Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 16/15

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Nov 16/15. Recipe links and menu planning inspiration!!

Hi everyone!  My youngest kiddo is turning 10 this weekend and boy is he excited about it.  We do birthdays big around here.  I’m not one that normally caters to every whim of my kids but on their birthdays we go all out!  And he’s got the meals he wants all picked out.  French toast for breakfast, pancakes for lunch and for dinner he’s picked out recipes from his favorite Food Network TV show, The Pioneer Woman. He never misses an episode, it’s so cute how much he likes it.  I think we’ll definitely need to buy him her latest dinnertime cookbook (affiliate link), he would be SO HAPPY about it.

Thanksgiving Menu Planning Resources:

So I thought with so many of you in the US celebrating Thanksgiving soon, I would share some Thanksgiving resources that will help you prepare as many of your dishes in advance as possible.  It really is the way to go so you can relax and enjoy the special day with no stress!

Make-Ahead & Freeze Your Thanksgiving Meal


25 Make Ahead Thanksgiving Casseroles


Free Printable Thanksgiving Place Cards (editable)


Hope that helps with all your preparations :)

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Smoked Sausage and Zucchini Skillet

Tuesday:  Sweet Potato and Bacon Paleo Soup

Wednesday: Paleo Fried Chicken (testing this recipe for December’s dinner club party) served with spinach salad

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! and for me Honey Lime Shrimp

Saturday:  Dinner out!

Sunday: Birthday boy request: Pioneer Woman’s Chili Cheeseburgers and Thin Fries and for dessert Starbucks Copycat Lemon Loaf :)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!


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My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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12 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 16/15

  1. 1
    Jamie @ Medium Sized Family says

    Happy birthday to your son! We like to do big birthday celebrations, too. It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make kids feels special on their big day. :)

    • 1.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      I’m not used to making three meals a day (kids make their own breakfasts and lunches usually) but he sure appreciates it when I do :)

  2. 2
    Vickie says

    Hope your son has a wonderful birthday! His dinner menu looks so good I wish i was invited!

    Have a great day!

    • 2.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      He’s really into his breakfast foods apparently lol.

  3. 3
    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort says

    Happy Birthday to your little guy! We always centered birthday celebrations around our favorite food growing up – it’s a great way to celebrate! :)

    • 3.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      It really is. I always give my kids the option of eating out or eating at home on their birthdays but most often they choose eating at home :)

  4. 4
    Robin says

    Aww, a HUUUUGE Happy Birthday to your son!! I love that birthdays are a big deal in your house. Growing up, my mom was the same way with my sister and I She started our day by opening up our bedroom blinds while singing happy birthday with a huge smile on her face. She always chose a great gift for us, something we knew we would love, and we got to choose whatever dinner we were craving. We could either go out or she would make our favorite. My mom makes the best french onion soup, and I would usually request that – at the end of July! But birthdays were big, and I carry those wonderful memories in my heart.

    And I LOVE the fact that your son loves the Pioneer Woman! She’s one of my favorites too! =)

    Thanks for your recipes!



    • 4.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Yes I really do try to make it extra special. I don’t use the word no, so whatever they want I provide. I’m usually so exhausted by the end of the day lol.

  5. 5
    Janet says

    Happy Birthday to your youngest! It sounds like he has a some great meals lined up for his day. Thanks for the Thanksgiving resources as well. I definitely need to make some dishes ahead of time.

  6. 6
    holly says

    That’s so cute that your son loves the Pioneer Woman’s show, is he a budding chef perhaps?

    • 6.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      Yes he is now really starting to enjoy being in the kitchen, yay!!


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