Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 24th

If you are struggling to stick with menu planning or just needing a little encouragement you MUST go read through all the comments on this giveaway post.  Let me tell you there is some menu planning love going on, whoot!

My favorite meal from last week definitely goes to the Lasagna Soup and Whole Wheat Biscuits.  Both were really yummy.  I made the soup up earlier in the day (when I had more time) minus the pasta and cooked it on low for a couple of hours.  I added cooked pasta just before dinner.  Easy!

What were your recipe highlights from last week, feel free to include recipe links in the comments.  I love checking out tried and true recipes!

Speaking of tried and true recipes, last June I put up a post and linky list asking readers to link up their recipe index pages.  Unfortunately I was using the old linky list at the time and now all those awesome links have disappeared…grrr.  I referred to it quite often for recipes as index pages make it super easy to search by food category (ie: main dishes, breakfast, etc).   Anyway I’ve decided to do it again so watch for that post this week sometime and plan to come on by and link up your recipe index! Here’s mine to give you an idea of what one is if you aren’t sure.  Do you have one?

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

Monday: Potato Kielbasa Skillet

Tuesday: Garlic & Soy Chicken Thighs served with perogies and corn

Wednesday: Caramel Apple Pork Chops served with rice and broccoli

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew (family favorite!)

Saturday: Waffles {of insane greatness}

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44 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Jan 24th

  1. 1
    Alicia's Homemaking says

    Waffles of insane goodness? How could anyone resist? *lol*
    Thanks for hosting, Laura!

  2. 2
    The Happy Housewife says

    I have to try those waffles if only for the title! Actually I clicked over and they look really good. I’ve been looking for a recipe with a little more “crisp” to them!
    Have a great week!


  3. 3
    Char says

    I have kielbasa in the freezer and have been looking for a new recipe to use for it. Your Potato Kielbasa skillet sounds perfect!

    Have a great week & thanks for keeping me on track!

  4. 4
    Sherry says

    Thank you for the linky! Defnitely going to try those waffles. I ordered a waffle maker the other day with SwagBucks. My kids don’t know it yet, so they will be super excited. 🙂

  5. 5
    Christi @ Frugal Novice says

    I’ve got to try your stew recipe – I have tried a couple but haven’t found one I’m just in LOVE with yet. I’m trying to incorporate more crock pot meals into our planning because it saves my sanity some days! 🙂

  6. 6
    Bibi says

    Those Caramel Apple Pork Chops sound so yummy.
    I absolutely love those menu planning boards. Genius ideas.

    Thank you for hosting the linky again.

  7. 7
    Miz Helen says

    Hi Laura,
    Your Slow Cooker Beef Stew sure sounds good for today. Your menu for the week looks very good. Thank you for sharing and hosting us today. You have a great week!

  8. 8
    Tiffany says

    You have awesome giveaways! As for the trip with you to NYC and the container store, I’d love to win that, but I’d be picking your brain about blogging stuff and less about containers 😉

  9. 10
    [email protected] says

    Awhh…I’d love to hang out with you in NYC! I love the board too though 🙂
    How did I miss that Lasagna Soup last week? I made oven baked chili yesterday that smelled just like lasagna when it was cooking. I bet it’s similiar.
    Thanks for hosting Laura!

  10. 11
    Jessica (Cheapskate Life) says

    Your insanely good waffles remind me of something I used to do all the time! Making breakfast for dinner! It’s always a hit with everyone! Plus its also a great way to sneak vegies in! This might be on my plan next week!

  11. 12
    SnoWhite says

    Those whole wheat biscuits look delicious! Thanks for the link to the recipe.

    Hope you enjoy the waffles. I recommend making a double batch 🙂

  12. 13
    Amanda says

    I am always looking for good recipes with Kielbasa. Thanks for sharing that!

  13. 14
    Amanda @ Mommy Working for the Weekend says

    That menu looks so yummy! This is my first time linking up and I am so excited to be a part of such an awesome group! I can’t wait to get more recipes from everyone!

  14. 15
    Claire says

    I love your meal plan.
    This is mine:
    Monday: Tuna Casserole
    Tuesday: Roasted Chicken / Side noodles in alfredo sauce
    Wednesday: Haddock fish (breaded) with Rice and Peas
    Thursday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
    Friday: Chicken fingers (Jane’s – So good) and French Fries

  15. 17
    Amanda says

    I’ve been trying to link for two weeks now and I can’t seem to get it to work. Can you give me some clues to help?

    • 17.1
      Laura says

      How far in the process do you get? Are you able to add your name, url and email address after clicking on the blue link?

  16. 18
    Wendy @ Celiacs in the House says

    I like Monday and Tuesday at your house for easy kid-friendly meal ideas. We’ve been trying chicken thighs recipes a lot. Easy, flavorful and cheap. And my kids love ’em.

