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Weekly Meal Plan

Weekly Meal PlanThe season for soups and stews is coming to a close.  Don’t get me wrong – I’m not complaining that summer is coming – it’s just that I love making a double batch of bean soup or a hearty stew, freezing half of it and having an easy dinner in the freezer.  It’s a little feather in my cap when it comes to meal planning!  During the summer, I still serve lots of beans but usually it’s with a salad or in hummus.   That’s about the only way I like cold beans unless it’s a camping mishap and we have no choice but to eat cold beans.

Weekly Meal Plan

This meal plan is from Monday, April 9, 2012 to Sunday, April 15, 2012.

Monday:  fish, brown rice, roasted cauliflower

Tuesday:  white bean, kale and ground pork soup (from freezer)

Wednesday:  white bean, kale and ground pork soup (leftovers)

Thursday:  pinto beans and cheese burritos with fresh salsa

Friday:  pork chops and beet salad

Saturday:  homemade pizza with spinach, mushrooms and artichokes

Sunday:  homemade pizza with mushrooms, onions and pepperoni

I totally miscalculated how much soup was left in the freezer and we barely had enough for the second night.  On Wednesday, we each had a cup of soup and we also had a big green salad with greens from our garden (pictured above).  I cooked 2 1/2 pounds of beans for Thursday night because there were 3 teenage boys at our house for dinner and a sleepover.  I couldn’t believe how many burritos went down and the beans were a big hit!  I still had plenty of beans to freeze.  Pinto beans have more flavor on their own after cooking all day in the crock pot compared to any other beans I regularly cook.

Weekly Meal Plan

My daughter made dinner Friday night and my son made the pizza on Saturday night.  I made the pizza dough with a sourdough starter that I was recently given and it was so much better than the pizza dough I usually make.  The sourdough starter really makes a difference.  My recipe makes enough for two large pizzas.  I’m testing how it freezes next.  Look for the recipe coming soon!

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

Related Links:
Kids and cooking can be found here
Confessions of a leftover food lover can be found here
How to avoid wasting food in the kitchen can be found here
Meal planning for campers

3 thoughts on “Weekly Meal Plan

  1. I really enjoy your blog! You have great ideas and your menu planning gets me off my old standbys so I try new things. Thanks! Have a good weekend.


    1. Thanks Ruthie!! I’m afraid my meal planning starts to look the same, too. At least we’re eating at home!


  2. ooo – I want the pizza dough recipe! Takeout pizza and frozen pizza are fairly regular meals at our house and I would love to find a recipe my kids would like so I could make it myself at home. They have rejected all of my previous efforts. I know – they sound like brats, but they are really aren’t.


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