Menu Plan Monday ~ May 5/14

Welcome to May menu planning!  We had snow this morning but I’m going to ignore that and just pretend it didn’t happen 🙂  For those of you already experiencing warm weather (oh to be you!) do you find you use your slow cooker more than ever now?  I use mine all year round but I do transition out of soups and chilis and more into pulled pork and other lighter and easy dishes for summer.  You’ll see more recipe links like that around here as soon as we start getting some hotter days.  Do you have a favorite slow cooker recipe for spring and summer?

So one of the recipes I tried last week was the Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust.

Spaghetti Squash Pizza Crust
I really love spaghetti squash and thought this would be a great gluten-free alternative to regular pizza crust which I can’t have.  Unfortunately I wasn’t crazy about it.  It took way too long to get the liquid out after I cooked up the spaghetti squash and then it has to cook for an hour after that.  It would have all been worth it had it tasted great but it was just okay.  I found it needed more flavor as it was kind of plain and it wasn’t as crispy as I would have liked.  I don’t think I will try it again though just because of the time factor.  Oh well.

Did you try any recipes last week that didn’t turn out the way you would have liked?

Menu Plan Resources:

These two resources aren’t directly related to creating meal plans but they do relate to the dinner hour.  In our house we eat dinner together as a family (all 5 of us) six nights out of seven.  I think it’s super important for so many reasons but mainly because we have a lot of fun discussing our day and what’s going on in the world.  I often pose questions to generate discussion and we really get into it sometimes.  We purposely don’t schedule activities during dinner time so we don’t have to be rushing here there and everywhere.  It’s that important to me especially now with two teenagers in the house who will be leaving me home within the next couple of years 🙁

Check out these two posts from around the web that are also in support of family dinner time and why.

The Importance of Family Dinner ~ @ Travel Parent Eat

How to Have the Best 10 Minutes of Your Day With Your Family ~ @ We Are THAT Family

Even a couple days of week can have a huge impact.

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  BBQ Chicken Tacos

Tuesday:  BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta and Avocado

Wednesday:  Herb Rubbed Pork Chops served with rice and broccoli

Thursday:  Leftover buffet

Friday:  Easy Crockpot Pulled Chicken

Saturday:  Healthier Tater Tot Casserole

Sunday:  Happy Mother’s Day!!  I’ll be eating whatever my family makes for me 🙂

Have a fantastic week everyone!


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

More family favorite recipes here.

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One of my favorite menu planning resources:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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6 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ May 5/14

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    Keri says

    We are definitely experiencing warm weather… yesterday it was 96! I don’t use my slow cooker in the summer as much as I would like. I tend to make a lot of pastas and salads. Most of my slow cooker recipes are kind of heavy, so I need some new ones to try.

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    Janet says

    Snow? Oh, my! We are definitely enjoying our warmer weather. I really don’t use my slow cooker a lot. I have found meals can be hit or miss in them. They have to be cooked just the right amount of time. However, there are certain meals, Italian roast beef, pulled pork, etc. that I always use the slow cooker for.

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    BeBetsy says

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend and an even better week. Thanks for hosting a great party.

    Best Wishes,
    Sharon, Denise & Aubrie

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    Anne says

    Thanks for the link! We love visiting your site. Glad to know about the spaghetti squash pizza crust. I had pinned it but didn’t haven’t tried it yet. Now, I will be using the spaghetti squash for something I like better.

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    Heather says

    I’ve tried a very similar pizza crust recipe and had the same outcome – way too time consuming for something that was just ok. I’ve felt the same way about a couple of cauliflower crust recipes. Have you tried the Against the Grain gluten free pizza crusts? They are kind of expensive but I’d like to try to replicate it myself.

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    Melissa French, The More With Less Mom says

    Hello. I am Melissa, The More With Less Mom. I have a blog for the crunchy, frugal family. I have shared my May Real Food Meal Plan. Thank you for hosting!


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