Menu Plan: Five weeks of bloggers' favorite meals

How fun! I asked several of my favorite bloggers to share their favorite recipes and dinners for their families. I thought I’d have about 2 weeks worth, but, wow! I have enough meals planned to carry me through five weeks…  Here you are, bloggers’ favorite meals meal plans.

This week…

Monday: Salmon salad using leftover salmon burgers, crumbled into a salad of greens, cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes
Tuesday:Gnocci with Chicken and Sun Dried Tomatoes
Wednesday:  BBQ Meatloaf from Kimberly at Mom in the City
Thursday: Leftovers
Weekend: Andrea’s Texican Chicken Pile-Up. Andrea, from Lil Kid Things, says that her family likes to eat in piles. Sounds good to me. She created this recipe and I can’t wait to try it.

Week of June 27

Monday: Puerto Rican Carne Guisada. Modern Mami, Melanie, shared one of her favorite meals from her youth, with lots of instructions to explain. I’ve never made a Puerto Rican meal before. I’ll admit that I’m a little nervous that I’ll even find all the ingredients up here in western Philadelphia, but stretching my kids’ palattes is on the list of things I love to do at dinner. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to introduce the family to Puerto Rico culture.
Tuesday: Robin from Simple Green Organic Happy shared that her kids really like the BBQ Sausage & Cabbage Hot Pockets. She mentioned that it is good for quick reheating to-go–which will be perfect for leftovers. making extra!
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Pitas from The Dish from Trish was recommended by Philly blogger Crissie who writes at Piccadilly Arts. This recipe sounds easy and good, so I’m trying it out. (Note: I can’t link directly to the recipe, so the link takes you to the general recipe webpage. Grilled Chicken Pitas is on the list.)
Thursday: leftovers
Holiday weekend: Angela from Blissfully Domestic recommended an entire meal that sounds perfect for a holiday dinner: BBQ Grilled Ribs with Spaghetti Squash Primavera and handmade ice cream for dessert

Week of July 4 (As July 4 is part of the holiday weekend, I’ll start on Tuesday, July 5)

Tuesday: Alissa from Fun Finds for Families recommends cheap and easy slow cooked BBQ Chicken which has several of my favorite words in it, especially on a busy Tuesday
Wednesday: Alissa also suggested cheap and easy-peasy Split Pea with Ham Soup. I’ll be interested to see which of the kids likes this one.
Thursday: Debi from Who Says 8 is Enough? suggested Lise’s Ham and Cheese Bake. She usually makes this with leftover ham, so it’s perfect the day after having Split Pea with Ham Soup
Weekend: Katja Presnal’s Greekburgers, looking forward to trying a different style burger than what’s usually on my menu with a Greek salad

Week of July 11 I will seriously celebrate this week, when camp finally starts! Of course, this will change our schedule, yet again, and throw me, I’m sure, when it comes time to cook. This week, most of the meals are all from Shana of Shanamama.
Wednesday: Shana’s simple thrown together salad
Thursday: leftovers
Weekend: Cranberry Chicken from Stephanie which she says she makes with chicken or pork once a week.
Week of July 18

Monday: Another from Stephanie, this is carrot soup, which she recommends making with fresh vegetables. I’m not sure about soup in the summer, so I may shuffle this one around and make a cold soup instead, like cucumber or gazpacho (which is one of my favorites.)
Tuesday: Heather shared this recipe for Root Beer Pulled Pork, which sounds fun. I’d love to serve it with her zucchini side dish.
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Heather also shared a Lemon Chicken Marinade. I imagine that would go well with Grilled Potato Salad or Greek Tzatziki Dip (with dippers, of course.)
Weekend: Considering I went 6 weeks without planning a burgers and veggies on the grill, I think it’s about time to have one of my favorites!

Stephanie also recommends a Chicken Satay recipe, but since I have a peanut allergy, I can’t make this one. Substitute it in for a different chicken recipe if it speaks to you!

Also, I never make desserts, but this 5 3s dessert, from Barbara, sounds super easy and summery. I’m going to have to try it out sometime soon.

Can’t wait to see what everyone else’s favorites are. Looking forward to trying out some new ones myself! Thanks to all of the bloggers who shared their favorite meals.

But I’m not finished! I know there are tens of thousands of bloggers and readers who have favorite recipes to submit. Here’s your chance to share! Complete this easy form and submit your favorite summer family recipe. Then keep watch in August when I share more of bloggers’ favorites, a special summer edition.

mom of 3 and wife living in the Philadelphia suburbs, Julie is a former elementary school teacher and a Public Relations manager. She is the owner/editor of Julieverse, a merchandiser with Chloe + Isabel ( and founder VlogMom and Splash Creative Media. A marketing strategist and freelance education and parenting writer by trade, Julie attempts to carve out time to enjoy playing with her kids, PTO, cooking and exercise.

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  1. says

    Missy’s Chicken Salad

    Boil chicken in a pot on the stove on low for about 1 hour…make sure chicken is fully covered in water (easiest to use boneless chicken breast…I usually use about 2-3 pounds to make 1 large bowl for you girls)…you can add finely chopped celery, green onion and parsley if you like it while it is boiling….sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t (sometimes I cheat and just sprinkle in a little dry minced onion seasoning)…it just depends if I have it or not (as a short cut …if you do not want to boil chicken or do not have time, you can buy a rotesserie chicken and pull it apart and use the cooked meat instead to save time or use leftover chicken meat from another meal to avoid having to boil the chicken at all)
    let chicken cool, then pull apart or cut into small pieces.
    Add celery, green onions, parsley (if using),chopped apples (I usually use either gala, red or granny smith) (another option could be to use red grapes sliced in half instead of apples for a different taste…they would go really good with almonds instead of walnuts I think) & chopped walnuts (if you like them …or you can use chopped pecans or sliced almonds instead if you like them, but i usually do not add them to the pulled chicken until serving so they do not get soggy).

    Add dressing (make this on the side in a bowl, mix then add a little at a time until you get the consistency you like)…you may not need it all, it depends how mch chicken you are making)
    1 cup mayo (you can use regular or light mayo, it really doesn’t matter…just don’t use fat free)
    3/4 cup sour cream (I use light sour cream)
    1 Tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    1 – 2 tablespoons honey
    salt and pepper

    Cool and refrigerate before serving.

    It tastes really good on honey wheat bread, wheat bread, pita bread, rolls, crackers….ENJOY!!


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