Menu Plan Monday ~ August 24th


Hey gang!  Last week I got some great comments from ladies just trying out menu planning for the first time.  They were so encouraging to me and I hope they are to you as well.

Reader Kristen said:

“Thanks for the templates for both the Grocery List and the Menu Planner. I have never felt so empowered! I had a crock-pot meal started this morning and when 4:00 p.m. rolled around, I didn’t know what to do with myself! (Ordinarily I’d be trying to decide what to fix for dinner and panicking because I might not have the ingredients I needed.) I ended up playing with my 4 yr. old son during that time, which was a joy! I’m anxious to explore your recipes now. When I get better at this, I’ll send you some of mine.”

Katheryn, another one of my readers commented:

“My 2nd Menu Planning Monday on my blog. I love love love it. I already have my menus for the rest of the month, and am working on September!   Thanks for the kick in the fanny to get moving and meal plan. It makes it so much easier when I walk in the door after being gone for 11 hours during the day!”

Now that’s what I’m talking about girls!!  Maybe today is the day you give menu planning a try?  Go for it!!

So guess what?  I had yet another recipe disaster this past weekend.  I made some Chocolate Whole Wheat Zucchini Muffins and somehow missed the entire second cup of flour.  Yep it’s true.  Oops.  The worst part?  There was no Plan B solution for me to somehow salvage them.  I had no choice but to throw them away…all 24 of them…grrr.  I will definitely try to make them again though and this time I’ll pay more attention to what I’m doing lol.

So here’s what’s on our menu this week:

Monday: Black Bean & Veggie Quesadillas

Tuesday: Kristie’s Magically Moist Chicken served with baked potatoes and broccoli

Wednesday: Asian Steak served with french fries and grilled veggies

Thursday: Fettuccine with Mushrooms and Tomatoes

Friday: Leftover buffet

Saturday: Whole Wheat Waffles and sausages

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31 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ August 24th

  1. 1
    [email protected] says

    That chicken sounds tasty! And I’m still looking for more zucchini recipes. Thanks!
    Thanks for hosting!

  2. 2
    Rita says

    We’ve gotta try the Fettuccine – it all looks great, though. Have a wonderful week!

  3. 3
    Snow White says

    oh – I love black bean and veggie quesadillas — they’re on my menu this week too!

    I’ve found great recipes off of Tasty Kitchen. Pioneer Woman has done it again.

  4. 4
    Kara says

    Bummer on the muffins! I did that with a whole double batch of cookies once…ugh! I was so angry at myself! Love the comments from new menu planners! So cool.

  5. 5
    Nicole says

    This is my third week and I was sooooo excited about it, that I couldn’t quite wait until Monday to do it. Thanks very much for the inspiration. I enjoy your blog and the kitchen distater confessions are relatable and funny! I do stuff like that all-the-time! LOL! Take care and thanks again!

  6. 7
    Twisted Cinderella says

    You menu looks yummy!! Sorry about the muffins. That sucks.

  7. 8
    Tamara says

    I love reading the menus other people have put together. Mine is nothing exciting this week but the children are loving it.

  8. 9
    Jarnette Smith says

    This seems like a great way to share menus and recipes…I have been menu planning for a LONG time and thought I’d give your idea a try. Great organizing ideas, too. I also LOVE to organize and with a family of soon to be 9, it makes the difference!

    Blessings In Him,

    J Smith

  9. 10
    Pamela says

    Thank you for the Zucchini Muffin recipe! I have SO many huge zucchini in my garden and I’m not sure what to do with all of them…….

    -Pamela 🙂

  10. 11
    Erin says

    I love hearing about your kitchen disasters. I have them all the time! 🙂
    Fortunately, I have a chef for a husband who is usually able to rescue the mangled mess into something delightful. I keep trying though.

  11. 13
    angie says

    sounds delicious and so healthy

  12. 14
    Lynn says

    Sorry my muffins did not turn out well for you, that second cup of flour is important 🙂 I think we all have days and times like that. I have left things out of recipes before, usually it is something like the baking soda. Another important ingredient.I hope you get a chance to try them again.

