Menu Plan Monday ~ June 21st

Welcome to another planned week and thank goodness for a plan because I’ve got a crazy hectic week ahead of me.   School is winding up for us here (our last day of school is on June 29th) and with that comes many activities including my daughter’s grade 7 commencement.  I know many of you finished up school quite some time ago but here in Canada our school calendar year is a little bit different.

Two recipe highlights this week.  Homemade Macaroni and Cheese is so easy to make and so much healthier as well.  I use whole wheat pasta and light cheddar cheese.  I made mine slightly different from the recipe above in that I melted all the cheese into the white sauce and then added some cornflakes crumbs to the top.  I also halved the recipe and it fit perfectly in my Foldtuk dish.  Delicious!

The other recipe I really enjoyed (even though I had a little panic attack while making them) was the Pepperoni Pizza Wheels.  I’m the type of gal that needs very detailed instructions so when it came time to roll the pizza dough up I didn’t know if I was suppose to roll up the long end or the short end.  So I finally decided on the long end and then proceeded to make a huge mess trying to roll it.  I had flashbacks to my Pizza Braid disaster.  Sauce and pepperonis were falling out all over the place.  The good news is though that this recipe is very forgiving and by the time they were cooked you couldn’t even tell my goof ups.  These made for a terrific potluck dish because I made them up ahead of time and served them cold and they were still good!  They went so fast I didn’t even get a picture 🙂

Okay so before I jump into my menu plan, I just want to take a moment to welcome you if you are new to menu planning and offer you a great resource for getting started.  It’s a post written by Annie of Annie’s Eat called Menu Planning – Tips & Tricks and it has a lot of helpful information in it.

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

Monday: Black Bean Quesadillas

Tuesday: Fresh Broccoli & Chicken Pasta Toss

Wednesday: Picking up hubby from the airport ~ dinner out!

Thursday: My birthday!  Teriyaki Sirloin Steak served with baked potatoes and grilled peppers

Friday: Dinner at friends

Saturday: Garlic Pork Tenderloin with BBQ Sauce served with baby potatoes and corn on the cob

Sunday: Church Potluck ~  Tater Tot Casserole


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84 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ June 21st

  1. 1
    Christi says

    I LOVE homemade macaroni and cheese! I’ve tried the kind you bake and the kind you just do on the stovetop, and I have to admit I’m a stovetop kind of gal. The kids, however, prefer Kraft. Sigh. 🙂

  2. 2
    Tiffany says

    I can relate to your pizza rolls incident. I’ve had my fair share of messes putting together such things. The results are always worth it though.

  3. 3
    Barbie says

    Have a happy birthday!

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Barbie!

  4. 4
    Alicia's Homemaking says

    When it comes to mac and cheese, Pioneer Woman has a killer recipe. 😀

    Thanks for hosting this!

    • 4.1
      Laura says

      I will have to check it out, thanks!

  5. 5
    FoodontheTable says

    The mac and cheese looks great. Have a happy birthday!

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      Thanks so much!

  6. 6
    [email protected] says

    I hope you have a GREAT Birthday! Looks like you have a wonderful dinner planned!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Liz 🙂

  7. 7
    Kerri says

    Have a fantastic birthday! I sure hope someone else is making the birthday meal for you….;o)
    Have a great week.

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      I hope so too 🙂

    • 8.1
      Laura says

      I’m really looking forward to it!

  8. 9
    Veggiemomof2 says

    I have that mac & cheese recipe on my menu for this week. I’m going to add some chicken (i can’t serve it as a meal w/o meat.) I printed out the black bean quesadilla recipe for next week & we are having tater tot casserole this week too.

  9. 12
    Melissa says

    My husband LOVES Tator Tot Casserole! It was the first thing he ever made for me. 🙂

    Thanks for hosting Menu Plan Monday! I linked up!

    • 12.1
      Laura says

      It’s a great potluck dish too!

  10. 13
    Chele' says

    Hope you have a fantastic birthday week!

    Thank you for hosting this every week.


    • 13.1
      Laura says

      Thanks for the birthday wishes!

    • 14.1
      Laura says

      I love birthdays, especially mine…woohoo! 🙂

  11. 15
    Robin says

    Happy Birthday!

    • 15.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Robin!

  12. 16
    Sherry says

    Tater Tot Casserole and homemade healthier mac & cheese are family fave around here! 😀 I put those pepperoni pizza wheels on our menu for this week. I can’t wait to try them.

  13. 17
    Sherry says

    Happy, happy birthday! 😀

    Thank you so much for hosting this each week!!

    • 17.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Sherry!!

  14. 18
    Sheena says

    Pepperoni Pizza Wheels sound yummy!

    • 18.1
      Laura says

      They were really good!

  15. 19
    Amy says

    Thanks for the linky! Have a great week!

    • 19.1
      Laura says

      You too Amy!

    • 20.1
      Laura says

      That’s what we thought too 🙂

    • 21.1
      Laura says

      No problem Emily, all fixed for you. And thanks for the birthday wishes!

  16. 22
    Heather says

    Loving the chicken and broccoli pasta. My 4 year old LOVES broccoli and it’s nice to break up the monotonous and unhealthy pasta with something so good with so many vitamins. Great recipe!

