Menu Plan Monday ~ March 17th



Welcome to another week! We had a couple of beautiful sunny days here but unfortunately now we are back to snow. So sad, I’m so anxious for spring. This has been a very long winter.

Some of you may still be hesitating to give menu planning a try because you are having trouble finding the time or energy. Periodically I like to tell you about resources I come across that do the work for you. About a year ago I mentioned a site called Menu In A Box. Well since then Ruth has upgraded her product into an ebook format and right now it is on sale for $17.50 US. Her menu in a box includes 20 weeks of dinners, 20 shopping lists and over 100 fast and fresh recipes. I previewed her product and it is well organized and the recipes look to be really healthy. You can check it out by clicking the banner below.

Last week I forgot to tell you about how much I loved the Angel Hair Pasta with Garden Vegetables recipe I made the week before. It was absolutely delicious! I made it with whole wheat pasta instead and added some sausage for my meat lovin husband. We really enjoyed it, very refreshing!

Next Sunday is Easter so today I spent a couple of hours sitting down with my various Taste of Home publications and came up with a yummy Easter dinner that we will be enjoying with friends and family. I’m happy to share all the recipe links with you below. Happy Easter!

My menu for this week includes:

Monday: Ultimate Grilled Cheese and soup with green jello for dessert (Happy St. Patrick’s Day!)

Tuesday: Beef Vegetable Soup served with Rustic Round Herb Bread

Wednesday: Chicken Caesar Salad

Thursday: Turkey Burgers with Buttermilk Wheat Rolls (these are so fantastic!)

Friday: Leftover Buffet

Saturday: Fajitas

Easter Sunday Dinner: Ham with Pineapple Sauce, Mashed Potatoes, Colorful Coleslaw, Garlic-Buttered Green Beans, Honey Glazed Carrots, Focaccia Bread, Strawberry Banana Trifle


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61 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ March 17th

  1. 1
    PlanningQueen says

    We have our big family Easter meal at Friday lunch time and it is always a seafood extravaganza. Luckily I will be the visitor so my sister is planning all this! Your Easter Sunday dinner sounds like a wonderful feast. Happy Easter Laura and as always, thanks for hosting.

  2. 2
    The Happy Housewife says

    Great meals this week. It looks like we have similar menus. I love menu in a box. I can’t wait to start using it.
    The Happy Housewife

  3. 3
    Tamy says

    I love the phrase “leftover buffet” – makes it sound so special!

  4. 4
    Ruthie @ MIAB says

    Am always inspired when I come to your site!

  5. 5
    Sandra says

    Oh YUM, everything looks great. 🙂

    I’m finally back on the menu bandwagon, man I missed it 🙂


  6. 6
    Michelle says

    Looking forward to Easter Dinner too… 😉 and must try the angel hair pasta with green vegetables..have a great week and thanks for hosting..

  7. 7
    Sharon says

    Thanks for the review of that previous pasta meal. I’ll have top bookmark that recipe. 🙂

    Your Easter dinner sounds delicious! Thanks for all of the links.

    Have a great week, and especially a Happy Easter!

  8. 8
    Sheila Gregoire says

    I’m looking forward to Easter Dinner because I’m not cooking!

    This week I’m eating healthy because I had an overload of chocolate today at a Pride & Prejudice party.

    Have a great week, everybody!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  9. 10
    Lisa says

    This is my first time linking up here! I am so excited! Your menu sounds YUMMY! Have a blessed Easter!

  10. 11
    Connie says

    I picked up a new word for leftover’s….foraging!

  11. 12
    Lauren aka Lu says

    Your bread recipes sound wonderful! I will definitely try them soon!

  12. 13
    Jamie says

    Your menu sounds so good! I’ll have to borrow some of your ideas soon…maybe I’ll get brave and try some of your bread recipes.

  13. 14
    Paloma says

    OMGosh, your Easter dinner sounds ridiculously delicious. My mouth is watering!!!!!

  14. 15
    Susanne says

    Yummy! My mouth is watering at those grilled cheese sandwiches!

  15. 16
    Jane says

    Hi Laura,

    This is going to sound really dumb I accidentally entered the url for the wrong blog – d’uh! I re-entered my details for my kidzarama blog which is the right one.

    I’m telling you this because I don’t want you to think I’m spamming you or anything!

    Please feel free to delete the first link (#60)… Apologies for my

    Cheers, Jane 🙂

  16. 17
    Q&Q says

    Hey Laura your Tuesday is my Wednesday. I’m using a back issue of Taste of Home Light & Tasty and Wednesday is Beef Vegetable Soup with Rustic Round Herb Bread. It should be good.

