As everyone finishes their preparations for Christmas, here are some dinner ideas for your family. Easy peasy lemony squeezy my daughter would say. We are trying to do our best to use up what’s in the fridge and pantry in the coming weeks so we can start the New Year with a clean slate.

Monday: Shrimp and Feta (from the Dinner a Love Story cookbook)

Tuesday: Grilled steak tips, corn and Israeli couscous

Wednesday: Christmas Eve party at the neighbors

Thursday: Christmas ham, corn pudding, green salad and fresh bread.

Friday: Ham frittata and any other leftovers

Saturday: Eye of the Round Roast, potatoes and peas.


I encourage everyone to enjoy the next few days and try to avoid feeling like you need to “get” through the week. This is a time to slow down and enjoy the wonder of this holiday and see it through your children’s eyes. Merry Christmas and thank you to all my readers who motivate me to share my little thoughts here.

Monday meal plan to help organize family dinner

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.


After an amazing trip to San Francisco, it’s back to reality and making dinner. Last year this post for easy summer dinners was a big hit and we are starting to work of this list again. I can see our dinners slowly moving into the pattern of something grilled and a salad on the side.

The kids favorite meals involve “making” something themselves. I’m going to try out some new taco themes and see if they work for everyone. This week will have a fish taco night, future weeks will include a greek and mexican themed dinners.

On the Menu…

Monday~ Cobb salad. The kids like hard boiled eggs so I’m going to see if this could be a new summer dinner for us. It’s an easy meatless meal for a summer night if you leave out the chicken.

bbq chicken cobb salad

Isn’t this salad beautiful?! {source}

Tuesday~ Fish Taco Night.

Wednesday~ Pulled pork sandwiches. The kids are always ravenous after swim class so I need dinner ready. Now.

Thursday~ Grilled Chicken with Barley Corn Salad. The perfect recipe to use up the red onion, avocado and cilantro in the fridge.

Friday~ Pizza night!

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.



How can my week ahead not be fun when my itinerary includes Cookie Monster? What’s sillier is that my kids won’t even be with me. I’m off to San Francisco for the PBS annual meeting. As a PBS Kids blogger, I was lucky enough to be included.

In order to prep the household for my departure, I planned lots of the kids favorite dinners. Plus the prep is easy enough for Grandma, who thankfully is filling for me.

M- Hamburgers, corn and coleslaw
T- Honey Balsamic Drumsticks, steamed zucchini
W- Meatballs in crock pot, spaghetti and spinach salad with strawberries.
T- Chicken cutlets. Chef’s choice!
F- Playgroup pizza party!

Have a great week!


slow cooker honey pulled pork

S- Pizza night. Sausage and mushroom, bacon and blue cheese.
M- Grilled chicken and asparagus, salad
T- Pulled pork sandwiches (Image and recipe from Just A Taste)
W- Chicken Nuggets
T- Fish tacos- we are taste testing some recipes from Healthy Habits Kitchen in Wellesley this week.
F- Pizza night

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Oh, March. You have been such a lion. At least we got our fix of cute little lambs this weekend at Drumlin Farms Woolapalooza. Otherwise let’s just turn the page on the calendar and hope for warmer days ahead.

A few of this week’s dinner recipes come from the Dinner: A Love Story book I mentioned in last week’s books I’m reading post. I’ve made two so far (Emily’s Meatloaf and the Pork Roast Ragu) and they were both delicious. I’m most looking forward to seeing how the kids like Spiky Meatballs!

Meal Plan Monday March 31

S- Pork Roast Ragu from Dinner: A Love Story. (Awesome dinner with friends, post kids bedtime. Felt like grown ups for awhile.)

S- Lemon Chicken Stew

M- Clean Out Refrigerator Night

T- Breaded Chicken Cutlets (from D:ALS) , Roasted Asparagus

W- Spiky Meatballs, Salad

T- Dinner Out

F- Pizza Night

S- UCONN Game Night!! Their night at the Final Four calls for Chili and Cornbread. Go Huskies…I have to say that as my husband is a Husky. 😉

Kids are going to love these spiky meatballs!

Kids are going to love these spiky meatballs! Source

What’s on your dinner plan this week? Come back next week to see what’s cooking in April!

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans. Affiliate links are included here. 

I love Sunday mornings when I get to catch a few minutes reading the latest Cooking Light. It’s such a great way to get my meal planning started off on the right foot. Sometimes I want to make everything new, but I realize that one new recipe a week is usually a good place to start.

This week I downloaded the Digimark App and scanned some of my favorite recipes from the magazine to instantly pull up the recipes on my phone. Then I pinned them to my Dinner board so that I can refer back to these new recipes next time I do my meal plan. It really is more efficient than dog earring half the magazine and then ripping pages out later. Note~ There are tons of great chicken breast recipes in the March issue of Cooking Light that I hope to make in future weeks.

