Weeknight Meal Plans

While the blog includes random notes on weekend meals and occasional sweets, this page delivers the straight scoop on how our weeknight meal plans actually turned out.

Links to recipes can be found in the original blog entries for the weeks featured below.

Week 39 (13 December ’10)

Meatless Monday: Sole roll-ups with Caesar glaze; fresh spinach; spaghetti squash with sundried tomato pesto

Tasty Tuesday: Sicilian stuffed pork tenderloin; roasted yams; arugula salad with fennel and pomegranate seeds

Wednesday: Out  (Zatarain’s Dirty Rice and steamed carrots for the guys)

Thermal Thursday (not): Chicken in Thai Green Curry sauce; basmati rice

Fun Friday:  Dinner with friends

Week 38 (6 December ’10)

Meatless Monday: Salmon burgers; sweet potato fries; arugula salad

Tasty Tuesday: Brazilian black bean and ham s0up

Wednesday: Out (hot dogs and beans for the guys – yowza!)

Thermal Thursday: Baked whole grain penne with eggplant sauce prepped in pressure cooker

Fun Friday:  Steamed Dungeness crabs; spinach salad; french bread

Week 37 (29 November ’10)

Meatless Monday: Shrimp and black bean quesadillas

Tasty Tuesday: Turkey chowder with wild rice, pancetta and crimini mushrooms

Whole Grain Wednesday: Chowder Again!

Thursday:  Pizza and salad

Fun Friday:  Pappardelle with broccoli, pancetta, ham and pinenuts

Week 36 (22 November ’10)

Meatless Monday: Fettuccine with marinara sauce and Trader Joe’s seafood blend

Tasty Tuesday: Pork chops with maple syrup sweet potatoes; steamed brussels sprouts 

Whole Grain Wednesday: Pizza night; green salad

Thursday:  Thanksgiving dinner

Fun Friday:  Scampi fra diavolo; orzo; Mediterranean salad with pomegranate and prosciutto

Week 35 (15 November ’10)

Meatless Monday: Roasted cauliflower with yogurt and mint; pan-grilled salmon

Tasty Tuesday: Red curry chicken with eggplant and basil; rice

Whole Grain Wednesday:  Quinoa beef picadillo

Thermal Thursday:  Kale and sausage soup (pressure cooker)

Fun Friday:  Pan-grilled lamb chops with red potatoes; brussels sprouts

Week 34 (8 November ’10)

Meatless Monday: Broccoli, red pepper, mushroom stirfy with cashews; rice

Tasty Tuesday: Spicy pork and apricot stew (leftover from Sunday); couscous (before dashing to school concert)

Whole Grain (not!) Wednesday: (Boxed) Chicken Enchiladas (grumble … Mom off to business dinner)

Thermal (not!) Thursday: Penne with marinara and ground beef (dad cooks; mom off to business event)

Fun Friday:  Risotto with butternut squash and sausage (pressure cooker); green salad with blue cheese dressing

Week 33 (1 November ’10)

Meatless Monday: Tuscan snapper; sauteed spinach; cornbread

Tasty Tuesday: Beef & bok choy stirfry; rice

Whole Grain (not!) Wednesday: Chanterelle Prosciutto pizza from Pagliacchi; caesar salad

Thermal (not!) Thursday:  Cajun chicken with swiss chard and black-eyed peas; steamed carrots

Fun Friday:  Penn Cove mussels in lemon cream; green salad with balsamic vinaigrette; multigrain baguette – movie night (“Cherry Blossoms”)

Week 32 (25 October ’10)

Meatless Monday: Out of town (I suspect the family ate meat!)

Tasty Tuesday: Frozen lasagna (off to a school concert, no time to cook)

Whole Grain Wednesday: Chicken cutlets with chickpea and pesto salad; brown rice linguine

Thermal Thursday:  Deli rotisserie chicken; wheatberry salad (quicker with the pressure cooker!)

