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RebeccaFirst Dinner Night!

Today we used our first recipe from Saving Dinner. It was chicken (faux chicken for me) seasoned and served with yummy beans (mixed with onion and salsa), corn and a salad. Keith and I both loved it! Very filling and worth the time (it actually didn’t take that long to prepare). I’m looking forward to the rest of the week-if this works, I’ll know to stick with it! 6 years ago

RebeccaSaving Dinner

I’m a FlyBaby (see and I heard about this great service called Saving Dinner: It’s $9.95 for three months full of breakfast, lunch and dinner menu plans. I found a plan that offers “regular” meals that can easily be vegetarianized (works for myself and Keith). I printed out the plan and showed it to him; he actually seemed rather happy about it. We’re going to try it this month and see how it works! 6 years ago


What do I want to ensure is on my menu:

fruit salad
veggie salad
tuna (pan seared?)
beans (3 bean salad?)
pasta (lots of possiblities)
fish ( is there something that says fish makes you smart?)
brown rice
cole slaw 6 years ago

ladybirdi made weekly plan for main courses long ago...

...need to start using it. i use cooking sw for this goal and it is fun.
i think to plan main couses is enough; although, it is reccomended to lay out all meals. will see… baby steps… 6 years ago

UberSistaJust DO IT

My week is so much less stressful when I have a plan in mind! I stopped for a couple of weeks, and ended up taking the kids out for dinner way too often!! $$$
Now that my husband is working out and eating like CRAZY, it helps to have a meal plan and to plan out who is taking the leftovers for lunches. It is so much more healthy, and less expensive as well. It also forces me/reminds me to get the food out of the freezer that I have lovingly packaged up in there… 7 years ago

UberSistaThe terrible twos are taking their toll

So it WAS going well until my two year old decided that she didn’t want to share me with the kitchen at dinner time. I took a day off from work and made enough “make ahead food” for one month and put it in the freezer. We will see how this goes as many of the meals are quite… “Hamburger Helper”. I planned out my menu for 3 weeks so far, and have more food than that. I am feeling good about it. 7 years ago

aribancaleCurrent Menu

MON. Chicken Night
TUE. Pork Night
WED. Veggie Night
THU. Beef Night
FRI. Surprise or Dinner Out
SAT. Pasta Night
SUN. Seafood night

1. Fish Fillet in sauce (lemon-butter, sweet & sour, curry, mayo-mustard)
2. Fish Spring Roll
3. Kare (Crab in Peanut Stew)
4. Gamberi (in butter or sour cream)
5. Seafood in Chili Garlic

1. Keema
2. Chili con Carne
3. Sukiyaki
4. Corned Beef
5. Bistek

1. Pork Ribs in Tamarind
2. Adobo
3. Deep Fried Pork Chop
4. Mapo Tofu

1. Chicken Express
2. Cordon Bleu
3. Chicken Fingers
4. Buffalo Wings
5. Tinola

1. Pinoy Bolognese
2. Lasagna with Eggplant in Bechamel
3. Puttanesca
4. Anchovies & Garlic
5. Tuna Carbonara
6. Hungarian & Feta
7. Blue Cheese, Capsicum & Veggies
8. Parmigiana
+ chorizo, shrimp, kani, clams, pesto,

1. Creamed Leaves & Flowers
2. Curry
3. Chopsuey
4. Chinese Lumpia
5. Vietnamese Salad

1. Tofu
2. Pickles (Kimchi, Atchara, Chutney)
3. Tomatoes (Fresh or Stewed)
4. Eggplant (Fried, Grilled, Paksiw)
5. Fried Potatoes (Fries, Chips)
6. Buttered Corn
7. Coleslaw

Lunch Out

1. Cereal
2. French Toast
4. Bottled Sardines or Tuyo
5. Spam & Egg

1. Baked Shells (oysters, scallops, mussels)
2. Beef Salpicao
3. Lyon Stalker (Lyoner & celery stalks)
4. Nacho Fiesta

Sandwich Fillings
1. Egg Salad with Oranges
2. Tuna Salad with Apples
3. Chicken Salad with Grapes
4. Chicken Asparagus

Food for Guests
1. Sukiyaki
2. Tandoori
3. Bistek
4. Floss
5. Molo

1. Chicken with Fruit
2. Kani Salad
3. Caesar’s
4. Rocket & Spinach
5. Chicken with Veggies
6. Potato with Everything
7. Fresh Mustard
8. Cole Slaw

I wanna learn how to make good:
1. Lechon Kawali
2. Chili con Carne (DONE)
3. Caldereta
4. Calamares
5. Sweet & Sour Sauce
7. 7 years ago

JLSwe eat so much better now

I signed up for the heart healthy menu at It’s e-mailed once a week with a grocery list. I really like it. We’ve learned to eat more vegetables, turkey, and fish and have cut back on pork, beef, and eating out. I like that the recipes are very simple, so I don’t have to be a great cook to use them. One warning—we usually reduce the amount of herbs and spices called for, especially pepper. I also add salt and extra olive oil. 7 years ago

UberSistaIt's working! I think I can do this!

I have been doing this now for a few weeks, and it helps SO MUCH. I have two kids (1 & 5) and have to make dinner when we get home without my husband there to help distract them. It puts my mind at ease to know what I am making before I get home, to know I have all the ingredients (thanks to my other goal of grocery shopping weekly… they kind of go hand in hand.) The family doesn’t just get the faithful stand by dinners, and I find that I am not throwing away a lot of food.
The best part is that planning my menu is also catering to my “foodie” side. I actually get to be a little more creative with cooking with not a lot of time. My references have been – Everyday Food magazine, Real Simple magazine and now Racheal Ray’s weekly menu in her magazine. These help a lot as I do not have time to look through cookbooks at this point in my life. Trader Joe’s, especially the freezer section, has also helped a lot for quick but good meals. Planning my menu also let’s me incorporate things that are still leftover in the fridge from the week before, that I don’t want to waste.
I write my menu down in a little book (Moleskin w/ a elastic strap closure) that I carry in my purse. I note what magazine/book I got the meal from so I know where to look for the recipe when I am cooking… I then also use this for my weekly shopping list, and for referencing past meals that my family liked. I hope I keep it up. Well worth it. 7 years ago

acwseaWasted energy, effort and food.

It seemed like a good idea at the time, but things happen and life gets in the way. Late nights at work, family members get sick and whatever you had planned and thawed for Tuesday doesn’t sound good, vegetables go unused and sit in the fridge all week. Ended up not being practical afterall. 9 years ago

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