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What’s for dinner next week??!?! (A few Pinterest picks!)


Last post I talked about “meal planning”, a friend asked about  a 1 week meal plan. I really liked that idea, I have done it one other time ~ them promptly forgot about it! I was going to try to make it something I did occasionally. Whooops!!! Let’s try it again!!

I will include a grocery list as well.  THIS post will be unique, FULL of Pinterest recipes, have you heard of Pinterest? HAHAHAHAAHAHA. Right?!?!? It is pretty cool. Here is favoritefamilyfoods Pinterest page.  Most of the below recipes will be new for my family ~ some unique and some pretty basic ones! Sound fun?? I will update recipe successes and fails in a few weeks! (You too!! Let me know what you try!)

Here are 6 meal options and a few extra nummies!! Happy Cooking ((and baking!!!)) Sunday noon is not included in here. Sunday night is usually leftovers or nachos or pizza, so that is also not included. I do not always use all 6 meals I plan for, as we might have a leftover sporgazboard night!!! (OR time gets away and suddenly grilled cheese in on the table. It works.) That extra meal(s) will just roll to the next week!

Let me know if you are cookin’ with me next week!!! Or EVEN just picking a few things to try! Either way LET’S have fun!!!

The Extras~
Loaded M&M Cookie Bars
Shredded Wheat Snack Mix
The Best Cinnamon Swirl Bread ~ I am planning on making a half batch. (For lunches or breakfasts.)
Cinnamon Rolls (for Sunday morning)

Meal Option #1
Baked Chicken Fajitas
Butter Baked Rice
Spicy Cauliflower Stir-Fry  (honest, not sure if the kids will like this….I might have good ol’ can of green beans too!! 😉 )

Meal Option #2
Chicken Marsala
Potatoes (prepare as your family enjoys!!)
Roasted Broccoli

Meal Option #3
Parmesan Meatloaf
Pasta?!?!? to serve under the meatloaf?!?! Maybe. Not sure yet.
Salad (Subbing in mandarin oranges for the strawberries)
Naked Pizza ~ (great name! HA!!) I am thinking I am going to try it with dried seasonings (NOT fresh basil), more my families style.

Meal Option #4
Cheesy Ranch Chicken
Southwest Chicken Chop Salad

Meal Option #5
Sloppy Joe Grilled Cheese
Cheesy Garlic Fries In Foil

Meal Option #6
Pepperoni Pizza Loaf
applesauce or salad

THANKS to those who shared some of these recipes with me! 🙂 Looking forward to trying them out!!! 

~Now the grocery list. You will have to let me know if anyone uses this, or finds it helpful. REMEMBER, YOU PROBABLY ALREADY HAVE MOST OF THIS STUFF IN YOUR HOUSE. Don’t be scared by its length!

~ IF making the full batch of bread, you will need 18 c. flour JUST for that. Keep that in mind.

~ Forgive me if I have forgotten anything. I have tried hard not too.

~ I did not add applesauce or salad ingredients to go with the pizza roll. So add that if you want too!

~ A little heavy on the chicken this week….it was on sale!!! 🙂


thyme, salt, pepper, parsley, garlic salt, oregano, garlic powder, sea salt, crushed red pepper, cinnamon, chili powder, cumin, basil, Italian seasoning

olive oil, oil, butter, cornstarch, sugar, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, flour (A LOT, if making the full batch of cinnamon bread), powdered sugar, yeast, eggs, brown sugar, vanilla, mayo, hot sauce, honey, ketchup, mustard, soft spread butter, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice

pasta sauce, bread crumbs, 1 env. Italian dressing mix, 1 env. Ranch dressing mix, 1 env. taco seasoning, Ranch dressing, Marsala wine, 14 oz.(ish) beef broth, 14 oz. (ish) chicken broth, Ramon noodle pkg, walnuts, long grain white rice, 8 oz. sliced pepperoni, 1 can mushrooms, 1 can mandarin oranges (if not using strawberries), picked pepper rings, small can black olives, 15 oz. diced tomatoes, 4 oz. can diced green chilies, tortillas, whole wheat bread, Oreos, M&M’s (1/2 c.), can of black beans, tortilla chips, 15 oz. pizza sauce, spoon size shredded wheat, popcorn, pretzels, mixed nuts (or peanuts)

about 4 lb chicken (boneless skinless chicken), 1 lb ground beef, 1 lb. ground turkey

