Menu Plan Monday ~ Week of October 5, 2008 – October 11, 2008.

This week things really pick up for us. Hockey season has started and even though they don’t have the teams picked yet, they are heavy into evaluations. Right now Jon has at least 2 evaluations this week (Monday & Tuesday nights) and Hannah has ice skating on Wednesday night. Looks like I better break out the gloves, scarf and parka, huh? I hate being cold. Don’t get me started on the temperature in the ice rink. Yes, I know they are trying to keep a large piece of ice from melting, but what about us poor Moms (and Dads and siblings) that spend countless hours watching our precious offspring slam into each other there? At least the location where most of Jon’s (and all of Hannah’s) practices & games take place, has a mezzanine that is enclosed & somewhat heated.

Anyway, dinners this week must be quick, easy and/or be able to be made in advance. Not a lot of time for baking either. Cheryl at Gluten-Free Goodness is hosting Menu Plan Monday and has selected Pears as the featured ingredient. Thanks Cheryl! We received a gift basket from Harry & David’s last week that had 5 pears in it, so this will be part of dessert or snacks for us this week. :)

Sunday ~ Homemade Pizza (I am going to make the dough as soon as I post this); mine will probably be pesto, kids marinara, steamed veggies & spinach salad.

Monday ~ Spaghetti with meat sauce (I will have spaghetti squash), steamed green beans, spinach salad. Dessert will be vanilla ice cream with pear slices & caramel sauce.

Tuesday ~ Sweet & Sour Chicken (recipe from Carrie ~ Ginger Lemon Girl’s blog), brown rice and broccoli

Wednesday ~ Cheeseburger in Paradise (Hope to have the turkey burger if I can verify it is GF; the GF menu does not specify the alternative burgers (veggie & turkey)).

Thursday ~ Hamburgers on GF Buns, sweet potato fries, veggies and salad.

Friday ~ Chicken Broccoli Cheese Casserole, salad & foccacia bread.

Saturday ~ Breakfast for dinner (omlettes & pancakes, bacon, toast and fruit salad with pears, bananas, mandarin oranges & grapes)

Baked Goods ~ Jon has been begging for a coffee cake, so I really need to make one. I think Snickerdoodle Cookies are a must for this week too.

Off to get that pizza dough started.

Don’t forget to check out Orgjunkie for more fun weekly menu plans.

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