Happy Monday! I’m excited to be sharing another weekly menu plan with all of you today. Knowing what I’m making for dinner ahead of time not only saves me time and money at the grocery store, it really helps me keep my sanity at what is often a difficult time of day. (Moms, I know you know ALL about the “witching hour!”)
This week was full of easy yet crowd-pleasing meals. Sometimes I get so caught up in wanting to try new recipes that I forget to plan our favorites (and those are often the meals everyone is the most excited to eat!)
Hope your week is full of fun, family time, and good food.

Sunday: Mini-Thanksgiving! 

I still had some leftover turkey that I had frozen from Thanksgiving, and wanted to use it up before it lost it’s battle with freezer burn. =) I re-heated the turkey, made mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, and green beans. Yes, that’s a lot of carbs, and yes, it was delicious!


Monday: Chicken Breasts, Creamy Cheddar & Broccoli Noodles, Potato Rolls

This was a truly comforting dinner. I love pasta recipes that include vegetables – such an easy way to get even picky kids to eat their veggies! And man oh man – potato rolls are such a delicious way to use up leftover mashed potatoes!!


Tuesday: Pancakes & Applesauce

My kids and I spent the morning at the Oregon Zoo. It was super chilly and rained nearly the whole time, BUT it was marvelously empty and the animals we were able to see so many of the animals up close. After a field trip and an afternoon of school, I was okay with making a simple dinner.

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Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, Cherry Pie Jello, Peas & Carrots

We’ve discovered after sampling all of the pre-made grocery store sloppy joe sauces, that we prefer to make our own. One of these days, I’ll get around to posting our recipe. I love to put cheese and pickles on my sloppy joes! (And always get the Adam Sandler song in my head when I make them! Tell me I’m not the only one!)

Cherry Pie Jello is one of my all-time favorite side dishes and my absolute favorite jello recipe. It. Is. Amazing. The texture is incredible and the added flavor of the cherries is just delicious. You must try it!!

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Thursday: Pizza Grilled Cheese (recipe coming soon!!!)

This was a total experiment that really worked!! We are a pizza-loving family, and I wanted to mix it up this week.

Want a few more ideas to change-up pizza night? Check out my (super-old but still full of good ideas but no pictures!) post on how to make pizza night more interesting: Not Your Mama’s Pizza: 5 New Ways to Make an Old Favorite


Friday: Girl’s Night Out

Like I said the other day in my post: Getting Honest About Motherhood – this mom thing isn’t easy, and it isn’t selfish to give yourself a break. It was so good (and so needed!) to get out of the house on my own and have dinner with some friends. I had amazing Barbacoa Nachos!


Saturday: Meatball Subs, Oven Fries, Disney’s Apple Caramel Pie

Meatball subs are one of our favorites, and you can’t go wrong with oven fries! Once a week I like to make a special dessert – and this apple pie was so unique. Being huge fans of Disney AND the recipe creator – The Six Sisters, I was eager to give this pie a try. Everyone loved it!


Ready to learn more about meal planning? You might like my Step by Step Guide to Meal Planning. You can also check out all of the Weekly Menu Archives! (You can always find my menus under the Resources tab! There are so many posts archived on the blog. Don’t miss out!)

Try something on this week’s menu? Did something spark an idea? Leave me a comment and let me know!