Monday Meal Plan #17

Happy Monday, and happy 2017!! I hope you and your family enjoyed the holidays.

As is our tradition, we spent Christmas Eve at home, just the three of us. It’s always the only day of the year when our daughter not only puts up zero resistance to going to bed, but actually insists on going early. (Thank you NORAD Santa tracker!!) The downside is that she insists that we go to bed early, too, to make sure the house is quiet and everyone is asleep for Santa’s arrival.

We opened presents together on Christmas morning, and headed to New Jersey to spend Christmas with my husband’s family. We spent two nights in the Garden State, then stopped at my parents’ house in Orange County on the 27th. Some of my extended family members met us there, and we got to spend an afternoon catching up with them.

In the days that followed, we slowly put away the Christmas decorations, slept in a lot, went sledding, and took advantage of some post-Christmas sales. It’s going to be tough to get back into the swing of things, but as someone who likes a routine and a fresh start, I think it’ll be (mostly) good. (I am going to miss sleeping in, though…)

The Week Ahead

This is a transition week for our family. Both my husband and my daughter were off all of last week, and they’re back to work and school this week (Tuesday). We don’t have much of anything planned, with the exception of a very special dinner on Wednesday – and it won’t be made by me!!

This Week’s Meal Plan

I took a meal-planning break during the holidays, but it’s a new year, so I’m back at it! (If you read my goals for 2017 post, you know that finding a way to dread this task less is one of them.) Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:

  • Monday: Brinner – waffles and bacon
  • Tuesday: Pasta with butternut squash, kale, and pine nuts
  • Wednesday: It’s my bithday, so I’m not cooking. Happy birthday to me!!
  • Thusday: Chili w/ raw veggies
  • Friday:  Leftovers
  • Saturday: Baked shrimp scampi (from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics) w/ orzo and salad
  • Sunday: Lasagna soup w/ bread

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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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.

14 thoughts on “Monday Meal Plan #17”

  1. I like the idea of posting a weekly meal plan. I’m trying out meal planning for the first time this year so I might have to follow suite and post my meals weekly or monthly 😉

  2. This all sounds delicious! I’ve never had lasagna soup, but I think it sounds perfect for the cold, dreary week we are having, so I might have to try it!

  3. Happy Birthday! Mine was last Friday (12/30). Yours is the same as my grandma’s was. She would have been 110 this Wednesday. 1/4 has always been a special date for me!

  4. Today is Wednesday, so HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! I hope you’re enjoying whatever meal you’re having : )
    Do you have a link to the recipe for “pasta with butternut squash, kale, and pine nuts”? I’d like to give it a go. (And next time I make one of your meals, I’ll post a photo. Maybe that’s the kind of thing that could make your meal planning less dreaded?)

  5. Happy belated birthday! We’ve had Shepherds Pie, pizza and tacos plus cake since it was also my son’s birthday yesterday. Thanks for linking up to the Creative K Kids’ Tasty Tuesday – I can’t wait to see what you create next week!

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