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Menu planning week of July 12 with a recipe

The Imaginative One’s birthday went great except for the Wee One not understanding that it was his brother’s special day.  Here is a picture of his cake.  He did all decorating on the cake except for the icing.

Last week, meals that the family enjoyed were the chicken ranch quesadillas, scrambled eggwiches, sloppy joes, and roasted chicken in the crockpot.  I attempted to make the Cantonese sweet and sour chicken in the crockpot.  However, I did not plug in the crockpot so we had to throw the contents away.  I made Johnny Marzetti for dinner instead.

Johnny Marzetti (my grandma’s favorite recipe)

Stars of the recipe

  • 1 (16 oz) box of elbow macaroni
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small onion, chopped (or 1/2 of a medium or large onion)
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1 jar of your favorite spaghetti sauce
  • 1 c. shredded cheese (cheddar or mozzarella) – optional


  1. Cook elbow macaroni according to the directions on the box. Once cooked, drain and add back to the pot.
  2. In a skillet, add the minced garlic. Cook for a minute.
  3. Add onion and cook for 3 minutes.
  4. Add the ground beef. Cook until the hamburger is browned.
  5. Drain the fat.
  6. Add the spaghetti sauce to the skillet. Simmer for a few minutes.
  7. Combine the sauce mixture with the elbow macaroni. Stir to combine.
  8. Enjoy with cheese on top. (It’s optional but almost necessary for extra deliciousness.)

My meals for the week:

cereal, mini-pan cakes

sandwiches, leftovers


  • Homemade pizza – Cheese for the Imaginative One and pepperoni for the rest of us
  • Pretzel Chicken – Either from Cooking During Stolen Moments or Rachael Ray – French Fries (frozen or fresh), veggies
  • Asian pork loin (the recipe calls for a pork roast – I have a pork loin in my freezer), mac ‘n’ cheese, mashed potatoes, or pasta roni, veggies – The recipe is from once a month cooking.
  • Quick pork lo mein, egg drop soup, egg rolls, fortune cookies
  • Left-over Johnny Marzetti
  • left-overs or forge for yourself
  • Dinner at in-laws (Sunday)

For other great menus, visit I’m an organizing junkie for Menu Planning Monday.

3 thoughts on “Menu planning week of July 12 with a recipe

    1. Four and a half hours after I left the house, I called my hubby. I asked him if the supper smelled good. He told me he smelled nothing and then checked the crockpot. It was not on so we had to get rid of it. My boys and I were visiting with my aunt and she suggested the Johnny Marzetti. I just ate some of the left-overs for dinner. It’s even better then the first time.

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