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Cindy's Menu for Jan 18 - Jan 24 
Jan. 17, 2010 4:17 pm 
Updated: May 6, 2010 11:49 am
Hello friends, it's hard to believe we are already into the last half of January of our new decade.  Time does fly when one is having fun, doesn't it?!

I was very ambitious today and made 3 pounds worth of meatballs and baked them, let them cool and put in a freezer bag.  It will make 4 or 5 meals for Sam and me and it will be so easy to pull them out as I need them.  And, I KNOW what's in them!  I use the 93% lean ground beef and I made my own bread crumbs from homemade french bread.  I use egg beaters for the eggs.  I will report next week how my frozen meatballs worked out for a couple meals I've planned for this week.  I also made some biscotti to have some to take to work next week.

Work is going well but it's sure nice to have 2 days off to get things done that need to be done!  I was so spoiled not working for so long that it's a bit hard to get used to doing it again.  This is my 3rd week back to work so it's bound to get better :)

On to the menu for the next week:

Monday - Jan 18 - Egg McMuffins, homemade.  As you can tell, we love breakfast for dinner and my dear hubby is always happy to have it.  Can't go wrong with homemade Egg McMuffins :)

Tuesday - Jan 19 - I'm going to get my hair cut after work so I plan on using some of those frozen meatballs and make meatball subs.  I use Ragu Chunky Mushroom spaghetti sauce for a quick meal on some hoagie rolls.

Wednesday - Jan 20 - Cindy's Jambalaya.  This is a quick meal that tastes so good.  There will be plenty of leftovers for the next couple days.

Thursday - Jan 21 - I'll thaw out a package of leftover Cindy's Beef Tips to serve with some No Yolk egg noodles. 

Friday - Jan 22 - Tomato Chicken Parmesan.  An easy weeknight meal.

Saturday - Jan 23 - Shrimp and Cream Pasta.  I use the fat-free 1/2 & 1/2 and use light butter.  This is a restaurant quality meal.

Sunday - Jan 24 - Having family down for dinner so I'm planning on making Quick Chicken Marsala (very doctored up with onions and mushrooms) with angel hair pasta, asparagus and homemade dinner rolls.  Green salad too!

Another week of great food, at least in my opinion!

Hope this finds everyone healthy, happy and in love!

