menu plan monday : january 12, 2014

Menu Plan Monday : January 13-17, 2014 | Melanie Makes

Thanks to the appropriately named Polar Vortex of last week, our first week back to our typical school routine was cut short to three days.  Not that I was complaining – long live Winter Break!  With our new range arriving last weekend, I had plenty of extra time to test some new recipes, including a fun one for tomorrow which is why I’m posting our menu a day early this week.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week :

Meatless Monday : Vegetarian Lentil Meat Balls.  Can I tell you how much I love that I’ve gotten my family to love lentils?  The fact that I can suggest this Pinterest find to my husband and he doesn’t even raise an eyebrow?  Awesome!

Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup | Melanie Makes

Tuesday : Slow Cooker Chipotle Chicken Soup.  Love this soup.  We’ve been serving it with Hawaiian rolls – we might be a bit addicted to those lovely carb pieces.

Wednesday :  Cheesy Chicken Orzo.  We haven’t had this in months.  Hear that screaming?  That’s the sound of my children rejoicing when they hear this is what’s for dinner!

Easy Chicken Pot Pie | @melaniebauer at Melanie Makes

Thursday : Easy Chicken Pot Pie.  One of our absolute favorites! 

Perfect Pizza Crust | Melanie Makes

Friday : Pizza.  Our new favorite pie is pepperoni, onion, garlic and tomato.  Delish!


Looking for a great dessert recipe for this week?  

Faux Cherry Cheesecake | Melanie Makes

Faux Cherry Cheesecake.  A five ingredient dessert that literally take five minutes of your time to create.  Oreo crust, cherry pie filling, powdered sugar, whipped topping and cream cheese.  Perfection. 


New Recipe Reviews

Creamy Indian Cashew Chicken.  A total hit with two of the three children, especially the 19 month old who ate two helpings both times he was served this meal.

Slow Cooker Balsamic Shredded Beef.  Absolutely awesome!  Served over mashed potatoes this was the easiest comfort food ever. 


Looking for more recipe ideas?  Check out my past menu plans and other recipes I’ve created.

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I’m also linking to OrgJunkie‘s Menu Plan Monday, here.


  1. Lentils are the bomb diggity! Lentil loaf…mmmmm.

  2. Carrie Hauck says:

    Hi Melanie!
    As someone who is just finding their stride with cooking and meal planning I really appreciate your efforts to document it all for us :) Question – I have zero experience with lentils – what aisle would I find them in? Near rice? any other preparation tips you could give me? Thanks so much!

    • Hi, Carrie!

      You’re so welcome – meal planning definitely makes my life a whole lot easier!

      As for lentils, you’ll find them by the rice and dried beans. There might be different colors, but you can’t go wrong with any if you ask me! I typically have the green on hand.

      Let me know if you have any other questions I can help with. And definitely let me know if you try these – they’d be a great first – and EASY! – venture into lentils!

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