Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 11th

Hello my friends!  I hope all my Canadian readers are enjoying a wonderful long Thanksgiving weekend.  I had my best girlfriend come visit me for two days and we had such a great time.  We had our Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday night because she had to leave early Sunday morning.  Due to our limited time together I wanted to keep things as simple as possible in the meal department.  This Slow Cooker Ham recipe just didn’t get any easier to throw together.  Highly recommend it!  The Cauliflower-Cheddar Bake was also really good (and could be made ahead) but word of caution, if you are using fresh cauliflower instead of the frozen as directed, use additional liquid.

I know those of you living in the US don’t celebrate for another month yet but it’s never to early to start thinking about your holiday menu 🙂

My recommend menu planning link this week goes to Alicia’s Homemaking ~ 5 Reasons I Love Menu Planning (plus tons of resources for you)

Need more help planning your menus?  Check out my family favorites recipe index and of course many other recipe indexes for inspiration.

Can’t wait to see what’s on your menu this week, here’s what we’ll be eating:

Monday: Cheesy Ham & Pasta Bake (using up leftover ham) *family favorite*

Tuesday: Bart’s Black Bean Soup served with Flavorful Herb Bread (bread machine)

Wednesday: Italian Sausage and Potato Roast *family favorite*

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Slow Cooker Rotisserie-Style Chicken *family favorite* served with perogies & veggies

Saturday: Chicken Vegetable Marinara (using up leftover chicken)

Simple Supper Sunday


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42 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Oct 11th

  1. 1
    [email protected] says

    I just love this time of year and all the great cooking and baking that we can do!
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  2. 2
    Keli says

    Woo hoo! #5!! LOL

    Thanks for hosting and for the links above! I think I’ll turn my Roast Chicken into the rotisserie chicken. I just need to get over my fear of raw meat…. Or have hubby do it 🙂

  3. 3
    FoodontheTable says

    The slow cooker chicken is delicious! I understand why it is a family favorite. I was so excited to meet Stephanie O’Dea at BlogHer Food last weekend!

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Wow, that’s exciting!!

  4. 4
    Tiffany says

    Happy Thanksgiving! I’ve got a series planned to post in a few weeks with a focus on Thanksgiving. Love all that food. Thanks for hosting us each week.

    • 4.1
      Laura says

      I look forward to reading it Tiffany!

  5. 5
    Alicia's Homemaking says

    Thanks for the link love, Laura! Totally put a smile on my face. 😀 I’m trying out your hashbrown casserole this week–can’t wait to see how it turns out!

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      You’re welcome Alicia! I hope you enjoy the casserole…it was really good 🙂

  6. 6
    Cindy says

    Happy Thanksgiving!! Our big dinner is tonight, I can’t wait!! I bookmarked the Cauliflower-Cheddar bake to try this week. Thanks for the tip of extra liquid when using fresh (I will be).

  7. 7
    Miz Helen says

    Laura, your menu looks great! I always look forward to coming here on Monday’s.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.
    Thank you for hosting!

  8. 8
    Lora @ my blessed life says

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Laura!! Thanks for sharing that cauliflower recipe~I’ve printed it off to try!

  9. 10
    Miranda says

    Thanks for the links! Never too early start planning your holiday meals, after all, they are the biggest meals of the year!

  10. 11
    Netta says

    I’m so grateful for your site & insight!

  11. 12
    SnoWhite says

    Happy Thanksgiving!! You’re making me hungry for Thanksgiving foods 🙂

  12. 13
    dddiva says

    Your meals sound really good- I tried pierogies for the first time recently (frozen) and wonder how the heck I’ve missed them all my life. I think I’ll add them next week, thanks for the reminder.

    • 13.1
      Laura says

      I use the frozen kind as well…really delicious…they are a nice treat!

  13. 14
    Sheena says

    Your menu sounds great! I want to try the Flavorful Herb Bread. My husband was just saying I haven’t used my bread machine lately. This would be a great way to change that.

