The Meal Planner


It's sad that it's the middle of August and there are so many soups on my menu plan...but trust me, they are needed! We've had nothing but cold rainy days, long sleeve hoodies, cuddling up on the couch under a blanket and....the FURNACE RUNNING! Can you believe it?! In the middle of summer. I hope you all are having beautiful weather as our summer quickly dwindles. While I may be cooking pots of soup, I am using up gorgeous garden produce. So it all evens out in the end I guess :)


Day 1: Thai Coconut Chicken Noodle Soup* with Multigrain Buns

This is a fun twist on chicken noodle soup. While authentic Thai ingredients like lemongrass and lime leaves are delicious in this soup, I've swapped some of them out and given you substitutions like lemon zest and lime juice.

Day 2: Linguine Alfredo with Smoked Salmon and Tossed Salad
My Dad is always giving us packages of smoked salmon which is great to use up in this recipe. You could also substitute chicken, shrimp or even black forest ham (my mom always used to do that...it's weird but it's good).

Day 3: Egg Roll Stir Fry
My Dad was here a couple weeks ago and we spent HOURS rolling Steamy Kitchen's amazing egg rolls. Like seriously, those things are incredible. On a busy weeknight I don't have time for that kind of thing, so I wanted to take all those same great flavors and turn it into a quick stir fry. You're gonna love this one!



Day 4: Baby Potatoes with Dill Cream, Farmer Sausage and Sauteed Green Beans
I didn't post this recipe last week, but it would cruel not to because of it's simplicity and lovely summery flavor.


Day 5: Creamy Summer Vegetable Soup with Cheddar Biscuits
This soup uses up the leftovers from the night before and turns it into a creamy summertime masterpiece. I was actually SAD when this pot of soup was gone.

Day 6: Nacho Night with Salsa, Refried Beans and Guacamole
For some reason when Friday night rolls around, it is so easy to throw out the meal plan and say "let's eat out!". Instead, I'm planning a family Nacho/Movie night. We are going to watch a family movie and eat nacho's topped with tons of veggies and dip them in healthy salsa, refried beans and guacamole. Super fun and easy to say no to the take out urge!



For more great meal plan ideas, check out my complete list of meal plans or Org Junkie's Menu Plan Monday Links.

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8 Responses
  1. Shannon Says:

    Looks yummy! Sad about the weather...been such a strange summer! We have just finally warmed up in MI.


  2. How is it I've never discovered your site before. I'm gonna bookmark this and come back for more. Sorry it's so cold where you are. We've only gotten into "real summer" in the past 2 weeks!


  3. B. Keefer Says:

    I have to say I am lovin' your blog! I made the Thai Larp over the weekend and it was a hit! That may just become a regular meal around here.

    Can't wait to see the Egg Roll Stir Fry recipe.

    Sorry about your weather. Can you send some of that cold/rain down to South Texas? LOL We sure could use some relief from summer 'round here.


  4. darnold23 Says:

    Hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesdays on diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com this week. Thanks for posting. Debbie


  5. Katie Myers Says:

    Ooh. Looking forward to seeing your recipe for the chicken-coconut soup. I love Thai food.


  6. Shannon - You are so right...it's been an incredibly strange summer! Definitely not as hot as usual (so much for global warming :)

    Unfinished Mom - Thank you so much! Our temps seem to be slowly warming up this week which means I hope we get some "real summer" too! Just as school begins to start ;)

    B.Keefer - I am so glad your family liked the Thai Larp! The flavors are strange at first, but my tastebuds can't get enough. The Egg Roll Stirfry should be posted in a few days. I tried it last week, but wanted to make some changes so I'll be making it again to work out the kinks.

    Katie Myers - The soup has flavors reminiscent of Thai food, but isn't a "specific" Thai dish per se. It is a nice change from make a regular Chicken Noodle Soup though.


  7. MamaFeelgood Says:

    Coconut SOUP!!! Can you please post the recipe?


  8. MamaFeelgood - I promise I'll try to catch up and post this week!