Menu Plan Monday ~ Turn Off the Oven Edition

The contest has ended. If you are interested in signing up for the Stolen Moments Menu Planning service, I have a discount code available here.

I am so excited to guest host Menu Plan Monday for my friend Laura. Laura’s site was one of the first blogs I read when I started writing The Happy Housewife. Her Menu Plan Monday meme motivated me to plan and publish my menus each week. Having a menu plan and sticking to it is one of the easiest ways to save money on your monthly food bill.

To show my appreciation for all the menu planners out there, who have motivated me and held me accountable over the past months, I thought it would be fun to have a menu planning giveaway. If you struggle with menu planning or just want a break for a while because of a busy season, I’ve got a great solution for you.

Kate from Cooking During Stolen Moments recently launched a menu planning service, Stolen Moments Menu Planning. This service is different from other menu planning options out there because it is fully personalized to your family’s size, likes, dislikes, cooking styles and budget. Kate takes your answers from a brief survey to create unique menu plans tailored just for your family. Each plan includes the menu, recipes and a corresponding grocery list. You can choose to have your plans delivered monthly or weekly. You can also subscribe to either the basic plan for dinner only or the complete plan which includes breakfast, lunch and dinner. For more information, check out the Stolen Moments Menu Planning site and order page. I have seen first hand Kate hard at work creating menus for families and I can assure you this is a valuable service for anyone who struggles with what to make for dinner.

Kate has offered to give one of my readers a 6 month subscription to the basic menu planning service. To enter, just leave a comment on this post. The giveaway ends Thursday, August 6, Cora time. You don’t not have to link up with a menu plan to enter, just leave a comment.

Menu Plan Week of August 2nd

I am not sure about you but it is hot around here! The temperatures are rising and in an effort to keep our electric bill reasonable I am trying to use the oven as little as possible. Thankfully we have a grill, griddle, and a crock pot to get us through this hot and humid summer.


Whole wheat pancakes (recipe below), Homemade English muffins, Oatmeal, Eggs and toast, Blender better whole wheat waffles


Sandwiches, Fruit, Veggies, Yogurt, Cheese and crackers, Smoothies


Cuban Chicken Salad – This delicious dish is perfect for summer and takes about 20 minutes to prepare from start to finish.


  • 2 chicken breasts, pounded thin
  • 1 head romaine lettuce
  • 1 can back beans
  • 1 cup frozen corn (cooked)
  • 1/4 cup green onions chopped
  • 1 small red pepper, sliced thin

Grill chicken until thoroughly cooked, slice into strips. Chop lettuce and divide on to four plates. Heat black beans and corn and spoon on top of the lettuce. Add sliced pepper and onion. Top with sliced chicken.


  • 2 TBS lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 1/2 teas sugar
  • 1 teas minced garlic
  • 1/2 teas chili powder
  • 1/2 teas salt
  • 1/2 teas pepper
  • 1/3 cup olive oil

Put all ingredients in a food processor or blender and blend until smooth. Pour over prepared salad.
For a fun twist add blue corn chips. For those who are not a fan of cilantro this salad also tastes great topped with salsa or ranch dressing.

Lemon Pepper Chicken Legs: Dark meat chicken is a great way to add meat to a meal without adding to your grocery budget.

served with tossed salad, fresh steamed broccoli, and seasonal fruit

  • 2/3 cup dry unsweetened lemonade mix
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 (16 ounce) bottle Italian-style salad dressing
  • 3 pounds chicken legs
  • Remove skin from the chicken legs. Mix together marinade ingredients and marinate the chicken legs all day in the fridge. Grill chicken legs on low heat until thoroughly cooked. The chicken legs usually take about 45 minutes to an hour on the grill.

Simple Crock Pot Pork Roast: Buy a cheaper cut of meat to save money. I purchase boneless, but that is my preference.

served with fresh pineapple, macaroni and cheese, and tossed salad

  • 1 cup worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • Spray crock pot with nonstick spray. Place pork roast in crock pot. Add worcestershire sauce and brown sugar. Cook on low for 8 hours. Turn pork roast occasionally. For those of your with acute observation skills, yes, I do put my crock pot outside in the summer months to keep the house cooler.

Pizza on the Grill: Let’s just say I am no Bobby Flay when it comes to grilling. I tried pizza on the grill last summer and failed horribly. My family loves pizza and during the cooler months it is a staple on Friday nights. I am going to attempt to grill pizza again this week, with hopefully some better results.

