Meal Planning Monday #1

So, here’s how it’s going to work…every Monday, I will give you a suggested menu for the week.  I will provide you with 5 entrees, 1 bundt cake suggestion, 1 other dessert suggestion and a bonus recipe (appetizer, brunch or lunch idea).  I’m going to try and keep things simple, quick, easy and always seasonal.  Of course, I’ll repeat recipes because that’s what we moms do…we repeat the things we know our family loves.   
My goal is to get dinner on your family’s table fast every night.  Love you all!
 Day 1: BBQ Apple Chicken Sandwiches (in the slow cooker!)
You should double the chicken in this recipe and make twice as much (make 2 to 3 pounds instead) for Day 3.  Just shred up the extra chicken and put it in the fridge until Day 3, then proceed with your sandwiches from there.

Pick up 2/3 to 1 pound of Provolone cheese and use some for this recipe and save some for Day 5’s recipe.  Also, you’ll use Parmesan cheese in both recipes too…just save the extra for Day 5.  If you have any leftovers after this meal, save them to be a side dish with Day 5 as well. 

Use your leftover chicken from Day 1 in your tacos for the night.
Day 4: Mexican Risotto (it can be vegetarian or not!)
This meal is really versatile!  You can make it per the directions as a meatless dish or you could serve it alongside a baked chicken or grilled steak…or you could simply add in some ground beef seasoned with a tablespoon of taco seasoning or shredded chicken too.  Very versatile!
Day 5: Provolone Stuffed Meatballs (this is a One Pound Meal!)
This recipe is a One Pound meal (meaning you can use beef, chicken or turkey in it).  Don’t forget to use up your Provolone and Parmesan from Day 2.  If you don’t want to serve your meatballs with pasta, you can simply eat them by themselves with a big green salad.
Bundt Cake of the Week
#57: Apple Butterscotch will make you celebrate September and all of its apple goodness!
Dessert of the Week
Bonus Recipe of the Week
Moose Munch is perfect for snackin’ while watching football!
Have a great week everyone!!
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  • Julie C. September 2, 2013 at 11:59 am

    Thank you so, so much for Meal Planning Monday!!!! Meal planning is definitely NOT my strength & now that school and dance class has started I will need a lot of help. Thanks again for all you do!!! šŸ™‚

  • Sara September 2, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    Oh thank you! Planning my shopping list and back to school menu! THANKS!

  • Grace Beekman September 2, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    Love this! That Apple Butterscotch sounds so so good! šŸ™‚

  • Jack's Mom September 2, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Seriously….this has just "saved" my fall! As much as I love cooking, I hate planning meals!

  • aprilparrish September 2, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Great ideas for cooking this week! Thanks for sharing!

  • Stacy September 2, 2013 at 2:03 pm

    I love how you say your goal is to "get dinner on your family's table fast every night." As a dietitian who helps folks have a better relationship with food, eating dinner at home is an important step of the process. Thank you for all you are doing with your little (but big!) voice in this world šŸ™‚

  • Rob & Michelle Eberly Family September 2, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    More veggie meals please! This meal planning is a great idea so thanks for sharing.

  • Aubrey September 2, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Love this new weekly addition! You and I plan our weekly menus exactly the same way.

    But this week I'm cheating a bit. It's Kate's first day of school plus Ella's birthday on Friday plus I'm nine months pregnant, so mama needs a BREAK. Tomorrow five new recipes plus ingredients (from many of the very same suppliers that stock the Queen's kitchen cupboards!) will be delivered to my door in a cold box. How cool is that?!

  • Carroll September 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    These looks amazing!! I think I already repinned several of these before I got to the blog post. Thanks for this series! I have a feeling it will come in very handy for me this fall! Happy Labor Day! šŸ™‚

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace} September 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! This is so helpful! Even with Pinterest I sometimes struggle with meal planning for the week. You are the best! These all look easy and tasty!

