I wrote about cooking and meal planning during the 31 Days series and apparently I have passion and feelings about the topic. Large feelings. What can I say? I’m a foodie and I love to feed people. I want you to love it too, so I’m making it a tad bit less daunting.  Because those people we live with?  Are ALWAYS hungry.  Every. single. day.  Hope this helps your 5:00 stress!

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  • Monday, November 4—Balsamic Pork Tenderloin , Cooked Apples, Roasted Brussel Sprouts (just drizzle with olive oil, salt and pepper, roast at 400 for 40 min then drizzle with a little maple syrup!)
  • Tuesday, November 5—Quiche Lorraine and Farmer’s Salad  (For the salad, I use spinach, apples, and celery, then make an apple vinaigrette by cooking a few pieces of bacon, removing them and using the bacon fat (~2T), 1 T. dijon mustard, 3 T. apple cider vinegar, a splash of apple juice or apple cider, 1/2 cup olive oil, salt, pepper and 2 T. honey—this is my FAVORITE salad of all time in the history of ever. Sprinkle the salad with the bacon you just cooked and if you’re having it for lunch one day without the quiche, add a fried egg on top!)
  • Wednesday, November 6—Latin Beef Stew
  • Thursday, November 7—Leftovers, (Use beef or pork leftovers from yesterday to make simple beef tacos and serve with salad and cilantro lime vinaigrette)
  • Friday, November 8—Homemade Pizza (we made a new flavor this weekend with pesto, spicy eye-talian sausage, feta, spinach and sun dried tomatoes—SO GOOD!)
  • Saturday, November 9—Roasted Butternut Bisque with leftover pizza (a surprisingly awesome combination!) recipe to follow this week!
  • Sunday, November 10—Rocky Top Chili  (Make a full batch and use leftovers for baked potato bar tomorrow!)

Week 2

  • Monday, November 11—Baked Potato Bar (Wrap large potatoes in aluminum foil, adding salt, pepper, and a pat of butter before you wrap them up.  Bake at 400 for 1 hour, 45 minutes.  Serve with leftover chili, chives (don’t forego the chives!!), cheddar cheese, bacon bits, sour cream, and butter.  I usually make a salad and bread to serve alongside. 
  • Tuesday, November 12—Pumpkin Chipotle Soup with barley and chicken
  • Wednesday, November 13—Skinny Italian Meatballs, served on pasta or italian bread
  • Thursday, November 14—Leftovers plus Salad of mixed baby greens, gorgonzola and pomegranate seeds
  • Friday, November 15—Crock Pot Chipotle Burritos (use the leftover chipotle from Tuesday!)
  • Saturday, November 16—Onion Bisque Soup with Cheese Toast Floaters (recipe coming!)
  • Sunday, November 17—Colossal Club Sandwiches and all the leftover soups from the week!

Week 3

Week 4 (Thanksgiving Week!)

  • Monday, November 25—Creamy Mushroom Soup 
  • Tuesday, November 26—Rotisserie Chicken salad with Homemade Caesar dressing
  • Wednesday, November 27—Shrimp Fried Rice (I like something totally un-Thanksgiving-like and this recipe is awesome!)
  • Thursday, November 28—(posted separately, later this month!)
  • Friday, November 29—Leek and Potato Soup, Turkey Pesto paninis (recipe coming!)
  • Saturday, November 30—Turkey salad  (I do a version of this recipe, adding interesting leftovers from Thanksgiving!)

I have used emeals a lot in the past and their program coordinates with the sales at various grocery stores, so click on the link below and check out their plans, too!

Hope your November is off to an awesome start!



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35 comments on “November Meal Plan, 2013”

  1. I wanna come eat at your house! My daughter gifted me with emeals for Mother’s Day and I haven’t taken advantage of it as I should. Which plan do you use? I go back and forth with it.

  2. Edie, the Quiche Lorraine link leads to your Creamy Mushroom Soup recipe! You know desperate moms like me are in a panic:)

    xoxo, Cary

  3. Nothing beats a good Patty Melt (and I’m guessing if it comes from PW, it’s pretty good), unless of course, it comes with a side of sweet potato fries. I think I might have to make a change in my November menu plan. 🙂

  4. You’ve gone and done it – you’ve inspired me and I have a November plan in place. Thank you for taking away the weekly head rub of what to plan out for the next week. Looking at it a month at a time makes it so much easier to choose meals. And your meals look outrageously delicious. I will be stealing shamelessly from your plan!

  5. I so love menu the planning of yours. I try to menu plan every two weeks and your wonderful meal ideas keep me from making the same ole same. I do try to try at least one new recipe a week. Your soups are defiantly family favorites around here. Another soup I love to make in the fall is acorn squash soup, so flavorful. I add a TBSP of honey but everything else the same. Thought I would share the recipe with you. http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/guy-fieri/acorn-squash-soup-recipe/index.html

  6. Just wanted to drop by the blog to say THANK YOU for the menu planning inspiration and meal ideas. I’ve been trying a LOT of them, and it’s been saving my life! I can’t wait to look through the November meals this weekend when I have some time. I gave you a shout out on my blog. Hope that’s ok! I wrote again about how much my family loves your eye-talian soup;) xoxo, the girl who called it eye-talian on FB!

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