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Old 01-02-2013, 10:09 AM   #1
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January 2013 Weekly Dinner Menus

unbelievable it's 2013. Sheesh. Anyway...

Each week I pick out 6 things to make for dinner (one night is what we call FFY, or fend for yourself, night). This weekly menu becomes the base for the shopping list. Shopping is now on Tuesdays, so that's the start of my "menu week".
I start these menu threads every month so I have a record of what I fixed and to share to help others perform this sometimes tedious task. I have been doing this since June 2010 and as far as I know, all of the threads are still in this forum if you just go back far enough or search for them, you can find them.
Please share your weekly menus here, too, and post or ask for recipes related to your menus. We are no longer allowed to post links to recipes on outside websites, but if it's here on LCF, please link to it. You may also list the recipe title exactly and say it's from "such and such website", or "so and so's blog".

Here's what we were making last year at this time: http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...ner-menus.html

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January 2-7
WED: Paleo sweet and sour meatballs (lateral eating blog)/Asian stir fry veggies
THU:OUT
FRI: shrimp scampi/zoodles
SAT: Peppery roast beef (taste of home web)/petite green beans
SUN: Slow Cooker carnitas (taste of home web) with all the taco fixin's
MON: Paleo orange chicken (health bent blog)/cauli fried rice

January 8-14
TUE: FFY
WED: Slow cooked salisbury steak with mushroom gravy/mashed cauliflower
THU: grilled steak/green beans
FRI: fish (depends on sales)/creamy cucumbers with red onion
SAT: Ham steak/mixed veggies
SUN: Pork Chops with dijon sauce (simply recipes blog)/Asian stir fry veggies
MON: Grilled Chicken Cordon Blue (called "mayonnaise lover's chicken" at taste of home web)/green beans
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:01 PM   #2
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Will try to get this habit to stick!!! I love the idea of it and just have been so with stuff haven't had the time!


Thanks for keeping the thread going and for all the inspiration!!!!!!!!
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Old 01-02-2013, 08:19 PM   #3
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Hi lotus! Join in any time you can. No pressure.
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Speck wanted to say have glanced at your thread for the last 2 years and it always gives me something new to try! Thanks for all your efforts in keeping this going!!!
Happy New Year!!!
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Ok only have the rest of the week done but its a start!


Thur-grilled chicken and veg
Fri-salisbury steak, mashed potato, veg
Sat-navy bean and ham soup, salad, homemade rolls
Sun-lasagna, salad, homemade rolls
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Speck wanted to say have glanced at your thread for the last 2 years and it always gives me something new to try! Thanks for all your efforts in keeping this going!!!
Happy New Year!!!
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Amber, thanks for popping in. You rock!

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Ok only have the rest of the week done but its a start!


Thur-grilled chicken and veg
Fri-salisbury steak, mashed potato, veg
Sat-navy bean and ham soup, salad, homemade rolls
Sun-lasagna, salad, homemade rolls
four days is better than no days!
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Monday~leftover lasagna, salad
Tue~chicken parm, spaghetti squash
Wed~leftover navy bean and ham soup and salad
Thur~roast beef and root veg (Trying this) Deep South Dish: 3 Envelope Crockpot Roast Beef Sliders with Caramelized Onion
Fri~ground beef philly cheesteaks, sweet potato fries
Sat~leftovers
Sun~grilled steak, green beans, onions, mushrooms
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I'm spending the whole day (Saturday) cooking dinner for a week... never done it before... but I hope to make a menu like Rachel Zoe makes an outfit for a celebrity... here we go:

Saturday: Cream of broccoli soup, salad w/ Italian dressing
Sunday: (2) beef frankfurters w/ mustard, sauteed broccoli, salad w/ blue cheese dressing
Monday: Crustless quiche w/ turnip greens, salad w/ Italian dressing
Tuesday: Tuna salad, sauteed broccoli, salad w/ Italian dressing
Wednesday: Salisbury steak, sauteed mushrooms, salad w/ French dressing
Thursday: Baked salmon, roasted eggplant, salad w/ Italian dressing
Friday: Cream of mushroom soup, salad w/ Italian dressing
Saturday: (2) beef frankfurters w/ mustard, dill pickle, salad w/ blue cheese dressing

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Old 01-12-2013, 11:13 AM   #9
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I have been wanting to try the "Once A Month Cooking" thing for a long time -- even a week, like you're planning to do, would be awesome. Good luck with it!
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Thanks for the welcome, Speck,

I freelance, and I'll rather write than cook every meal... so planning each week takes away so much pressure... I look forward to posting my next menu... Behlor
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M~Beanies and Weenies/cornbread (kids requests )
T~pot roast (from last week, had so many leftovers we never got to this)
W~sour cream chicken enchiladas/salad
TH~philly cheese steak stuffed peppers/sweet potato
F~Leftovers
S~stuffed cabbage/?
S~steak and grilled veg/salad
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Old 01-14-2013, 06:20 PM   #13
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The rest of the month...

