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Watch Sami on Talk of the Town: 9/8


Make sure to catch Sami on Nashville’s Top Rated Talk Show, Talk of the Town, Tuesday, September 8th at 11am CST!

This time she’ll be highlighting Cost-Effective Family Meal Planning. If you don’t live in the Nashville area, check back later Tueday for a video link and a summary of the tips she shared.

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Monday’s Menu Plan: September 7

Happy Labor Day!
I know many of you will be celebrating with family at BBQ’s and cookouts – enjoying this holiday that signifies the end of summer. My hubby is working, so while we won’t be eating the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs today, make sure you make enough of whatever you’re creating so that there are leftovers to share or turn into a second meal later in the week.

I’ve linked to a couple recipes for our dinners, but that doesn’t mean that I follow those recipes exactly. For example, I like doing the penne on Sunday with just green beans and I even throw some Feta cheese into my pesto to add another layer of flavor and creaminess. With the chicken rollatini, I like to put sundried tomatoes, feta and spinach inside (can you tell I like Greek food?!). As always, use this plan as an inspiration, not as a boundary.

I’m also realizing that as we’re still getting used to an everyday school schedule, cereal, yogurt, and/or oatmeal are becoming are weekly breakfast staples. However, don’t let that limit your morning creativity! (Plus we’re still stocked on free yogurt from last week!)

If you’re looking for more of my tips and tricks when it comes to Family Menu Planning on a Budget, be sure to turn into Talk of the Town tomorrow (9/8) at 11am CST on Nashville’s NewsChannel 5.

Week of 9/7 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Cereal & Yogurt   Salami & Cheese sandwiches   Spinach Salad with Strawberries
Tuesday Fruit Oatmeal   PB&J, apples   Rotisserie Chicken with roasted potatoes & veggies
Wednesday Cereal & Yogurt   Chicken Noodle soup & crackers   Cheesy Taco Bake with salsa fresca
Thursday Cheese Toast & berries   Ham & Cheese roll ups, applesauce   Chicken rollatini with sauteed spinach & garlic
Friday Cereal & Yogurt   BBQ sandwiches with chips   Homemade Pizza & green salad
Saturday Eggs in a Nest   Sandwiches   Chicken Vegetable Stew over egg noodles 
Sunday Pancakes with PB & Syrup   Nachos   Penne Pesto with Green Beans and garlic bread

*Click HERE to see more of my favorite recipes or get new ideas for your menu plan this week!

Monday’s Menu Plan: August 24

Ok gang – here’s the plan for the week.
I have to tell you, I tried something totally different tonight. I’m trying to use up the rest of my veggies from our trip to the Farmer’s Market, so I decided to make my version of Eggplant Lasagna: instead of just eggplant, I also roasted a new type of squash for one of the layers. I also supplemented a (free) jar of tomato sauce with shredded carrots, garlic and onion…as well as some zucchini puree and fresh basil. Once the sauce cooked down, I took a hand blender and smoothed it out. I told the kids it was lasagna, and just never metnioned that there wasn’t any pasta in it; Kariss had 3 helpings!

Remember, make these plans work for you and your family: change out the protein, mix up the vegetables, or play around with what you cook on which day. The purpose is to decrease stress and maximize your time with your family (and maximize your dollar). Have any great recipes you’ve tried lately? I’d love to hear about them!

Week of 8/24 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Yogurt & Toaster Pastry   Rice Cakes with PB&J   Eggplant lasagna, sauteed asparagus, ceasar salad & garlic bread
Tuesday Fruit Oatmeal   Ham & Cheese on crackers with applesauce   Oven Baked Chicken with garlic roasted potatoes & broccoli
Wednesday Cereal & prunes   BBQ Chicken sandwiches & a plum   Potato Bacon Torte
Thursday Waffles with Peanut Butter & Syrup   Dill Chicken Salad wraps with carrot sticks   Italian Baked Chicken & Pastina
Friday Oatmeal with raisins & honey   BLT sandwiches with cole slaw   Taco Night, salsa fresca & queso blanco
Saturday Chocolate Chip Pancakes & berries   Grilled Cheese & Tomato with soup   Leftovers
Sunday Eggs, bacon & grits   Green Salad with chicken tenders    Black Beans with saffron rice, onions & cilantro

Monday’s Menu Plan: August 17, 2009

I can’t believe that summer is technically over (based on the fact that school has started here in Nashville), but we’re experiencing some of the hottest days we’ve had all year! However, that means there’s still great nights for grilling ahead (even if that means just using the George Foreman inside). Yesterday we made our first family trip to the Nashville Farmer’s Market and I got a great sampling of fresh vegetables I’ve never tried before, like different kinds of zucchini, squash and eggplants, so you’ll see those mixed into the recipes this week! Enjoy!

