Monday, November 9, 2009

Ugly Food Alert and Weekly Menu Plan

I am a big believer in planning a weekly menu.

It all started with Dave Ramsey. A budget will do that to a girl.

Gone were the days of strolling the aisles absent-mindedly and tossing things into the cart with each passing whim, only to have half of it rot in the crisper.

Now, I shop armed with a list, which is documented in accordance with the floor plan of the store.

Doesn't everyone do this?

You would think that this obsessive-compulsive technique would eliminate forgotten items, but tisn't so.

Now let's get down to brass tacks.

Monday (a.k.a. Today): Knock Off Olive Garden Capellini Pomodoro with fresh garlic bread

The trifecta. You just can't go wrong here.

Except...well, brace yourself...

Sorry. I mean, I don't really think it's my fault, but I guess you didn't exactly ask me to show you a dish of pasta covered in pink tomatoes. They really were rather pink. And not in the good way.

But! It was Good. It did not taste like OG's shining star, but Cory and I both had seconds.

This seems like a very appropriate time for me to lament the fact that people often find the smell of garlic offensive. If it were up to me, I would request that my home smell like garlic 5 nights a week. I don't even mind when I can smell garlic on my fingertips the following day.

I like it. (Too much?)

On with the show.

Tuesday: Rachel's Healthier Broccoli Cheese Soup (This will be my first attempt, but I trust the source.)

Wednesday: Left-overs (Cory's working late, the kids and I have church. It's a no-brainer.)

Thursday: New York strips ($4 off/lb this week!), Sarah's Rice Pilaf, Greek Salad (Cory does not eat potatoes and is not fond of asparagus. We are improvising.)

Friday: Sunday School party

Saturday: Beef Carnitas with fresh avocado salsa

To Food! {clink}


  1. Very ambitious! I'm impressed. And I love your blog...Jen sent me your way and I'm happy she did. Your photos (maybe with the exception of the pink tomatoes ;)) are beautiful. Thanks for the daily inspiration!


  2. Well I'm half Italian so I say bring on the garlic! There's nothing better than the smell of garlic and onions sauteing in a pan!!

    I need to do the list thing, but it's rather blissful without one...

    :) T

  3. That pomodoro looks incredible! :o) I LOVE meal planning too! I use the printables available on but I'll admit I have yet to find a fave. meal planning printable lists. I meal plan early in the week & then we do one big shop on friday or the weekend. Nice blog you have!!!!

  4. I am all about having a meal plan and store list, let me tell you! I too used to do the blind grocery shopping thing...what a serious waste of money. I never realized until I commited to making a plan each week. I cut my food bill in half! Kudos to Dave Ramsey! Oh, and there is nothing better than a house smelling of garlic and onions. I think they should bottle it. ;o) ~mary~

  5. thanks for such a great menu! I do that too - much easier......

  6. Great menu! I must get back into planning the weeks meals! Have a sweet day!

  7. Have you ever been on a train with a shirtless old man who smells like and entire rope of garlic??? Mhmm...if it weren't for that ol' stinky man...I would have missed out on seeing the Corinth Canal. He was pacing the aisle..making sure everyone knew just when to look out their windows.

    : )

    Julie M.

  8. Yum! I love Dave Ramsey.. he has a big effect.. doesn't he?

  9. That is an inspiring menu my little chef. I'm afraid my family won't be eating nearly that well. Can you send them some leftovers?

  10. What time should Megan and I show up on Saturday? Lori

  11. I thought I was the only one that arranged my grocery list by department. Oh, gotta love the OCD. I save my menu plans, keep a copy of the recipes with them, and I also save the grocery list. Voila...easy peasy shopping and planning. Just grab and go. I used to save the receipts too, and figure out to the penny what each meal costs, but I'm on medication now. :-)

    Will try the Pomodoro...sounds lovely.

    Tonight we are having Broccoli Chowder with Corn and Bacon and a loaf of Onion Dill bread. Not sure that will 'go' but I want to make it. So there.

  12. The first thing I wanted to tell you when I read how much you love garlic is you should really try the Pioneer Woman's roasted poatatoes and garlic... then I read Cory doesn't like potatoes! You're whole house smells like garlicy goodness... divine!!! We had some last night actually!
    I ~try~ to menu plan every week but it doesn't always happen!
    Have a lovely day!

  13. Our shopping list is also in order according to the floor plan of the store, you mean this is odd??

    And. . . Garlic = Heaven

  14. A menu list is necessary for us too. My dinners don't sound as yummy as yours, though. I might have to branch out and give them a good ol college try. Thanks for the ideas. :)
    I agree that you can't go wrong with Rachael Ray. My kids are FREAKS for her sloppy joe recipe. FREAKS>

  15. I grocery shop according to what is on our weekly menu as well and it really does make a difference. The trick is only buying what is on my list and not giving in to the temptation of all the snacks, etc. that I think we need.

    I really enjoy coming up with a menu for our dinners. We have many of our favorite dishes but I also like to experiment and be creative in the menu planning so that it doesn't become boring. I think your dinners sound delicious and I am with you on the garlic... the more, the better!

  16. I actually have to go shopping today. I was tossing around the idea of writing a list (I usually don't) but I think your post is a sign. God is telling me to write a list. LOL

  17. Yummy! I too believe in weekly menus...I don't always stick by it, but it's the thought that counts.

    Garlic = I need gloves not to stink.

  18. Will you deliver on Saturday evening? :)

  19. Wow are so good. I cook maybe 2 or 3 times a week if I'm lucky. We have a lot of non-meals. Hope your kids and honey appreciate a menu that looks like that;)

  20. YUM! Garlic is a wonderful ingredient... I never mind that my house smells like it either.

  21. The pasta looks good. My body is pretty much made of like 97.8% pasta, so I always like pasta.

    I have a weird thing about garlic..I ALWAYS use it, but if I smell it on my hubby from like an earlier meal out or something, ICK. Just totally wrong!lol!

    You'll have to let me know if the soup was tasty to you! We (obviously) really like it.