Menu Plan Saturday: 9/17 – 9/23

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Are you ready for another Menu Plan Saturday?  Before you look at what I’ve planned for my family for this week, be sure to download/print your forms: Weekly Menu Planner and Weekly Shopping List.  Each week I have one special recipe that is provided to me by The Moms Resource called Penny Pinchin’ Picks!

If the recipe is available on line, I have directly linked it for you. If it’s my own recipe, I’ve included the details as well.  Keep in mind that the meals I select are based upon a combination of what I might find on sale combined with items from our pantry/freezer.

Keep in mind that I keep my life simple. I am a busy mom of 3 kids and to be honest, cooking is not something I love to do. I cook because I have to. So, these meals are planned around the simplicity that I look for when it comes to trying to figure out what to make for dinner.


Sunday:   Meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, green beans, rolls
Monday:  Cheese & onion enchiladas
Tuesday:  Leftovers
Wednesday:  Maple oven pancake bake
Thursday:  Ziti
Friday:  Eat out
Saturday:  Italian Chicken Simmer, salad, rolls

Maple Oven Pancake Bake

1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1 Tbs sugar
2 eggs
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup maple syrup
1 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese (divided)
12 slices of bacon (crumbled)

Grease a 9×13 pan and preheat oven to 350.  Mix Bisquick, sugar, eggs, milk, syrup and 1/2 of the cheese and pour into the pan.  Bake for 30 minutes.  While that is bacon, fry up the bacon so it is crispy and then crumble it (I place it into a Ziploc bag and then do it so that my fingers don’t get too greasy).  When the timer goes off, remove the pan and sprinkle the top with the remaining cheese and bacon and bake until the cheese is melted. Can serve with more syrup if desired.


2 lbs of ground beef or turkey
1 package of onion soup mix
1 egg
1/3 cup warm water
12 – 15 crushed saltines
Dash of Pepper, Garlic & Onion Powder

Preheat oven to 35o.  Mix all items in order given and put in 9×13 pan.  Bake for 50 – 60 minutes.  Is ready when knife comes out clean.

Cheesy Potatoes

24 oz of frozen hasbrowens (shredded or cubed)
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
12 oz sour cream
8 oz grated cheddar cheese
3 tsp onion powder
1/2 stick melted butter or margerine

Prehead oven to 350.  Melt butter and stir in all ingredients of than hashbrowns.  Once blended, slowly add in hasbrowns.  Put into baking dish and bake for 35 – 40 min (dish can be any size — the more shallow, the less time it may take to bake).


  1. Anne says

    You can also make those cheesy potatoes in the crock pot if you want to get a start on dinner earlier in the day. Just mix it all except the cheddar and let it go. Either stir in or top with cheddar at the end.