November 2013: #MonthofMeals

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Yes, I know.  It’s November 6th.  I had grand visions of getting this #MonthofMeals November menu up early, then I simply fell behind.  Further, and further, and further.  It’s crazy.  I remember how it used to feel like days took forever.  Remember what it was like waiting for Christmas when you were a kid?  Now, months fly by.  Seriously.  Where is the friggin’ pause button?

Until I find it, I may or may not be able to get these up on the first of each month.  But I sure will try.  I’m so glad you all are getting inspired to cook for your family and have found some new recipes from fellow bloggers and healthy cooking magazines to add to your regular routine.  Do you have a favorite new recipe that you found in our #MonthofMeals series?  We’d love to hear it!  I think my favorite from the last few months had to be the Mushroom, Spinach and Feta Risotto from Ezra Poundcake.  Risotto is definitely a labor of love, but totally worth it, if you ask me.

As far as what you’ll find in this menu: I kept the calendar simple: a meal for every day.  But below you’ll find an additional lunch idea, breakfast and entertaining menu for every week.  Trust me, you won’t want to miss the Brussels Sprout Grilled Cheese dinner!!!  Another of my favorites is the Caramelized Fall Orzo (at the beginning of the month), and I’m super excited to try Pork and Edamame Soup.  I’m a sucker for ramen.

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Download our monthly menu here: (   Then, simply print off the recipes all at once or week by week… however you prefer!

Happy November!


mexican wild rice

Friday, November 1st: Vegetarian
Mexican Wild Rice, recipe from Aggie’s Kitchen
Portobello Mushroom Fajita Topping, recipe from Snack Girl

fall veggie orzo

Saturday, November 2nd: Vegetarian
Caramelized Fall Vegetable Orzo, recipe from The Kitchn
Roasted Parsnips

Mexican Zucchini Soup

Sunday November 3rd: Vegetarian
Mexican Soup with Corn & Jalapeno, recipe from
Chips & Salsa

Week 1:

buffalo chicken quesadilla

Lunch: Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas, recipe from Key Ingredient


Breakfast: Bacon Apple Pancakes.  (Yes, I said BACON APPLE PANCAKES!!), recipe from Nutmeg Nanny


Entertaining Menu: In honor of Jonnie’s Birthday, Vegetarian
App: Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms, recipe from Cooking Light
Main: Brussels Sprouts Grilled Cheese, recipe from Heather Christo
Roasted Garlic and Tomato Soup, recipe form Winter Monroe
Dessert: Oreo Ice Cream Sandwich Cake, recipe from Kraft


Monday November 4th: Optional Vegetarian/Vegan
DIY Calzones (Make Ahead, or use with Leftovers), recipe from The Kitchn (use soy cheese for vegan diets)
Mixed Green Salad


Tuesday, November 5th:
Warm Quinoa Salad with Grilled Haloumi, recipe from Amuse Your Bouche

Wednesday, November 6th:
Indonesian Pork Tenderloin (Use Google Translate to get recipe in English.  Unless you can read Polish), recipe from
Savory Vegetable Bread Pudding, recipe from Taste Love and Nourish

cheesy pumpkin orzo

Thursday, November 7th:
Cheesy Pumpkin Orzo, recipe from Table for Two
Steamed Green Beans

sausage and potatoes

Friday November 8th:
Southern Sausage and Potatoes, recipe from Forkful of Comfort
Sauteed Swiss Chard with Mushrooms and Garlic


Saturday, November 9th:
Pizza – any way you like it!

