Menu Plan Monday ~ January 19th


Hey all, how are you?

There were some problems last week with Mr. Linky disappearing and then reappearing only to disappear again.  Hopefully all those kinks have been worked out now.  If you don’t see the links it just means their site is down but hopefully not for long.

Last week I got a few questions about my Leftover Buffet and Simple Supper Sunday nights so I thought I’d explain a little bit about what those mean for us.

Leftover Buffet night (usually Thursday night for us) simply means I go through the fridge, arrange all the leftovers on the counter and then everyone helps themselves to a little of this or a little of that.  Everyone heats up their own plates and digs in.  I get a little crazy if the leftovers pile up too much in the fridge so having a mid-week leftover day scheduled keeps me from doing the funky chicken dance.

Sundays we like to keep pretty easy around here and because we usually eat a late lunch no one wants a big dinner.  So for us it usually means grilled cheese and soup or my husband’s yummy omelets.  He really does make the best omelets which is amazing considering he’s allergic to eggs and has never ever tried one (isn’t that sweet!).   Having a simple supper on Sunday also means we don’t start the next week off with leftovers in the fridge.  I do like starting the week with a clean slate so that when I get groceries on Monday morning there is room for them in my fridge.

Okay last week was a great tasting week for us and I enjoyed it all.  Not a dud in the batch which always makes me happy 🙂  We haven’t made the Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken yet though because we ended up being invited out for dinner on Saturday and since I hadn’t taken the chicken out of the freezer yet it was easy to move that meal to this week.  I love the flexibility of menu planning!

Have a great week everyone!

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Here is our menu this week:

Monday: Fajitas

Tuesday: Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken

Wednesday: Zucchini Sausage Pasta

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Friday: Spud Special Soup served with bread machine buns

Saturday: Thai Beef Stir-Fry

Simple Supper Sunday


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86 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ January 19th

  1. 1
    $5 Dinner Mom says

    Is your bread machine rolls recipe GF? I’d love it if it is!!!

  2. 3
    Maggie says

    I love this event! Thank you for holding it each week 🙂 It’s great to see other vegetarian menus.

  3. 4
    Michelle says

    It sounds like a tasty week Laura 🙂 Thanks for hosting every week and the Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken sounds delicious..

  4. 5
    Laura says

    No Erin they aren’t unfortunately. I’ve never mastered the GF bread. Sorry!

  5. 6
    Colleen says

    We usually have laid-back Sunday meals too. It is nice to start the week off fresh. Thanks for hosting!

  6. 7
    Allie says

    We have something similar to the Leftover Buffet, but we end up doing it on Sundays, as we usually don’t feel like cooking, and since we are doing groceries that day, it helps clear out the fridge.

  7. 8
    Jessie says

    Thanks for hosting this every week! It is my first time to link up.

  8. 9
    Mist says

    It’s my first time participating in Menu Plan Monday, but I’ve been reading everyone else’s menus for quite some time. This is wonderful, really.

  9. 10
    PlanningQueen says

    I like to factor in one “left overs” meal a week as well. I really don’t like waste and the kids love it because they choose what they want.

  10. 11
    Rita says

    Have I told you that I love doing this every week? It has kept me accountable and I’m so much better organized for it. No more standing in front of the fridge & cupboards trying to decide what to make for supper that night.

  11. 12
    Becca says

    Thanks so much for doing this again this week! I, too, love scheduling dinners of leftovers during the week – it’s especially nice when there’s a lot going on at night. That way no need to worry about the cooking! 😀 Hope you have a great week.

  12. 13
    Mellisa says

    I am glad I found you. I enjoy seeing all the wonderful menu ideas.

  13. 14

    Hi, Laura and thanks for hosting!

    I’m trying gougéres (French cheese puffs) for the first time this week, for the inauguration. When done right, they taste like fluffy clouds of cheese and butter. We’ll see how mine turn out…

    Ann Marie

  14. 15
    momstheword says

    Thank you for doing this. I have checked out many of the sites before but this is my first time participating.

    We like to have leftovers too. I have three very busy afternoons and leftovers (or my crockpot) is a must!

  15. 16
    Jennifer says

    This is my first time to participate, and I’m excited about joining in! I’m sorry I accidentally linked to my home page rather than my MPM post; I’ll do better next week!

  16. 17
    Ginger says

    Yum! Another menu that looks like a home run! Can’t wait to try some of them!

  17. 18
    Monica says

    I’m very glad I found your site and appreciate this service. It will help me reach my goal of having a weekly menu plan in place. 🙂

  18. 19
    Jill says

    We do simple meals on Sunday, too. I like to think of Sunday as a “day of rest” in all areas, including cooking. sandwiches or simple soup are our favorites.

    I’ll have to try the leftover buffet – we try to take them for lunches but we always end up with more than we can deal with.


  19. 20
    Amanda says

    ohhh yummy!!

  20. 21
    Janet says

    I am so happy to be back for my second week!

  21. 22
    Elaine H says

    I’ve linked my post but it will not be visible until Monday.

  22. 23
    Elaine H says

    I appologize, I just checked and I posted the wrong link 🙄 I will repost the correct one. Please delete the first one…actually it is looking like I may have forgotten to click on the enter button. I think that I need to go to bed.

  23. 24
    Caroline says

    joining in again this week 🙂 hope you all have a good one

  24. 25
    Marybeth Whalen says

    Hey Laura– I wanted to say that I also love the flexibility of menu planning and have my share of plans changing and meals get moved around quite a bit. But that just makes my planning easier for the next week! We seem to eat similar meals– I also am serving some sort of soup once a week in these cold winter months. After all, soup is good food.

