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
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
Whole Grain Wednesday: Chowder Again!
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
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
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)
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”)
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
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
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)
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
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.
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)