Menu Plan Monday ~ March 9th


Welcome!   Are you all ready to get menu planning crossed off your list for another week?   No?   If you need a little menu planning direction and tips, I’ve got a fantastic FREE e-book to tell you about this week that will guide you through menu planning step by step.  Click on the button below to access it.


Next, I want to give you all a big shout out of thanks for last week.  I didn’t have to change one single link last week!  I was so proud.  So just in case we have some new people join us this week (welcome!) here is one last friendly reminder:

Please don’t do this:

[email protected]’manorganizingjunkie(lotsofgreatlinksthatyoudon’twanttomiss!)

Previous week menu highlight goes to the Mexican Pasta Bake.  This turned out way better than expected.  I served it up for my in-laws with some garlic bread and a spinach salad and everyone really enjoyed it.   I love serving casseroles when company is over because there is no last minute rush on dinner preparation that has to be done.  It can all be prepared in advance and then you just pop it into the oven when ready and go right back to visiting.  My kind of meal!

So I’ve got one last exciting thing to talk to you about today.

Are you interested in hosting a Menu Plan Monday?

Next Monday I’m going to be out of town to take my son for allergy testing so rather than be stressed trying to do MPM from afar I thought I’d offer up the opportunity for one of you to host MPM.   I do have a couple of criteria though, you must be able to put your MPM post up Sunday evening by 8:00 pm PST (11:00 EST) and you must have Mr. Linky set up already on your site.  If you are interested and can accommodate both of those criteria, please leave a comment below letting me know you would like to be considered.    I’ll announce my decision on Thursday of this week.   Please feel free to bribe me in any way.  What?  Gosh did I just write that out loud? I apologize, such bad hosting behavior.  I totally wouldn’t accept any bribes…have I told you how much I LOVE chocolate?….stop it Laura…so bad.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week:

Monday: Linguine with Garlic Sauce (I’ll use 1% milk and light cream cheese to lighten it up)

Tuesday: Chicken Tortilla Soup served with homemade bread machine bread

Wednesday: Honey BBQ Meat Loaf served with roasted red potatoes

Thursday: Leftover Buffet

Friday: Turkey Meatball Subs

Saturday: 30 Minute Almond Chicken

Simple Supper Sunday


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60 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ March 9th

  1. 1
    Tamy ~ 3 Sides of Crazy says

    Laura, I’m available and would LOVE to host Menu Plan Monday for you.

  2. 2
    Amy says

    I’d love to host over at The Finer Things in Life. Mr. Linky is up and running already for my weekly Finer Things Friday.

  3. 3
    Homemaker Barbi says

    I hope everyone loves the Great Depression recipes we have in our menu plan this week. Have a great week, ladies!

    Danelle Ice from Homemaker Barbi

  4. 4
    Shan says

    Yum! Your menu has my mouth watering. I’m jotting that Meatloaf recipe down. Thanks!

  5. 7
    Homemaker Barbi says

    And- I’ll be glad to host for you anytime. Just let me know!

  6. 8
    Simply Frugal says

    Wow! I thought I was going to be first on the list! No such luck…Great looking menu!

  7. 9
    Rachel @ STS says

    I would love to host MPM next week! I have Mr. Linky up and ready to go and I have lots of Starbucks Truffles that I can send your way. 😉

    -Rachel @ Surviving The Stores

  8. 10
    Penny Raine says

    I would love to host MPM next week! and ummm, let me see, I could give you my chocolate cobbler recipe 🙂 , or better yet, I will feature an ebook on how to make it and give free downloads on Monday! good golly, did I just offer that? I keep giving things away when I am supposed to be selling them!
    blessings, Penny Raine

  9. 12
    Rita says

    We’re going to do a meatloaf too. Ours isn’t going to be BBQ though.

  10. 13
    Shannan a.k.a. Chubbie Chica says

    I would love to host MPM! And I am for sure that we can arrange some devine chocolates to be delivered to your door as a surprise…ooppss…did I let the cat out of the bag???

