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Weekly Meal plan and Monday dinners

Posted November 21, 2016

Pumpkin Pie

Here's the place to share your meal ideas for the evening or the week, post where you bought the ingredients frugally and even share a recipe if you would like.

If you need some inspiration for your own dinner tonight, this may give you some helpful ideas.

What's on your menu tonight?

Here's our menu for the week:

We are having somewhat lighter meals at the beginning of the week in anticipation of the big day on Thursday!

Meatless Monday with homemade mac & cheese, steamed broccoli, side salad

Tuesday: Chicken Caesar Salad, rolls

Wednesday: Egg salad sandwiches, soup (using .99/dozen eggs from Walgreens this week)

Turkey, turkey and more turkey! And pie. And everything else Thanksgiving.

Leftover turkey

Leftover turkey

Anything but turkey.....

Actually, we are going to my Aunt's house for our big holiday meal, but I am buying a turkey (while they are such a super price) to cook this week so we can have all those fabulous turkey leftovers.


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  • raesmom1612 Nov 21, 2016

    Thanks for the offer about we save that for one of our "girls day out" days after the new year :) I know how much it takes for you to make one and I would hate for you to have to put all that work in right around the holidays (and I think my waistline would thank you too lolololol).

  • jdouglas13 Nov 21, 2016

    RFB, DW and I are very recent converts to Brussels sprouts. Hated them for years, until last year we bought them fresh and roasted them with EVOO and garlic. Wow!! It was a whole other vegetable, and I really like the ones I can get on the stalk. I got it at TJ, but I bet Fresh Market and maybe WF would have it too. I'm looking forward to trying them in the sheet pan dinner. I think yours will be wonderful with balsamic and maple syrup -- how could they not? LOL :)

    Twinredheads, I feel so bad for your DH with this continuing dental surgery. Enjoy your non-traditional TG dinner.

    Raesmom, you are too kind. Do you want me to bring you a cheesecake to the cookie swap?

    Everyone's pies sound so good and 1000 characters is not nearly enough to comment on the deliciousness of them. :)

    Recipes anyone?

    Maybe tomorrow we can talk about what your favorite TG side dish is??

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 21, 2016

    And sorry on the typos lol! We are truly exhausted after now 4 weeks of fixing up the place. Excited to take the rest of the week off, and get back at it Friday :) NEED sleep!

  • RaleighFoodBlogger Nov 21, 2016

    Jdouglas- yes, love one sheet pan dinners! My folks are not fond of brussels... but hoping to woo them with the addition of maple syrup and balsamic. Plus, EVERYTHING tastes roasted :)

    And pie! I'm not making pie this year as my sis-in-law is on dessert "duty" and is picking some up at the FM. But, in the past my favorite is Indiana Sugar Cream Pie (in honor of my Mom who is obviously from Indian :) with a orange cranberry topping. Equally good for Christmas!

    Love reading about everyone's holiday menus!!!

  • ascherer Nov 21, 2016

    Tonight is dinner out with friends to celebrate a friends Birthday.
    Tuesday is BBQ from the freezer, baked beans and slaw.
    Wednesday is any leftovers (if there are any) or a frozen pizza.
    Thursday is Thanksgiving with the in Laws. I'm in charge of the green bean casserole and mac & cheese.
    Friday will be leftovers hopefully.

    I am going to pick up a turkeys to have in the freezer while they are still nicely priced. Plus I have to get all of my baking supplies. I'm going to Momma's after Thanksgiving and before the cookie swap to do all of our baking with her.

  • meredith88 Nov 21, 2016

    JDouglas, as for pies, my favorite for Thanksgiving will always be just a regular pumpkin pie. I want one slice each year and I'm good :-) I also make a chocolate chess pie that is amazing. Last year I made a chocolate bourbon pecan pie that everyone loved.

  • twinredheads Nov 21, 2016

    Mon: Cheese ravioli, garlic bread and green salad
    Tues: Open-faced crab sandwiches and carrots
    Wed: Chicken and rice or steak and rice and green salad
    Thurs: For the first time in my ENTIRE life, we are NOT having a turkey for Thanksgiving. DH has gum surgery on the right side of his mouth tomorrow so that leaves the girls and I. Was asking them about the menu and they both admitted that they don't care for turkey. So, we are having spiral cut glazed ham, mashed potatoes, Ms. Schubert Parker house rolls green beans, and cranberry apple sauce. Every year I make a pumpkin pie from scratch so that is our dessert.

  • barbiedoll1967 Nov 21, 2016

    I am having leftover manwiches tonight, leftover steak & cheese sub tomorrow and leftover spaghetti on Wednesday night. Thursday is Turkey and Ham for Thanksgiving and the weekend will be leftovers as well as next week lunches will be sandwiches made with leftover turkey and ham. As far as pies, I bought a Mrs. Smith's sweet potato pie (Food Lion has them on sale) and that's our dessert for Thanksgiving. Will be too busy putting up outside Christmas lights to really bake anything.

  • raesmom1612 Nov 21, 2016

    following with the keep it light (aka less work for us) trend and the menu is as follows

    Mon & Tues - Chili

    Wed-bbq chicken in the oven with rice and veggies

    Thursday - thanksgiving

    Friday - leftovers

    Sat - leftovers

    Sun - leftovers......can anyone guess what we are having on Monday :)

    As far as pies go we do a sweet potato from scratch and a cheesecake although jdouglas' cheesecake......there are NO WORDS to describe it!!

  • meredith88 Nov 21, 2016

    This week is very open to changes, but here's what we have so far.

    Tonight we are having a couple friends over for dinner. We are having cajun wild rice stuffed pork chops, mashed potatoes, roasted green beans, baked apples, and salad.

    Tomorrow night we are having Shepherd's Pie with salad.

    Wednesday night we have family coming to stay with us. We are having lasagna with salad if they arrive in time for dinner. If not then we'll eat sandwiches and save the lasagna for later in the week.

    Thursday we are having the big meal with my in-laws. Typically it extends into supper as well. If not we'll have the lasagna for supper at our house.

    Friday is the big meal with my family. There's never enough leftovers for supper so we have a tradition of getting Chinese for supper.

    Saturday we're having chicken pot pie for lunch before our company leaves. If they decide to stay for dinner we'll either have the lasagna if we don't get to it sooner or we'll each make our own calzones.