Menu Plan Monday ~ August 26/13


Welcome back!  Okay so how are things going?  If your kids are back to school now and you are trying to focus on getting organized, menu planning is the best place to start.  Just wait until you see the difference it makes in your life, amazing!  Start simply by finding three easy recipes (here’s a few of mine) and then go out and buy the necessary ingredients.  Then it’s up to you which day you decide to plug those meals into.  The trick is picking easy and quick recipes that won’t overwhelm you at dinner time when you’re tired and cranky.  Because let’s face it that’s what happens when the clock turns 4:00 and kids are melting down around you.  Yuck.  Having a menu plan each week has been a lifesaver for me, I can’t stress that enough.  Here are a couple of resources to help you out:

Menu Planning Doesn’t Always Work {Plus 6 Tips for Success}

Organizing Leftovers:

Did you know you can organize your leftovers?  For sure!  Might make your life so much easier.  Check out Angie’s post here.

Organizing Leftovers

Recipe Highlight:

My favorite meal last week was soooo good.  I highly recommend these Hawaiian Tacos!!  Be warned though that this recipe requires a little more chopping prep.  Don’t cook them on a busy night or prepare the salsa earlier in the day when you have more time.  Yummy!!

Hawaiian Tacos

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Chicken Pesto

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Honey Maple BBQ Ribs missed from last week

Wednesday:  Family-Pleasing Sloppy Joes Recipe

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Crockpot Macaroni and Cheese served with sausage and corn

Saturday:  Roasted Tomato BLT

Sunday:  Picking Night!


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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47 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ August 26/13

  1. 1
    SusieQTpies says

    YES big thing I’m working on this Fall is to keep those leftover organized! I won’t be lazy, I won’t be lazy, I won’t be lazy! lol Thanks for the weekly menu link party! Love checking out all the menus!

  2. 2
    Miz Helen says

    Good Morning Laura,
    So we are off to a new school year, it goes by so fast. Have a great week and thanks for hosting the party!
    Miz Helen

  3. 3
    SnoWhite @ Finding Joy in My Kitchen says

    Thanks for those cute menu planning sheets! I might just laminate one for my fridge. I do hope you enjoy the roasted tomato BLTs. They are one of our favorites. The roasted tomatoes make it over-the-top delicious.

  4. 4
    Danielle @ Poor and Gluten Free says

    Hi Laura, It’s my first time here. I meal plan (and blog) gluten free and mostly free of major allergens. Thanks so much for hosting!

  5. 6
    Kelly @ Dysfunctional Functional says

    My goal this school year is to tame my leftovers. Ideally, I’d love to not have any! But since I don’t see that happening — mainly because I chronically overcook — taming them will have to suffice.

    {Off to check out Angie’s post!}

  6. 7
    Crystal & Co says

    Those Hawaiian tacos look awesome! Very creative.

  7. 8
    [email protected] of Laughter says

    Thank you so much for sharing my leftover post again and so sorry about the spelling mistake! I was going to write ‘potatoes’ instead of ‘potato salad’ and that is where the boo-boo happened! If I had to do it over again, I would have started off with a new piece of tape. So sorry that people were so offended by it! Have a great week and talk soon! Angie xo

  8. 9
    Rona B says

    I checked out the Crockpot Mac & Cheese and the Chicken Pesto. Both sound delicious.

  9. 10
    jodie Fitz says

    THANKS for featuring my chicken pesto :)! I added a link back to your site on that post…if yo have a button send it over & I’ll add that too. Have a GREAT week ~ jodie

  10. 11
    Nicole Allison says

    Hi, I’ve been wanting to download your weekly meal plan template as its the best one I’ve seen but the link takes me to a HTML site with no reference to the download 🙁
    Is there any chance you could email it to me?
    I would be ever so grateful! 🙂

    • 11.1
      Laura Wittmann says

      I’m sorry, it looks like that particular blog with the printables is no longer available. I will update this post.


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