Monday, April 11, 2011

This Week's Menu with "Red & Ready" Spaghetti Sauce

I'm starting to get the hang of this "weekly menu" thing again! And It's been a huge help during the week. With going to the gym 3-4 afternoons a week + our Tuesday & Thursday night activities it can make for a very busy 5 days, and a frustrating 5 days if I don't have our meals planned out.

This week I'm making one of my favorite easy recipes for a quick homemade spaghetti sauce. As a newlywed seven years ago, I found this recipe from Hunts for "Red & Ready" Spaghetti Sauce on the back of a label. It was super easy to make, very cheap, and my husband loved it. A slightly sweet and very simple spaghetti sauce served over your favorite gluten free pasta with a salad on side. This meal can be made in about 15 minutes if you prepare a large salad at the beginning of the week and have it ready to serve! The sauce only takes a few minutes to put together, but if you make it ahead of time, the flavors will really come together and taste fantastic over your pasta when served!

Breakfasts this Week:
Snacks This Week:
  • Green Smoothies, Chobani yogurt, apple slices + raw almonds, cheese sticks, larabars
Lunches This Week:
  • Planned leftovers from dinner -OR- servings of the large romaine salad w/ sliced almonds + apple slices.

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Dinners This Week:

Sunday Night Pre-Week Meal Preparations:
  • Boil eggs, chill in ice water, peel & place in baggies to take to take to work
  • Make half batch of teff muffins for breakfasts
  • Make half batch of "Red & Ready" spaghetti sauce for Monday night's dinner.
  • Make large salad for to eat with dinner & lunches
  • Make ground chicken taco filling for taco salads on Wednesday along with chopping up tomatoes for topping.
  • Make Pakistani Kima for Thursday night
  • Slice four apples for snacks throughout the week.

Find more amazing menus this week at AND for a great little round up of gluten free menus, please visit Angela's Kitchen!

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  1. Thanks for visiting my blog today! You made me smile with your encouraging comment! :) Those Thai Chicken Stirfry looks very yummy! :)

  2. What a great menu for the week!

  3. Hi Carrie! Thanks so much for stopping by today and leaving your encouraging words. Your menu plan sounds amazing! Your prep day sounds awesome. I have got to try prepping meals ahead of time, seems like a great option for busy families.

  4. Your beef curry sounds delish - I'll have to try that; I've only made it with chicken. You sound so busy! I know what a challenge evenings are because I have 14 piano students. I do think it really helps having a menu plan though.
    Have a wonderful week and thanks for visiting!

  5. Your menu sounds delicious! I would gobble up everything on it. Thanks for the inspiration.

    I love to get my greens in my smoothies, too. I tell the kids they are dinosaur smoothies - ha!

  6. I like how you have a list of Sunday night prep work!

  7. So organized. That Thai Chicken stirfry is calling my name.

  8. Wow, you are organized! Sunday evenings is my evening to curl up by the TV with DH and look through recipes to plan out my week. I write down what i need and do my groceries on Monday, but it doesn't work well because after a long day on monday, I don't want to cook and too tired to do any prep work. So I need to change that, your prep work is great! an inspiration

  9. Queen of the House - Thanks so much for dropping by!! :-) (((hugs!)))

    Alexandra - Thank you!!

    Lindsey - Thanks so much for the compliments, the prep work REALLY helps!

    Susan - I've had the beef curry for lunch once this week and I really liked it! I think I would actually like it better with ground turkey, but it was yummy with the beef too!

    Angela - greennnnn smoothies are yummy! I'd love one this afternoon!! :-) Thank you for hosting the weekly roundup!

    Kelly - Thank you! It's very helpful!

    ATastelife - I LOVE the peanut sauce in the stirfry! IT really makes the dish!

    My Casa Bella - Thank you!! I have to really get myself into gear on Sunday nights, I too would rather relax on the couch knowing a full week of work is ahead, but I have to tell myself that life will be so much easier if I just spend a few hours prepping!! :-)

  10. great ideas for planning....
    you are inspiring me!!

    (was able to comment at a different computer)

  11. Go you with your meal planning! I plan a week at a time too - it doesn't always work out 100%, but it definitely keeps me on track and less stressed.