Menu Plan: Dinner This Week

Here’s what we’re having for dinner at my house this week. I cook out of my freezer A LOT, which is helpful in keeping dishes to a minimum during the week, which is my personal kryptonite. I reallllllly dislike washing dishes.

Orange Honey Habanero Beef Fajitas

Central Market sells this marinated meat and it is SO SO SO GOOD. I buy a couple pounds at a time and keep it in the freezer. It is also rather spendy though, so my new project is to figure out how to replicate the marinade at home. I figure it can’t be too tough, right? We don’t really do the tortilla thing any more though because, well, store bought tortillas are boring and blah so why bother? I half a red bell pepper, grill that, and slice up an avocado, tomato and whatever other vegetables in the Tex-Mex category I might have lying around. Sometimes I throw it on greens and call it a salad, most of the time I just eat it all with a fork. YUM.

Steaks, Asparagus 

Costco sells the best filets ever and while they used to be a lot cheaper, they’re still a decent value. The cuts are thick and one filet is enough for both of us. Chris will grill this with olive oil and cracked pepper on it, we’ll half it, and fill out our plates with grilled asparagus. This is an awesome meal in my book because NO DIRTY DISHES WOOOOO GRILLS! If I am feeling sassy I might also make a box of couscous, but that means I’ll have to wash a saucepan so it might be just protein and veg on our plates tonight.

Ham, Cheese, and Caramelized Onion Puff Pastry

Before I knew I was inviting eight people over for Easter, I bought a mini ham for just us and it’s still in the fridge, needing to be eaten. This is a super simple thing to assemble: puff pastry, whole grain dijon, ham, swiss, caramelized onions, top with second puff pastry, bake. Caramelizing the onions can take a while, but you just let them SIT there so it’s totally easy. I’m serving this with salad.

Here's what you do with your leftover Easter ham: puff pastry, whole grain dijon, ham, caramelized onions, swiss. Top with the second puff pastry sheet, bake until melty. YUMMM.


Ham Sliders

Hey, guess what? THERE IS STILL GOING TO BE HAM LEFT OVER! So I’m going to take some of these Parker House rolls and make some ham and cheese slider sandwich things.

Mini Honey Mustard Meatloaves

Lauren turned me on to this fabulous recipe and it’s AWESOME. I usually make six or eight at a time and freeze what we’re not eating. I mean, it’s just dumping ingredients in a bowl, might as well make a couple of them while I’m putting forth the effort.  I found a pound of ground beef in the freezer so this is why it makes the menu this week. (Do not skimp on the white cheddar, it  MAKES them.) Am serving with those green beans from Costco, sautéed in garlic and olive oil, and a Ziploc of mashed potatoes I sourced from my freezer.

Then We’re Going To Have Fajitas Again

We really like fajita meat and vegetables on a plate with salsa.

Turkey Burgers

My favorite way to do these is to use some of that powdered Hidden Valley Ranch mix in the meat and turn them into Texas-y Ranch Burgers. I usually top mine with wing sauce, because it is totally my favorite condiment. A salad and maybe some roasted potatoes or some of those frozen sweet potato fries will also make their way to our plates.


Oh man, I love pizza night. Lately I’ve been topping with basil pesto, red pepper, mozzarella  and hot italian sausage. My favorite dough recipe comes from Brown Eyed Baker, it makes TWO, and one always goes in the freezer. And guess what? We’re going to have a salad from the never ending box of Costco salad greens.


  1. Kathleen
    April 22, 2013 10:06 am

    Do you have a link for the mini honey mustard meatloaves recipe?

  2. betttina
    April 22, 2013 12:37 pm

    Do your daughters eat this same menu? I WANT to teach my almost-two-year-old to eat real people food (instead of kid food) but she’s just not a big eater yet. She eats better during the day but her dinner is usually a few strawberries OR a carrot OR a banana or whole wheat crackers that she likes to dip in a jar of green veggie baby food (spinach, peas, green beans – it’s all good). I OFFER her a plate of our regular dinner, she looks at it, MAYBE touches it, hands it back to me and shakes her head.

    I don’t know how much to fight her. She eats weird, but pretty healthfully.

    Part of it is that she’s a busy toddler so she won’t sit still to focus on her food. She eats better in the car, where there’s nothing else to do, so whenever we drive anywhere I hand her a peeled carrot or a banana and it’s gone by the time we arrive. (Okay, so she did carry a carrot around Walgreens yesterday and amused the clerk with her carrot-chomping, but still.)

    Just to compare, our dinners this week:
    Monday: taco salad
    Tuesday: french toast (we do a lot of breakfast-for-dinner)
    Wednesday: out to dinner because I have to work late
    Thursday: pot roast in the slow cooker because then we’re going to hear a lecture from Mayim Bialik (SO EXCITED)
    Friday: hamburgers

    Toddler MIGHT eat some french toast on Tuesday and she LOVES fried eggs, but other than that, she won’t really eat dinner.

  3. HereWeGoAJen
    April 22, 2013 3:53 pm

    I love it when people do posts like this so that I can steal ideas.

  4. Jess
    April 23, 2013 6:20 am

    I love meal planning posts! Thanks for the links!
    (my kids don’t eat anything good either- I don’t care.)

  5. Lisa
    April 23, 2013 9:52 am

    Wait, what is this about mashed potatoes in the freezer? Please tell me the freezer ways – I’m terrible at freezing stuff, but cooking from the freezer sounds AMAZING.

  6. K
    April 23, 2013 2:26 pm

    Ham is the gift that keeps on giving.

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