Salmon Cake Sandwiches: This is a favorite summer time meal. I usually have some whole wheat rolls in the freezer, but since I am all out I will probably buy some potato rolls at the store.

served with watermelon, chips, and corn

  • Two cans boneless, skinless salmon, drained
  • 3/4 cup chopped onion
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (you can use low fat)
  • 4 teasp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teasp black pepper
  • 1 teasp salt

I beat the eggs first, then take all the ingredients and mix together in a bowl. You might need to adjust the amount of bread crumbs a little to make sure you can form the patties.

Form the mixture into eight patties (similar to hamburgers)

On medium heat coat a frying pan with vegetable oil, then melt 2 tablespoons of butter in the pan.

Fry your salmon patties for about 4 minutes on each side until they are a beautiful golden color.

Set on a paper towel to blot any extra oil.

Serve on a bun with your choice of toppings. We like lettuce and mayo at our house.

Whole Wheat Pancakes

  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk ( I use powdered and add water)
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat (fresh ground soft white) flour

Mix dry ingredients, then add wet ingredients and mix. Cook on a hot (350 degrees) buttered griddle for about 3 minutes on each side.

Time to link up your menu plans for the week. To participate please follow Laura’s guidelines below:

  1. Link to your individual MPM post instead of to your home page.
  2. When adding your name to MckLinky please make sure to include some spaces. Here is an example of the right way: The Happy Housewife (Turn off the Oven), and this is an example of the way not to do it: The Happy Housewife(Turnofftheoven)
  3. Please feel free to let us know if you are new to MPM (so we can be sure to visit and welcome you) by putting “I’m new” or “first one” in brackets after your name in MckLinky.
  4. Please mention MPM in your post and link back to my weekly MPM post hosted this week at The Happy Housewife.  I reserve the right to delete those links that don’t adhere to this.
  5. Please do not host your own MPM at your site. Thanks!



  1. Thanks for hosting this week and for offering the giveaway. I’d love to win!

  2. Thanks for hosting! I have just been telling my husband that I don’t know how I’m going to be able to keep it up- so this give away would be a perfect break on one of my responsibilities! Thanks so much!

  3. Fun to see you hosting this week! Your salad looks wonderful, and I love recipes that don’t heat up the kitchen this time of year. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks for hosting and also for the photos and recipes! I can’t wait to hear about the pizza on the grill, sure does sound interesting!!1 Thanks for having a give-a-way and what a great service to offer!! I know when I first started menu planning I was so overwhelmed! I love it now!

  5. Anything that makes my life easier!

  6. Leigh Eagar says:

    What a great giveaway. Especially seeing as I will be trying to get into the swing of menu planning again after a 1 1/2 month vacation.

  7. Thanks for hosting and thank U for the great recipes. The cuban salad and the salmon cakes sounds like great ones to try.

  8. Thanks for hosting this weeks MPM!! You rock!!

  9. Wow! That Cuban Chicken salad looks awesome! Thanks for posting!

  10. well…this is my first week back to menu planning monday in 2 years…what fun that it is being guest-hosted with a giveaway!

    I’ve been working outside the home…and just haven’t been nearly as motivated to cook & plan meals as I was when I was doing this meme every week…so I’m back!

    thanks for hosting…

    blessings, mamabright 🙂

  11. Gosh a great weeks menu. I can see that I will have to pad out my weekly blog post. Love your menu

  12. Thanks for hosting and offering such a great give away!

  13. This would be such a help!

  14. thanks for hosting!

  15. Your salad looks spectacular. Thanks for hosting and offering the giveaway.

  16. Yumm that salad (and the dressing) look so good. What a fabulous giveaway, can’t wait to see who wins!

  17. Wow, what an awesome thing for Kate to offer!! 🙂

  18. I’m new here, but love this concept! Your recipes look great, and I’d love the opportunity to try out the meal planning service!

  19. I wrestle with menu planning myself, but then, I’m just beginning. I fight with getting it done at last minute, or with fitting the meal I have planned in the time I allotted for it.

    Kate has an awesome idea! Thanks for the great link and giveaway.

  20. I can’t wait to try the Cuban chicken and pork roast. They both sound yummy!

  21. I think I’m going to have to give your salmon recipe a go, as we’ve yet to find one we all like! Thanks!

  22. Wonderful menu and recipes! Thanks for hosting 🙂

  23. thanks for hosting this week! Laura’s blog was one of the first I started reading too 🙂

    your cuban chicken salad looks tasty.

  24. Thanks for the opportunity to win some peace of mind. I struggle w/menu planning and so I’ve just given up! Trying to make it work for me. Thanks again.

  25. Oh, it would be delightful for someone else to plan my meals for me! Especially with teaching starting up again this week. Thanks for the constant insight and giveaways!