Fun Friday:  Pork tenderloin medallions in Dijon cream sauce; fresh spinach; more wheatberry salad – movie night (“Ondine”)

Week 31 (18 October ’10)

Meatless (not!) Monday: Asian pork shoulder with bok choy (slow cooker); rice

Tasty Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie; brussels sprouts

Whole Grain (not!) Wednesday: Teriyaki-broiled tilapia; Spaghetti squash with snow peas and peanut sauce

Thermal (not!) Thursday:  Caramelized onion and gouda chicken burgers; french fries; broccoli slaw with honey mustard dressing

Fun (not as much) Friday:  Autumn herbed chicken with fennel and winter squash; fresh brussels sprouts; egg noodles – movie night (“Outsourced”)

Week 30 (11 October ’10)

Meatless Monday: Gnocchi with roasted cauliflower; celeriac salad with apples and walnuts

Tasty Tuesday: Zatarain’s Dirty Rice with ground beef; baked cabbage with wine and thyme

Whole Grain Wednesday: (out for Business dinner; guys sigh with relief over baked lasagna)

Thermal Thursday:  (out for dinner with friends; guys make do with deli chicken and salad)

Fun Friday:  Pizza and movie night (“Mary & Max”)

Week 29 (4 October ’10)

Meatless Monday: Thai Broccoli Tofu Stirfry; rice 

Tasty Tuesday: Meatballs and Swiss Chard; sweet potato fries

Whole Grain Wednesday: Kasha with mushrooms; chicken sausages; arugula salad with tomato and pine nuts

Thermal Thursday:  Risotto with ham, peas and gruyere (pressure cooker)

Fun Friday:  Ravioli for the guys; bunco night (took Deborah Madison’s spiced carrot salad)

Week 28 (27 September ’10)

Meatless Monday: Chana dal; swiss chard; rice 

Tasty Tuesday: Chicken with carrots and olives; baked potatoes; salad

Whole Grain Wednesday: (out for school meeting)

Thermal Thursday:  Green bean and potato salad (pressure cooker); chicken sausages

Fun Friday: Family pizza & movie night (“City Island”)

Week 27 (20 September ’10)

Meatless Monday: Tuna and white bean pasta with gremolata bread crumbs; romaine salad w/sliced pears, bleu cheese and balsamic vinaigrette

Tasty Tuesday: Kobe beef burgers; french fries; caesar salad

Whole Grain Wednesday: Many vegetable bulghur pilaf; Aidell’s chicken sausages with artichoke and garlic

Thermal Thursday:  Pork chops with apples and sweet potatoes (pressure cooker); steamed cauliflower

Fun Friday: Family pizza & movie night (“Robin Hood”)

[Summer Hiatus]

Week 26 (12 July ’10)

Monday: Grilled chicken, sliced tomatoes, bulgur and greens gratin

Tuesday: Broccoli rabe, cannellini beans, chicken sausage stew; salad

Wednesday: Dinner out

Thursday:  Buffalo burgers; smoked polish and chicken andouille sausages from Bill the Butcher; steamed green beans and potatoes

Friday: Dinner out

Week 25 (5 July ’10)

Monday: Penne with Radicchio, Spinach and Bacon

Tuesday: Grilled flat iron steak with chimichurri rub; sauteed mushrooms; corn on the cob; green salad

Wednesday:Roast chicken with lemon rosemary garlic rub; sauteed zucchini; leftover pasta

Thursday:  Grilled sockeye salmon with Tom Douglas’ Rub with Love; Catalan-style swiss chard; baked potatoes; Tuscan melon slices

Friday: Caramelized pear and Gorgonzola ravioli; radicchio, spinach and tomato salad with lemon vinaigrette

[Weeks 23-24 – June 21, June 28 — Costa Rica]

Week 22 (14 June ’10)

Monday: Chicken with prosciutto and zucchini; egg noodles

Tuesday: Kobe hamburgers; edamame beans; french fries; green salad

Wednesday: Grilled chicken pesto sausage; cavatelli with pesto; roasted cauliflower; broccoli salad

Thursday:  Airport dinner

Friday: Vacation dinner

Week 21 (7 June ’10)

Monday: Pork and Pineapple Pickup Sticks with savory mint mayonnaise; lentils with sweet potatoes

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with coconut curry marinade; Seeds of Change quinoa; caesar salad

Wednesday: Dinner out

Thursday: Kobe “haute dogs;” black beans with rice; diced mango

Friday: Grilled Sockeye salmon “rubbed with love;” Israeli couscous with pinenuts and parsley; green salad with balsamic vinaigrette

Week 20  (31 May ’10)

Monday: Dinner out – holiday road trip

Tuesday: Zatarain’s Jambalaya Mix with Al Fresco Roasted Garlic Chicken Sausage; green salad

Wednesday: Greek meatloaf with Feta; steamed broccoli; mashed potatoes

Thursday: Salmon burgers; french fries; mixed veggies

Friday: NY strip steaks; romaine salad with radishes, tomatoes, blue cheese and lemon vinaigrette; baked potatoes.

