Menu Plan

I took advantage of the Safeway potato sale and purchased twenty pounds of potatoes for $3.98! That is an amazing deal- but I now have twenty pounds of potatoes I need to use. Anyone have any great potato ideas? Leave a link in the comment section.

Wouldn’t you know I plan to turn off my oven for a week and we end up with cold and rainy weather! A few of my meals are from last week since I didn’t want to grill in the rain!


Cinnamon Maple Swirl French Toast

No Mess Potato Pancakes

served with sausage, fruit

Whole wheat pancakes

served with fruit, orange juice, milk


Easy Granola

served with yogurt

Whole Wheat Waffles

served with fruit, milk

Oatmeal, Cereal, or Breakfast leftovers

Our Lunch List:

  • Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Grilled cheese
  • Leftovers
  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Smoothies
  • Cheese and crackers
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit and veggies
  • Baked Potato
  • Sweet Potato


Grilled Pizza
this is seriously some of the best pizza I have ever tasted

Chicken Tetrazinni

served with salad, whole wheat rolls


Salmon Turnovers

served with cardiac green beans


Bee Rocks

served with salad

Shredded Beef Burritos

served with homemade guacamole

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  1. Oh boy you have many great choices for this week & I always enjoy reading your menu plans.

    For potatoes try Banged Potatoes with Parmesan – simple, healthy, delicious!

  2. Loaded baked potatoes:

    Garlic mashed potatoes:

    Potato salad
    Sliced and baked French fries
    Scalloped potatoes
    Parsley potatoes (boil & mash with seasonings and lots of parsley)
    Use in crockpot meat dishes

  3. DorthyM. says:

    A friend of mine shared a great way to use potatoes –make homemade hash browns! She bakes hers first, let’s them cool, then peels and grates them. They can then be cooked or frozen for later use and you dont have to worry about the starch turning them dark.

  4. What I love to do with potatoes is make twice-baked potatoes to go with steak or even sloppy joes. Toss some bacon bits on them & they’re a good lunch too! For anyone who’s never heard of them, this is how ya make them:

    Bake 3-4 potatoes for 30-45 min. Make sure you poke a couple holes in the potatoes with a fork so they don’t explode. (speaking from personal experience…)
    Cool slightly then cut in half longways.
    Scoop out inside, leaving some meat still in the skin.
    Mash the insides. I like to add milk, a couple shakes of garlic powder, some butter, & lots of cheese.
    Stuff the skins with the mashed potatoes mix.
    Top with cheese & bake for about 10 min, or until cheese is melted.

    We had these just last night & they are so easy that my 13yo can make them by herself.

  5. Jen at Balancing Beauty and Bedlam has a recipe for freezer mashed potatoes, I think. You could try those! Or, like my mom used to do with leftover mashed potatoes, shape them into cakes and fry them in a little butter (in a nonstick or cast iron pan; they stick to stainless steel). Yum!

  6. a good old shepherds pie/cottage pie is a simple recepie that can feed a lot and uses up those potatoes. I also love tuna mornay pie served with a topping of mash potato. My husband introduced me to the novel idea of having chilli con carne served on mashed potato instead of rice, which I now adore. And potato bake makes a great side dish.

    Can you tell I love mash potatoes?

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Yum- I love the idea of chili over potatoes, that sounds good. I was thinking of making a sheperds pie to put in the freezer for when I am out of town. Thanks for the ideas!

  7. Baked potato bar– using leftover bits of veggies, cheeses, and whatever else might be able to be poured over a potato. Like the chili above. My favorite: leftover hot broccoli dip (broccoli/ pepper jack cheese/ mushroom soup).

    I have a great twice-baked Mexican potato recipe but I can’t get the link to work right now. 🙁 Basically make twice baked potatoes, mashing the insides with chunky salsa and cheddar cheese before restuffing them. I haven’t tried yet, but I think they’d freeze well.

  8. Not that you want to use your oven right now, but when I have an abundance of potatoes for a great deal…I make frozen hashbrowns like this: It is SO great to have these in the freezer ready to go for quick meals!

  9. Well, it looks like most folks beat me to the punch on potato ideas, but here are mine:

    Taco Baked Potatoes (baked potato topped with taco meat, sour cream, salsa, etc)
    Broccoli Cheese covered baked potato (my fave since I was a kid)
    Make mashed potatoes and freeze them (I think this works)
    Crock pot meal – diced potatoes, diced ham, a can of corn, and cheddar cheese soup thinned with 1/2 c milk at 3 Tbs flour added.

  10. Try this – super easy!

    The tetrazinni looks yummy.

  11. Leftover mashed potatoes are good in muffins and as binder in fish cakes. Yum!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      What are fish cakes?

      • I think fish cakes are fish patties. So instead of using cracker crumbs to hold the, say, tuna or salmon together in little patties, you can used mashed potatoes. 🙂

  12. I tried the salmon turnovers tonight…very yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  13. The has a recipe for individual muffin size scalloped potatoes that freeze great.

  14. Nicole C. says:

    Yesterday I saw Sandra Money Saving Recipes on Food Network and she had a very easy recipe for scalloped potatoes. I haven’t had a chance to try it, but it looks good.

    Good luck with the potatoes! I always have a hard time when I buy lots of ‘tatos too!

  15. Plenty of potatoes to make some side dishes and toss in the freezer. Shred some for hash browns, french fries (and freeze). I would also slice some and make a few side dishes of potatoe au gratin or scalloped potatoes (my favorite made with boursin cheese). If you don’t want to freeze the whole dish, freeze just the sliced potatoes and add your cheeses/sauce before cooking. Saves time.

  16. Do a baked potato bar as a dinner one night. Put out some fixings like cheese, broccoli, bacon bits, chili, sour cream, etc and let the family create their own potato masterpieces. We did this for my twins 1st bday party and it was a hit.

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