  26. I think its a great plan to not use the oven. We aren’t either, but that just means we are eating more convenience foods or sandwiches. I figure eating tons of tomato sandwiches justified buying frozen chicken nuggets since I am pregnant.

    I gotta know, is the roast very salty? It seems like it would be.

  27. I’d love, love, love to win the menu planning service. It’s such a chore to get myself to do that and I’ve been meaning to for a loooooong time. This would give me the jumpstart I need! Thanks for offering this giveaway!

  28. I have not been successful at menu planning yet, but I really want to! Your menu looks great! Yummy.

  29. Jennifer V says:

    Thanks for hosting! I would love to enter the giveaway. Sounds like a great prize.

  30. I just want to thanks for posting your meal plan. I have just started using a meal plan and last week I I was having a rough week, so right before I went to the grocery store, I jumped on your website to get my last couple of meals to complete my week. You saved me lots of time. Thank you so much.

  31. We did pizza on the grill last week and it turned out great! I used my homemade whole wheat crust, rolled it out thin, and brushed it with a little olive oil so it wouldn’t stick to the grill. The key is to have medium to medium-low heat (we use charcoal so it’s not exact…). Then brush the other side with a little oil and flip after 2-3 minutes. We found it works better to go light on the toppings and then put the lid down for a minute or two for the toppings to melt. It’s great and the crust has so much more flavor! I’d encourage you to try it again–it was so much fun for us!

  32. I love your site, and I would love to have someone else meal plan for me :-). I do it every week, but it’s not my favorite thing to do.

  33. Being a stay at home mom for the second time around, 2 daughters age 22 and age 7, I have been in need of inspiration. Thanks for hosting this week I have enjoyed your site.

  34. Thanks for hosting MPM this week. Nice blog!

  35. Thanks for hosting!! Your menu looks yummy and gave me some ideas for my planning!!

  36. I love giveaways, what fun! I’ve been reading your blog for a couple months now and absolutely love it. It’s a great one!

  37. I would love help with some menu planning.

  38. Jacki Butler says:

    Thanks for sharing your menu. What time’s dinner? The menu planning giveaway is great. Always looking for inspiration!!!!

  39. This would be such a blessing to my busy household. We have 4 activities during the week and 2 on Saturday, and the church on Sunday. We are so busy and this would really help my family. Thanks!
    cookiecutter72 at hotmail dot com

  40. Sounds like a good plan for the week.

    And I like the sounds of your giveaway too.

  41. I totally forgot to comment though I added my link. 🙂

    Here’s hoping I have a chance at the prize. 😉

  42. Thanks for hosting this week! I would love a chance to win the menu planning from Stolen Moments!

  43. I like the idea of turning off the oven for a week. I almost did that this past week, but ended up having to bake cookies & brownies for a friend’s event. Thanks for the chance to win the planning from Cooking During Stolen Moments. Sounds great!

  44. This is just what I need! I’ve been struggling to come up with good menus for the past couple weeks and our grocery budget is low, which makes it even harder!

  45. The Cuban Chicken Salad was really yummy. I might try to get the rest of my family to eat it!

  46. That is a wonderful give – away and I would love to win it.

    Thank you so much for hosting this for Laura this week. I’m not sure about the Pizza on the Grill, fortunately we do not get that much hot weather up here that it becomes unbearable to utilize the oven.

  47. Chantelle says:

    I love your site! Thanks for sharing your menus!

  48. I have been trying to menu plan. It is new to me so I guess it will take some time. I have noticed that it saves me a lot of money at the grocery store:) Always love to see all the menu plans and copy some of them. Thanks for the great recipes and pictures.

  49. Great job hosting this week! Thanks for all the yummy recipes.

  50. I am a menu plan junkie! I love to hop around and read menu plans and love to read Stolen Moments:) For pizza on the grill I make my dough (scratch that) your dough recipe a little bit stiffer just add more or less water/flour. I don’t try to get a perfect circle when I roll it out. Oblong works better when you lift if off the pan and onto the grill so it doesn’t fall out of shape onto itself. I roll it out on some olive oil as well and brush the pan I transfer it onto. I heat my gas grill on high until it about 400 degrees then turn all the way down to low. Grill on both sides with lid down. Put on toppings and put the lid down again. YUM!

  51. thanks for posting the menu mom
    but could you fit pizza in the menu please

  52. Looks like our heat spell has broken for the week and we’ll get some rain. Makes planning meals a bit easier since I don’t have to be so worried about heating up the house.

