Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 22nd

How is everyone doing?  Happy to be menu planning I hope!

Here we are for Menu Plan Monday Family Favorites Edition!!  You are invited to post at least one recipe or recipe link of one of your family’s favorite meals.  That way we know that every link we click on this week will have a tried and true recipe for us to check out.  I absolutely love finding new recipes to try and I enjoy it even more when someone else gives it the thumbs up first.  As a reminder you can find all my family’s favorite recipes here.

Well let’s see, my recipe highlight this week isn’t off my menu plan but something I decided to do at the last minute.  I had some friends come over for lunch and decided to make up some Brownie Cups for dessert.  I was craving some chocolate what can I say 🙂  They were really delicious, especially hot from the oven.  Yummmmmmm!

My recommended menu planning resource today is another free option that might help make the menu planning process a little easier for some.  It’s called Simplify Supper and although I can’t remember who first told me about it (sorry!) I’m glad they did.  It appears to be very easy to use.  You simply choose the recipes from the ones they provide and add them to your calendar and it then prints up a corresponding shopping list for you.  The only downfall I can see is that you can’t import other recipes but maybe that’s something they’ll add in future.

Our menu this week:

Monday: Creamy Pepperoni Ziti

Tuesday: *Family Favorite*  Slow Cooker Beef Stew (didn’t end up having last week)

Wednesday: * Family Favorite*  Bruschetta Chicken

Thursday: Mexican Lasagna

Friday: Heading out of town on a Mom/Daughter weekend, woohoo!  Not sure what hubbie and the boys will be doing 🙂


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86 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Sept 22nd

  1. 1
    Alyssa says

    I totally cannot believe I’m first to post this I am always in the 200s. Goodness gracious!

  2. 2
    Melissa says

    Wow! I’m the first one. I had already planned my menu when I read the family favorite part. But, I have done the Chicken Cordon Blue Panini and they were great! My kids loved them and so did the adults.

  3. 3
    Melissa says

    Funny! When I went to post I was first – Alyssa beat me to the send! LOL

  4. 4
    Kristen says

    Can’t wait to check out everyones family favorites!

  5. 5
    Pamela says

    I’m really looking forward to having all our favourite foods this week! Thanks so much for hosting this, what a great idea!

  6. 6
    $5 Dinner Mom says

    I love the Brownie Cups idea! I just made some tonight (Comfort Foods at and never thought to do them in cupcake cups! Do you have to bake them for shorter? Longer? What do you recommend???

  7. 7
    Sandra says

    Great idea with the family favorites Laura 🙂

    Love your menu, that mexican lasagna is really good.

  8. 8
    Laura says

    You can find the recipe for the Brownie Cups recipe if you click on the name of the recipe above. They take about 35 minutes to cook up.


  9. 9
    The Happy Housewife says

    Brownies hot out of the oven are my very favorite! I will be making these!

  10. 10
    The Fat Dietitian says

    Hi Laura,
    I am a long time lurker and first time participant. Seeing everybody’s menus gives me so many great idea, and I have been super excited to see everybody’s family favorites…
    ~The Fat Dietitian~

  11. 11
    Organizing Mommy says

    I only posted my family favorite on my link. Hope you like it.

  12. 12
    mjpuzzlemom says

    The creamy pepperoni ziti looks really good. Thanks for hosting MPM!


  13. 13
    Sherry says

    Great menu and theme!! 😀 I can’t wait to drool over, oops, I mean – read all the menus!!
    The brownie cups sound divine! 😀

  14. 14
    Leeann says

    Have a great time on your Mommy-Daughter weekend. That is going to be so much fun! Where are you headed?


    PS- thanks for posting early again this week. You have been so awesome about my suggestion and I really appreciate it!

  15. 15
    Kim says

    Love family favorites! What a fun idea! 🙂

  16. 16
    Jessi says

    I, too, LOVE new recipes, especially when they’ve been given a high rating prior to my trying it. Thanks so much for hosting the “Family Favorites Edition”. I’m really looking forward to finding many new tried and true recipes that will spunk up my menu planning for the next couple of weeks. 🙂

  17. 17
    Jennifer Clark says

    My first time posting and linking; though I’ve been reading for a while!! My family favorite is my apple pie!! We’re going apple picking Wednesday, so I can’t wait to use the apples!!

  18. 18
    Sarah says

    Thank you for the great website and encouraging posts! Those brownies look soooo good!

  19. 19
    Nicole says

    I left a link for one of our family’s favorites. Beef Stroganoff! I actually made it with deer in the link I posted–it was actually a post I did in May, with pictures and all! Check it out!

  20. 20
    Mimi says

    This is a great idea. 🙂 Looking forward to getting some new dinner ideas.

  21. 22
    savvysuzie says

    Hooray family faves! Of course, this means I need more printer ink and another binder….

  22. 23
    Tara says

    You’ve saved my life (and sanity)! Menu planning is such a great time saving idea, can’t believe it took me this long to find it! It’s my 1st week doing MPM but I’ve been following your site for a while- great job!!

    I can’t wait to try your Bruschetta Chicken!

  23. 24
    Alicia says

    Ok, got mine up! Can’t wait to check out some of the others!

  24. 25
    Christy says

    Man, the brownie cups look fantastic. I have to try that recipe!

  25. 26
    Laura says

    This is great fun and so helpful to see everyone’s ideas for menus!. Family favorites is a great idea too!

  26. 27
    Annie says

    Yes those cupcake/muffins were awesome…woohoo road trip in 5 days!!!

