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What’s For Dinner… This Week

The Organized Cook answers the question “What’s For Dinner Tonight?” with the answer- “What’s For Dinner This Week“.  And this week we’re dishing up our favorite Fall recipes in our Weekly Meal Plan “Fall Favorites”.

Fall Vegetables

If you’re a subscriber to The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System, here’s what’s on your dinner menu this week:

MONDAY:

Vegetable Lasagna

Day 1: Fallsagna (Vegetable Lasagna)

 

TUESDAY

WonderFall Chili by The Organized Cook

Day 2: WonderFall Chili

 

WEDNESDAY

Fall Rigatoni

Day 3: Fall Rigatoni

 

THURSDAY

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Day 4: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole with Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

FRIDAY

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Day 5: Turkey Pizza Burgers with Minestrone Soup

 

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Bon Appetit Busy Moms!

 

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Memorial Day Barbeque Menu to Remember

Memorial Day Barbeque Recipes

Looking for something to barbeque this Memorial Day other than tired hamburgers and hotdogs?  These simple Memorial Day recipes are easy to make and delicious.  Print out a complete Grocery Shopping List for this menu below!

Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day Menu

Memorial Day Menu

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Grilled Herb Flank Steak

I marinate my steak about two days in advance, so come Memorial Day the steak is ready to grill- saving me lots of time.

Memorial Day Steak Recipe

Grilled Herb Flank Steak

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak 3-4 lbs, cut into 2-inch strips against the grain
  • Dijon Mustard - 1 cup (no need to measure exactly- it's more than half of a 12oz. bottle)
  • Red Wine Vinegar- 1/3 cup
  • Soy Sauce- 1/4 cup
  • Dried Oregano & Basil- 1 tablespoon each

Instructions

  1. Marinate steak a day or two in advance
  2. Make Marinade:
  3. Combine mustard, vinegar, soy sauce and herbs; mix well
  4. Place sliced steak into large zip-top baggie or shallow container
  5. Cover with marinade and coat steak evenly
  6. Seal and place in refrigerator to marinate
  7. Time To Grill:
  8. Remove steak from marinade directly to hot grill
  9. Cook until brown on both sides and desired wellness
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Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Memorial Day potato salad

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Red, White & Blue Potato Salad

Ingredients

  • Petite Red, White & Blue (purple, actually- but close enough) Potatoes (I found the perfect ones at Trader Joe’s)- 3 lbs cleaned and quartered
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles- 8 oz.
  • Sour Cream- 12 oz.
  • Salt- 1 tablespoon

Instructions

  1. Heat oven on Broil
  2. Place potato chunks onto baking sheet and season with salt
  3. Drizzle olive oil over potatoes and toss loosely to distribute oil
  4. Cook until potatoes are brown, approximately 35 minutes
  5. Transfer to mixing bowl
  6. Add blue cheese and sour cream to potatoes and toss
  7. Serve warm or chilled
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Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Memorial Day pasta salad recipe

Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Summer Vegetable Cavatappi Salad

Ingredients

  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Zucchini & Squash- 1 each, diced into half-chunks
  • Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Yellow Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint, sliced in half lengthwise
  • Olive oil- 1/2 cup
  • Salt- 1 teaspoon
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz., shredded or grated

Instructions

  1. Boil pasta in salted water until tender
  2. Drain pasta reserving 1/2 cup of cooking water, then rinse pasta under cool water
  3. Transfer cooled pasta to salad bowl
  4. Heat oven to Broil
  5. Place zucchini, squash and tomato slices onto baking sheet and season with salt
  6. Drizzle with olive oil and toss to cover vegetables
  7. Cook until vegetable are tender and tomatoes begin to release juice, approximately 12 minutes
  8. Add vegetables with juice to pasta along with pasta water, then toss
  9. Top with Parmesan cheese
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Memorial Day Barbeque Menu

Happy Memorial Day!

 

The Grocery Shopping List

Print the below grocery shopping list for this entire menu here:

Gourmet 4th of July Menu Grocery Shopping List

Gourmet 4th of July Menu Grocery Shopping List

Ingredients

  • Flank Steak 3-4 lbs
  • Petite Red, White & Blue (purple, actually- but close enough) Potatoes (I found the perfect ones at Trader Joe’s)- 3 lbs
  • Zucchini & Squash- 1 each
  • Red Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint
  • Yellow Grape Tomatoes- 1 pint
  • Blue Cheese Crumbles- 8 oz.
  • Parmesan cheese- 8 oz., shredded or grated
  • Sour Cream- 12 oz.
  • Cavatappi Pasta- 1 lb
  • Dijon Mustard - 12oz. bottle
  • Staples:
  • Red Wine Vinegar
  • Soy Sauce
  • Olive oil
  • Dried Oregano
  • Dried Basil

Instructions

  1. This menu serves 6 people, so double for 10-12 people
  2. Check back to tonispilsbury.com for more holiday recipes!
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Memorial Day Beverages

Ditch the beer this Memorial Day and refresh with Homemade Summer Sangria.  For the best sangria, prepare 2 days in advance.

