Monday, November 11, 2013

Menu Plan Monday 2013 ~ Week of November 11th

I apologize for skipping the past few Menu Plan Monday posts.  Busy weekends have been running into our Mondays keeping me away from my desk and computer.  Even now, I'm supposed to be out running errands, but Joe ran to work for a little bit this morning giving me a few hours before our hectic day begins. Grace is snuggled on the couch with some breakfast while Shrek the Halls is in the DVD player.  That should keep her busy long enough for me to share our menu plan for this week!  

The upcoming weeks will be getting even more hectic with holiday planning.  While our Thanksgiving dinner is relatively easy (especially since Joe takes care of preparing the turkey), I'll be stressing over my lists for Christmas baking, Christmas dinner and all of the holiday shopping.  It's not helping matters that I am trying to cut out the Diet Pepsi (yet again) and have been drinking decaf iced tea without any sweetener.  Although I enjoy the iced tea, I am definitely feeling the lack of caffeine since late Friday. 

Busy days paired with lack of energy is the inspiration for this weeks easy menu plan.  

Fend for Yourself Night
This is something new we've been trying lately.
This usually means that I'll be eating a salad, Grace will be having spaghetti
and Joe will find something leftover in the fridge to heat in the microwave.
It's been easier for me to eat healthier when we do this at mealtime.
Plus, less dishes!  So clean up is a breeze
when dinner is done!
I'll be sharing my favorite salad with y'all
later this week!  


Crock Pot Chicken Stew
I have chicken leftover from the weekend
that I will turn into a delicious stew in the crock pot!  
Perfect for these chilly fall days!  


Potato Bacon Corn Chowder  
We've been eating a lot of mashed potatoes in recent weeks.
I've made sure to make enough to turn into soup each time!
I doubled the last pot of soup and put some in the freezer
so dinner will be a breeze tonight!


Leftover Night 


Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
In keeping with the easy theme of the week,
I'll be putting my crock pot to work
for a second time this week!
This recipe is so simple and
will keep us fed for a few nights!
I'll probably freeze half of the recipe
for later in the month!  


Pasta e Fagioli 
I made a big pot of this hearty soup
a few weeks ago and put enough for
at least 2 nights in the freezer!
(I'll be sharing this recipe soon!) 

Fend for Yourself Night 
We'll be out and about for most of this day,
and I'm sure there will be a fridge full of leftovers
by the end of the weekend.  

Now that you know what we're eating this week, let us know in the comments what's for dinner at your house this week! Or, if you need more menu planning inspiration? Follow me over to Menu Plan Monday hosted by I'm an Organizing Junkie! Or, if you like what you see here, you can check out my past menu plans.

You can also find this week's menu plan linked to On the Menu Monday hosted by Yvonne at Stone Gable. If you haven't checked out Yvonne's blog before, I suggest you drop everything and head on over to check out her delicious recipes, inviting tablescapes and stunning photographs!

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