Meal Plan March 24-family dinners

Sunday- Burgers on the grill (yum!), spinach salad and coleslaw

Monday~ Chuck roast with sweet potatoes, onions and cinnamon in slow cooker. Egg noodles on the side

Tuesday~ CORN

Wednesday~ Parmesan Pine Nut Chicken Breasts, Green Beans and Rice

Thursday~ Omelets

Friday~ Pizza night

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Back from vacation. Back to meal plan. Back to reality. Now time to get back to unpacking.

Feb Menu Plan

T- My favorite slow cooker meal- Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables from Simple Bites. Served with rice.

W- Madison requested “fish nuggets…since I like chicken nuggets and I like fish.” Will try making them the same way and just reduce the cooking temperature and duration. Served along with Alexis french fries and steamed green beans.

T- Veggie Frittata

F- Sloppy Joe’s in slow cooker.

S- Pizza night

What are some of your favorite slow cooker dinners?

Slow Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables from SimpleBites.

Favorite recipe- Slow Cooker Coconut Ginger Chicken and Vegetables from SimpleBites.

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Oh how I love long weekends. They can be so lazy I forgot Sunday was when I usually write my meal plan. After watching the Patriots lose, it just didn’t feel right to be online. Holed up under a blanket was more like how we were feeling. At least we have friends over to watch the game and had a nice dinner.

As we get our ducks in a row having three young kids, I’m trying to make dinner plans again with friends. We really love entertaining and it was a joy to have friends over for dinner both Saturday and Sunday this weekend. If it means spending less time online and more time face to face, then yes, sign us up. Relationships are what matter and I want to make sure we make an effort to spend more time with friends in 2014.

Here is the dinner menu for the week ahead… Meal Plan Jan 20 via Random Recycling

Also on deck is making strawberry fruit roll ups…which I over baked last time. Kids still ate them but they were more like brittle candy.

For lunch, I may just have to send this one to school and see if I get any questions. Guess why???

disney bento lunch

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Happy Thanksgiving week! And Hanukkah! I don’t envy my friends trying to coordinate both celebrations this week. Planning the Thanksgiving Day menu is enough for me. I will be hosting for the first time {ever} and very excited for the big event. The past few years, I’ve made a full Thanksgiving feast at home after the big day. There is something about having your own special recipes and of course, the leftovers.

Giving Quote

Here is our Thanksgiving Day menu plans

  • Turkey (17 lbs) from our local poultry farm
  • Gravy
  • Stuffing (one with sausage and one without)
  • Cranberry Sauce
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Corn Pudding
  • Fresh Rolls
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Brownies

I’m most excited for my sister and her family to join us on Thanksgiving. After spending five long years away on a military base in Hawaii, they are finally done and moving home the day before the holiday. I am so thankful to watch the cousins play together on the holiday.

Are you hosting Thanksgiving this year? If you need some tips or ideas, you can find a bunch on the Ultimate Thanksgiving Guide on Pinterest. I also loved this blog post on how to host Thanksgiving, and enjoy it. Tons of great ideas for organizing the days before Thursday, recipes and decorating ideas. I’ve printed out this Give Thanks banner and will be setting it up tomorrow. Did you know you can recycle tons of your Thanksgiving day cooking props? Even the aluminum foil that tents the turkey can by recycled.

For the balance of the week, we are keeping things simple on our meal plan.


Autumn Chopped Salad from Iowa Girl Eats

Sunday~ Chopped Autumn Salad with Chicken. A new favorite in the family. The kids version made it onto my Instagram Sunday night.

Monday~ Spaghetti and meatballs, green beans.

Tuesday~ Chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries and annie’s shell.

Wednesday~ Omelets/C.O.R.N. to make room for the big turkey!

Thanksgiving~ yummy goodness all day

Friday~ Turkey sandwiches. It’s the only time of the year I eat country white bread.

What are you doing for the Thanksgiving holiday? Excited to host or excited to visit?

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.

Wait. How did it get to be mid-November so fast? I’m happy Thanksgiving isn’t till next week as I’m just not quite ready for the holiday season to descend upon us full force. I love fall and I don’t want to let it go. Till then, this week’s menu features some family favorites (the kids LOVE taco bar nights) and one of my old favorites I haven’t made in a long time.

Monday Meal Plan Nov 18

Sunday~ Steak, roasted butternut squash and pasta

Monday~ Chicken provencal, rice and spinach salad (kids love raw spinach salads, but won’t touch steamed spinach. Anyone else’s kids do the same?)

Tuesday ~ Taco night with hamburger from our cow delivery.

Wednesday~ Easy ribs in slow cooker, corn and coleslaw {Here is 10 perfect side dishes with ribs}

coleslaw wtih caraway raisins

Thursday~ Omelets

Friday~ Pizza night with homemade dough


What are some of your family’s favorite meals? I find a lot of my inspiration for dinners come from hearing what other parents are making for their family. Please share in the comments any favorites!

If you missed last week’s meal plan, you must try out the Lemon Chicken Stew. It was AMAZING.

For more inspiration, see my past menus here, or the Pinterest board here, or OrgJunkie for a link-up of meal plans.