Menu Plan Monday ~ June 23/14 My Birthday Week!

Menu Plan Monday for June 23/14

Hi friends, I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.  You see I absolutely love birthdays and mine is tomorrow!  Everyone always told me that as I got older my love for celebrating my birthday would wane.  Tomorrow I turn 43 and I haven’t not liked a birthday yet.  Age is just a number and thanks to some positive changes I’ve been making to my diet and exercise routine I feel great!  I’ve got a fun day planned tomorrow which I’ll be sharing on Instagram if you want to follow along with me.

Recipe Highlight:

Most definitely this week’s recipe favorite was the Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce.  Yum, yum, yum!  It was fast too because I just cooked the spaghetti squash in the microwave which took about 16 minutes.  Here is the microwave instructions I used.

Spaghetti Squash with Meat Sauce

Menu Planning Resource:

One of my favorite ebooks on menu planning is by Stephanie Langford called Plan It, Don’t Panic.  It’s an excellent thorough resource that walks you through the menu planning process step by step. It’s a really useful primer to get people going with meal planning, explaining different methods and ways for making it work. It includes a 4-week real food menu plan with recipe links, and 11 printable pages for planning.

And right now, for one week only, it’s on sale for 50% off using the code HEALTHYSUMMER.  For more information and to purchase, click on the banner below.

It’s also available on Kindle on sale this week for $2.99 (reg $4.99).

Stephanie’s 50% off sale also applies to her other ebooks.  You might also be interested in this one, Real Food on a Real Budget, written for families who want to learn how to save an average of 20-30% on their food budget ($100-$200 per month for most families), while at the same time serving better quality and more nutritionally dense foods. Click on the banner below for more information if this is something you are interested in.

Have a great week everyone!

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Best Homemade Beef Tacos

Tuesday:  My birthday!  Lunch out with girlfriends, dinner out with family…can’t wait!

Wednesday:  Lunch out with another girlfriend (spoiled or what!).  For dinner we’ll be having Slow Cooker Greek Chicken

Thursday:  This recipe sounds interesting, can’t wait to see how it turns out: Slow Cooker Steak n Fries

Friday:  Leftover buffet

Saturday:  Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Pasta

Sunday:  Bacon, Brie and Raspberry Panini

For a special treat, this week I’ll be making my 14 year old son (he’s allergic to dairy, gluten, eggs, fish, nuts) this Vegan Coconut Ice Cream recipe.


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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23 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ June 23/14 My Birthday Week!

  1. 1
    Marsha says

    Happy Birthday to you!

  2. 2
    Cynthia L says

    Thanks for hosting another great link up. Have a wonderful birthday! Just followed you on Instagram, so I look forward to seeing how you celebrate your birthday!

  3. 4
    Susan says

    Happy birthday! Wonderful attitude!

  4. 5
    Kira says

    Happy Birthday in advance, and I agree age is nothing but a number. Wishing you a wonderful birthday week – enjoy 🙂

  5. 6
    Shelly says

    Happy Birthday to you. I hope you have a great week. I make dairy free ice cream for my family. This week I’m making cherry chocolate chip. I hope the coconut ice cream turns out good. It sounds good.

  6. 7
    Heather says

    Have a great birthday!

  7. 8
    Chava says

    Have a wonderful birthday!!!!

  8. 10
    Keri says

    Happy birthday!

  9. 11
    Marcia Francois says

    Happy birthday for tomorrow 🙂 It’s 5 hours away here in SA!

  10. 12
    BeBetsy says

    We love your blog. Thanks for hosting a fun party!

    Best Wishes,
    Denise & Aubrie

  11. 14
    Rona B says

    Happy Birthday!

  12. 15
    sally says

    I noticed several of the meals on the meal plan contain cheese. If your son is allergic to dairy, what does he eat on those nights?

  13. 17
    Janet says

    Happy Birthday! Wishing you a wonderful day.

  14. 18
    Linda says

    I hope you have a very happy birthday!

  15. 19
    Kelly says

    Happy Birthday, Laura!

    Once again, thanks for such an outstanding job hosting this week and every week. Can’t wait to follow along with your birthday fun on Instagram! 🙂

  16. 20
    Mandy says

    Happy Birthday! Your menu for this week sounds great! I’m having trouble with the link for the Best Homemade Beef Tacos. Is the recipe listed somewhere else? Thanks! :O)

    • 20.1
      Laura says

      Hi Mandy, I just tried it and it works fine for me. Maybe it was just down temporarily.


  17. 21
    Michelle J. says

    We share the same birthday. We really are long lost twins (separated by about a decade)!

    • 21.1
      Laura says

      Hope you had a great birthday Michelle!!


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