  27. 28
    Joyful Days says

    That creamy pepperoni ziti sounds really great. Have a great week!!

  28. 29
    Wholesome Goodness says

    I just love this MPM special edition, Laura. What a cool idea! I think I’m going to try your slow cooker beef stew. I think my husband will love it.


  29. 30
    kiy says

    Great menu, and we are having Mexican Lasagna this week too! Great minds and all. 🙂

    Cheers, Kiy

  30. 31
    PlanningQueen says

    Have a great week end with your daughter. That sounds like a wonderful idea.

  31. 32
    Trysha says

    I finally planned a week! I’ve gotten away from planning dinners. Most nights it’s come home from work and throw some stuff in the wok and call it dinner. 🙂

  32. 33
    Heidi @ Blue Eyed Blessings says

    I’m SO going to try these Brownie Cups. Yum!! Thanks for hosting family favorites this week. It’s giving me a chance to finally get moving in the right direction with making menu planning a priority.

  33. 34
    Amber (BGH) says

    Neato menu planning site – I’ll check it out! And those brownie cups look TOO, TOO yummy!

  34. 35
    Half Pint Pixie says

    My second week! Still going strong & loving the meal planning, thanks for the inspiration 🙂

  35. 36
    Steph says

    Those brownie cups look fantastic! I can’t wait to check out everyone’s tried and true recipes, what a great idea!

  36. 37
    SheilaG says

    Thanks for posting this! I can’t wait to see what other people wrote!

    Our family favourite is going to sound strange. It’s leftovers. I pride myself in being able to do amazing things with leftovers, so if you want some tips, come on by!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  37. 38
    Naomi in Ohio says

    Funny that I was sooo excited that you were posting MPM earlier for us east-coasters … and then I’m this late to get mine up here!

  38. 39
    Da-Niel says

    Hi, I am a first time participant joining in on the fun! I hope I did everything right this first time. Enjoying seeing everyone’s menus!

  39. 40
    AbFabGeek says

    I was thinking that I was just being lazy this week by not looking for new recipes, but now I know I am just cooking Family Favorites! lol

  40. 41
    Angie says

    No family favorite recipe this week but our basic menu plan is up. Have a great week!

  41. 42
    Heather Walker says

    I am starting to get the hang of the whole menu planning thing thanks to all of you! My husband just thinks it is so cool that he can look on the fridge and know what we are going to eat!

    Have a good week!


  42. 43
    Andrea @Mommy Snacks says

    Thanks for that site! I love visiting Menu Plan Monday each week!!

  43. 44
    Jenny @ Daily Dose says

    The brownie cups and bruschetta chicken sound great! Thanks so much for sharing!

  44. 45
    ~~Rhonda says

    Laura, thanks for MPM. Always fun! And motivating. 🙂 Some of the recipes I’ve found here have become family favorites. ~~Rhonda 🙂

  45. 46
    zoe says

    My son made chocolate muffins yesterday and even though I’m really not supposed to I had just half a one, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

  46. 47
    Satchell says

    Can’t wait to see all the favorites!!

  47. 48
    Jessica says

    Thanks for hosting this! I am so excited to be participating!

  48. 49
    JJ - Lady Di says

    It’s all Family Favorites this week for us. It just happened that I’m using up a turkey breast from the weekend, some leftover ground turkey and a hunk of beef from the freezer so your FF week was timed right. Well, that and cooler weather finally too. 🙂

  49. 50
    Garden Girl says

    First time poster but long time lurker. Love menu planning!

  50. 51
    GiBee says

    Well, I have my Denim & Grace girls coming over Sat, and i was wondering what to serve for dessert… I may give these a try!!! YUM!

  51. 53
    Peggy says

    Wow – lots of yummy recipes out there for me to try!

  52. 54
    Sandy says

    Honestly? I don’t have a menu planned this week. I’d better get my act together! ha ha.

    Happy Monday Laura! BTW, I was planning to do mini cupcakes for BG, but w/brownie mix! YUM!

  53. 55
    Courtney says

    Those brownie cups look yummy! Enjoy your mother-daughter weekend!

    I posted 3 of our family favs this week.

  54. 56
    kat says

    Oh shoot I forgot to do my family favorite this week! This cold has me so spacey

  55. 57
    elle says

    pretty much the entire menu this week is family favorites lol…we’re recuperating 🙂

  56. 58
    Mandi says

    Those brownie cups look yummy!

  57. 60
    Jenny says

    We love the Bruschetta chicken as well!!
    Great menu plan.
    Enjoy your week!

  58. 61
    Jennifer says

    Someday I might get my post into the 100’s instead of 305! It’s great there are so many people joining in! I just wish I had time to read them all. Thanks Laura for hosting this. I have gotten so many great ideas, both by reading other menus and by forcing myself to plan!

  59. 62
    Little Mommy says

    Great Idea! I think I will be checking out this week over the coming up months as we are trying to find more recipes we like and want to try.

  60. 63
    Scratchin' the Surfa says

    thanks Laura – I’m whipping up Susanne’s mexican lasagna for this weekend – anyone else giving me menu ideas is always a big help.

  61. 64
    kathirynne says

    I am new to MPM, but I am so excited to see everyone else’s ideas!

  62. 65
    kathirynne says

    OOPS! forgot to link to my blog!

  63. 66
    Jessi says

    Laura, I made your family favorite Bruschetta Chicken for dinner this evening…it was wonderful (and so easy). I’ll definitely be adding this to my menu planning arsenal. Thanks.


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