Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 18/13

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Hello, hello, hello!  How are you?  Hope you are all well and ready for a brand new week.  Our Middle Eastern dinner club this past weekend was so delicious and I was pretty happy with how my Feta and Red Pepper Hummus turned out as well.

Feta and Red Pepper Hummus

Thanksgiving Resource:

As most of you know I don’t love being in the kitchen and cooking disasters are a regular part of my life.  Cooking big dinners makes me so nervous and the only way I can really manage it is by being organized and preparing as many dishes in advance as possible.  I found an excellent resource yesterday to help with advance planning that I thought you might like as well.

Mel from Mel’s Kitchen cafe is sharing her Step-By-Step Guide to Preparing Thanksgiving Dinner in Advance.  Her spreadsheet, that you can download in pdf format or as an editable Word version, is well organized and easy to read and she provides all the recipes to go along with it.  Really fantastic stuff and she is sharing it all for FREE.

Menu Planning Resource:

My friend Rachel over at Home Sanctuary wrote a great post on Busy Family Menu Planning.  She shares how you can EASILY come up with a whole month’s worth of dinner plans without burning up any of your precious brain cells.  How about that?  Yep and she walks through each step of the process.  Don’t miss it!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Cheesy Ham & Potato Soup served with Bread Machine Garlic Bread

Tuesday:  Crock Pot Chicken Thighs served with roasted red potatoes and peppers

Wednesday:  Crock Pot Brown & Maple Sugar Pork Tenderloin served with rice and broccoli

Thursday:  Church lunch potluck, I’ll be bringing Picnic Coleslaw.  Leftover buffet for dinner.

Friday:  Youngest son’s 8th birthday!  His pick for dinner is pizza that comes to your house (ha!), caesar salad and for dessert he’s asked for chocolate cupcakes on top of a chocolate cake.  This could be interesting!

Saturday:  Bow Ties with Sausage and Tomato-Cream Sauce

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a great week!!


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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18 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Nov 18/13

  1. 1
    SusieQTpies says

    Hope you are feeling better! That hummus looks delish! Off to check it out. Have a super week! susie

    • 1.1
      Laura says

      I am, thanks for asking 🙂

  2. 2
    Deanna says

    I LOVE hummus and that red pepper one looks incredible!

  3. 3
    Sharon at Momof6 says

    I am so excited that you are going to try my bow tie pasta recipe on Saturday! Can’t wait to hear how it turns out! It’s definitely a family fav here at the Rowley house!

  4. 4
    Janet says

    The Feta and Red Pepper Hummus looks amazing! Great looking menu. Thanks for hosting.

  5. 5
    Chrissy says

    Could not get my link to work…not sure what I did wrong…

    • 5.1
      Laura says

      Sorry Chrissy, are you getting an error message?

      • Chrissy says

        No error message, I just never saw my link…even after a few hours…watch it be there now ;o)

        • Chrissy says

          Just checked and it still isn’t there – this being my first time, I sure I did something wrong. No worries. I’ll try again another time.

    • 6.1
      Laura says

      Oh so glad you shared that Angela, thank you!

  6. 7
    Heather says

    Can’t wait to see the chocolate cupcakes on top of a chocolate cake! LOVE IT.

    • 7.1
      Laura says

      What a crazy kid but I will do my best lol

  7. 8
    Ellen says

    I love Feta and Red Pepper Dip! yum!

  8. 9
    Christine says

    I am looking for help with low carb meal planning. I use emeals right now but our family likes only 2-3 meals out of the 7 weekly meals. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  9. 10
    Angie says

    Yum Feta and Red Pepper Hummus! Looking forward to checking out the resources you shared. Thanks.

    Last week, the crockpot tamale pie I made turned out great. Score for me!

  10. 11
    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free says

    I’m looking forward to the spreadsheet for Thanksgiving prep in advance — sounds like a good idea.
    Your Feta & Red Pepper Hummus looks delicious!


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