1/2 c. Italian cheese blend (or mozzarella would be fine), 2 c. shredded mozzarella, 2-3 c. shredded cheddar, 8 sliced cheddar cheese (or 1 more c. shredded), fresh Parmesan cheese, sour cream

corn, Rhodes bread dough, vanilla ice cream

fresh mushrooms, head of lettuce, head of Romaine lettuce, green onion bunch, strawberries (if not using mandarins), 2 limes, 3 green peppers, red pepper, 2 onions, cilantro bunch, 1 or garlic bulbs, head of cauliflower, head of broccoli, fresh basil (if using), fresh chives (if using), 4 Roma tomatoes, 2 avocados, 1 lb red potatoes, potatoes (whatever you use to make your mashed potatoes + any extra ingredients needed for those!)



Meal Planning ~ A One Week Menu (March) ~ PLUS a few new recipes, scroll down to find them!


Meal Planning. Hum.

Some of us figure out what we are eating for dinner at 5:00 pm. Some of us figure out what we are eating 5:00 am….. a week ago.  Some of us figure it out that day. Some of us figure it out while we are in the store. Some of us figure it out when we look in the fridge to see what there is. Some of us figure it out the day before.

Whenever you “figure it out” is fine, it probably works for you! If someone would make me figure out dinner at 5 pm, THAT . same. day, I would probably stand there like a dip with my chin on the floor. NOT knowing what to do.

I thought it might be fun to share a menu plan and a grocery list. Maybe it will help you on a BUSY week. I know it will help me! Let me know if you like this or not, then I know better if I should do it again! THANKS!!

Some notes as to how this will flow.

  • I am not going to assume you will follow this “plan” exactly, we all cook our own ways, I just thought it might be fun. Feel free to sub in your families favorite meal in place of one of these. 
  • I plan (usually) 5 meals per week. That leaves room for a leftover night and a “hey honey can we have____?” night. Should they arise. If there are no leftovers or no requests, then I have a file of stand by recipes in my mind. (Ex. ~ box o’ noodles and jarred sauce or eggs and toast. 😉 )
  • If you have a busy day, then meal planning allows you to prep dinner for the busy day on a less busy day. Usually there is some aspect to every meal (if not all of it) that you can do a day or two ahead. I am including a grocery list. Just in case that is helpful.
  • I am really not good at the “serving” amounts. I make one batch (unless marked otherwise) of each of these recipes for my family, this will usually leave us with some leftovers.
  • I will label this as “March” because I cook differently as per season.

The Menu!!

The “extras” ~ cause we all NEED ’em!
* Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies ~ we all need a sweet!
* “Buttermilk” Pancakes.
* Lunch Box Sandwich Rolls ~ recipe below.

Dinner # 1.
* Slow Cooked Chicken Caesar Sandwiches. (I double this recipe for my family.)
* Olive Floret Salad.

Dinner # 2.
* Crock Pot Lasagna ~ recipe below.
* Strawberry Lettuce Salad.
* Garlic Toast ~ recipe below.

Dinner # 3.
* Bacon Cheese Topped Chicken.
* Butter Baked Rice.
* Vegetable side of YOUR choice!

Dinner # 4.
*Ranch Pork Chops.
*Mashed Potatoes (however your family enjoys them!)
* Kid’s Favorite Green Beans.

Dinner # 5.
* PIZZA!!! (Feel free to use your family’s favorite!!!)

Some New Recipes!!

Crock Pot Lasagna

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Crock Pot Lasagna 

Grab the recipe here. It is really easy.  Really good. (Feel free to “doctor” up the jarred sauce a bit ~ if that is your thing.  I also added some onions and green pepper to the beef.) (This recipe seems flexible enough to add the things your family enjoys ~ ex. spinach, meat free, homemade sauce. Just be sure there is enough liquid to cook the noodles!!) Thanks Mandi for a yummy recipe!

Garlic Toast 

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I am sure you have all already been making this your whole life. BUT just. in case. it is new to you, here is the recipe!!!

* You can use really any bread ~ french bread, sandwich bread, hot dog/hamburger buns, bagels, english muffins, and on and on!!!

* You can top with Italian Seasoning and/or mozzarella cheese as well!  You REALLY cannot go wrong!

