Menu Plan Monday ~ April 5th

Hi everyone!  I hope you all had a beautiful Easter.  I’ve been having such an amazing time with my family.  It’s been quite the relaxed and silly time.  Have I told you how much I love silly?  It really is the best!!

Not all my recipes have been turning out as well as I would have hoped (I burnt a few things, oops) but you know what, not even that has phased me.  We just embraced Plan B and carried on, it’s all good 🙂

So I’m keeping this short after playing many a hands of Euchre last night and staying up much too late.  Time to enjoy another great day and perhaps a little nap at some point 🙂

We’ll be eating all family favorites this week, how about you?

Monday: Ham and Pineapple Homemade Pizza in Minutes

Tuesday: Easy supper of Mexican-Style Ravioli

Wednesday: Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage Pasta

Thursday: Daughter’s 13th Birthday ~ at her request we’ll be having Baked Teriyaki Chicken served with Shredded Potato Casserole and Angel Food Cake/Chocolate Mousse Frosting for dessert

Friday: 13th Birthday Rock Star Party ~ dinner out!  Dessert will be Easy Cherry Cheesecake (so good!)

Saturday: Leftover Buffet

Sunday: Church Potluck ~ Taco Pasta


Menu Plan Monday guidelines and banner selections can be found here.

Enter to win a Womans Day Planner by noon on Monday!

Filed under: Menu Plan Monday


64 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ April 5th

  1. 1
    The Happy Housewife says

    I hope your daughter has a great birthday! 13 is a fun age, lots of growing up, but still some kid left in them too!
    Have a great week.

  2. 2
    Christi says

    I had a lot of fun planning my menu for this week. I included a recipe for a pasta sauce I love – and if you add cream it tastes just like La Madeleine’s tomato basil soup. Yum!

    Hope everyone has a great week filled with lots of good eating. 🙂

  3. 3
    Michelle says

    Oooh that easy cherry cheesecake looks SO good! Happy Birthday to your new teenager!

  4. 4
    [email protected] says

    That pizza looks yummy! A great idea for using leftover ham.
    Happy birthday to your daughter, my youngest turns 13 in June 🙂
    Thanks so much for hosting another great MPM!

  5. 5
    In the Bag says

    Isn’t it great when it’s time to cook a special dinner for someone in the family? One of my favorite things to say is “So, what can I make for you this week” and know I can actually pull it off.

    I’m running in my first 10k in five years this Sunday so our meal plan is synched with my pre-race planning. I’m so glad I have menu planning better organized because it will be especially important to eat well this week.

    Have a great week and happy birthday to your daughter!

  6. 6
    Lynn says

    The chocolate mousse frosting looks great. I hope she has a happy birthday.

  7. 7
    Christi says

    Ok, I’m slow and missed the first time that it’s your daughter’s birthday this week. How fun that you’re cooking a special meal for her – and that frosting for the cake sounds amazing!

  8. 9
    Judi @ Frugal Frolic says

    Rock star party — sounds fun! Happy birthday to your daughter! I always love to hear what my kids pick for their birthday dinner. That’s how you find out what their favorites really are! I will be saving that cheesecake recipe for another time. I’ve been working on perfecting my pumpkin cheesecake, but it takes sooooo long!

  9. 10
    Lisa says

    Taco Pasta sounds good~I am sure the kids would love that recipe!
    I hope you have a great time celebrating your daughter’s birthday! What a special week I am sure she will have!
    Glad you had a great time with family!

  10. 11
    Sherry says

    How exciting! Happy birthday to your daughter! The birthday meal sounds delish! 😀 Is she excited about becoming a teenager? How about you? 😀

    • 11.1
      Laura says

      She is definitely excited, me not so much 🙂 Gosh does time fly!!

  11. 12
    Sharon says

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! Officially a teenager now, huh? Wow. I hope it’s a nice party. 🙂

    Have you tried the Makeover Creamy Italian Sausage/Pasta dish before? I LOVE meals like that, but being a WW member, most of the time recipes I find are too high in fat.

    Thanks for sharing! Hope you had a great Easter.

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      Yes we’ve tried that one in the past and loved it. I always sub in low fat cheese, whole wheat pasta, turkey sausage, etc. whenever I can.

