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My Menu Plan

2013 May 18

Martha Stewart roast chicken - WhatWouldGwynethDo

Now that I have made it through a few hectic weeks of work and travel, the first routine thing I was excited to get back to was my menu planning. So I did it a little early this week and took care of everything yesterday (Friday) instead of Sunday. Here is a look at our menu for the week:

Friday dinner – homemade chicken pesto pizza on whole wheat crust *kids did not eat it, only because they needed to eat earlier*

Saturday lunch – takeout, probably Chipotle

Saturday dinner – Barefoot Contessa mustard-marinated flank steak with a side of roasted asparagus (inspired by my friend Brian who made the first batch of asparagus I have ever loved for us a few weeks ago). *kids won’t eat this, not huge steak fans*

Sunday lunch – Trader Joe’s soup with Gwyneth Paltrow’s garlic toast (baguette grilled until it’s slightly charred, rubbed with fresh garlic and drizzled with olive oil — so good and so simple)

Sunday dinner – Martha Stewart crisp skinned roast chicken with rosemary potatoes (shown above). I roasted my very first chicken a few weeks ago following this recipe and it was amazing and far less intimidating than I expected. *kids will eat this*

Monday lunch – leftover chicken sandwiches, of course

Monday dinner – pasta with chicken sausage and peppers *kids will eat this*

Tuesday lunch – leftover pasta

Tuesday dinner – Taco Tuesday *kids will eat this. kids live for this*

Wednesday lunch – slow-roasted tomato BLTs – to.die.for.

Wednesday dinner Рbroiled salmon with brown rice and broccolini saut̩ed in garlic and olive oil *Kai will eat this, Little D will sub the salmon for turkey meatballs*

Thursday lunch – I am in LA for meetings, my man will have something frozen from Trader Joe’s

Thursday dinner – takeout. I know when I am going to be too exhausted to cook and I embrace it.

Friday lunch – something frozen from Trader Joe’s

Friday dinner – homemade burgers with sweet potato fries *kids will eat this*

If you have any staple dishes or new finds you are loving in the kitchen, please share in the comments. Always looking to add to my arsenal 😉

*image above via Martha Stewart*

8 Responses
  1. May 18, 2013

    Thank you for sharing this, I really enjoy seeing another family’s meal plan and makes me better about doing ours. I think you would really like Lucinda Scala Quinn’s recipes, they are similar to Ina Garten, but a little…fussy? Her blog on Mad Hungry has tons of recipes, but her books are great too.

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 20, 2013

      Ooh, I haven’t! Will definitely check it out, thanks mama.

  2. May 19, 2013

    I have to thank you, your blog has really inspired me to cook more…(and to purchase the It’s All Good cookbook and some Madewell sandles but that is another story 🙂 ) Have you tried the almond-miso sauce from the cookbook? The simplest most delicious thing I have ever made! I am obsessed!

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 20, 2013

      Thanks, Lynette! Your comment made my day, a little dose of inspiration is exactly what I hope to offer. And no, I sadly haven’t cracked one recipe from the new book yet, but it’s sitting there, calling my name. And now the almond miso sauce is, too 😉

  3. liz duncan permalink
    May 20, 2013

    I really like some of your food options. I also really like that they aren’t super difficult to prepare. Perfect for the man and I since we are simple eaters.

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 20, 2013

      Totally – simple is good. Makes eating at home much easier to maintain!

  4. May 20, 2013

    Love reading your meal plans – sooooo need inspiration when it comes to kids meals (well, all meals if I am honest!). My new kitchen/ meal find? Sweet Teriyaki sauce slung over sliced up chicken breasts and baked in the oven for 20 mins. Delicious and good enough for the whole family.

    • WWGD permalink*
      May 24, 2013

      Love it. The truth is, I need some more inspiration for my kids’ meals as well, but most nights, if they eat what I put in front of them, I am happy. Baby steps and all… 😉

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