Menu Plan Monday – Week of 11/15 – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday – Week of 11/15

Menu Plan Monday

Good morning! Can you believe how close Thanksgiving is? It really feels like November snuck up on us this year. I have to admit, a lot of the reason I’m looking forward to Thanksgiving is that we will be able to put up our Christmas decorations! (We’ve got a couple up already… don’t tell!)

I can tell the holidays are rapidly approaching because this week we’ve got several Thanksgiving activities on our schedule. My work has a big potluck-style meal for faculty, staff & students (I’m bringing appetizers and am still trying to figure out what to bring – ideas?) Wednesday. Then the boys’ school is also having a Harvest Meal – for C’s class I’m making cookies, and for J’s we’re supposed to bring pumpkin pie, which he is incredibly excited about.

I have another thing going on this week that I’m looking forward to – have you ever heard of Taste of Home? They have a cooking school in our town every year, and I love it! It’s basically like watching a Food Network type of show live. They give out bags of samples and coupons (which, if you know me, you know I adore) and a cookbook magazine that the audience can follow along with while recipes are cooked. I’m sure I’ll be trying some of the recipes in coming weeks – I’ll let you know of any good ones I find!

On to meals for the week. We’re following the KISS meal plan because of all the activities going on. :) I don’t know that we’ll end up using all of these meals, either – but it doesn’t hurt to have them ready, right?

Monday: Leftover soup – we had our small group from church over last night. I made tomato basil soup and chicken taco soup, and we’ve got enough left over for dinner tonight – especially since the boys won’t eat it and will have nuggets instead.

Tuesday: Chick Fil A night! Lately we’ve been getting surveys on our receipts where we can get a code for free sandwiches, so this makes dinner an even better deal.

Wednesday: My work’s potluck meal – wish us luck with the kids at this thing!

Thursday: Pizza – we’ll make our old standby options – pepperoni & buffalo chicken.

Friday: Leftover pizza. Exciting, I know.

Hopefully your meals are a little more exciting this week. Anything I should try? I don’t want to fall into a rut just because we’re busy this holiday season, so I’m definitely still on the lookout for more meal ideas.

I want to mention before I go that I have several giveaways going on right now, with more to come this week! The $25 Del Monte gift certificate ends tonight, so be sure to take a minute to enter that one. Giveaways are always posted in the upper right corner of my blog, and of course I’d love for you to enter! :) Hope you all have a wonderful week!


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  • Jennifer November 15, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Have you ever tried breakfast for dinner? One of my faves that I force on the rest of the family. Also if I make spaghetti and meatballs the next day we make meatball parm heroes. Last week made a roast beef with potatoes and the next day we turned the leftover meat into philly steaks sandwiches for a quick friday night dinner

  • Christi November 15, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Jennifer, we love breakfast for dinner! That’s a family favorite here too. LOVE your ideas for reinventing leftovers – such great ideas! I want to try both of those.

  • Rita November 15, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    It all sounds great.

  • Miz Helen November 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm

    Your menu’s for the week look great. I would love your Tomato Basil Soup. Thank you for sharing.
    Miz Helen

  • Christi November 16, 2010 at 7:38 am

    Thanks, ladies!

  • Janalyn November 16, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Buffalo Chicken Dip a fun appetizer for a group We served it at our housewarming with carrots, celery, and pita chips, and everyone liked it, but we definitely should have halved the recipe, it made A LOT for a dip. (Or at least for this girl who doesn’t eat dip!) For extra spiciness, you could get a few slices of buffalo cheddar at the deli counter and substitute that for some of the plain cheddar. I do that when we have buffalo chicken pizza.

    And my go-to dinner is Honey Lime Grilled Chicken: ½ cup honey, ¼ cup soy sauce and the juice of 2 limes poured over chicken breasts or tenders. I like to bake it for the flavor to sink it, but it’s good grilled too. I serve it with rice and salad, and always make extra, because with the leftovers, you pretty much have everything you need for fried rice!

  • Christi November 16, 2010 at 2:22 pm

    Janalyn, I’m totally going to make that dip for my thing at work tomorrow – thanks for the idea! The chicken sounds really good too.