  14. 18
    Alea says

    I love the picture of the apples with the daisies! I am glad you had a fun weekend! I always try to plan meals that are delicious, but low effort or coook ahead when I have house guests, so we can spend more time playing. 🙂

  15. 19
    Lauren @ I am THAT lady says

    I am so thankful to be back to menu planning, and linking up to everyone else’s ideas! Just getting out of my first trimester of pregnancy with my 3rd baby, my poor kids are getting sick of hot dogs and fish sticks 🙂

  16. 20
    Krista says

    In my current ovenless state I am intrigued by the slow-cooker rotisserie chicken!!!

  17. 21
    Jill says

    Wow! I just found this and it’s like a gold mine! My mom and I argue over menu planning all the time, so I”ll definitely be borrowing ideas from here!!

  18. 22
    Denise says

    Lot of great new recipes for me to choose from this week!

  19. 23
    Crista says

    The sausage and potato roast has become a family favorite around here, too. Thanks so much for posting it!!

  20. 24
    Beth says

    Your Monday dinner sounds great! Our family loves rotisseri chicken in the crock pot too!

  21. 25
    Tiffanee says

    YAY!! I am finally back. I had an issue getting my link to post. Don’t know what I did wrong. Sorry. I can’t wait to try the Bart’s Black Bean Soup.

  22. 26
    Elizabeth L. says

    After almost of a month of very little blogging, I’m back! I’ve been menu planning the whole time, but it feels good to get it back up on the blog.

    Happy Thanksgiving to all the Canadian bloggers!

  23. 27
    Susan says

    I just LOVE Mondays! I look forward to all the blogs and recipes. I try at least a couple every week. This is my favorite website.

    • 27.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Susan!

  24. 28
    Denise says

    Laura, as usual your menu sounds lovely! I haven’t tried the rotisserie style chicken but I sure need to. I make Mimi’s Sticky Chicken and it’s better than any rotisserie chicken I’ve ever had but it would be nice to have an alternative for those times when I just want to throw the ingredients in the crock and have it ready when I get in hours later. Thanks for hosting!

  25. 29
    Amy says

    Thanks for hosting. I am getting some great ideas for later. Love it!!

  26. 30
    Kerri says

    I think I may switch my normal slow cooker chicken to your rotisserie one…sounds delish!

    Have a wonderful week! Thanks for hosting.

  27. 31
    Carla says

    I’m interested in the chicken vegetable marinara recipe, but the link goes to the cheesy ham and pasta bake. Love your blog! Thanks for all the organizing tips!

    • 31.1
      Laura says

      Sorry about that Carla, all fixed now 🙂

  28. 32
    Momma Goose says

    Hello Laura!! Thanks again for posting your thoughts on easy/yummy recipes. This is so helpful! I just clicked through to the ham recipe…do you really cook this without any liquids in the Crock Pot? I think I’d be nervous to do that…but tempted, since the recipe sounds delightfully simple! 🙂 (Incidentally, I prepped your crock pot minestrone recipe tonight…I’m going to plug it in in the morning–can’t wait to try it!!)

    • 32.1
      Laura says

      No liquid can you believe it? I was surprised by that too but it ends up creating its own juices with the sugar. Yum!

      Let me know how you like the soup 🙂

      • Momma Goose says

        Thank you so much for getting back to me!! Can’t wait to try the ham recipe–it doesn’t get much easier than that! 🙂

        The minestrone was a HUGE hit–even my husband loved it, and he doesn’t usually like soup! My mother and Uncle both (seperately) tried left-overs and both have asked me for the recipe!! Thanks again Laura–I’m really excited to have that one in my arsenal now! 🙂

  29. 33
    [email protected] My Way at Home says

    You’ve had some great recipe links the past two weeks. The Hashbrown casserole, Sausage and Potato Bake, Cheesy Ham and Pasta Bake, Cauliflower Cheddar Bake…all so yummy sounding. Hoping to add a few to my menu plans over the coming weeks.

    And Happy Thanksgiving to you!

  30. 34
    Stephanie O'Dea says

    Laura, your meal plan sounds wonderful!
    I wanted to thank you for linking to the rotisserie chicken—I’m so glad you enjoy it, it’s one of our absolute favorites too.

    I hope you’re enjoying your week!

    xoxo steph


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