  11. 14
    The Happy Housewife says

    I would love to help you out, I have Mr. Linky set up ready to go. As for bribery… hmmm do you take gift cards, lol!
    The linguine looks awesome, have you considered using low fat sour cream to lighten the sauce? That is what I use, it tastes great and you can’t tell the difference.
    Hope you have a great week!

  12. 15
    HeavenlyHomemaker says

    I’d LOVE to host MPM again…it was SO much fun last time…but maybe since I already got to do it once you might want to spread the love…but just in case you want me to do it again…I’d so do it…and I’d also give you a free copy of my What to Do with the Cocoa in Your Kitchen ebook…since that is the best I can do from miles and miles away to supply you with chocolate.

    AND, if you do choose me…I promise not to use run-on sentences in my hostess post such as the one I just wrote above.


  13. 16
    Laura says

    You gals are cracking me up, I love it! I can see now that I’m going to have a hard time choosing. Uh oh!

  14. 17
    Donna says

    I think I’m on the last day of this stinkin cold so that means I can get things back to normal in the kitchen. I’m ready to bake and cook!

    I love seeing recipes with WW points – maybe I’ll get back on the WW bandwagon, I really need to!!

  15. 18
    Michelle says

    I’d love to host mpm and can bring chocolate and baking to you on the way to Grandma’s house in the summer…..
    Glad to hear that the Mexican bake was a hit must try it…

    what else can I do to bribe you?????

  16. 19
    Jessica says

    Yes, I am ready to have another week of menu planning all finished! Yea!

  17. 20
    Gina says

    I would love to host at Mommy Making Money. I’m already prepped with next week’s menu, thanks to some Cooking Ahead I did. Hope your son’s appointment goes well!

  18. 21
    Beth says

    Thanks for the link to the menu planning e-book!

  19. 22
    Kayren says

    I’d love to host MPM for you, but I’m not sure I can compete with these other girls. I can’t bring you chocolate, which is a food group at our house, because although I live just across the border from Canada, it’s completely on the other side of the country about three time zones away.

    Thanks for sharing the free link with us.

  20. 23
    Elizabeth says

    Thanks so much for this great idea. Menu Planning has changed my whole week!


  21. 24
    Cheri says

    Thanks for hosting, I will be trying your Mexican Pasta Bake soon. It sounds great and is the type of food my family loves!

  22. 25
    Mama Kalila says

    First time in weeks I’ve gotten this up in time lol. Hope things go well next week!

  23. 26
    debi b says

    Looking foward to checking out your bbq meatloaf! Sounds yummy!

  24. 27
    NerdMom says

    I would love to host! I could definitely have it up in time and I would love the exposure!

  25. 28
    Bonnie says

    I would looooooooooove to host MPM next week !! I already have Mr. Linky set up and I definitely meet the time criteria as I’m in Australia and we are a day ahead !! I can see it now … “Menu Plan Monday goes International ~ Aussie Edition” !!!

  26. 29
    Krisi says

    Your menu sounds great. I may just be trying the Mexican Pasta Bake – love casseroles.

  27. 30
    purple moose says

    Thanks for another week to organize my meals. And have a great week off!

  28. 31
    purple moose says

    Thanks for another week to organize my meals. And have a great week off!
    P.S. – Sorry, forgot to tell you great post!

  29. 32
    susieshomemade says

    Everything sounds so yummy! I would love to host but I don’t have Mr. Linky set up. I guess I am behind the curve on that one:-(

  30. 33
    Jo says

    Yay, menu planning is done!
    That Mexican Bake looks yummy – I think I’ll put it on the menu next week (with a few changes to make it suitable for those with gluten & dairy intolerances).

  31. 34
    Annie says

    Be sure to check out the ‘eating down the fridge’ challenge if you haven’t already :
    Eating Down the Fridge. Great way to save money and go a little greener with your groceries! Plus it induces creativity!
    Thanks for twittering this, Laura – that’s how I found out about it.