Week 19  (24 May ’10)

Monday: Louisiana-style greens with sausage; custard-filled cornbread

Tuesday: Paprika-spiced porkchops; roasted cauliflower and red peppers with caper vinaigrette; asparagus, potatoes and rice (weekend leftovers) doused with coconut curry sauce.

Wednesday: Baked penne and sausage with marinara sauce, topped with fresh mozzarella; green salad

Thursday: Teriyaki Take-out

Friday: Potluck with the ladies in the ‘hood — Hearts of Palm Spread; Chicken Marbella; Super Slaw

Week 18  (17 May ’10)

Monday: “New” Chicken Parmesan and roasted tomatoes; ditalini pasta dusted with parmesan; green salad.

Tuesday: Spicy Thai Tofu (or tempeh) with Red Bell Peppers; rice.

Wednesday: Spaghetti marinara with Trader Joe’s seafood blend (scallops, shrimp, calamari)

Thursday: Chicken burgers with caramelized onions and gouda; farfalle pasta with pesto sauce; arugula salad pears, pecans and goat cheese

Friday: Takeout pizza; salad

Week 17  (10 May ’10)

Monday: Fish tacos; black bean and avocado salad

Tuesday: Braised chicken with spring vegetables; long-grain rice; bok choy and broccoli stirfry

Wednesday: Away (but frozen lasagna for the guys)

Thursday: Curried turkey burgers with yogurt sauce; whole grain flatbread; mesclun salad with chickpeas and cherries

Friday: “Homemade” pizza with Trader Joe’s dough

Week 16  (3 May ’10)

Monday: Scallops in Curry Sauce; basmati rice; green beans

Tuesday: Ravioli with bacon and swiss chard; carrot ginger soup

Wednesday: BBQ ribs in the pressure cooker; baked potatoes; broccoli

Thursday: Spaghetti Carbonara; romaine salad

Friday: Pizza!

Week 15  (26 April ’10)

Monday: Salmon burgers on Orowheat Sandwich Thins; spicy roasted broccoli; french fries; arugula and fennel salad with balsamic vinaigrette.

Tuesday: Thai pork chops with spicy vegetable salad; rice.

Wednesday: Chicken with carrots and olives; rice; sauteed kale with garlic

Thursday: Tacos with veggie crumbles or fish sticks, cheese and salsa; corn; “margarita” cole slaw

Friday: Sole with orange brown butter; polenta with goat cheese and rosemary; caesar salad.

Week 14  (19 April ’10)

Monday: Pan-grilled Aidell’s Chicken Sausages with Roasted Garlic and Gruyere; iceberg salad with grapefruit, avocado, blue cheese and pecans; baked potatoes; Roasted Red Peppers and Cauliflower with Caper Vinaigrette.

Tuesday: Macaroni and cheese with ham

Wednesday: Hot dogs and beans :-/

Thursday: Brazilian black bean and ham soup; cheese quesadillas

Friday: Saffron-roasted salmon with tomato fennel compote; quinoa pilaf; steamed asparagus

Week 13  (12 April ’10)

Monday: Chicken burgers with caramelized shallots and blue cheese; french fries; salad

Tuesday: Sausage and White Bean Casserole; salad

Wednesday: Leftovers for the guys while I was out

Thursday: Costco lasagna (to the rescue); salad

Friday: Salsa Couscous Chicken; baby lima beans

Week 12  (5 April ’10)

Monday: Quick fish fillets in curry sauce; basmatic rice; asparagus

Tuesday: Zatarain’s Herbed Rice with ground beef; salad

Wednesday: Pan-roasted pork chops; cabbage braised in cream; mashed yams

Thursday: Rotisserie chicken; rice; broccoli; salad

Friday: Ravioli with apples and walnuts; braised kale

Week 11  (29 March ’10)

See posts on eats in NYC and Washington D.C.

Week 10  (22 March ’10)

Monday: Ham steak glazed with honey mustard; sugar snap peas and carrots; buttered potatoes

Tuesday: Lamb burgers with bulghur, zucchini and potato; feta-cucumber spread; green salad with fennel

Wednesday: Spaghetti with meatballs (from the freezer and even better than the first time around)

Thursday: Dinner at the airport, waiting to catch the red-eye to NYC

Friday: NYC Chinatown – Old Sichuan restaurant

Week Nine  (15 March ’10)

Monday: Gnocchi with roasted cauliflower and sage; prosciutto-wrapped roasted asparagus

Tuesday: St. Paddy’s Corned Beef Dinner leftovers; smashed rutabagas with butter, honey and a sprinkle of cloves and ginger; pear and ginger cake.

