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Weekly Menu

The last few weeks have been a whirlwind of social interaction.  I’ve spent my days away from my comfy home and cuddly dog to take classes with my daughter, catch $1 movies with other homeschool families, and go visiting.  Last weekend we had company over, and I decided to serve lasagna because it is so easy to make.  My husband suggested I make two lasagnas–just in case.  He promised me he would take any leftovers to work for lunch.  And then he further enticed me by saying, “We can have it for dinner again and then you wouldn’t have to cook.”  Sold!

Needless to say, we had way too much lasagna.  Two days ago, I asked him if he wanted quesadillas or penne with meatballs for dinner and his answer was, “I’ve had pasta for the past five days!”  As if it was MY idea to make two dishes of lasagna.  So, in typical knee-jerk reaction, I planned out my menu for the week.  I haven’t done so for months because I kind of like flying by the seat of my pants, which you really need to do, anyway, when you’ve bloomed into a social butterfly.  Last night, was the first night I cooked from my menu, and I realized that this whole week will be filled with lots of cooking and lots of dish washing.  Oh well, what’s a girl to do other than document such madness and post it on the internet for perfect strangers to read about. 🙂

So here is this week’s menu along with where I got the recipes.  You may note that I am a fan of Ina Garten–that and I was too lazy to look through any of my other cookbooks for ideas.  Oh, and for breakfasts we usually have some kind of bacon and eggs concoction to which I could probably dedicate another post.  I plan on posting pictures of these meals throughout the week, but I might be too busy washing dishes between my socializing…we shall see.

Lunches:

Grilled Aged White Cheddar with Apple Slices and Jalapenos on Sourdough Bread (local paper)

Leftover Meatloaf Sandwiches

Bibb Salad – The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook (TBCC)

Warm Goat Cheese Salad – Barefoot Contessa Parties!

Mozzarella, Tomato, Pesto Panini – TBCC  (This will be a stretch since I need to make my own pesto from basil in my garden AND bake my own panini.)

Greek Salad

Dinners:

Turkey Meatloaf with Smash Potatoes and corn salad – TBCC

Perfect Roast Chicken, Provencal Potato Salad – TBCC – and Sweet Hawaiian Rolls

Sloppy Joes  – The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger – and Beets with Orange Vinaigrette – TBCC

Chicken with Morels – Barefoot in Paris – Sugar Snap Peas with Sesame and Mustard Roasted Potatoes – TBCC

Desserts:

all from – Barefoot Contessa at Home

Frozen berries with Hot White Chocolate

Chocolate Cupcakes with Peanut Butter Icing

Peach and Blueberry Crumbles

Summer Fruit Crostata

I usually plan 8 dinners per weekly menu, but have since learned to allow for leftovers.  Otherwise, we throw out too much food.  And for four people, this menu could easily serve us for two weeks when leftovers morph into another meal.  Also, any of these dinners could serve company with a few extra sides.

Enjoy your weekend!