Week 5 Dinner Menu
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Week 5 Dinner Menu

IMG_6338 (1)Wow, week 5 of my new blog!  Time is really flying and Spring is in full bloom here in the midwest.  My favorite time of year with the promise of new growth in my garden, and a (hopefully) nice warm and sunny summer ahead!  We have some good stuff coming your way with this week’s dinner menu.  Still loving the cookbook I talked a lot about last week, Better Homes and Gardens Calorie Smart Meals so we have a few dishes from that cookbook this week, along with my own recipe for Spaghetti Bolognese, and a little help from Cooking Light Magazine , Giada De Laurentiis from her show on The Food Network, Giada at Home, and another great cookbook from my collection, Family Table by Michael Romano and Karen Stabiner.

Let’s get cooking!






Click on below menu items for links to the recipes.  A printable grocery list is included for all 6 meals at the bottom of this post.


1. I really love to have one or two meatless meals on my list each week.  They can be as hearty and filling as dishes with meat in them, and it feels so good knowing you are providing your family with healthy fruits, vegetables and whole grains.  Maybe you want to serve Portobello Goat Cheese Pitas with Chili Aioli for a Meatless Monday (or a meatless any day) from the cookbook mentioned above, BH&G Calorie Smart Meals!  We LOVED this dish and you could serve it with some veggie sticks with ranch for dipping and I don’t think you’ll have any complaints.




2.  Traditional Spaghetti Bolognese.  Recipe by Me!  This is a family favorite.  I don’t know if you feel the same, but who doesn’t love spaghetti with meat sauce?!  I have been making it for years and years and this is my go to sauce.  It’s nothing super fancy or difficult, but everyone in my family loves it so I stick with what works.  Serve with a Green Salad topped with croutons and your meal will be complete.  Fun fact from ilovepasta.orgthe Spanish explorer Cortez brought tomatoes back to Europe from Mexico in 1519. Even then, almost 200 years passed before spaghetti with tomato sauce made its way into Italian kitchens.   Make ahead option:  Sauce could be made ahead of time and kept warm in a crock pot or made the day before, refrigerated and reheated before serving.  Wash lettuce ahead for ease of meal preparation at the busy dinner hour.  The clean lettuce will the ready to throw into a bowl.




3.  From Family Table – Favorite Staff Meals cookbook comes Union Square Café Fried Chicken served with Corn Bread Muffins and Mashed Potatoes.  A comfort food favorite!  Make ahead option:  Corn bread muffins can be made ahead and so can mashed potatoes and reheated before serving.




4.  I am a fan of the Food Network and love watching these cooking shows to gather some great recipes and tips.  One of our dinner options this week comes from a show titled Giada at Home from Giada De Laurentiis, and the name of the episode is All Grown Up.  Here Giada brings us a recipe called, Giada’s Grown Up Franks and Beans.   If you are a fan of the movie, Something About Mary like I am, you might always chuckle a little to yourself when you hear “Franks and Beans”!  I know I do!  I paired this recipe with a Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese and it was delicious!




5.  BBQ Chicken Sandwiches with Coleslaw & Waffle Fries.  Easy, peasy!  Let the crock pot do all the work and you will have dinner on the table in no time.  I got this recipe from Cooking Light Magazine, May 2016, but have adapted it a bit and cook my chicken in the crock pot which I find much easier.  The coleslaw and store bought waffle fries come together in a jiffy so this is an easy meal to get on the table when you don’t have a lot of time.  Make ahead option:  With the exception of the waffle fries which are put in the oven right before serving, everything else can be made ahead and then the sandwiches can be assembled in minutes.




6.  Finally we finish things up with a healthy pizza and another meatless meal from BH&G Calorie Smart Meals.  Pizza…healthy, you ask?!  Yes, when the crust is made out of cauliflower!  This may sound really weird at first, but I promise, I don’t think you will be disappointed if you give this a try.  It is worth the effort!  Serve it with a side of pasta and a garden salad if desired.  Yummy!  Cauliflower-crusted Pizza.



Click here for Week 5 Grocery List

Don’t forget to check pantry staples before you shop!

Bon Appétit from Menu Mutt!


Have a great week!






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