  12. 13
    Melissa says

    Sounds like a wonderful holiday and a delicious week ahead! I hadn’t thought of using leftover ham on pizza; great idea!

  13. 14
    SnoWhite says

    yummy week! I love that cheesecake 🙂

    We love playing Euchre! Glad you stayed up late playing.

    • 14.1
      Laura says

      It’s such a fun card game and a competitive one 🙂

  14. 15
    Alicia says

    Ooops, can you delete my link (#70)…I accidentally pressed enter before I entered the right link. My correct link is #73. 🙂
    That pizza sounds reallllllyyyy yummy!

  15. 16
    Kerri says

    The meal your daughter picked for her birthday sounds fantastic!! I’m very impressed.

    Have a delicious week!!

  16. 17
    Marianne says

    We love *silly* at our family celebrations, too. And Euchre & Hearts, although we were too busy with egg hunts yesterday to think of playing a few hands.

    Happy Easter!

    • 17.1
      Laura says

      Hearts is another favorite of ours as well. I love strategy games! 🙂

  17. 18
    Jessica (Cupcake Mommie) says

    I may have to revise and try out that Mexican Ravioli! What a great idea!!

    Have a wonderful rest today and a fun birthday week!

  18. 19
    thursday says

    Every week I try to come up with a plan, and every week I change my plans! Alas, it is difficult to come up with ideas for every day when I don’t have a set of recipes to draw from. I don’t prepare meat or vegetarian dishes with melted cheese. Would you believe that really cuts down on simple, delicious recipes out there? {my husband thinks he isn’t picky, but he really is which makes things even more stressful for me! and don’t bother making the same thing twice.}

    • 19.1
      Laura says

      Yes I highly recommend you create a recipe index for your family. Also try finding a few food blogs out there that cook similarly to how you do. I find that particularly helpful when searching for recipes.

  19. 20
    April says

    I’m still struggling with the idea of being scheduled but it is a good exercise since I tend not to think about food until 5 min before it is time to have dinner. I get busy and just forget. This may help me be prepared. I’m trying to help us eat healthy dinners so that is the other motivation. Thanks for all the great ideas and for encouraging us to plan ahead!!!

  20. 21
    April Driggers says

    I can’t wait to go check out all the goodies and find some new recipes to make — I’d love to know who posts Breakfast, Lunch AND Dinners!

  21. 22
    Crystal & Co says

    My son’s 11th birthday is this Tuesday! Happy b-day to your daughter!
    And yippy… I am in the top 200!

  22. 24
    Tiffanee says

    I love silly also!! I am so glad you had such a great weekend with family and got a little relaxation in. You so deserved it. Your menu sounds so delicious as usual! It seems like I have times when it feels like everything I cook is not turning out right..aghhh! Happy 13th to your daughter! Sounds like you got lots of wonderful things planned!!

  23. 25
    Millie @ Real Food for Less Money says

    A Rock Star Party sounds great!

    We spent Easter weekend away and had a wonderful time with me rarely in the kitchen. Back to the routine today.

  24. 26
    Jenna says

    Thanks for hosting another great MPM. This week I am excited to make one of my Great Grandmother’s Mennonite ethnic dishes – Beef Borscht! It is one of my favourites, and even though I never met my Great Grandmother, I love how I can “get to know her” a little bit by making one of her recipes. I think it’s neat when recipes get passed from generation to generation. 🙂

  25. 27
    *~jo~* says

    we have a lot of plan b’s around here, i hate to admit, but we are so busy that if we didn’t, i would go INSANE!! shredded potato casserole!! YUMMY!! Have a great week!! 🙂

  26. 28
    Kim says

    I’m new and hoping I didn’t mess that up.

    We’re on our 3rd week gluten free and have a reasonably kid friendly menu planned out.

  27. 29
    The Debt Darling says

    Trying out a new cookbook called “Forgotten Skills of Cooking.” Hope it’s delicious. 🙂

  28. 30
    Becky says

    Thanks for doing this every week! Posting my meal plan makes my life so much easier. It holds me accountable to actually do a meal plan.

  29. 31
    Ashley says

    Thanks for hosting! I meal plan by month rather than by week, so I link up at the beginning of each month. I love using this meme as a great meal planning resource!

