Menu Plan Monday – Dec 1, 2014



I am joining Menu Plan Monday hosted by Org Junkie and What’s for Dinner? Menu Planning Linkup hosted by Jill Conyers and Mommy Run Fast this week to share what we’re eating. The only topic I like to chat about as much as books is food!

I did pretty well following my menu plan last week and managed on cooking without leaving the house into the madness of grocery stores during the holiday. That being said, we are out of milk today so I need to go shopping sooner rather than later. I hope you all had a wonderful holiday. We had a tasty one, the Bacon Cheese Ball was a new favorite appetizer and the leftover steak made into Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches was excellent, if I do say so myself.


This Week’s Menu Plan:


Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki from This Silly Girl’s Life, fried rice using leftover ham from Thanksgiving and sauteed broccoli


Ham and cheese biscuit cups

Baked Spaghetti, salad and garlic bread


Cinnamon Swirl Bread and Cream Cheese with fruit

Chicken Shwarma Pita Sandwiches and Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes


Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal

Baked Chicken Nuggets and “You’re Eating Veggies Sucker” Cheddar Cheese Soup


Yogurt, fruit and cereal parfaits



Homemade pizza night


Blueberry Muffins from Cooking Classy

Slow Cooker Orange Chicken with rice and stir fried vegetables


French toast with fruit

Slow Cooker Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles

Menu Planning Tools

I purchased the Plan to Eat Menu Planning Tool during the Black Friday sale to get a year’s subscription for $19.50. The sale ends today so stop by and get yours! I love it, it took longer to write this blog post than to put the recipes in the Plan to Eat menu planner and create a shopping list!

I created a couple weekly planner printables to incorporate my menu plans into my week. Check them out and download for free if it will help you with your weekly goal and menu planning.

Free Weekly Planner printable with menu planner based on 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Free Weekly Planner Printable with Menu Plan, Daily Goals and Small Victories & Gratitude Tracker


What’s on your menu plan for this week? What do you have cooking for Thanksgiving? Are you hosting or traveling?


  1. I’m really enjoying these–it may take me a week to read thru all the ideas! but I know I will definitely try a version of the pumpkin pie oatmeal. I eat oatmeal probably 5 or 6 days out of 7, and I have a can of pumpkin puree that didn’t end up being pie after all this year, so pumpkin oatmeal will be a nice change.

    On the subject of menu planning, I used to do more of it, but now i tend to cook in cycles: I have 4 or 5 favorite recipes that get rotated in frequently (this year it’s been turkey burger variations) and the remaining days, it’s just something very plain, or we go out when possible to our favorite diner. 🙂 But thanks for all the plan ideas!

    1. Breakfasts are so hard for me. I go to bed too late and have trouble getting out of bed because the morning pain/stiffness is the worst. I still haven’t made the biscuit cups or the oatmeal. What are your favorite turkey burger recipes? We tend to go in cycles too but I always like trying a few new recipes.

  2. I tried meal planning and really don’t understand it. I mean I guess it was nice to not be trying to figure out dinner, but I tend to have a well stocked pantry because I shop sales, so fly by the seat of my pants seems to work. Is there something I am missing?

    1. I just like knowing ahead of time what I am going to make, waiting till the last minute when kids and I are already hungry doesn’t work well for me. We have to eat early some days and late others depending on kids activities. While I have a well stocked pantry too there is usually something I need to complete a dish, even if its just fresh meat. I do slow cooker meals a couple times so those have to be done earlier in the day. My energy levels are pretty depleted by the time dinner prep comes around too because of my RA. I am a planner by nature so for me I am more likely to get dinner on the table if I know what I am going to make each day. I am a recipe hoarder too, I have to have a recipe at least the first few times I make a dish. Can’t rely on my awful memory to throw something together, that’s just a recipe for disaster 🙂

    1. Thanks Rosa. They are delicious and even tastier as leftovers. I pack up the components for hubby’s lunch and he can toast the pita and assemble it at work.

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