Week of 8/17 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Strawberry Muffins (made with spinach from Deceptively Delicious)   Chicken Salad wraps with grapes   Homemade Pizza
Tuesday Cereal and Citrus slices   Cheese & cucumber sandwiches with veggie chips   Ham & Cheese Mini Fritattas and home fries
Wednesday Fruit Oatmeal   PB&J  with pineapple chunks   Fish & Homemade Chips
Thursday 5 Grain Toast with goat cheese and mashed berries   Egg salad sandwiches & granola bar   Ultimate Meatloaf over mashed potatoes
Friday Cereal & applesauce   Cheese Quesadillas with squash puree & chopped chicken   Zucchini fettuciniwith fresh basil and parmesean
Saturday Cheese Eggs & Grits   Italian Sausage with Lentils   Crockpot Sticky Chicken with rice pilaf and grilled eggplant
Sunday Breakfast Burritos   leftovers   Sante Fe Salad with chicken and black bean salsa

Monday’s Menu Plan: August 10, 2009

I know many of you have kids that will be going back to school, us included! (Our daughter will be starting Kindergarten this year – I can hardly believe it!) So keep in mind that you may want to adapt your dinners so you can turn them into a lunch for the next day (like the Pot Roast on Saturday that I’ll be using to make BBQ beef sandwiches for lunch on Sunday). As the summer seems to get hotter instead of cooler as it nears its end, anytime you can cook once and eat off it twice is a big help!

UPDATE: I also just found this list of a month’s worth of No-Cook meals from Food Network in our continuing effort to keep our kitchen’s cool!

Week of 8/10 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Cereal with blueberries   Salad trio: Egg salad, tuna salad and chicken salad on a bed of lettuce   Balsamic Chicken with baby spinach and couscous
Tuesday Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies   PB&J, chips & fruit   Chili with cornbread
Wednesday Oatmeal with raisins & honey   BLT sandwiches and grapes   Parmesean Crusted Baked Tilapia with rice pilaf and broccoli
Thursday Cereal and applesauce   Dill Chicken Salad on crackers, pears   Scrambled hamburgers, oven fries
Friday Eggs with toast & cheese grits   sandwiches, nuts and fruit snacks   Quick Chicken Enchiladas, yellow rice
Saturday Breakfast Sandwich   Pot roast, carrots, mashed potatoes   Leftovers
Sunday Fruit Oatmeal   BBQ Beef sandwiches & baked beans   Southern Chicken Tender Salad with fresh rolls

Monday’s Menu Plan: 8/3

Ok, it’s a new month. Summer is coming to a close and school is right around the corner. Enjoy every minute with your family and take the opportunity to try something new this week. Use leftovers from dinner to make fun sandwiches or salads for lunch the next day (like my lamb pitas or thai chicken salad you’ll see on the menu this week). Remember, make the menu work for you!

Week of Aug 3 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Fruit Oatmeal   Mini Bagel Pizzas   Lamb Chops with Mint Pesto & oven roasted potatoes
Tuesday Cereal & applesauce   Sliced lamb on pita with cucumber yogurt sauce   Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken with White Beans
Wednesday Waffles with PB & Syrup   Thai Chicken Salad   Mulberry Street Burger
Thursday Cereal with blueberries   Sandwiches & chips   Easy Taco Bake (from Old El Paso Kit)
Friday Oatmeal with raisins, cinnamon & honey   Greek Salad   Pizza Night!
Saturday Breakfast Burrito    Cone Chili   Leftovers
Sunday Greek Yogurt with prunes   Quesadillas   Roasted Veggie Plate over rice

Monday’s Menu Plan: July 27

Another quick post from the road – make sure you’re getting double uses out of the foods you buy – like BBQ chicken and corn for dinner one night, then using some of the leftover for a fresh salad for lunch the next day. Post some of your favorite variations for us all to enjoy!

Week of July 27 BREAKFAST   LUNCH   DINNER
Monday Yogurt with fruit and granola, croissant   Char-grilled chicken roll ups with fruit salad   Inside out burgers with oven fries
Tuesday Breakfast Bar & Banana -berry smoothie   Turkey & cheese sandwiches with carrots & PB   Spinach Salad  with with strawberries and shredded chicken
Wednesday Oatmeal with raisins & honey   Taco Chip Salad   Summer Bowtie Pasta with asiago cheese and green peas
Thursday Cereal & applesauce   Lentil Soup with sausage (can be served over rice for a heartier meal)   BBQ Chicken, Corn & Baked Beans
Friday Waffles with PB & Syrup   PB&J with juice pops   Stir Fry over rice with Edamame Salad
Saturday Fruit Oatmeal   Egg salad on a bagel   Our 6th Anniversary Dinner!
Sunday Eggs, grits & bacon   Bean Burritos with queso blanco & salsa fresca   Parmesean Crusted Tilapia with steamed asparagus & rice pilaf