Menu Plan Week of August 31st

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I am getting a little tired of not using the oven. While I like grilling, this summer I realized how much I depend on the convenience of my oven. I am looking forward to a break from the 90+ degree temperatures so I can turn my oven on every once in a while.

I am also so excited because we are having visitors next weekend! A very dear family will be visiting us and we are going to visit D.C. I think my shredded beef tacos will be a perfect meal to end the day.

My meals for the week of August 31, 2009.


Whole wheat pancakes, Oatmeal, French Toast, Eggs and toast, Blender batter whole wheat waffles


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


We had a few carry overs from last week:

Beef Stroganoff – No Mushroom Recipe

Served with tossed salad, bread from the bread machine, carrots

Grilled Pizza This easy and fast recipe is on the table in about 30 minutes.

Served with fresh pineapple and watermelon

Crockpot Shredded Beef Tacos

Served with all the fixin’s

Grilled Salmon

served with rice, veggies, and rolls


Served with salad, bread, applesauce

My kids are on an anti spaghetti kick, and I am not sure why. All other pasta seems fine, but they balk at spaghetti. Unfortunately for them, I have a few boxes taking up space in my pantry that I need to move!


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  1. If they don’t mind other shaped pasta, take the time to break the spaghetti into small pieces. or if you are like me, ‘accidentally’ step on the box or drop something on it. My mother always broke our spaghetti into little pieces when I was growing up to prevent trails of spaghetti sauce between the plate and our mouths.

  2. Another comment on the spaghetti….have you tried it in another dish? Such as, Chicken/Turkey Tetrazzini, Chicken Spaghetti, Alfredo, or even Baked Spaghetti? I know we can tire out very quickly from basic spaghetti and sauce.

    Have a great week!

    • TheHappyHousewife says:

      Chicken tetrazzini is a favorite in our house. The funny thing is we rarely have spaghetti! Not sure why they don’t want it.

  3. I am loving you site! Im glad I found you. I am a major homemade pizza lover, I have never thought of using honey in my dough, I will be trying that this week! Thanks! -Sarah

  4. Sounds like a yummy week.
    For me, up here in MA, it hasn’t been so much the heat but the humidity. It has been awful! Thank goodness it broke and we are down into the the mid 70’s all week with very low humidity levels!! : )

  5. We bought our house in April and the ancient oven had a problem with the heating element (it would overheat – way, way overheat.)
    Our insurance came in June to fix it and they are STILL fixing it. I’ve been without an oven since April!!

    I miss it so, so much!
    But have discovered lots of great oven-free recipes 🙂

  6. I totally agree with you in regards to the oven! Every summer I get weary of using the grill. This year I gave in early and started using the oven again. It makes for a rather warm house but it’s been so worth it!

  7. I get weird about spaghetti too…I think it’s just boring. I much prefer a different type of noodle (just not angel hair).

  8. I hope to see you at Crock Pot Wednesday on

  9. my son loves pasta so much he can eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. since he doesn’t like eating vegetables, i use cannelloni pasta sometimes. i just mix chopped vegetables like carrots, mushroom, broccoli and mix it with ground chicken and tomato sauce/paste. i stuff it inside the cannelloni, sprinkle it with diff kinds of cheeses and bake it. he does eat it, vegetable and all

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