JAN. 15-21
TUE: FFY
WED: Spaghetti squash and meatballs
THU: Shredded Steak Sandwiches (Taste of Home web) - on lc waffles, my latest obsession/cole slaw
FRI: Fish tacos (lc tortillas)
SAT: Pizza (Maria E.'s crust)
SUN: Pesto-stuffed Pork Chops (Better Homes and Garden web)/green beans
MON: Chicken Enchilada Stack (de-carbed variant from Crockin' Girls blog)

JAN. 22-28
TUE: FFY
WED: Sloppy Joe waffle-wiches/salad
THU: Grilled Steak/Asian mixed veggies
FRI: Lemon Pepper Tilapia and Asparagus (Crockin' Girls blog)
SAT: Roasted Chicken Drumsticks/cauli-cheese bake
SUN: Dr. Pepper Pulled Pork (de-carbed variant from Crockin' Girls blog)/cole slaw
MON: to me! Beef Stroganof Meatballs and Zoodles

JAN. 29-31
TUE: FFY
WED: Crock-Pot Chicken Parmesan (recipe shoebox blog)/green beans
THU: Grilled Steak and veggies
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M~chicken cordon blue/veg
T~patty melt/soup
W~sausage kale soup/salad
TH~pizza calzones
F~roast beef
S~leftovers
S~roast turkey sides TBD later
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mmmm patty melt...
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Been so, so behind here. Too much going on, but looking forward to a quieter week than last. Have been good with the eating but find my tini' irresistible at end of day. Spend most days with a high maintenance toddler so I feel it's not just a privilege having one, its my right.

Sunday-beef, chicken fajita salad (skipping tortillas of any kind and also the cheese-ranch dressing mixed with green salsa is gooooood)
21 Monday-quinoa/rutabaga burgers- using a bunch of shredded veg. Hope to have time to make Oopsies for me, if not will use lettuce wraps.
Tuesday- pork ribs, sweet potato fries
Wednesday- chicken broccoli Alfredo, salad (not sure if I will use GF pasta/Dreamfields or spaghetti squash)
Thursday-lentil, brown rice, ham hock soup (request from hubs, I will eat a cup with a salad)
Friday- beef in wine with chopped greens over polenta, salad
Saturday- pasta (again, not sure if GF or Dreamfield or squash- put up a lot of squash in freezer) with tomatoes, feta, black olives, bacon, salad or wilted kale
Sunday- ribeyes, massive salad with goat cheese, pecans
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mmmm patty melt...
Yeah doing CAD lets you have carbs once a day so its making it easier to stay on plan. I don't always eat the carbs that are planned in the meals but I do sometimes.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:05 PM   #18
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Both of you, I have recently discovered and fallen in love with waffle bread -- much more durable compared to oopsies, and easier to make. There's a thread in the Recipe forum. I would so totally eat a patty melt on my waffle bread!
By the way, I picked up a couple purple sweet potatoes a couple weeks ago at the farmers market. I made baked chips out of one. So good. And today, I make potato salad out of the other. So awesome.
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do you have a link maybe? Funny i thought you were eating waffles all this time!



Huh, never seen a purple sweet potato! Have you tried the chips with regular sweet potato? I have been wanting to try them.
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Lotus, here's the thread http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/lo...fle-maker.html
they are waffles, but they make the perfect bread sub.