Homemade Summer Sangria from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

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Manic Monday Giveaway- DIY Chalkboard Menu from The Organized Cook

Manic Monday Giveaway Winner Announced!

Jennifer is the lucky winner of our Manic Monday Giveaway and will receive the instructional on how to make her own chalkboard menu along with a Michael’s gift certificate to purchase the necessary supplies.

Contestants were asked to post a comment about their family’s favorite dinner on Facebook, and here is what some answered:

  • “chicken and pasta”
  • “chicken parmigana”
  • “homemade chicken wings”
  • “anything that is eaten around the table with all 5 of us sitting down”– my favorite answer; thank you, Anne!
  • “Mom’s french onion soup”
  • “tacos!”

For more ideas on answering the question, “what’s for dinner tonight?” with the answer, “What’s For Dinner This Week”, visit our Weekly Meal Plan Store.

Awhile back I posted this adorable menu board from Creative Designs by Toni– a DIY chalkboard menu she made from a frame- as our Manic Monday Giveaway.

Not only is it clever and decorative, it also compliments The Organized Cook Weekly Meal Plan System.

DIY Chalkboard Menu from Creative Designs by Toni

Since then, I’ve made one for myself and I love it.  I get so many compliments about it’s functionality and charm.

Now, Toni and I (Toni- yes, we have the same name) probably didn’t think far enough ahead to realize how difficult an item this is to ship.

DIY chalkboard menu from Toni Spilsbury The Organized CookManic Monday Giveaway

But after making my own menu board I realized how simple it is to make yourself.  So, for this week’s Manic Monday Giveaway from The Organized Cook I’m giving away the instructions and a $40 Michaels Gift Card to purchase chalkboard paint, vinyl lettering or stencil kit and the frame to make your own chalkboard menu.DIY Chalkboard Menu from Toni Spilsbury The Organized Cook

Not only does this menu keep me organized and inspired, it’s somewhat comforting for my family to see our dinner menu at the beginning of their hectic day and know that we’ll be sitting together this evening to eat Chicken Madeira.

Ready to enter?  Simply visit and “like” our Facebook page and leave a comment about your family’s favorite dinner routine.

 

 

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Who Doesn’t Love Fried Chicken?

Well- besides my vegan friend- who doesn’t love fried chicken?

For subscribers to The Organized Cook, Ranch Fried Chicken is what’s on the menu this week and it’s a family favorite for me.

Ranch Fried Chicken by The Organized Cook

Ranch Fried Chicken by The Organized Cook

Doing something as simple as adding ranch dressing mix to the flour coating can make a classic meal like fried chicken something to talk about.  This week’s menu is all about the classics:

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Kid Favorites

This week’s menu is both healthy and kid friendly with items like fried chicken, quesadillas and pot pie.  Making dinnertime fun for kids is the trick I find to help get them out of ruts.  Dress up chili with bowls of fun things for them to garnish:

Kid Friendly Chili by The Organized Cook

Kid Friendly Chili

Shredded Cheese The Organized Cook

Garnish Chili with Shredded Cheese

Goldfish Crackers The Organized Cook

Whole Grain Goldfish Crackers

 

And, for all you vegetarians out there…. stuffed pasta shells.

Helping Hands In The Kitchen

Stuffed Pasta Shells is another perfect meal that’s easy for kids to help.  My girls love to help me in the kitchen, and sometimes it feels like more work finding something for them to do.  At 7 and 5-years old, stuffing pasta shells with cheese mixture is easy and fun.  I enjoy sharing my passion for cooking with them.

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

Stuffed Pasta Shell by The Organized Cook

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reincarnating The Leftover

What to do…. what to do… with that leftover fried chicken.  Using a simple technique I like to call “reincarnating the leftover“, that leftover Ranch Fried Chicken- with a little help from my good friend, frozen puff pastry- is now reincarnated into Chicken Pot Pie.  Every time I say or hear “chicken pot pie”, I either hear that chicken from the movie Chicken Run say (in Brittish accent), “I don’t want to be a pie.”  Or, I (depending on who is around) immediately say, “chicken pot pie and I don’t care”…. I’m not sure why, but I can’t help it.

Chicken Pot Pie by The Organized Cook

Chicken Pot Pie by The Organized Cook

Saving Money on Family Dinners

This week’s Weekly Meal Plan will only cost you about $90 in groceries- that’s without sales or coupons.  I would love to hear back from my readers who cooked this week’s menu about how much they spent on groceries with this week’s shopping list.  Just leave a comment below, or email me at [email protected], or on Facebook.

 

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