  53. I absolutely love this! We have just started planning weekly menu’s and this helps a lot! I have a hard time finding different recipes that I like on a strict budget.

  54. Thanks for hosting Menu Plan Monday this week. Your Cuban Chicken Salad looks fantastic!

  55. Thanks for the info. A service like this would help me so much, as I new housewife I really have no idea where to even start.

  56. I love the Cooking During Stolen Moments blog!

  57. I love Menu Plan Monday! I usually end up reading almost all of them and stealing ideas, because I am absolutely worthless at planning my own menus! Thank all of you ladies for doing all of the hard work. (Now if one of you could just come cook for me, too…)

  58. Great meal ideas, and some fun new flavors to try. I hate menu planning, but agree that it helps so much!

  59. Michelle says:

    What a great resource for moms! I would love to win!

  60. Eve Craft says:

    I love the idea of a custom made menu plan. It would be great to win. Your recipes are inspiring me to cook without the oven, too.

  61. Wow! What a fabulous group of recipes. I love the Cuban chicken salad and the salmon patties. Also, I’m anxious to try your crockpot pork roast — I’ve got a big one in my freezer right now.

  62. OldNuffToKnoBtr says:

    Thanks for the good ideas. I hope to use a few of them.

  63. Monica W says:

    I love the recipes this week!!!

  64. Thanks for hosting Menu Plan Monday this week. Your recipes look great, I’m going to have to try them.

  65. Thanks! I have a question posted for fellow meal planners on mine (basically how yall work out spacing meats over the week or whatever) because I’m having a little trouble in that area.

    Love the recipes! Will def have to come back and go over them when I have more time 😀

  66. Thanks for hosting. The menu planning sounds great!

  67. Thanks for the heads up for this service! I am really struggling with menu planning.

  68. What an awesome giveaway! Great idea.

  69. Thanks for hosting this week… these meals all look great!

  70. what a wonderful post….with school starting back up in a few short weeks and soccer starting in a week (i have 3 on 3 different teams) someone else planning my menu would be a wonderful thing….wow what a break that would be to have all the work done for me….

  71. thanks for hosting this week, and I love the giveaway!! I could use some menu planning assistance for the next 6 months with a new baby in the house!!

  72. That cuban chicken salad looks so good!!! Thanks for hosting, you have a great blog.

  73. The Cuban Chicken Salad sounds really good. I’ll have to give it a try.

  74. I’d love to win the menu planning service! I find that we save so much money when we plan and yet I just can’t always find time to do so. I really know that my family could put Kate’s services to the test!

    Thanks so much for hosting MPM and the giveaway.

  75. My first visit, but I can tell it won’t be the last! This is something I struggle with and I would love to win! Thanks for offering the opportunity. Your posted recipes sound yummy! Thanks for sharing!

  76. I love menu planning!

  77. I am impressed that you plan out all three meals. We usually do cereal for breakfast. Lunch is the hardest meal for me to do. We are in a nugget rut. Thanks for hosting this week. I am going to try the Blender Better Waffles some weekend morning.

  78. Sounds like a great giveaway! My menu plans for this week and next week will be made only from what I have on hand for a food prep challenge. I’ll be checking out everyones menus for some ideas!

  79. Lisa Thompson says:

    Your Cuban Chicken Salad looks yummy. I can’t wait to try it. The Menu Planning Service would be awesome to win! Thanks!

  80. I just found this site as I am looking for ways to save time and money – with a VERY active 2 year old and a brand new baby boy this giveaway would be a great help!

  81. Fun ideas! I like putting slow cooker outside! I will be trying that tomorrow when I cook beans all day!

  82. What a dream come true….some one to do my menu planning and shopping list! It could be Christmas in August!

  83. I’d love to win the 6 months of menu planning! This is something I need help with!

  84. Great menu – Thanks!

  85. Thanks for hosting today! BTW, I poked around a little and LOVED your story. What you’ve written so far, anyway! Obviously it gets better. . . happier. . . I’m looking forward to reading about that!

  86. Thank you so much for hosting this week. (I am super late signing in. UGH!)

    That salad looks delicious! YUM!

  87. Great website and an awesome giveaway! I could be here for hours. 🙂

  88. Your menu planning inspired me!

  89. What a great giveaway! It’s so easy to get stuck in a rut making the same 5 family favorites over and over! 🙂

  90. Thanks for the giveaway. I have tried menu planning in the past and always seem to end up cooking the same 7 or 8 meals over and over! I hope I win!

