Weekly Meal Plans

This Week’s Meal Plan

Thanks for all your feedback on the desks! I’m leaning towards #1 but a few of you also shared other options I want to explore first. Operation desk continues….

Since I’ve been back from vacation (oh yeah…I still haven’t shared pictures…are you guys still interested in seeing pictures??) I’ve been running to the grocery store before almost every lunch and dinner to grab food. Not ideal. Time to get back on the meal-planning band wagon. And thanks to Melissa for reminding me that (a) I need to do meal planning and (b) we need to all do group meal planning! 🙂

This is what I have lined up for the week.

S – grilled chicken legs + asparagus (my boyfriend made all this. he brushed the chicken with white vinegar & sprinkled with coarse ground pepper before cooking.)

M – Pan Roasted Pear Salad with Goat Cheese & Shrimp – I made this recipe, left out the frisee (couldn’t find it) and almonds (wasn’t feeling it) and added shrimp for some protein.

T – Baked Italian Style Cauliflower (thanks for the suggestion Anna! I LOVED it!)

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W – Pan-Seared Chicken Breast with simple spinach salad

Th – Linguine with Lemon & Pine Nuts + broccoli

F – wing it.

Three of these links are only available with an online membership to Cooks’ Illustrated. I’ve always loved their magazine but my friend Courtney finally convinced me after visiting her in Seattle that the $30 annual membership fee to access their online database is soooo worth it. So I apologize that you can’t get the full recipes. But hopefully you’ll get some ideas in the comment section from other readers or you’ll be inspired to sign up yourself. (Nope, I don’t get a kickback; Cooks’ Illustrated doesn’t even know I exist. But their pan-seared salmon recipe is worth the $30 alone.)

So, your turn to share: whatcha cooking up this week? Leave links please! I’ve pin almost everything you guys have shared in the past because it all sounds so yummy. 🙂

[You can view which recipes I’ve tried and loved on this Pinterest board.]

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    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine

    I made this (http://strengthandsunshine.wordpress.com/2013/07/25/a-really-awsome-dinner/) Slow Cooker Balsamic Chicken this week with this (http://strengthandsunshine.wordpress.com/2013/07/03/lemon-rosemary-chicken/) Roasted Acorn Squash but used smoked paprika basil and oregano as the spices this time. So good!

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    Michelle @ A Healthy Mrs

    Ooooh, those recipes sound delicious and I can’t even see the details 🙂

    The one meal I know I’m making this week is Jessica’s Stovetop Buffalo Mac & Cheese ( http://www.howsweeteats.com/2013/07/stovetop-buffalo-chicken-shells-cheese/ ). My husband loves it, but I try to limit how often we have it since it’s definitely not so good for the waistline — but so good for the soul! 🙂

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    Melissa C

    Yayyy!!!! I’m so glad you brought this back 🙂 🙂 This is one of my favorite posts!! I made Crockpot Thai chicken curry tonight. It turned out so well! Here is my pin: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/4855512071772440/

    Your recipes sounds amazing. Does cooks illustrated offer gluten free recipes?

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    I am making this BBQ cauliflower salad tomorrow night. It’s either going to be really awesome or really weird! 🙂 http://www.pinterest.com/pin/29273466300951772/

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    You are lovin’ the pan seared. I don’t know that I’ve ever pan seared pears but shoot, that sounds goooood.

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    You are going to LOVE your membership! But you’ve probably already figured that out 😉 Did you know that the pan seared chicken breast recipe is another one of our absolute favs?? We’ve probably made it at least a dozen times – you have to make Lemon and Chive Pan Sauce that goes with it – to die for! http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=23237

    This Hearty Tuscan Bean Stew with kale, pancetta and cannellini beans is another favorite when the weather turns fallish http://www.cooksillustrated.com/recipes/detail.asp?docid=12359

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    ALWAYS interested in seeing vacation pics! 🙂 Better late than never!

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