Weekly Menu Plan
The Return!

Yup.  It’s a post.  And yup.  It’s a Saturday.  It’s the return of the my Weekly Menu.

You may have noticed, if you look to the right side bar … there is now a box for my weekly menu. If you’re ever in need of meal inspiration … give it a click.

For those of you who don’t know, for the first several months on The Art of Doing Stuff I had an entire category devoted to my weekly menu.  Each week I would post what we would be eating for the week. It acted as entertainment, inspiration and what I thought was going to be an easy way to fill a post a week.  It was not easy.

It was NOT easy at all.   Planning, shopping for, cooking, cleaning up after and losing the weight from the meals was easier than writing that post.  You see, I took great pride in those posts.  Too much pride.  Too much pride, too much time, too many stories about food, too many recipes.  Tooooo much.

So I quietly stopped writing the weekly menu.  I continued to create a weekly menu for myself, (as I have for the past decade) I just didn’t share it with you.  Then the complaints started coming in.  Emails that said things like “Hey asshead.  Where’s the weekly menu?”.  Of course I can’t really blame her.  My mother really liked those menus.

So, I’ve decided to bring back an abridged version of the weekly menu.  Every Saturday I’ll post what we’ll be eating for the next week.  However, there will not be anything entertaining about these posts at all.  Nothing.  That is my goal.  You will never, ever read a funny story, get a laugh out of or be entertained by these posts.  They will be dull.  Boring. Utilitarian.  They will be your grade 11 math teacher.

If you can deal with that … I’m happy to continue putting up my menus for you.  When I can, I’ll provide links to recipes and tips.

We might as well start right now.


And just so you don’t think I’m scamming you, my weekly menu sometimes changes.  If I go to the grocery store and find a great piece of meat or interesting vegetable, all hell breaks loose and I change things.  Or … if there’s a storm.  A storm changes everything.  When there’s a storm chili or beef stew always takes precedence.   So if you see me Twitter a picture of what we’re having for dinner and it doesn’t match the weekly menu chances are, that’s what happened.

This menu is to act as inspiration for your weekly meals.  ‘Cause I empathize with you.  It’s hard to come up with ideas for something to eat every night.  In short,  coming up with a weekly menu is a pain in the asshead.  And this asshead is here to help.


Related Links

Fire broth soup recipe
Fantastic Orange chicken recipe (double up on the sauce, it freezes great so the next time you make it, you only have to bread and cook the chicken)
Tofu Marinade for Buddha Bowl   (Marinate extra firm cubed tofu.  Add it to brown rice, top with spicy peanut sauce and bean sprouts.  You can use chicken if you hate tofu)




  1. jamie says:

    You are a gift! Thank you for this! I can’t handle meal planning anymore and I need someone to give me ideas. After that amazing pesto recipe I completely trust you with anything food-related.

  2. Rebecca says:

    I thought storms had you eating bags of potato chips?

  3. Marti says:

    Wow, I stumbled in here because I’m awake when I should be asleep and this is my reward! FINALLY, KAREN, WE’RE TRULY IN SYNC! (I’m pretty sure that means we’re both mentally ill.)

    Plus yeah, the marinated tofu recipe was the one I wanted, believe it or not. And yeah, I could go for some fire broth, too!

    Congrats on a major (re)addition to your blog! Hurray!!! This is great!

  4. Mary says:

    Wow! Those old menu plans were so nice! I wasn’t aware of your blog till after the fact….
    However, I’ll take what I can get – just please link any recipes as I haven’t spent an awful lot of time in that “other” room. (and now have to!)
    Thank you!

  5. movita says:

    Oh, weekly menu, how I’ve missed you. Mostly because you made me feel totally inadequate in terms of meal planning. Like a lovely kick in the arse. Thank you, weekly menu, for motivating me to eat something other than chips and dip for dinner.

  6. Can I GTYFDED?
    go to you for dinner every day

  7. Yum food. So long crappy stuff, hello new and interesting food.
    Hey Karen, have you got any good recipies for mushrooms? What about onions, by some wild freak of chance I have about 10 pounds of onions just about ready to start sprouting.

    • Karen says:

      LeeAnne – The best way to get rid of all those onions is to make French Onion soup and freeze it. Yup. That’s what I’d do. As for mushrooms … blech. BLECH. However, if they’re Portobellos just slice them, pan fry them in olive oil until almost done, then splash them with balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. ~ karen

    • deanna says:

      Just sticking my nose in here – but have you ever done the green pepper, onion, mushroom thing? Just sautee til soft – amazing side
      dish, but add chicken and you have fajitas!