    Thanks for sharing.

  17. 19
    Kim says

    Your plan looks yummy and I am wondering what time dinner is the night you have those grilled cheese sandwiches!!! Those look divine!!

  18. 20
    orneryswife says

    Finally back home in my own kitchen, menu plan is up and groceries bought! Good times ahead!
    (I never did make it to those org. stores. I sure thought about you a lot, though!)

  19. 22
    Charity says

    Thanks for posting your Easter recipes!

  20. 23
    Debi says

    Think you can accommodate 5 more for Easter dinner? 😉

    Hope you all have a wonderful holiday!

  21. 24
    JJ - Lady Di says

    Pretty easy week what with St. Patty’s today, my husband’s birthday on Wednesday (and he wanted Reuben’s which will use leftovers from today) and Easter on Sunday. And then next week will use Easter leftovers too. I can’t wait for what we call Scalloped Potatoes Au Gratin with Ham! 🙂

  22. 25
    Aimee says

    I just LOVE Taste of Home!!!!! It is so much fun to sit down with them and plan a meal!!!

  23. 26
    jen says

    Your menu looks awesome as usual and your Easter dinner…yum yum. I hope you have a great week.

  24. 27
    Write From Karen says

    Hi Laura!

    The buttermilk wheat rolls look de-lish! I am definitely bookmarking that. My guys love rolls.

    We re-tried a recipe this week. We tweaked our coconut chicken and liked it better than last time. I think we still need to add more sugar, though.

    Planning menus have CHANGED the way we eat. Seriously. Taking fifteen minutes out of your week to plan a menu and make a grocery list goes A LONG WAY, trust me.

    Have a great week, everyone!

  25. 28
    Alyce says

    I read that you have numerous Taste of Home magazines..since organizing is your probably already have a good tip for housing those magazines..if not..check out my tip on my blog.

    I so want to participate in the menu for the week..but my week is CRAZY!!


  26. 29
    kat says

    oh turkey burgers…i need to add that to next weeks menu I think, its been awhile & my husband makes fabulous ones!

  27. 30
    Stephanie @ Keeper o says

    Laura, I completely forgot about Easter when I did my meal plan- I just treated it like any other week! LOL! I’m pretty sure we won’t eat bean and rice burritos on Easter Sunday! 🙂

    Your Easter Dinner sounds lovely. I won’t be making my own, but joining my MIL instead, who is a wonderful cook, and I just get to tag along- lucky me!

  28. 31
    Jodi W says

    thank you so much for hosting this each week!!!

  29. 32
    The Tentative Chef says

    I reviewed Menu In A Box just Saturday! This will be my first week.

  30. 33
    Reese says

    Have a blessed week!


  31. 34
    Misslionheart says

    La Feile Naomh Padraig fe mhaise dhibh go leir!

  32. 35
    Kiy says

    We have grilled cheese on the menu too, will have to check out your Ultimate one though! Have a great week, Kiy

  33. 36
    Wifey says

    Yummy menu! I made that beef vegetable soup last week, it’s so good! Have a wonderful week.

  34. 37
    Deanna says

    Green jello! I should have thought of that. We’re having company for dinner tonight so I’ve got bread pudding in the oven. Not Irish but delicious.

  35. 38
    Laura says

    I can’t believe it. I actually posted mine on Monday! I’m going to try your meatloaf next week. Thanks for hosting.

  36. 39
    Lisa says

    Your menu looks great! Easter sounds fabulous too. I’m considering the Green Beans recipe for our dinner.

    Have a blessed Easter and thanks for hosting!


  37. 40
    jennP says

    I just added my link for the first time. If I did it wrong, please let me know…!

  38. 41
    Jason says

    The Buttermilk Wheat Rolls look great. I’ve been using my bread machine a lot lately, so I think I’ll try these.

  39. 42
    Belinda says

    I’m new here, this is my first time sharing my menu with this group, though I’ve been blogging our menus for a month or so, and sharing in online forums for many months.

  40. 43
    Belinda says

    I’m new! Mostly vego recipes. Feeding 8+ … Two adults, our six kids and often their friends (or ours).

  41. 44
    Sallie says

    I linked to you today as I did a post about our menu. It has been a long time since I participated though and the list has grown HUGE 🙂

    God bless,

  42. 45
    Angela says

    Wow! Thanks as always for hosting each week. I can’t believe how big this has gotten! Also, thanks for the links to the Easter recipes. I always like to get new ideas!

  43. 46
    Rona says

    Just kicking back and watching “Law and Order”. Visiting the MPM participants and seeing what’s for dinner this week.


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