  91. Thank you for always posting your menu. We struggle a great deal w/ menu planning. I can eat the same food everyday, hubby likes something different, and my 3 year old doesn’t care as long as he likes it. Problem is, hubby is not home for dinner 3 nights a week so I will ignore any ‘plan’ we might have and the little one and I will have PB&J, soup,and applesauce and be happy as can be! That saves us money but doesn’t help when we need leftovers to pack for hubby’s lunches!
    Until I get a good routine going, the stress of reading sales, organizing coupons, and planning meals gets to be too time consuming and I give up for something more immediately satisfying – like cleaning up a mess I can actually see!
    Thanks for the great giveaway! And the great blog!

  92. Your menu plan came at the perfect time! It’s been the hottest summer on record here in Texas and while I’ve been planning no-stove meals all summer, this gave me a fresh batch of recipes to try. Thanks!


  93. Please enter me in the give away!!

  94. Menu planning is one thing that I discovered, being from a completely unorganized family that drove me crazy!! I am the opposite and completely OCD, ADHD organized!! Thanks for the greate website!!

  95. Thanks for the giveaway! And great menu planning!!

  96. need lots of help menu planning. this would be great!

  97. I soooooo need this giveaway! I am a terrible meal planner.

  98. Thank you so much for this giveaway. I really, really want to win this. I work full time and I am a full time mom to 2 girls. I have tried to menu plan to help control out budget, but I have struggled. Especially with my picky eaters. I also struggle with adding more variety. Please pick me. Have a great day!

  99. What a fantastic giveaway! The Stolen Moments blog is heavenly and certainly inspires me 🙂

    Good to have you back Happy Housewife, I’ve missed you!

  100. This is a great giveaway idea!

  101. I’d try it – liked her ebook!

  102. What a cool giveaway! I love the likes/dislikes thing…for instance, my family is not a big fan of spicy foods, or fish. If we could specify likes/dislikes, and personalize a menu to fit our family, it would make my menu planning so much easier!!

  103. Thanks for all the menu ideas! I love meal planning! Please enter me in the giveaway!

  104. Would LOVE to win a menu planner–am pregnant and having a hard time even thinking about what to fix these days! Thanks for hosting and putting up the giveaway.

  105. Just “found” you – love this site.
    Pick me-Pick me!!!

    Thanks for all the good info.

  106. Sounds fantastic!

  107. This is a fantastic idea!!!

  108. As I do more and more cooking at home, I’d really love to try out her service.

  109. I LOVE menu planning and my family appreciates it too! I would love to win! Thank you for entering me.

  110. This would be so awesome for us! Thanks for the giveaway!

  111. Thanks for hosting. Your recipes look delicious! This is a great giveaway. Thank you!

  112. Great recipes.Would love to try the salad recipe.Hope to win the giveaway.

  113. The hardest part for me is figuring out what to cook (especially given that about the only vegetable my husband likes is green beans). With just six months of this, I’d have a whole arsenal of recipes that my family might just eat.

  114. Made the Cuban chicken salad this week. A definite keeper!

  115. Love your blog! I also love Kate’s blog – her recipes are so delicious. How great would it be to win her menu planning!!

  116. Great recipes! Thanks!

  117. I would love to win this fabulous giveaway! What a neat idea! And thanks for all the recipes and ideas! Can’t wait to try some of them!

  118. Would love to win the Stolen Moments menu planning service with school starting in just a few weeks. Thanks for offering this wonderful giveaway!

  119. I love Kate’s recipes, I actually already plan my menus off of recipes she posts, but you have the actual menu plannings service would be amazing!

  120. Thank you for offering the subscription. It would be so cool to win.

  121. Jennifer says:

    Would love to win if it’s not too late!

  122. Thank you for the recipes! Would also love to win the giveaway – not only am I struggling through planning our family menus, I need to fix enough extra of some items to freeze for my parents now. Thank you for your information!

  123. Oh, 6 months of planning help sounds so nice! We have a 4 year old and a 10 month old and are 2000 miles away from family, so it has been a long year, but a great year.

    But a little help would be such a treat.

  124. I love love love MPM, both here and at orgjunkie… but must vent! I hate hate hate when there aren’t recipes or recipe links!!

    Thanks again for hosting this week!!

  125. My family loved your simple pork roast recipe tonight! My husband was only upset when I told him there wasn’t any leftovers, he wanted it on a sandwich roll tomorrow. 😉
    I’m pretty sure that Cuban Chicken Salad is going on our menu next week, looks delicious!

  126. That salad looks amazing!

  127. I love this concept, we need to focus on more no-cook meals and they really tend to be healthy I’ve noticed! Salads, fresh veggies and fruit…I could use more of both!


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