edible Aria. Spicy but very flavorful.

    And delicious Spinach Crepes Bernoise which we’ve made a few times and love.

    It has been very busy here and menu planning sure helps keep me on track.

  22. 22
    dddiva says:

    I may have to work your cheese stuffed meatloaf in soon and the kids I think would love your french toast sandwiches. Another great menu plan, looks like.

  23. 23
    erica says:

    I have to be honest, I’m daunted by thinking about planning a menu for an entire week for all 14-21 meals (My husband works from home, so every meal is a meal-not necessarily left overs in a brown bag). So the baby step I came up with is to take a week or two to write down what I do actually end up making for each meal and what ends up being eaten as leftovers. I’ll also start a list of our favorite meals and hopefully in the coming weeks I’ll be brave enough to plan a whole week ahead.

  24. 24
    Lisa says:

    I just looked at the french toast sandwhiches, that looks amazing! I will be trying this one for sure! Hope you enjoy your time while your husband is home!

  25. 25
    lindsey says:

    Joining for the second week! Thanks for hosting.

  26. 26
    Ronni says:

    I love the hashbrown casserole. I am adding that to my menu for next week. Yummy Yummy!!!

  27. 27
    Laina says:

    Your menu sounds great this week! I can’t wait to try the shrimp pasta, and the french toast recipe will come in handy the next time I go crazy at the bread outlet. Do you think it would freeze well?

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    Nel says:

    I believe we will be trying the Cheese stuffed Meatloaf and the Southwestern soup!!

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    Heather says:

    The newest recipe I’m loving is one for mango-pineapple salsa I found at Taste of Home ( It tastes great with fish, pork chops, chicken, etc. I even like it with chips, or just a spoon.

  30. 30

    Had to look at all your recipes this week. Pretty easy to adapt to gluten free. That meatloaf looked great.

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    Sarah says:

    Enjoy the time with your husband!

  32. 32
    Christy says:

    I think I might have to try the meatloaf recipe next week!

  33. 33

    I loved your pizza crust recipe so much that I added it to my menu for this week. :) Thanks again!

  34. 34
    Amy says:

    Your menu this week looks delicious! I am off to look up the meatloaf and french toast sandwiches recipes as they sound like things my family would like. :)

  35. 35
    Melody says:

    That hashbrown recipe looks great! I have to give a recommendation for these black bean and corn quesadillas I made for the first time last week. They were great! (And vegetarian = less money spent too!)

  36. 36
    Teri says:

    Thank you for doing this each week. It has changed things for me and us.

  37. 37
    Elizabeth says:


    I’m back after two months of computer problems. I am so happy to have the dratted machine back!

    I like the changes to your blog and your photo is lovely!

    Have a nice day!

  38. 38
    Ellen says:

    That southwestern soup sounds yummy.

  39. 39
    Lucinda says:

    First Timer! What Fun.

  40. 40
    Theresa says:

    Thanks for hosting this!!

  41. 41
    Sela says:

    Thanks as always for hosting! I’m getting so many new recipes from linking up and checking out other’s menus :)

  42. 42
    Taunya says:

    I just launched mine – first time ever! I will try to find recipes to link to in the future – I am making recipes that are from my head this week :)

  43. 43
    Rona says:

    I love the sound of your tasty meatloaf and has brown casserole.

    I’m so thrilled I finally have to time to do some MPM blog visiting.

    You have a great week!

  44. 44
    Meegan says:

    Your menu looks great – I’m going to have to try out your carbonara recipe. Thanks!

  45. 45
    Krisi says:

    Everything looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing the French Toast Sandwich recipe – they sound so good!

  46. 46

    I’m new to your blog, so this might seem redundant to previous posts, but I love the idea of having a leftovers buffet! I cook all the time and I hate to see extra food go to waste. Thanks for the wonderful idea!

    • 46.1
      Laura says:

      I hate wasting food too so that’s why I always schedule in a leftover day. We line all the leftovers up on the counter and everyone can pick and choose what they want. It works really well AND I get a night off from cooking, woohoo! :)

  47. 47
    Heather says:

    I love stopping by to get some new recipe ideas. Thanks for hosting Meal Plan Mondays! :)

  48. 48
    Mrs. Fuzz says:

    MMMmmmm! French toast sandwiches? Now that’s MY kind of meal.

  49. 49
    April says:

    Your hashbrown casserole sounds yummy! I can’t wait to try it.

  50. 50
    Christina says:

    completey forgot to post my link last night!

  51. 51
    Tara says:

    Mmmmm I totally want to try that creamy shrimp and pasta dish, that sounds amazing!

  52. 52
    Amanda says:

    So after a looooong hiatus I am back in the blogosphere. Gonna make another go at this menu plan/food budget/pantry building deal. Wish me luck!

  53. 53
    Karyn says:

    My stomach is growling already…every menu looks delicious! :)