    • 18.1
      Laura says

      I love chicken thighs and prefer them to chicken breasts!

  17. 19
    amanda @ A Few Short Cuts says

    Just wanted to say thanks for including my Caramel Apple Porkchops! I know you will love them! 🙂

  18. 20
    Jami @ An Oregon Cottage says

    Laura, that’s too funny- I bet a lot of people would like to hang out with you, I know I would! It’s probably just the travel part of it. 🙂

    Hey, I know you use a bread machine, but you might like one of my family’s favorite breads I posted in a super easy tutorial using a food processor to knead. It’s so good, in fact, that I’ve dubbed these baguettes “The bread you can’t stop eating.” 🙂 See what you think (you could sop up some of your favorite stew juices with it!):

    Have a great day!

    • 20.1
      Laura says

      Yum, I’ve got it bookmarked!

  19. 21
    Cas says

    Caramel Apple Pork Chops….I am going to have to try those and see if they can get me out of my current chicken obsession…or at least give the hubs a break.

  20. 22
    Natanya @ Fete & Feast says

    Mmm…beef stew and waffles, such comforting foods for January. I have waffles on my menu for breakfast later this week and want to try the waffles you’re having because who can turn down waffles of insane greatness?

  21. 23
    Julieann says

    Your menu looks wonderful! I will get my menu up hopefully by tonight. I am going to look through these menu’s and get some ideas. I just love new recipes. Tonight, I am going to make a hamburger stew for dinner:)

    Happy Monday!


    • 23.1
      Laura says

      I just love new recipes too!

  22. 24
    Elizabeth says

    Thank you once again for doing this. I really appreciate this!

    God Bless,

  23. 25
    Chanin says

    Finally getting back in the swing of things! Hope to keep posting my menu plans for the rest of 2011! Thanks! 🙂

  24. 26
    Crystal says

    This isn’t my first time with MPM but this might just be the first time I’ve commented! Last week (actually yesterday!) the highlight was Which Turkey Chili! I’ve got a link up on my MPM for today!

  25. 27
    Leslie says

    So glad I’ve got MPM to push me to menu plan! I’ve got to check out those waffles of yours!

  26. 28
    Nicole says

    Sun: heavy snacks (football)
    Mon: veggie or salmon burgers with steak fries & salad
    Tues: soup, salad & garlic bread
    Wed: beef roast with veggies & potatoes (for the omnivores in the family)
    Thurs: what’s in the fridge night
    Fri: date night
    Sat: spaghetti with marinara (& meatballs for meat eaters) & green beans
    gnocchi with cream sauce & salad

  27. 29
    Lara says

    Hope you enjoy the potato kielbasa skillet. 🙂 I just got my first slow cooker and have that beef stew bookmarked to try soon!

  28. 30
    Melody says

    Hmmm… I may have to try those Caramel Apple porkchops this week too, depends on how tomorrow looks time-wise! My new blog goal for the week is to get up an index of recipes… I am glad you posted about it because I’ve been meaning to do something similar for a while and never thought of just posting it on my blog. That would make it so much simpler to link to too! 🙂

  29. 32
    Queen of the House says

    Wow! I LOVE your recipe index! I will need to do that too!!! 🙂 It might be a little trickier in blogger…but I hope to figure it out! 🙂

    • 32.1
      Laura says

      You can always just create a post with your list of recipes links.

  30. 33
    Catherine says

    I love reading the menu plans. The lasagna soup looks great….can you tell me how much meat you used? Thanks!

    • 33.1
      Laura says

      I used one package which I think is one pound.

  31. 34
    Tiffany says

    I have the apple pork chops on my menu for this week. These sound so yummy! I love apple flavor with my pork chops. I usually pan fry mine then add a shot or two of apple vodka and cook it down. Thats pretty yummy, but I can’t wait to try this one.

  32. 35
    Catherine says

    We tried the Caramel Apple Pork Chops last night. I bought thinly sliced chops and they got a little overcooked. Next time, I’ll reduce the cooking time. Pork chops are new for me….my husband was happy to see them on the table. They were yummy and I will definitely try this one again!

  33. 36
    Jenne- WOHM says

    I feel stupid for asking this question but can anyone give me ideas of all the meals they use for one month of meals? it is hard enough for me to come up with meals for one week (I’m trying new ideas, maybe too many). I would love to make one of these (would rather buy but don’t see where we can do that) and have no clue as to what meals I would put down for a variety for the month…. Thanks in advance:)

  34. 37
    Carol-Lynn says

    Had the carmel apple pork chops for dinner tonight. They were delicious and my family said the recipe was a “keeper”. Thanks so much!


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