  32. 35
    Megan says

    Almond Chicken sounds great!

    I would also love to host MPM! Looks like you have lots of options! Have a great week off!

  33. 36
    Jenny says

    Wow you must post this at 2am to have this many participants this early in the day.

  34. 37
    Joelle Folian says

    That Almond Chicken recipe sounds great!

    Enjoy your week off!

  35. 38
    Holli says

    Hope all goes well with the allergy testing.

    Holli T.

  36. 39
    Terri says

    I’m new to this meal planning and I love it! I love all the recipes. Thanks!

  37. 40
    Tanna says

    I was planning on joining in for the first time next week, I have my account ready to go at Mr. Linky just haven’t used it yet. Would love to host it for you over at my place. I’ll even throw in my favorite brownie recipe 🙂

  38. 41
    Toni says

    Only my 2nd week planning and am wondering why its taken me so long to do it 😀

  39. 42
    angie says

    sounds like you will have some good eats going on

  40. 43
    Elizabeth says

    Any time you need a guest host for MPM, I’d love to have it at MomCooks!

  41. 44
    Nicole says

    Done and done. I’d like to host for you, but I don’t have Mr. Linky set up and, really, I am swamped with life lately. 🙂

  42. 45
    Steph says

    I wish I’d already met Mr. Linky – so far I’ve been a bit shy… 😉

    Your menu sounds fantastic, thanks as always for the great links, and the e-book!

  43. 46
    Stacey says

    Yay! You’re having my chicken tortilla soup this week! I hope you like it! We just had it over the weekend…yum!

  44. 47
    Dddiva says

    I’m so glad I found this- I really need to get on the ball around here and if I can get at least my dinner menus up for the week it’s got to be a help.

  45. 48
    Jennifer says

    Someday I would love to host MPM. I love browsing everyone’s menus! But I don’t have Mr. Linky, and right now it’s about all I can do to get my own menu posted without the kids trying to work on the computer with me!!

    Your menu sounds great this week. I have to remember to put the Mexican pasta on a future menu!

  46. 49
    Niki says

    Oh girl I would love to host one. I am menu planning crazy woman. I used mr. linky on my old site and had no problems.

  47. 50
    Meg says

    Your menu was great, and I so appreciate being able to gather ideas from all the others who post as well.


  48. 51
    Erin Burns says

    Hello! I would love to host MPM for you next week. My Haute Plates blog is all for recipes and meal ideas. I already have Mr Linky set up for my series “Date Your Mate” on my other blog, but I bought the big membership 😉 so I can do one for Haute Plates too. Thanks!

  49. 52
    Emily says

    Just linked for the first time to Menu Plan Monday. I’ve been posting menu plans for a few weeks and it has been so helpful to me and my family!!

  50. 53
    Gudrun says

    phew, better late than never! I have been following this for a while, and this week, really felt I needed to have a plan in place. And now I have shopped the plan and am ready for the rest of the week. 🙂

  51. 55
    Sarah H. says

    Thanks for the link to that free menu planning ebook!

  52. 56
    Stacey says

    I’m very glad to have found this site. I also offer my menus on Monday and didn’t realize that you have a thriving exchange! My menu offers all veggie recipes and the food for my family (for all meals) cost less than $60 this week – hooray!

  53. 57
    Brenda Irwin says

    I would love to host MPM. I’ve been menu planning for awhile but just recently found this site. I have Mr. Linky set up but haven’t used it before. I would love to try it out.

  54. 58
    Brenda says

    I would love to host MPM. I’ve been menu planning for awhile but just recently found this site. I have Mr. Linky set up but haven’t used it before. I would love to try it out.

  55. 59
    Trish says

    I hope your son’s allergy test goes well next week!

  56. 60
    Mama Kalila says

    Just came back to see if there was a St. Patricks themed banner (or Irishish) I guess I’ll have to use the “green” one instead lol. Oh well…

    While I’m here though… I moved everything off my NHHM blog (where I linked this) to my main blog. The old links still work though.


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