Menu Plan Monday, 2/11 – 2/17

My secret baking last week was a special treat for J.’s grandma’s birthday. I wanted to make her a decadent, not-for-everyday dessert that she could stash in her fridge and enjoy over the course of a week or so. Since she is a chocolate lover, I immediately thought to make Ina Garten’s Outrageous Brownies — hands down, the best special occasion brownie around! They were well received, so I’m glad I spent the time making them. They are a little fussy to make but totally worth it. Since the recipe makes a half sheet pan worth of brownies, I divied up some of the rest into packets for friends and put away a small amount in our freezer for the boys.

This week I’m baking a chocolate chip cookie cake for G.’s Valentine’s Day celebration at school. He has instructed me that we need to decorate the cake with “white frosting all around, and Valentine’s M&Ms, and a big heart in the middle.” OK, can do. He’ll help me with the decorating.

Otherwise, I’m heavy on soup again this week (Black Bean and also Curried Split Pea). It seems to be all I want to eat in this cold, cold weather.

Monday: Black Bean Soup, Quinoa, Chickpea & Carrot Salad, make your own pizza for the boys

Tuesday: Leftovers, Curried Split Pea Soup

Wednesday: Spaghetti and Scallion Turkey Meatballs (without the Soy-Ginger Glaze), roasted Brussels sprouts

Thursday: Cold Bulgur, Lentils, Vegetable, & Goat Cheese Salad (AKA Mighty Grains Salad), leftover soup from earlier in the week, Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

Friday: Roasted chicken, grilled asparagus, challah

Saturday: Eat out

Sunday: Grilled skirt steak, steamed green beans, garden salad

For more menu planning ideas, check out Laura at Organizing Junkie.