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Midweek Meal Planning 3/3/16


Welcome back to Midweek Meal Planning for the week of 3/3/16! It’s more traditional to meal plan on the weekend, but since our Chicago grocery deals mostly flip on Wednesdays and since midweek is when many of us start to run out of steam, we buck the trend here. In Midweek Meal Planning, we plan dinners for the rest of the week while also looking back to see how we’ve done so far.

Midweek Meal planning


Watch for this Spicy Asparagus Roll-Ups recipe on Sunday! I actually made these at lunchtime one day, then had some of the leftovers for dinner on Monday — they reheated quite nicely in the toaster oven.

Here’s our week

  • Sunday: Grilled salmon with potato & cauliflower packets, fruit.
  • Monday: Leftovers.
  • Tuesday: Chili, salad, broccoli, garlic bread, fruit.
  • Wednesday: Leftover chili.
  • Thursday: Rotisserie chicken from Costco with the last of the salad & roasted chile-lime potatoes — I might throw some cauliflower in there for MashupDad and see how that works, too.
  • Friday: Spicy chicken with the $.49/lb leg quarters from Pete’s & clearance Frank’s RedHot sauce from ALDI. (Since MashupDad only likes white meat, he’ll have leftover Costco chicken.) Roasted asparagus, fruit.
  • Saturday: We may be going out to dinner with family — if not, I’ll figure it out! 😉

Your turn

How’s your week of meal planning going? Are you cooking mostly out of your pantry, or are you taking advantage of this week’s grocery sales? Let’s inspire each other!

And if you’re looking for additional inspiration, read all the Midweek Meal Planning posts and others’ comments here.


Friday 4th of March 2016

I did pretty well this week planning out the week ahead of time (pat pat on my back) Monday: Turkey breast (from clearance after thanksgiving or christmas it was just a breast with bones, have never bought or made one like this just missing the legs and wings, a little weird, but... was super moist and everyone said better than thanksgiving turkey, I made in the crock pot after thawed with nothing added but salt and pepper) sweet potatoes baked chunks, carrots and peas. Tuesday: Breakfast for dinner, scrambled eggs, sausage patties, homestyle potatoes. Wednesday: Leftover turkey as hot turkey sandwiches, home made gravy, mashed potatoes, peas. Thursday: Bow tie buttered pasta and seasonings, chicken nuggets and leftover turkey breast, costco kale/broccoli bag salad, broccoli steamed. Friday: Date night, fundraiser dinner. Saturday: Probably pizza. Sunday: Not sure yet :-) ok so the week was good!


Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Sun. - Homemade hash browns (Pioneer Woman recipe), eggs, kielbasa (cut so that it lies flat, cooked/fried) Mon. - Spicy Cheeseburger Soup, Taste of Home, April 1999, p. 28, (has hamburger, chicken broth, potatoes, shredded carrots, onion, green pepper, one jalapeno, milk, cheese, turkey bacon and some other stuff I can't remember) Tues. - Bacon Cheeseburger Spaghetti, Simple and Delicious, April 2009, p 36 - I cut down the "sauce" to be only 1 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup BBQ sauce, 1/4 cup mustard and remaining the same. I had made this a few years ago and did only 3 ounces of spaghetti instead of 10 ounces, but this time I made it with 10 ounces with less sauce and it was great. This has dill pickles in it, bacon (I used turkey), hamburger, etc. I really enjoyed this recipe Wed. - Turkey ham (baked in oven) and baked potatoes and green beans, salad Thurs. - Spanish Chicken with Chorizo and Potatoes - a Nigella Lawson recipe. I don't know if I copied down the wrong cooking temp., but I had it at 425 degrees. Stuff was burning after half an hour. Next time, I'll cut it down to 350....but it had chicken thighs, onion, potatoes, oregano, orange zest (I only had OJ concentrate - used 1 Tbsp, adding 1/2 T. water), crumbly beef chorizo (that was the burnt part - next time will add it halfway through) - this was good, but hard to tell with the burnt stuff flavor Fri - Whole chicken, McCormick card recipe spices from something else (like rosemary, thyme and marjoram? - will put onto the chicken), mashed potatoes, gravy, salad Sat. - Italian Meatballs Seasoning (I will sub the bread with seasoned salad croutons), from Quick Cooking, June 30, 2003, p. 33; will put meatballs with jarred spaghetti sauce; French bread with garlic butter and cheese, salad Sun. - Turkey brats on hot dog buns (ketchup, mustard, onions), tomato soup


Thursday 3rd of March 2016

LOL really? I have seen bacon cheeseburger pizza but never spaghetti, that's a new one -- I bet my junior high kid would appreciate. :)


Thursday 3rd of March 2016

Sunday: sandwiches Monday: tortellini with Mario Battalli sauce from Jewel BOGO I got the Arrabiatta which was way too spicy, salad Tues: chicken stir fry chicken breast from Caputos $1.79lb, Wed: turkey meatloaf (found ground turkey atJewel on clearance for .99/llb and took all six) Trisha Yearwood recipe also used bacon from past Jewel sale, mashed potatoes I found eggs too for $1.79 with $1 off sticker so I am stocked! Thurs: chicken burrito bowls with 3 ingredient chicken in freezer and homemade guacamole with Aldi avocados Fri: thinking about a pot roast Sat: homemade pizza