* This Garlic Toast is fantastic served with Italian dishes or soup.

Garlic Toast 
bread of choice
garlic powder
Parmesan cheese

Spread your bread on one side liberally with butter, sprinkle with garlic powder and top with some Parmesan cheese. Broil till browned. Serve. Enjoy!

Lunch Box Pinwheels

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Another recipe that you can make your “own”!! Add whatever meats, cheeses and spices that your kids will enjoy! I usually try to keep it simple, so as not to scare them!! You can also include a dipper ~ such as Ranch Dressing or Pizza Sauce.

Yields 12 Pinwheels.

Lunch Box Pinwheels 

1/2 c. warm milk
1/4 c. warm water
1/8 c. olive oil
1 1/2 c. flour
1/2 c. wheat flour
1 TB. sugar
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/4 tsp. yeast

1/2 lb. deli ham
2 c. cheese  (I use a mixture of cheddar and mozzarella)
sprinkle of oregano.

Parmesan cheese
sprinkle of Italian seasoning

Prepare the dough, I like to use my bread machine. Or use your mixer or knead by hand. To mix by hand ~ Combine the warm milk and water, add the yeast. Let set for 5 minutes.  Add the oil, salt, sugar, and 1 c. flour. Mix. Add the rest of the flours and knead for 6-8 minutes. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.

When dough is done, roll it into a rectangle (about 12″ x 14″ or so). Spread the cheese, then top with ham and sprinkle with oregano.  Roll up (like cinnamon rolls) ~ cut into 1″ slices and place (cut side down) on a greased cookie sheet.

Cover (I use plastic wrap that I sprayed with cooking spray) ~ let rise for 30-40 minutes. Till doubled. Bake @ 375° for about 15-18 minutes. Either serve right away or cool to pack in lunches.

Grocery List!!

I have listed everything, (hopefully) down to the salt and pepper. I am sure you have a lot of this stuff already ~ so your list should not be THIS long!!!

(If there is not an amount listed behind the ingredient, then the amount needed is not more than a few tsp’s or TB’s.)

Pantry Items. 

yeast (1 1/2 tsp.)
brown sugar (1 c.)
white sugar (about 1 3/4 c.)
baking powder
baking soda
vanilla extract
cream of tartar
flour (about 8 c.)
wheat flour (1/2 c.)
corn meal (3 TB.)
vegetable oil (about 1 1/2 c.)
olive oil (about 1/4 c.)
peanut butter (1/4 c.)
shortening (butter or regular ~ 3/4 c.)
chocolate chips (about 1 c.)
Peanut Butter chips ~ found by chocolate chips (about 1 c.)
red wine vinegar (2 TB.)
soy sauce
black olives (about 1/2 c.)
Italian Dressing (1 c.)
1 env. dry Italian Dressing Mix
1 env. dry Ranch Dressing Mix
Caesar Dressing (1-2 c.)
Dijon mustard (1/2 c.)
honey (1/2 c.)
parsley (dried is fine)
Italian Seasoning
garlic salt
Ramon Noodles ( 1 pkg.)
walnuts (1 c.)
long grain rice (1 c.)
1 can chicken broth (or 2 bouillon cubes+ 1 3/4 c. water)
1 can cream soup
pizza sauce (amount depending on how much sauce you like, I would grab 2 cans ~ the 15 oz. size)
1 lb. box of bow tie pasta
2 jars of spaghetti sauce
1/2 c. white wine (or 1/2 c. chicken broth)
lemon juice (1/2 tsp.)

Refrigerated Items.

eggs (2)
milk ( just over 2 c.)
1 lb. butter
cottage cheese (1 large container)
Feta cheese (1 c.)
Parmesan cheese (about 1 1/2 c.)
5-6 c. mozzarella cheese
2 c. cheddar cheese


8 chicken breasts
1/2 lb. deli  ham
1 lb. Italian Sausage
1 lb. ground beef (or turkey or chicken)
4 pork chops
bacon (8 strips)


8 buns
bread needed for Garlic Toast, any kind


head of cauliflower
head of broccoli
2 c. cherry tomatoes
2 med. carrots
Romaine lettuce
8 c. ice burg lettuce
1/2 c. green onions
2 c. mushrooms
1 head of garlic
(veggies for pizza, opt.)
(vegetable side dish, your choice)
(potatoes for your kinda mashed potatoes)