Cindy's Jumbalaya
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Low Fat Cinnamon-Orange Biscotti
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Jan. 17, 2010 4:31 pm
I really wish I had freezer space to do make-ahead meals like you do! Great sounding menu, as usual!
Jan. 17, 2010 4:34 pm
Looks fabulous! I always read your posts every week :) I also try to meal plan weekly, my best friend got me this great pad of paper that has columns for each day of the week and it's titled weekly meal planner. Only problem is is the paper is so pretty I don't want to start using them hehe! Glad you are enjoying working again:D
Jan. 17, 2010 4:39 pm
I was peeking at your photos and saw your recipe for the Lofthouse cookies. Wrote it down right away! I love those!
Jan. 17, 2010 7:45 pm
Sounds great as always Cindy! I'm glad to see you are enjoying your new job too! Time really DOES fly when you're having fun.
Jan. 18, 2010 5:00 am
I too wish I had freezer space! Oh, to be able to make 3 pounds of meatballs! Menu sounds great!
Jan. 18, 2010 6:23 am
Everything sounds wonderful! I just got a chest freezer, but have yet to even plug it in! We need to do some rearranging in our basement to get it in the right spot. Can't wait to put it to good use!
Jan. 18, 2010 4:47 pm
Great week of meals planned!
Charlene Smith 
Jan. 18, 2010 5:17 pm
I made your jambalaya again on Saturday. Hubby & I just love it! Thank you, Charlene
Jan. 18, 2010 5:36 pm
I just have to ask, can I come live with you? Wow, how do you do that week after week? I just wing it and keep my fingers and toes crossed that I can, Create a Miracle, as I put it. Some times I get a winner and sometimes I get oh God Mom, don't make that again! LOL Love your blogs, I may not respond every time but I appreciate the fact that you do them week after week. Thanks Sweety!!
Jan. 20, 2010 10:02 am
I am new to the blogs and just find them so addicting, inspirational and such a wonderful learning tool. I love the menu and also TRY to plan my meals out too-- I too look forward to reading your weekly blogs...thank you for sharing!
Jan. 20, 2010 1:20 pm
, too, read your blog weekly and get inspiration from them. Today I saw your 'shrimp and cream pasta". When I clicked on it to get the reciepe - it said - that you had changed it to unviewable so I can't see it. Help I love shrimp and pasta. thanks
Jan. 20, 2010 4:28 pm
Sorry, but here is the real recipe!!
Jan. 21, 2010 6:19 am
So glad I found your blog. I noticed your level is expert and mine is novice!!! Even tho we are probably the same age!! Everyone else did the cooking and now life has brought me to the point where I need to do it. So starting today, I am going to try out some of your lowfat, healthy recipes. Everyone wish me luck, cause if there is even one step left out (even if it is common sense) I may make a mess!!
Jan. 21, 2010 8:37 am
Hey Cindy,Just found your blog today and can hardly wait to read more about your meal planning. Every day I'm stuck with the "what's for dinner?" syndrome. I'm sure this site along with your blog will be very helpful. Thanks.
Jan. 21, 2010 1:49 pm
MariLynn and Karen, I'm so glad you found my blog. When I started it I hoped that I could inspire others to try to follow a menu. It has certainly made life much easier for me since I only think about what to have for dinner on Sundays! I probably follow the menu at least 5-6 meals each week, maybe doing something different 1 time. I do take regular recipes from here on AR and "healthy" them up by using lower fat ingredients or substituting applesauce for oil in baking goods. Please come to the Recipe Exchange (tab up at the top of this page) and there you will find lots of cooks and bakers that ask and answer recipe questions. Hope to see you on the Recipe Exchange~~
Jan. 21, 2010 2:48 pm
Sounds like another week of good eating. We like breakfast for any meal!
Jan. 21, 2010 7:16 pm
I love Breakfast for dinner, too! Now that I've got my "vintage" waffle iron figured out-that's another delicious option,also.
Jan. 22, 2010 7:48 am
wow. I am humbled by your fierce organization & committment. You are my new gold standard.
Jan. 22, 2010 7:48 am
wow. I am humbled by your fierce organization & committment. You are my new gold standard.
Jan. 22, 2010 12:55 pm
Hi Cindy, I too am a first time reader, but look foreward to many more times. I am going to try your Cindy's beef tips and orange cinnamon biscotti this week. How might I see what some of your past blogs were and what recipes you made? Jennilyn
Jan. 22, 2010 3:42 pm
jennilyn, you can see all my blogs by clicking on the months over on the left. Hope you enjoy!
Jan. 23, 2010 7:02 am
Thank you Cindy for your inspiration! It helps tremendously having a menu planned especially if you just returned to work. I wish you the best and you will get into a new groove very soon! Great menu ideas I will try the homemade Egg McMuffins!
Kitty's mom 
Jan. 23, 2010 11:12 am
Not much freezer space? Homemade soups, applesauce, chili can all go in zip loc freezer bags, medium size for 2 people. Zip them up, lay them flat, and they stack up like towels in your cupboard. One of the best tips I have heard. Vegetarian recipes, anyone?
Jan. 23, 2010 6:19 pm
Hey Cindy, my name is Connie and I am from Louisiana, Columbia, that is. I have taken my mother for surgery and as of right now we are at St Tammany Hospital in Covington, La. We have eaten a soup that I have never heard of and cannot get enough of. The name of it is Roasted Red Pepper w/ Gouda Cheese. I am doing my best to figure out how to make this delicious soup. Where would you be able to purchase Gouda cheese and do you know anyone who might have a recipe for this? By the way, love your weekly menu!!!
Jan. 24, 2010 12:23 am
Hi Cindy, Read youre "about me" i am married for 22 years perhaps its time to make a fresh menu in my life. I plan our meals every 2 weeks it works for our family as to tell you the truth supermarkets i hate, think how many times you load and reload the puchases from a supermarket and to finally get them in youre home, so thats why i plan a 2 week menu except for the friut and veg which i purchase evey week, as we get fresh produce on the island every Wednesday. Im new to this site and trying hard to figure out how to send photos, plus i must admite that cooking keeps me sain over the winter months here as we don't work and im so pleased i stub;ed over this site. Take Care Sandra
Jan. 24, 2010 1:47 pm
Cindy - Trying to be inspired here and follow your lead of planning meals. However, with three kids and their activities, working fulltime as a teacher, and a husband with long hours, trying to have enough energy to prepare a home cooked meal every night just doesn't happen. My goal is at least 3 nights a week. That usually leaves us enough leftovers for "reruns". Your recipe for Shrimp and Pasta sounds delicious. Just wondering what size shrimp you usually buy? Thanks!
Jan. 24, 2010 3:03 pm
Hi Dottie, I use about 26-30 per pound cleaned and deveined and raw from Sam's Club. 2 lbs for about $13.00. Hope this helps you!
Jan. 24, 2010 7:41 pm
Today is my first log-in to your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.
May 6, 2010 11:49 am
Hi Cindy, I really want to try your Jambalaya recipe and want to try it out. Living here in Canada doesn't give us a chance to taste the Southern flavor and I believe it is because we don't have the same spices. I was wondering if you would share what brand of Cajun seasoning would work best with your Jambalaya? If so, please email me at Thank you in advance.
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I grew up in Stockton, CA and then lived most of my 1st married life in Lemoore, CA. We raised our 3 boys (twins and one more 20 months later)up together but when the youngest son graduated from high school, I realized life was too short to stay in an unhappy, dead marriage. After 23 years, a divorce and a new life. I moved to the Biloxi, MS area and met my wonderful husband now. He is all I could ask for. We have a kitty and a camper and we love them both! She camps with us all the time. I quit my job in August, '08 and my husband is retired (again) so we are enjoying our time together. ***UPDATE*** I'm working again and really liking my job. I don't have to bring it home with me and it's 32 hours per week, which works out perfect. Very happy to report that we are very happy again with a new job!!!
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My new favorite is finding low fat, healthy recipes to try. I'm really up for anything to cook.. it's truly my hobby.
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Right now I would have to say that having a fish fry is the closest thing to a tradition I have. Not healthy but it sure is good! Fried fresh caught fish, hushpuppies, okra, french fries. All deep fried and all soooo good!!
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Beef Tenderloin With Roasted Shallots from this site. I served it to guests and they could not believe that this was a home made meal. For something so easy it's the best meal I've ever made. Also feel very good about my submitted recipes. I'm not one to usually make something up but I like to follow recipes and then maybe make a few tweaks to our liking and needs.
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HAHA - It still makes me laugh. My very first meal I cooked for my 1st husband was supposed to be eggs, bacon and pancakes but the skillet I tried to use was not a non-stick. Needless to say.. we had scrambled eggs, torn up bacon, and worst of all, scrambled pancakes.
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