  30. 32
    Sharon says

    I’m excited to finally participate! Let’s see if I can actually stick to my menu plan! The Chocolate Mousse Frosting Cake sounded so good I’m treating our family to it for my birthday! Happy Birthday to your daughter!

  31. 33
    Joelle says

    Your menu looks great. Hope your daughter has a fun birthday! That shredded potato casserole looks good.

  32. 34
    April says

    Your menu looks great! I checked out your cheesecake recipe and can’t wait to try it. It’s almost exactly like my peanut butter pie recipe, except I use peanut butter in place of one of the cream cheeses, and no cherries. I’ll be trying it, plus your Baked Teriyaki Chicken and Shredded Potato Casserole next week.

  33. 35
    Alea says

    I am going to check out your Baked Teriyaki recipe; it sounds very good right now!

  34. 36
    Debbie says

    I have a potluck coming up soon — thanks for the Taco Pasta idea! Fantastic!

  35. 37
    Audrey says

    Thanks for spurring me on to a more organized menu Kim! I’ve been flying by the seat of my pants for the winter and with spring here and building well on it’s way, I need to be ahead of the game! Here’s to a good plan!

  36. 38
    Harley Mom @Loving Almost Every Moment says

    I love the opportunity to make my childs birthday dinner. For some reason, I see it as my very special gift to my loved one. I do it for daddy and grandpa too!

  37. 39
    Leslie says

    A Rock Star Party? I see visions of pink and black before me! What fun!

  38. 40
    Leslie says

    Forgot to use html on previous post! Thanks for keeping me motivated to menu plan! Homeschooling again reminds me how important it is to Plan, Plan, Plan. (And then expect those plans to change, change, change…)

  39. 41
    Leslie says

    Forgot my html for linking! Now that I’m homeschooling again I’m reminded how important it is to Plan, Plan, Plan (and expect things to change, change, change.) Thanks for the motivation!

  40. 42
    Leslie says

    Ok, I’m a Comment-Posting ditz. Soooorryyyyy!! 😛

  41. 43
    Megan says

    Good luck with all the meals this week! Hopefully, everything comes together a little better this week.

  42. 44
    Cassie at The Thrifty Couple says

    Happy Birthday to your daughter! Check out our menu for frugal and healthy at the same time!

    Thanks for sharing your menu!!

  43. 45
    Anita says

    I “stole” one of your ideas for one of our meals this week. Have you made Taco Pasta before?

    • 45.1
      Laura says

      No I’ve not made that one before actually, I’ll keep you posted!

      • Anita says

        Thanks for letting me know how it went at the church potluck. 🙂 Ours turned out good, too.

  44. 46
    tamara says

    I am late posting. School holidays and all. Thanks for the prompt

  45. 47
    Amy says

    It’s my very first Menu Plan Monday! Of course I forgot to link up yesterday, but better late than never!

  46. 48
    April says

    Best of luck at the party Friday!!!

  47. 49
    Tasha says

    Thanks for sharing Taco Pasta, it is going on our menu for next week. Thanks

  48. 50
    Shawna says

    I just posted my first MPM. It was tricky for me because I’m really trying to use up what I have in my cupboards right now.

    Ooooh that potato casserole looks delicious! That’s so on my menu next week!

  49. 51
    Stephanie says

    I know this is off topic, but I just found your blog and I am in love. The Flickr pictures made my heart stop. I love finding people who share my love of boxes and school supplies!

  50. 52
    Erica says

    Hello, I am new to MPM, and also to OrgJunkie, and I just love your blog.

    I am thrilled to be planning meals again. Laura, thanks so much for starting MPM!

  51. 53
    Ronni says

    The chocolate mousse frosting looks really good. Happy Brithday to your daughter.

  52. 54
    Kristin S says

    What a great menu this week! I saved almost every recipe & can’t wait to try them!!

  53. 55
    Rebecca in Colorado says

    The Mexican Ravioli looks and sounds really good — I just printed it off and included it on next week’s menu plan! Thanks for being a “go-to” spot for jump starting my brain when I’m planning eight days of meals!

  54. 56
    Snubbery says

    I’m new to MPM, and it’s our second week of menu planning at all. So far, it’s been a HUGE success for us. We were eating out so much that we were actually bored of it, not to mention the overspending and eating terribly. Menu planning has made dinner so much easier and I made three weeks of planning on my first try…so great!


Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.