  13. 15
    Jena OrganizingMommy says

    So you are a little bit off in the flour, oh well. I am teaching my daughter how to cook, and she says, “Mommy, I just don’t feel like I know how to cook. All I do is follow recipes!” Well, that is a great start–following recipes! Just a tip for the day.. LOL. After a while, you just get a feel for what looks right/ muffin texture or bread texture, etc. But I know you work with gluten free recipes a lot, so that changes the texture quite a bit from traditional flour based recipes. This week I am highlighting some bargains also.

  14. 16
    Bear @ CWC says

    Going for Week #3! My menu last week worked out as planned, with the exception of no one being hungry one night, and another night when we got Burritos from our favorite Mexican food stand to celebrate the boys passing their Belt test as Tae Kwon Do.

    I am moving into a crazy, insane schedule for the next 12 weeks or so, so crockpot recipes are going to be a must at least 2x per week.

    Oh, and I almost forgot, even with only cooking the three meals last week, we had enough leftovers for lunches this weekend. Nothing was wasted, and I actually had bread left on Sunday morning :)(not as many PB&J sandwiches served for lunches this weekend!)

  15. 17
    mary b says

    Whoah Menu planning snuck up on me this week. Fortunately I had a chance to peruse some of the other blogs for some inspiration!
    I’ve got a yummy Blueberry Buckle recipe posted this week!

  16. 18
    Rona says

    I think I did something similar with the pancakes yesterday. Ugh!
    Thanks for hosting MPM.

  17. 19
    Barbie says

    I have been lurking here for a few weeks now. My husband has been unemployed and I can’t shot yet until I get paid later in the week. I am hoping to try some of the posted recipes. Thank you for this thread. Maybe someday I will join you!

  18. 20
    Deb says

    Sounds like another scrumptious week.

  19. 21
    Gudrun says

    Back in the routine today – have a crock pot sloppy joe recipe for Thursday, and one night of leftovers and one night of take out. But, hey, it is still a plan!

  20. 22
    Tania says

    The quesadillas look yummy, if only I had tortillas I would have made these today instead of leftovers 🙂

  21. 23
    Katrina says

    I am sticking to my menu planning but not going with the 15 recipe at the moment because I am at a stage of working my way through my freezer to empty things out and a lot of the meat in there has nothing to do with meals that the girls and I like it is due to the fact that we get a beast and sheep killed every so often at the farm and I have to take the meat how my MIL decided it should come and a lot of it is not the nicest or the most sensible – it is great to save money but the only things that are handy really are the roasts the rest of the cuts are so fatty and not that nice at all – gotta work some way out of getting that organised properly

  22. 24
    Jamie says

    Thanks for hosting and thanks also for posting your oops moments. It’s good to know that I’m not alone in the silly things that I sometimes do!

    I am trying out Turkey Meatloaf with Feta and Sun Dried Tomatoes this week- richer than usual recipe for me- we’ll see how it turns out.

  23. 25
    Melody Joy says

    You inspired me to add breakfast for dinner to our Saturday night! Also, those black bean veggie quesadillas look AMAZING!

  24. 26
    debi b says

    You always have such a wonderful looking menu. (I should just copy it for the following week. LOL)

    ps Sorry I am so late signing in.

  25. 27
    The Happy Housewife says

    I love Laura’s whole wheat waffle recipe. It has been a staple at our house for a while now. Your menu looks delish as usual! I hope you have a great week!

  26. 28
    Megan says

    Thanks, as always, for hosting – hope you have a great week!

  27. 29
    purple moose says

    Laura, some of our friends lost their little one last week suddenly and unexpectedly. I’m having a week like you did a few weeks ago, and I’m asking you to pray for our friends this week. Thank you!

    And thanks for hosting MPM every week.

  28. 30
    Antoinette says

    A friend of mine got me started doing this a little over a month ago. To be honest, it’s such a relief! I even plan out breakfast and lunch because when I wake up I can’t even think about what to make. Now I just go over to my menu and start making what I wrote down. No thinking required! And with all the other things I need to think about throughout the day, it’s such a relief to not have to think about that. 🙂

  29. 31
    Jen Guarino says

    Thanks so much for the great tips and inspiration of MPM. I am in my 2nd week now and am totally hooked! I actually plan all 3 meals per day and snacks and it is a godsend.


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