Monday Meal Plan #13

Monday Meal Plan

Happy Monday, and Thanksgiving week! I hope you had a wonderful weekend. We got a little snow yesterday, and it really feels like the holiday season is upon us!

Weekend Recap

I had a lovely and lazy weekend at home. I didn’t set foot outside my house on Saturday. Instead, I did some reading, researched pie recipes, took a bath, and emptied, purged, and organized my dresser drawers. (If you’re keeping score, that’s the first thing I’ve done from my winter break goals.) Yesterday, I did a little more reading, finalized my Thanksgiving recipes, and did a very small amount of cleaning. The highlight of the day was attending the Nutcracker Tea at the Hall of Springs in Spa State Park with friends. It’s a fundraiser for the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), and this was the third year I took my daughter to this event. After the last time we went, I felt like I had my fill of it. But as soon as the tickets went on sale this year, nostalgia and the holiday spirit took hold of me, and there was no looking back!

The Upcoming Week

This is a pretty atypical week for my family, as I’m sure it is for most of you, too. My daughter only has school today and tomorrow, and my husband’s office closes early on Wednesday.

In past years, we’ve had Thanksgiving with my family at my parents’ house, then traveled to my in-law’s house in New Jersey. Since my nephew, Charlie, had surgery a couple of months ago, traveling with him would be too much for my sister and her husband this year. Instead, they’ll be hosting at their house outside Boston. Because driving any distance on Wednesday is typically a nightmare, we’re getting up early and driving to Massachusetts on Thursday.


My contribution to the Thanksgiving meal is dessert. Even though making pie terrifies me – especially on an important holiday – I’m bringing one pie, a pumpkin cheesecake, and chocolate chip cookies. (The latter is a request from my four year-old nephew.) After much research, I decided to make the classic apple pie recipe in the Cook’s Illustrated Cookbook, and Ree Drummond’s Pumpkin Gingersnap Cheesecake. And for the cookies, I’ll use the Nestle Toll House recipe.

This Week’s Meal Plan

Since we won’t be eating at home for a couple of days, this week’s meal plan is pretty simple. Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

  • Monday: Sausage, lentil, and kale soup w/ baguette (This is the third time it’s been on a meal plan, and this time I mean it!!)
  • Tuesday: Leftover soup
  • Wednesday: Pasta with Sunday slow cooker beef ragu (from the freezer) w/ roasted broccoli
  • Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!!
  • Friday: Brinner – pancakes and bacon (This also didn’t happen last week, as I had planned.)
  • Saturday: Beef burrito casserole w/green salad
  • Sunday: Leftovers

What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Are you making an entire meal, or select elements?

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Author: My Upstate Life

Wife, mom, and lover of books, podcasts, and blogs. Not a fan of cooking, winter, and snakes.

4 thoughts on “Monday Meal Plan #13”

  1. You can’t go wrong with a Ree Drummond recipe – or with chocolate chip cookies. You should try the chocolate chip cookie recipe on my site if you don’t have one; it gets rave reviews wherever we go!! That beef burrito casserole sounds so good – we’ll have to try it after the leftovers are all gone. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Amy!

  2. Since I’m back on lentils again (after eating them for 2 weeks straight and getting sick of them), that soup is looking interesting. I’m on day 5 of a no-dessert & no-coffee diet adjustment, and it’s hard for me to read the words “cheesecake” and “apple pie”! But I hope your dessert is a smashing success, and I wish you a very happy Thanksgiving : )

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