Menu Plan Monday ~ April 29/13


Hey friends!  Happy Monday to you all.  So fun that we meet here again 🙂   Our snow has now melted so I’m FINALLY pulling out our pretty spring banner above.  Yay!

The Love of an Empty Fridge:

One thing that I love to do is get to an empty fridge every Sunday.  It just makes me so happy!  I know that might sound odd but there is something so refreshing about knowing that I stuck to my weekly menu plan and used up all the ingredients I bought for the week without waste.  Since I get my groceries every week on Monday morning at 8:50 am (right after I drop my youngest at school) I love being able to restock an empty fridge and start my week off on fresh foot.  What a feeling!  Anyway imagine my surprise when I read a post last week by Rachel at The Minimalist Mom called Why I Love an Empty Fridge.  Rachel feels exactly the same way I do!  I love that.  I also love that she is giving away $1 to Feeding America for every comment that she gets on that post up to $500.00.  So if you’ve got a moment would you go over and leave a comment.  Thanks!

Recipe Highlight:

These slow cooker pork chops were really yummy and super easy to throw together.  Plus it’s a complete meal with potatoes and carrots too.  That makes it even better!  Go check out the recipe here.

pork chops

Menu Planning Resources:

Your resource for this week are these great free printables I found for freezer cooking.  There is a free freezer cooking planner, day planner and recipe card.  Enjoy!

In addition you might find this post on Meal Prepping 101 helpful from The Daily Dish.

Also be sure to come back later today because I will have a FANTASTIC 97 ebook bundle available for a super crazy great price with many menu planning resources included.  You don’t want to miss it!!  I’ll be posting about it very soon.

ultimate homemaking bundle

Have a great week everyone!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Easy Turkey Meatloaf served with french fries and corn

Tuesday:  Parmesan Chicken Bake served with rice and broccoli

Wednesday:  Shredded Beef Taco Roast (slow cooker)

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Quick Homemade Pizza

Saturday:  Potato Sausage Casserole

Sunday:  Picking night (everyone picks their own!)


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join the growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

One of my favorite menu planning resources:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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41 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ April 29/13

  1. 1
    Kimberley says

    I can totally relate to the empty fridge on Sunday! I can’t fully express how much menu planning has simplified and streamlined my life!!

    • 1.1
      Laura says

      I totally agree!

    • 2.1
      Laura says

      Had to move it to tomorrow but I’m looking forward to trying it!

  2. 3
    Susan says

    So funny you post this today! I totally cleaned out my almost empty fridge and went above and beyond and tossed all the jars, bottles with a minute amount of food in them right before I came here to check out Menu Plan Monday!

    I usually clean out on Thursday b/c garbage day is Friday, but like you I did a good job using everything this week 🙂

    I will be doing a decent shop sometime this morning.

    • 3.1
      Laura says

      Isn’t that the best feeling!

  3. 4
    Tammy @ Skinny Moms Kitchen says

    Oh I can totally relate to an empty fridge….I would also like to add to that an empty pantry too. Right now I feel like I have a ton of little odds and ends that need to get eaten up… I may need to get really creative in the upcoming weeks.

    Have a great week Laura!

    • 4.1
      Laura says

      You too Tammy!

  4. 5
    Melissa says

    Thanks for the recipe and the Printables!
    I enjoy Crockpot cooking! =)

  5. 6
    Keri says

    An empty fridge on Sunday is great! It is a lot easier to wipe the whole thing down when I don’t have to move things around.

    • 6.1
      Laura says


    • 7.1
      Laura says

      You too Janet!!

  6. 8
    Mama Sonshine says

    I made the Parmesan Chicken Bake last week, although the recipe I found used Mayo, I substituted it with yogurt. Not Greek, but whole milk yogurt. It really is easy and a lot better then I thought it would be!
    Happy Cooking

  7. 9
    Rona says

    Love your menu this week.

    • 9.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Rona, have a great week!

  8. 10
    Abigail says

    Thank you so much for sharing my freezer cooking planner and recipe cards. It’s such an honor to be on such an amazing site!! I’m loving all the page views I’m getting. Thanks again. Abbi

    • 10.1
      Laura says

      Thanks Abbi for offering them for free. Great stuff!!

  9. 11
    Brenda @ Chatting Over Chocolate says

    So happy to hear that you enjoyed the pork chops!! Thanks so much for sharing them in your recipe highlight! It was one of the highlights of my week! 😉 Hope you’ve enjoyed a lovely weekend, Laura! 🙂


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