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Sunday, November 10th: Vegetarian
Broccoli and Cheese Soup, recipe from Peas and Crayons
Crescent Rolls

Week 2:


Lunch: Vegan Red Quinoa with Butternut Squash, recipe from Gluten Free Goddess


Breakfast:  Vanilla Blueberry Scones, recipe from

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Entertaining Menu: Vegetarian
App: Crispy Edamame, recipe from All Recipes
Roasted Portobello Mushrooms with Poached Eggs and Cream Sauce, recipe from Closet Cooking
Roasted Brussels Sprouts, shredded and tossed with Parmesan
Pumpkin Pie Pudding, recipe from Cooking Light

spaghetti squash lime peanut

Monday, November 11th:
Spaghetti Squash Noodle Bowl with Lime Peanut Sauce, recipe from The First Mess
Broiled Shrimp (in Asian Marinade)


Tuesday, November 12th:
Tandoori Cauliflower, recipe from Soni’s Food
Garlic Naan and Raita

pork edamame soup

Wednesday, November 13th:
Pork and Edamame Soup, recipe from Lil Luna

Thursday, November 14th: Vegetarian
Spinach Mushroom Tart, recipe from The Shabby Creek Cottage
Slow Roasted Tomatoes, recipe from Mom Favorites

rev mac and cheese

Friday, November 15th: Vegetarian
Revolutionary Macaroni and Cheese, recipe from Macaroni and Cheesecake
Spinach Salad

kale mushroom risotto

Saturday, November 16th: Vegetarian
Kale and Mushroom Barley Risotto, recipe from BLT Foodies
veggie chili

Sunday, November 17th:
Vegetarian Chili with Fixin’s, recipe from Mom Favorites

Week 3:

flat bread pizza

Lunch: Seasonal Flatbread Pizzas, pick your favorite from Babble

lemon rosemary scones

Breakfast: Lemon Rosemary Scones, recipe from The Pioneer Woman

Entertaining Menu:
App: Spicy Oven Fried Chickpeas
Main: Potato, Turnip, and Spinach Baeckeoffe
Mixed Green Salad
Dessert: Nutella Yogurt Fruit Dip with Berry Skewers. Dip recipe from Babble


Monday, November 18th:
Cheesy Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole, recipe from Picky Palate
Roasted Garlic Broccoli


Tuesday, November 19th
Pasta with Butternut Sauce, Sausage and Spinach, recipe from Skinnytaste
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Wednesday, November 20th: Vegan
Sweet Potatoes stuffed with Quinoa, Refried Beans and Kale, recipe from
Skillet Charred Corn (thaw and pat dry frozen corn and throw in un-oiled cast iron skillet over high heat.  Let sit until it starts popping, stir and sprinkle with salt)

primavera lasagna

Thursday, November 21st: Vegetarian
Primavera Lasagna, recipe from

potato veggie bake

Friday, November 22nd: Vegan
Potato Veggie Bake, recipe from Betty Bake Blog
Slow Roasted Tomatoes, recipe from Mom Favorites


Saturday, November 23rd:
Bucatini with Pan Seared Steak and Belgian Endive, recipe from Kitchen Serendipity
barley risotto

Sunday, November 24th:
Slow Cooker Shrimp and Artichoke Barley Risotto, recipe from Cara’s Cravings

Week 4:


Lunch: Shrimp and Corn Chowder, recipe from Cooking Light (only takes 20 minutes!)

sausage and cheese grits

Breakfast: Sausage and Grits Breakfast Casserole (Perfect for Holiday Company), recipe from South Your Mouth

Entertaining Menu (Thanksgiving Dinner)
I’ll be publishing this as a separate blog post: Stay Tuned!

cauliflower puree

Monday, November 25th
Cauliflower Puree with Roasted Chickpeas, recipe from Love and Lemons
Roasted Green Beans

spaghetti bar

Tuesday, November 26th: Guests in town? This will make dinner simple!  Special diet friendly
Family Style Spaghetti Bar
Mixed Green Salad

slow pork wraps

Wednesday, November 27th: Another great and EASY meal for company!
Slow Cooked Ginger and Hoisin Pork Wraps with Cabbage Slaw, recipe from The Kitchn

Thursday, November 28th: Thanksgiving!
Thanksgiving Post coming soon!  I’ll turn on the link once posted.

Friday, November 29th:
Stay tuned for a post on creative Thanksgiving Leftover recipes!  I’ll turn on the link once posted.

Saturday, November 30th
Stay tuned for a post on creative Thanksgiving Leftover recipes! I’ll turn on the link once posted.



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