Wednesday: Grilled coconut-curry chicken; black bean and rice salad*; spinach salad with peaches and balsamic vinaigrette.

Thursday: Shake n Bake pork chops :-), baby yams, green beans and oh, the beleaguered leftover rutabagas

Friday: Salmon burgers (whew), french fries, green salad

Week Eight (8 March ’10)

Monday: Yankee pot roast; roast potatoes and turnips; steamed broccoli

Tuesday: Kale and potato soup with turkey sausage ; strawberry and spinach salad.

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Trader Joe’s carnitas and homemade flour tortillas; fresh guacamole; strawberry and spinach salad

Friday: Dinner out

Week Seven (1 March ’10)

Monday: Cauliflower & carrot curry; basmati rice

Tuesday: Peasant cabbage and bean soup with kielbasa

Wednesday: BBQ country ribs with sweet and spicy sauce; coleslaw; baguette

Thursday: Leftovers 😉

Friday: Swordfish Nicoise; polenta with parmesan; spinach salad with mustard vinaigrette

Week Six (22 Feb ’10)

Monday: Paprika-spiced pork chops; roasted parsnips and potatoes; spinach salad with fennel and mushrooms and warm bacon vinaigrette.

Tuesday: Broiled tilapia with Thai coconut-curry sauce; basmati rice; steamed carrots with honey and cayenne.

Wednesday: Leftover spaghetti with meatballs

Thursday: Salmon burgers and french fries

Friday: Dinner out and hot pocket/ice cream for thespian son :-/

Week Five (15 Feb ’10)

Monday: Shrimp quesadillas; corn

Tuesday: Ham steak glazed with honey mustard; asparagus with orange zest; pineapple.

Wednesday: Chicken apple sausage; red cabbage salad; chickpeas with lemon and parmesan; caesar salad.

Thursday: Frozen pizza; red cabbage salad; baby carrots

Friday: Dinner out

Week Four (8 Feb ’10)

Monday: Peloponnesian lamb shanks; lemon orzo, green beans

Tuesday: Tofu and bok choy stirfry; rice

Wednesday: Dinner out for me; the guys were left with frozen pizza

Thursday: Broccoli rabe with sausage, pasta and cannellini beans

Friday: Pan-seared albacore tuna steaks; spinach sauteed with garlic; lemon orzo

Week Three (1 Feb ’10)

Monday: Ravioli with spicy cauliflower

Tuesday: Shake n Bake pork chops; roasted parsnips, carrots and red onions; applesauce.

Wednesday: Chicken and sweet potatoes with shallots; green beans.

Thursday: Dinner out

Friday: Meatball subs, french fries and caesar salad for the boys; rib-eye steaks, baked potatoes and caesar salad for the adults.

Week Two (25 Jan ’10)

Monday: Shepherd’s Pie; salad.

Tuesday: Leftover pork tacos

Wednesday: Shrimp and egg fried rice with napa cabbage

Thursday: Grocery deli fried chicken, potato salad, broccoli slaw.

Friday: Tilapia with olives and peppers over angel hair pasta.

Week One (18 Jan ’10)

Monday: Salmon burgers with Orowheat whole wheat sandwich thins; salad of baby lettuces, persian cukes, red bell pepper, a few chunks of blue cheese and lemon vinaigrette; a few leftover brussels sprouts.

Tuesday: Sauteed chicken with spinach and mushrooms; polenta with goat cheese and rosemary.

Wednesday: Italian Sausage casserole with White Beans and Chard; applesauce.

Thursday: Frozen pizza — with cardboard 😉 ; caesar salad.

Friday: Pan-fried dijon crusted cod; sliced mango; roasted broccoli (adapted from this wonderful recipe)

5 responses to “Weeknight Meal Plans

  1. Marcia

    Hi – I just took a look and am inspired to have more fun cooking our family meals. Thanks for all the great menu ideas!

  2. Trixie

    Hi Marcia, Thanks for checking it out! The blog is definitely helping me be more accountable for what shows up on our dinner plate. See you around!

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