I've never had regular sweet potato chips. I've only ever had them covered in sugar at Thanksgiving, and I don't like that stuff, or as fries, and that was meh. So I don't know how these compare. I saw a recipe for these purple sweet potatoes on Marks Daily Apple a long time ago and kept my eye out for them, so I snatched them up when I saw them at the farmer's market.
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Just looked....they look great! I love your pic with one bite out!
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Just looked....they look great! I love your pic with one bite out!
Well I had to know if it was any good before I bothered taking a picture of it! LOL
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Both of you, I have recently discovered and fallen in love with waffle bread -- much more durable compared to oopsies, and easier to make. There's a thread in the Recipe forum. I would so totally eat a patty melt on my waffle bread!
By the way, I picked up a couple purple sweet potatoes a couple weeks ago at the farmers market. I made baked chips out of one. So good. And today, I make potato salad out of the other. So awesome.
Look at you Speck....stepping and strutting outta that comfort zone
Watch out! You're inspiring me So what did ya sprout and ferment today????
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Look at you Speck....stepping and strutting outta that comfort zone
Watch out! You're inspiring me So what did ya sprout and ferment today????
I love purple food! lol
The red cabbage has grown some white mold which I understand is harmless, but I'm not sure what I'm supposed to do about it right now. It hasn't turned pink yet, so I don't know if I have kraut yet.
I've made sour cream and am on my second generation of buttermilk. I ate all the cultured butter. It wasn't worth the effort, honestly, so I doubt I'll do it again.
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Braver woman than I with that mold thing going and growing have to pat myself on back for dinner tonite. Made these:


Love That Quinoa Burger! «

Talk about good! I used the zucchini and rung it dry, half mozzarella and cheddar then fried in lard (used mostly for my TexMex but had a little left in skillet from weekend). Oh, my good ness-- an insanely crispy, tasty treat. It tasted good raw too Makes a lot. Can't wait to experiment.
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Wow that looks tasty.
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I need to start checking out this thread more often I have been having a hard time with anything exciting since my DD has recently found out she is severely lactose intolerant. That took the wind out of my sails. We are already gluten and nut free around here.
Here's my menu for the week. Very boring.
Monday-Mahi-Mahi, squash casserole
Tuesday-tacos
Wednesday-trout, kale w/garlic
Thursday-marinated chicken w/sauteed mushrooms in butter
Friday-going out

I am missing those easy recipes that can be put together with cheese
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I need to start checking out this thread more often I have been having a hard time with anything exciting since my DD has recently found out she is severely lactose intolerant. That took the wind out of my sails. We are already gluten and nut free around here.
Here's my menu for the week. Very boring.
Monday-Mahi-Mahi, squash casserole
Tuesday-tacos
Wednesday-trout, kale w/garlic
Thursday-marinated chicken w/sauteed mushrooms in butter
Friday-going out

I am missing those easy recipes that can be put together with cheese :
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Last year I sat down to do a whole 30 or whatever, just trying to get a month's worth of healthy paleo/LC meals. One look and I about fainted. Virtually every meal had cheese. What????? So much cheese, so much $$$. Started working on a dairy-free, cheese-free menu just to see if we could it. We did it. I just kept walking by the cheese bar and worked my menus from week to week. Sixteen months later we only have mozzarella cheese on occasion, Parmesan from time to time and goat cheese whenever we want We were able to work around it and lost about 10 lbs. right off the bat. Coconut milk for creamer, thickener. I keep cottage cheese for emergencies (where is that ricotta?) and for hubby's eggs and such. It was just not as hard as I thought it would be--and we eat TexMex. Yes, for the first several weeks it was work, but there are so many good alternatives on the market, that after a while I did not even think about it
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Last year I sat down to do a whole 30 or whatever, just trying to get a month's worth of healthy paleo/LC meals. One look and I about fainted. Virtually every meal had cheese. What????? So much cheese, so much $$$. Started working on a dairy-free, cheese-free menu just to see if we could it. We did it. I just kept walking by the cheese bar and worked my menus from week to week. Sixteen months later we only have mozzarella cheese on occasion, Parmesan from time to time and goat cheese whenever we want We were able to work around it and lost about 10 lbs. right off the bat. Coconut milk for creamer, thickener. I keep cottage cheese for emergencies (where is that ricotta?) and for hubby's eggs and such. It was just not as hard as I thought it would be--and we eat TexMex. Yes, for the first several weeks it was work, but there are so many good alternatives on the market, that after a while I did not even think about it
Clarifying the alternative remark: we do use a soy and almond alternative sliced cheeses for sandwiches and hamburgers.
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Monday~leftover lasagna, salad
Tue~chicken parm, spaghetti squash
Wed~leftover navy bean and ham soup and salad
Thur~roast beef and root veg (Trying this) Deep South Dish: 3 Envelope Crockpot Roast Beef Sliders with Caramelized Onion
Fri~ground beef philly cheesteaks, sweet potato fries
Sat~leftovers
Sun~grilled steak, green beans, onions, mushrooms
Thanks for the recipe link. This sounds so good and I'm fairly new and looking for variety. I really appreciate these message boards!
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