  25. 26
    ~kat says

    This is my first week going to try hard to keep it up! Thanks!

  26. 27
    SheilaG says

    I love the idea of a leftover night! What a great way to empty out your fridge. I think I’ll start that, too!

    I’m talking lunches at my blog today because I really need some more inexpensive ideas. The old stuff gets boring after a while. I’ve posted some recipes that the kids love, but I’m looking for more, if you have any!

    Visit To Love, Honor and Vacuum today!

  27. 28
    Sarah H. says

    Week 2 of meal planning and I’m lovin’ it! 🙂

  28. 29
    ~~Rhonda says

    Getting back into the swing of things. :)The holiday season and then vacation has put me off track with menu posting. It’s good to be back on schedule. Regarding Leftover Buffet…we have leftovers scheduled for every Saturday as we never know ahead of time what the day will hold. Makes planning easy, keeps me free to do whatever, and cleans out the fridge, which is always a good thing. 🙂 ~~Rhonda

  29. 31
    Angie (Losing It and Loving It) says

    Menu Plan is posted for the week. We’ll see if we can stay on track this week. Last week we spent a lot of time at the car dealership buying 2 trucks so needless to say our menu plan was out the window LOL

    Can’t wait to hear how the Thai Beef Stir-Fry turns out. Sounds yummy.

    Have a great week!

  30. 32
    The Happy Housewife says

    We do leftovers the exact same way. Lay it all out and pick what you want!

  31. 33
    Jenny says

    Wow, that’s alot of menu plans for this week!

  32. 34
    [email protected] Menu Mama says

    We also have a planned Leftover night. It helps us to not waste food and use what we have. And that helps the budget, too!
    Your Lemon and Garlic chicken sounds yummy!

  33. 35
    kat says

    I hate piled up leftovers too. We end up trying to eat them for lunch throughout the week

  34. 36
    Wendy says

    I love seeing so many people taking charge of their menus and budgets and nutrition each week. Thanks for helping us get organized.

  35. 37
    Sheila says

    It feels good to actually plan again!

  36. 38
    Amy says

    As always, your menu looks so yummy! I “stole” your BBQ chicken fingers. I cannot wait to try them!

  37. 39
    Laura says

    To be fair to everyone if you aren’t participating in Menu Plan Monday your link will be deleted. Thanks!

  38. 40
    Kris says

    YAY I did it! I got my second menu planned! Thanks for encouraging us to do this 😀

  39. 41
    Amy says

    This is the first time I have officially linked in, but I post my menus every week anyway, so thanks for a more proper way to do it! I love planning!!

  40. 42
    Tracy says

    Ok, trying this for the first time! I hope I linked correctly!

  41. 43
    holli t. says

    Thanks for visiting my site a couple of weeks ago. And, thanks for this. Menu planning has saved many a day at my house! I just love it!

    Holli T.

  42. 44
    Kristen says

    thank you for hosting this every week! Just posted week 2 meal plan of our 30-day food challenge… going to check out some other menu plans now!

  43. 45
    Mama Kalila says

    UGH… Still adjusting here. We ended up having to add lunches (I explained on the blog). I’m hoping to keep as many of them as possible as leftovers though lol

  44. 46
    Karen says

    Keepin’ it simple this week.

  45. 48
    Elizabeth says

    Thanks for doing this. It makes a big difference in my week.


  46. 49
    Naturally Frugal Mom says

    I love having a simple Sunday dinner! I almost always have some beans going in the crockpot..whether its chili, or beans and a turkey drumstick…nothing better than having dinner made when I get home from church!

    Thanks for hosting MPM. I am looking forward to getting back into planning every week!

  47. 50
    Rachel says

    I’m just starting to get the hang of menu planning and this is my first time participating in MPM. Thanks for starting such an awesome tradition for so many of us! It is so helpful!

  48. 51
    Trish says

    Until a month or so ago, I went grocery shopping on Mondays also, I liked being able to start a week with new food and a new meal plan. However, I got tired of spending my Sunday planning my grocery list and meal plan. Now I make Monday my planning day and go grocery shopping on Tuesday mornings.

  49. 52
    Sarah says

    This is my first time participating.. thanks for putting this together and getting my butt in gear. 🙂

  50. 53
    Heather says

    I am finally getting back into menu planning and found your site. I am looking forward to looking through all the menus.

  51. 54
    Lindsay says

    Hi! Could you delete #365? My computer saved another Mr. Linky link and posted it before I could stop it.

    Happy Menu Plan Monday!!!

  52. 55
    Lindsay says

    Okay… really having a rough night! I meant comment #364.

  53. 56
    Chele says

    ooh, Friday sounds especially tasty!!!

  54. 57
    Bethany says

    Oops. . . I am new to this Mr. Linky thing, and I accidentally linked last week’s, and then this week’s menu. Sorry if that causes problems. Happy meal planning to all!

  55. 58
    The Roost says

    Thanks again Laura! I love stir fry and will add it to my list!

  56. 59
    Kristin says

    I haven’t done this in awhile…but it’s fun to read what everyone else makes for dinner!

  57. 60
    Gina says

    I am hoping to put a menu monday video up on my blog within the next few minutes!

  58. 61
    Dellene says

    Hi running late this week (sorry)

    Dell 🙂 xxoo

  59. 62
    SavvySuzie says

    Finally posted! Better late than never 🙂

  60. 63
    mjpuzzlemom says

    The zucchinni Sausage Pasta and the Potato Soup look yummy! Thanks for hosting and for the give away!


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