  • Laura September 2, 2013 at 5:01 pm

    Thank you so much! I have my hands full with a 3 week old and a 3 year old. I appreciate this so much!

  • MorganizewithMe September 2, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    I love this! A practical Menu Plan – so great to double up ingredients for multiple meals…thanks for a great new series!

  • Meghan September 2, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    Love this idea! Thanks so much…now if only I could find someone to do the shopping šŸ™‚
    Do your little ones pack a lunch for pre-school? Any plans for a school lunch post?

  • Narci September 2, 2013 at 8:54 pm

    Brilliant idea! I love it!

  • Cindy September 2, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    Hey Shay, can you freeze the leftover BBQ chicken to make the tacos the next week?? Does it keep well in the freezer???

  • Mix and Match Mama September 2, 2013 at 11:43 pm

    Yes! You can freeze it!

  • Ashley W. September 3, 2013 at 12:37 am

    I am in love! Thank you so much for your ideas! They seem to be easy to tweak for Gluten Free or Dairy Free recipes as well. I always like to plan to use ingredients several times throughout the week for easy prep and saving money!

  • Ashley W. September 3, 2013 at 12:39 am

    Thanks so much! I am in love! They seem like easy recipes to tweak for Gluten Free or Dairy Free. I always like planning to use ingredients several times throughout the week for easy prep and saving money! Can't wait to try the meatballs!

  • Jaren September 3, 2013 at 1:39 am

    This is SOOO great! I'm going to give several of these a try! Great new addition to your blog!

  • allisonwest September 3, 2013 at 5:20 am

    Great minds must think alike. We spent the weekend with friends at their farm and the other wives convinced me to start sharing meal plans on my little blog. Today was my first "Menu Monday" too. Ha! Maybe we should start a Menu Planning Monday Link Up.

    Glad to see you're sharing weekly menus as well. We all need all of the inspiration we can get!

  • Sheaffer {Pinterest Told Me To} September 3, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Genius. This is genius. Pure and simple. GENIUS.
    This is going to help me out sooooo much! Love Love Love it!!!!
    Sheaffer šŸ™‚

  • Melanie September 3, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    I'm going to love this!! Thanks so much for making dinner easy:)

  • Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    I just finished the sausage and provolone pasta…yum yum! This has been a huge help for us!! Can not wait for the tacos tomorrow!! Monday and Tuesday has been easy!! Love this!!!!! Kristen Wood

  • Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 11:10 pm

    Love this! For the super lazy, maybe you could include a grocery shopping list for the week also!

  • Marissa September 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    Thanks for the meal planning! I'm always stuck in a rut and end up making the same 3 dishes on nights I'm not at dance, church, or guitar lessons with my 2 kids. I ran across you blog a few months ago and loved it ever since. šŸ™‚

  • Anonymous September 4, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    Love your blog, Shay. So encouraged by you and your lovely family. I am Newley married in mckinney tx and these Meal planning days will help me so much. Plus, healthy too! Thank u so much!!! Blessings

  • Anonymous September 4, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Made the Apple BBQ Chicken Sandwiches tonight. So easy and delicious! My husband loved them!


  • Ali R September 5, 2013 at 2:23 am

    I have been reading you blog for a while! I LOVE this meal plan. I have looked, tried, and failed at meal planning in the past. This was so easy! I already made the meatballs and bbq chicken sandwiches…they were both delish! Thanks so much for sharing. Can't wait to try the rest of the recipes!

  • Anonymous September 6, 2013 at 7:43 am

    I just said to myself. Why doesn't someone post meals every Monday to help me figure out what to make. Pls continue to do this! I need the help with a 4 and 2 year old and meals! You are great!!!!

  • Amy Burnside September 7, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Using 3 of these this week!! Can't wait to try them!! Thank you so much!

  • Meghan September 7, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    Thank you SO much! I just started a new job and don't have as much time as before to cook after work. I am so happy I recently found your blog!