Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18th

Hello my happy fellow menu planners!! Guess what? After considering all your comments last week, I decided to bite the bullet and make the Greek Spaghetti last week despite the number of ingredients. I’m happy to report that it was well worth the effort and it was delicious!! The only thing I didn’t like about it was the celery but my husband didn’t seem to mind, go figure….oh and I only used one package of spinach 🙂

It did take a little extra time to make but it was a great recipe for my daughter (11) to help me with. Her job was to gather and measure all the ingredients for me while I assembled. We made an awesome team!

Speaking of kids cooking I got a lovely email the other day introducing me to a new site called Jr Chefs of America. It’s all about kids teaching other kids how to cook by video. It’s a great idea for getting kids excited about being in the kitchen and inspiring them to cook up some delicious recipes for themselves. So far they have eight recipe videos up but add a new one every other week. Check it out!

I’d also like to recommend two other dishes from last week. The Bruschetta Chicken and the Southwest Lasagna Rolls were so good and quick to prepare as well. I used gluten free noodles in the lasagna rolls and you couldn’t even tell!

Thanks to everyone who participated last week we reached OVER 300 Menu Plan Monday participants!!  So very exciting!!!

Here is what we’ll be eating in my neck of the woods this week:

Monday: Zesty Corn Quesadillas

Tuesday: Hamburgers on the bbq served with caesar salad

Wednesday: 5 Minute Southwest Layered Salad

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Chicken Pesto Pizza

Saturday: Asian Pork Tenderloin

Sunday: If you can find it, you can eat it cause this momma isn’t cooking 🙂


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77 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ August 18th

  1. 1
    kiy says

    Finally, I’ve been waiting for hours (haha) and now I can go to bed. 🙂 Seriously though, glad you tried that dish and what a brilliant idea to get your daughter involved. Love it. Also love the pork recipe, I am a huge fan of marinades. Added that to my ‘must make’ list!

    Have a great week, and thanks for hosting MPM. I love doing it and have made some new friends because of it.

    <3 Kiy

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    Michelle says

    It sounds like a delicious week at your house 🙂 especially the Asian Pork Tenderloin..yum.Have a great week..

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    sea says

    I’m glad you went ahead and made that tasty recipe for pasta- it sounds delicious. I hate celery myself and have been leaving it out of recipe for years- since I started cooking, actually. 🙂

    The meal plan sounds great!

    of the WF GF Book of Yum

  4. 4
    Laura says

    Gosh sorry I’m late gals…out having a bbq at friends and enjoying one of our very few nice days. So nice!

  5. 5
    Jill says

    Glad the recipe turned out well. I’ll have to try it, it sounds so good.

    Don’t worry about being late. That is what lazy summer Sunday’s are for – spending time with friends and relaxing!


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    Mommee23 says

    those recipes look great. Guess what will be on my menu next week. 🙂

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    sherry says

    That Greek spaghetti looks and sounds incredible! I will have to try that one!

    Have a blessed week,


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    Trish says

    great ideas and links here Laura , hope you get over 300 players.

  9. 9
    Beth Ann says

    My first time! I’m so excited!
    Big Question though- I looked for my recipes on-line and couldn’t locate any. How do you find them so you can link them for others? OR- do you ONLY find recipes on-line so you can link them for others. Mine came out of Rachel Ray’s 30 minute meals, and you would think they would be on her website.
    Help me out please! I’m brand new and need tending to! LOL
    Beth Ann
    [email protected]

  10. 10
    Laura says

    Beth Ann, I would have to say a little of both.

    I am a big fan of the Taste of Home publications and am able to find most of the recipes online. Those that I can’t find and that turn out I usually end up posting myself.

  11. 11
    mjpuzzlemom says

    Glad you liked the Greek Spaghetti. Looks like a good week. Thanks for hosting.


  12. 12
    Katie says

    I love taking part in your Monday meal planning. I have been telling all my friends. I think its great to have so many recipes and ideas just at the click of the mouse.

    I have been looking for a chicken pizza recipe to do on the BBQ but I think that your recipe looks great. I may try it next week

  13. 13
    Allie says

    I’m happy to be back on the Menu Plan Monday Train! I’ve been on holiday for the summer, so my meals were spur-of-the-moment. Thank you for inspiring me to get organized again!


  14. 14
    Regina Logan says

    I love your website! I’ve been checking it out for a couple of weeks now and what a relief to find so many great recipes in one spot. Thank you!

  15. 15
    Lori says

    Greek Spaghetti sounds wonderful. We may try it next week – yum :o)

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    AbFabGeek says

    I think I might try the lasgna rolls next week. They look and sound good.

  17. 17
    Sherry says

    I’m going to have to check out the Jr CHefs link. My kids will love it! 😀

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    Sharon says

    Thanks for the review on those lasagna rolls. They look delicious! I may add those in to our future menu. 🙂

    I love what you wrote for Sunday, too. Sounds perfect! lol

    Have a great week.

  19. 19
    Trixie says


    I obviously haven’t had any coffe yet this morning:) Will you please delete #’s 103 and 107?

    Thank you so much!


  20. 20
    Lisa says

    Your menu looks great. I will have to try the Layered Southwest Salad. It looks great!

    Thanks for hosting!


  21. 21
    Rachel says

    my first time joining in the game 🙂

  22. 22
    Angie says

    Your menu sounds great this week. We’ll have pretty much the same things we usually have.

