Menu Plan Monday ~ July 7/14


Hey lovely Menu Plan Monday gals and guys.  Hope you all had a fantastic weekend and are ready to get this next week off to an organized start.  Best way to do that is by planning a menu out.  Remember it doesn’t have to be complicated.  Select five EASY recipes for the week, shop for the groceries and away you go.  I’m super convinced that the secret to successful menu planning is in the recipe selection.  Here’s my own personal recipe selection criteria in case you’ve never seen it before.

So as you know I’m a Canadian girl and last Tuesday we celebrated Canada Day.  I told you I was going to make some Maple Bacon Cupcakes.  Well they flopped.  My daughter told me they tasted like bran muffins which isn’t a bad thing unless you are expecting a sweet cupcake instead.  I had tried subbing in a gluten free flour blend for the flour called for so I’m not sure if that was it or not.  My daughter decided to save the day and just make regular vanilla cupcakes instead and we still decorated them with maple frosting (using maple extract instead of vanilla).  Here’s how they turned out.  Cute right?  I couldn’t eat them but quite honestly I’m not a sweets girl and didn’t need the calories so I was okay with that.

Canada Day Cupcakes

I made the Maple Bacon Biscuits next and didn’t even try to make them gluten-free after the cupcake fail but from what everyone else said they were very tasty.  Perfect for a picnic.

Maple Bacon Biscuits

Also we had my regular dinner club last week.  My girlfriend chose to have a Mexican theme.  Since we were having a hot week I decided I wanted to keep it simple and refreshing and just bring a Margarita Fruit Dip.  This dip was so delicious and I used light versions of the cream cheese and cool whip so a little better on the waist line too 🙂  Yummy!

Margarita Fruit Dip

Menu Planning Resource:

I found a pretty free grocery list printable for you from the talented Lia Griffith.  She’s even made it editable so you can add your own often purchased items.  I love it!

Grocery List Printable

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Turkey on Ciabatta with Sun-Dried Tomato Aioli

Tuesday:  Hummus-Crusted Chicken

Wednesday:  Italian Sausage and Rosemary Spaghetti

Thursday:  My husband’s birthday:  He’s requesting Marinated Grilled Steak, Baked Potatoes and BLT Chopped Salad with Corn, Feta and Avocado

Friday:  Leftover buffet

Saturday:  Caprese Tortilla Pizzas

Sunday:  YOYO (you’re on your own)

I hope you all have a great week!


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One of my favorite menu planning resources:

  Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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9 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ July 7/14

  1. 1
    Cathy @ Chief Family Officer says

    I’m going to have to try that salad – sounds like my hubby would like it too. Thanks as always for hosting!

  2. 2
    Janet says

    The cupcakes and biscuits look good. Sorry you weren’t able to enjoy them. Your husband’s birthday meal sounds delicious. Have a great week!

  3. 4
    Keri says

    Oh, we love that BLT salad! Now I kind of want to change my plan… 😉

  4. 5
    Whitney @ Come Home For Comfort says

    I picked up a package of Italian sausage for $2 at the grocery store this morning…that Italian sausage spaghetti is going on my menu! Yum.

  5. 6
    CraftyHope says

    Your menu is making my tummy rumble, especially that salad for your hubby’s birthday. YUM!!

  6. 7
    BeBetsy says

    Hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. Thanks for hosting a great party!

    Best Wishes,
    Denise & Aubrie

  7. 8
    Pat @ Elegantly, Gluten-Free says

    Hi Laura –
    Your cupcakes and biscuits look beautiful. I’d like to have an attitude more like yours when my gluten-free baking experiments don’t come out quite right 🙂
    That’s a tempting menu you posted, too!
    Have a great week —


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