  17. 23
    Amy says

    The mac & Cheese looks so good!!! Love great comfort foods 🙂

  18. 24
    Jenna says

    Mmm…that fresh broccoli and chicken pasta dish looks good! I will have to try that sometime. We are big pasta eaters around here. Last week we tried a new recipe, Lemon Caper Chicken with Fettuccine, which was great! I tried a whole bunch of new recipes last week and posted recipe reviews of them this week. Thanks for hosting – I LOVE menu planning. It’s my favourite “chore”!

    • 24.1
      Laura says

      So awesome, I’d be lost without menu planning now. Don’t know how I ever managed without it 🙂

  19. 25
    Alana says

    Hope you have a nice birthday!

    • 25.1
      Laura says

      I hope so too Alana, thanks!

  20. 26
    Tina says

    That mac & cheese looks delicious!

  21. 27
    Char says

    Mac and Cheese is one of my husband’s favorites! Have a great birthday.

    • 27.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Char, I’m really looking forward to it.

  22. 28
    Tina says

    Oh-duh-Happy Birthday!!

    • 28.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Tina! 🙂

  23. 30
    Crystal & Co says

    Happy Birthday! The steak dinner looks and sounds yummy!

    • 30.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Crystal! It’s not the steak I’m looking forward to but the teriyaki LOL

  24. 31
    Kristen says

    Have a very Happy Birthday!!!

    Thank you so much for hosting this, and for the whole menu-planning idea! I had never thought about doing this until I read your blog, and last week went wonderfully! I’m really excited about continuing to menu plan!

    • 31.1
      Laura says

      That’s what I love to hear, woohoo!!

  25. 32
    Rachel says

    We’ve got tater tot casserole on our menu this week too! Great minds think alike 😉

    • 33.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Greta!

  26. 34
    Ashley @ Just Another Mom of 2 says

    Ooh, yum, that macaroni and cheese sounds delicious! It may have to make it to my rotation sometime soon :). I’m so glad you have this linkup, it forces me to stay organized and actually stay focused on meal planning since I also have them scheduled for my blog posting! A win/win 🙂 Have a great birthday!

    • 34.1
      Laura says

      Love that! Thanks for the birthday wishes!!

  27. 35
    Laura Aridgides says

    Starting the Clean elimination diet today – thank goodness for Menu Planning!

  28. 36
    Racquel says

    Yum! Everything looks so good this week!

  29. 38
    Karissa says

    This version of Tator Tot Caserole looks FABULOUS! Can’t wait to try it!!

    • 38.1
      Laura says

      It really is delicious, I highly recommend it!

  30. 39
    Mary Ann says

    That mac and cheese looks really good! Thanks so much for hosting again this week!

  31. 40
    Heather says

    That mac and cheese looks rad!
    I played along last Monday, but failed in execution. Sigh. This week is the week of lazies-be-gone!

  32. 41
    Kimie says

    Menu planning Monday is great. Although I’ve been reading it for awhile I just put my first one up. 🙂

    Also, I love mac and cheese… it’s one of the those comfort foods that you can never go wrong with! Looks delish.

    Hope you have a wonderful birthday! 🙂

    • 41.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Kimie, so glad you’ve joined us!!

  33. 42
    Nathalie St-Pierre Roths says

    Who would think to mix Corn Flakes with a main dish? It may sounds bizarre but it works! I tried it before with other recipes. Corn Flakes has actually published a small recipe book using their product and many of the listed recipes are main dishes.

    Enjoy your week and have a nice birthday! 🙂

    • 42.1
      Laura says

      They work really well for a crunchy topping. I usually mix them with a bit of melted butter first to keep them from burning. Yum!!

    • 44.1
      Laura says

      Yay, birthdays are so much fun!

  34. 45
    Pamela says

    Have a wonderful birthday!

    I have one recipe link and a recipe written out in my post this week. Thanks for inspiring me to menu plan!

    • 45.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Pamela!

  35. 46
    Denise says

    I think I may have made a mistake and posted the link twice. #271. Once with only part of the name, I think. Sorry about that. and I hope you have a Great Birthday!

    • 46.1
      Laura says

      All fixed! And thanks for the birthday wishes 🙂

  36. 47
    Mom's Menu Planner says

    Your menu looks great this week! Have a very Happy Birthday 🙂

    • 47.1
      Laura says

      Thank you, so excited about it!

  37. 48
    Amy says

    Happy Birthday! Hope you have a great day and wonderful coming year (with a problem free move!)! Thanks so much for hosting the Menu Plan Mondays and for all your other posts as well. You are a wonderful (and much appreciated) inspiration!

    • 48.1
      Laura says

      Ahh so nice, thank you for that!

  38. 49
    Laurel says

    Thanks so much for your menu-planning ideas and efforts, Laura! This is really helping me stretch our food dollar and cut down on stress.

  39. 50
    Shirley says

    I might have added myself twice as I put the wrong blog address in – Sorry!

  40. 51
    LisaC says

    My mother-in-law gave me the tater tot casserole recipe years ago, but calls it “Presbyterian Casserole” because it is “meant” for church suppers. 🙂

  41. 52
    Jessica says

    Wow ~ I think I can plan my menus for the next 2 years reading this linky list!! Heck it might take me a year just to get through it all lol. Looking forward to getting some new ideas! The kids and I are starting to get bored of my same old ideas week after week.


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