    Hubby is very happy I started making the menu plan. It makes his life so much easier since he’s the one that cooks LOL

  23. 23
    Twisted Cinderella says

    My menu plan is up with a whole week of low-carb recipes the whole family will enjoy.

  24. 24
    Colleen says

    I might forgo my grilled pork tenderloin recipe for your asian one. Looks really yummy! We’ll see what the weather’s like this week if cooking out is feasible or not. Thanks for another great meal plan monday!

  25. 25
    kat says

    Yum, Asian Pork Tenderloin, one of our favorites

  26. 26
    Kirstin says

    I’m glad the greek spaghetti turned out. The menu this week sounds really yummy as well.

  27. 27
    Stacee says

    Hoping I did this right 🙂

  28. 28
    Steph says

    This week’s menu at our house is less organized than usual – we grilled out and prepped all the sides, so now each day we can choose from what’s available.

    I am bookmarking that layered salad to try soon!
    Happy MPM!

  29. 29
    Tameka says

    Newbie here… I’ve been toying with the idea of menu planning & just never followed through with it. I figured why not start now!!

  30. 30
    Amber (BGH) says

    By the way, I tried that 5 minute southwestern salad the first time you posted it and it was really good! 🙂

    Thanks for the link to the jr chefs of america – that looks neat. Definitely checking it out.

  31. 31
    Christine says

    Thank you so much for inspiring all of us to not only get our menus decided and the accountability to “make them”. Your willingness to try new things is a fabulous inspiration to me.

  32. 32
    Donna says

    Your menu sounds yummy and your Sunday Menu is what I have been doing lately. It seems so hard to get things done with Ethan teething. Enjoy your menu!

  33. 33
    Nikki says

    I forgot to mention above that this is my first time. Looking forward to sharing menus/recipes with you!

  34. 34
    Untypically Jia says

    I totally posted my Menu last night before Menu Plan Monday here was even up, and because I woke up late I’m #221 LOL! That’ll teach me to sleep in!

  35. 35
    Jeannie says

    That Bruschetta Chicken sounds wonderful!!!!

    I’m off to check out alllllllllllll the other menus!!!! =)

  36. 36
    Pennies In My Pocket says

    Just found your website! I LOVE IT!!! Just posted my first “Menu Plan Monday”. This is going to fun!


  37. 37
    Pennies In My Pocket says

    I’m so sorry! I accidentally entered my link twice on Mr. Linky!!! Please forgive me!


  38. 38
    Catherine says

    For once my meals are organised! Yeah!!!

  39. 39
    scrumptious says

    Hello! This is my first time posting a menu, although I’ve been really enjoying getting inspiration and ideas from everyone else’s menus.

  40. 40
    Sandy says

    They all sound delish! We’re winging dinners this week cuz it’s daily doubles (soccer) and it’s crazy around here! 🙂

    Your book was mailed today. Woo Hoo.

  41. 41
    Sandy says

    I’m not sure if my last comment went through – we’re winging it this week because it’s daily doubles (soccer) for all the boys.

    Love it when you can cook w/your daughter!

    All the recipes sound delish!

  42. 43
    Traci says

    Sheesh….I was late this week…..nearing the 300th person to post…lol. Ok, going to get some recipe ideas…this is so much fun.

  43. 44
    skoots1mom says

    Meet Him in your kitchen, too!
    Enjoy this site, so much!!!

  44. 45
    savvysuzie says

    Congrats on the 300 plus posters! This is such a fun way to share menus and recipes. I caught a sale on binders and printer paper at Walgreens so I will be a recipe printing madwoman this week 🙂 Thanks for keeping this going!!

  45. 46
    Amanda says

    I don’t always post my menu but I do always check out yours! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  46. 47
    Wendy says

    I may have to use the Chicken Pesto Pizza recipe for my Friday night pizza. I have tons of basil in the garden and grilled chicken in the freezer. Sounds yummy!

  47. 48
    Angela says

    Wow – over 300 again!! You are awesome, Laura. Thanks for hosting this. 🙂

  48. 49
    Alyssa says

    I’m going to try the Greek Spaghetti this next week.

  49. 50
    Renee says

    All these menus are so great! Here’s what my plan for the next few days.

    Thursday- Homemade chicken and dumplings w/corn

    Friday- Homemade pizza, salad

    Saturday- Leftovers

    Sunday- Pot Roast, Mashed Potato’s and gravy, corn

    Monday- Leftovers

    Tuesday- Turkey chili

    Mama to four

  50. 51
    linda says

    I love reading your blog, and check it daily.. Thanks to your blog, my home is slowly getting organized.. I also love trying new recipes and have gotten lots of them from your blog..

  51. 52
    Teresa says

    I love all the great ideas! Thanks!

  52. 53
    Robin says

    I visit your site often, and scroll to whatever month it happens to be, throughout the various years (it’s August, for example, so I’ll scroll thru 2008, ’09, etc). I was so excited to see the Jr Chefs of America website. My kids are now grown (and my 16 YO loves spending time in the kitchen), but I’m a nanny, and get so excited when kids want to learn how to cook. The site seemed like such an awesome idea! I still nanny for some of the families who no longer need me on a regular basis, but want me for overnights, and a popular, fun thing to do is make our own homemade pizza. I make my own crust, and they love watching it rise. I had so much hope for this site. Thanks for all of your recipes. I’ve been enjoying your site for years. xo, Robin

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      Laura Wittmann says

      Thank you so much Robin! Such kind words 🙂


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