  8. Audrey says:

    This is perfect – and fantastic!! Thank you for doing this.

  9. Melody Madden says:

    The fire broth soup is one of my staples…absolutely love it. And big thanks for featuring the cookbook Earth to Table, I ordered it and was not disappointed…the recipes look amazing and the photos gorgeous. I am going to mention it on my blog next week with an appropriate link back to you. Ok so I need to stop yammering on and get back to bed as it’s -20c here in Hawkestone…too cold for comfort.

  10. Emie says:

    Question on the Buddha Bowl… what do you use for the spicy peanut sauce??? I’m definitely going to try that marinade!!!! And the orange chicken! Both sound yummy.

    • Karen says:

      Emie – I actually use President’s Choice “Memories of Szechwan Peanut Sauce”. If you’re in Canada it’s at Fortinos and Loblaws. If not .. I’m not sure where you could get it. It’s better than any of the peanut sauces I’ve made which just end up tasting like peanuts or peanut butter. ~ karen

      • Emie says:

        Thanks…. will see if I can find it… along with the True Soups!.. I’m not too far from Niagara Falls so next time I’m in the area I’ll be hitting up the grocery store… and maybe even the dollar store… all Thanks to your great ideas!!!!

  11. Kim says:

    Great idea…and a good way for readers to get some new menu ideas!

    I’d like to try the soup and tofu recipes, but any chance there could be a “PRINTABLE VERSION” link to make it easier to follow the recipe when in the kitchen (either by printing or even just viewing it on a laptop screen)?

    • Karen says:

      Kim – LOL. I’m afraid not at the moment. Right now I only have time to quickly put up my menu for the week. And I really don’t even have time for that. I know a printable version makes things easier, but I just can’t manage to go through all my past recipes and create printable versions right now. I’ll look into it for future recipes I post though. ~ karen!

      • Shauna says:

        Do you use wordpress? You can just download a ‘print friendly’ plug-in so we can print out all of your awesome posts in a pretty little format;)I swear it should only take 5 minutes of your time. It would be so useful for the many recipes, DIY stuff, etc. that you post. I bet it would be worth at least a dollar to all your readers if you did that – do it and then make it a “I want money for making your lives easier” post;)

        • Karen says:

          Hah! I do use WordPress. I”ll look into it. But I’m trying to keep my number of plugins down. Plugins can really slow a website down. I didn’t know that before. Waylay told me that. ~ karen

  12. Laura Bee says:

    Thank you for including leftovers. Whenever I’m at my sister’s house, she has the best leftovers. Unlike her, I’m not much of a cook,(I can bake though!) thank goodness my bf is a chef. Hmmm, after 14 years, a house & a child, is it strange to still call him my boyfriend?

  13. Another Karen says:

    Well, first of all — I’m SO happy you confirmed it is Saturday because I was *VERY* confused when I saw this post. Thank you for that! And thank you for this menu post. I never know what I’m making for dinner until I open the fridge and begin nosing around.

  14. Brenda j says:

    This is such a great idea and a money saving one too.
    I painted my kitchen closet door with black chalkboard paint and use it for messages for everything. List of needed work by room, menus, grocery list the works. Great mini project for anyone to do in their kitchen.
    BEST of posting the WEEKLY MENU – family members can start on preparing the nights meal if they come in and know whats’ expected.
    In case family members aren’t bright…you may need to spell it out for them; 1st come home, first starts the meal. Although….they may wait at the door to come in last.

  15. Anna says:

    Thanks Karen! You’re the best!

  16. Thanks Karen,
    this is really helpful for busy week…

  17. Nancy says:

    OK..when I was deleting my unwanted e-mails..there it was..I thought someone was screwing with my head..Saturday post from Karen??Thank you for the menu ideas..even though I know it is more work for you..now every day..when I think to myself..”What is Karen having for dinner tonight?..well..there it is..you amazing woman you..LOL

  18. Barbie says:

    I LOVE Tofu! I’m going to try that one right away. I have never been able to find a good marinade for it….. Thanks Karen! 🙂 Happy Saturday!

  19. Jessica says:

    Thank you thank you thank you! I was sitting down to start on my weekly menu (which because I have only started doing this 2 weeks ago takes me almost 3 hours to do) and to procrastinate – even though I read yesterday and knew there would be nothing new – I clicked my bookmark for you and WHAM! now I’m just eating what you are (it works beautifully because I had already made this week’s menu plan for the Fire Broth Soup on Sunday!!) with a couple tweeks and I can go hiking today with all the time I saved! Thank you for bringing this back!

  20. Annie says:

    Karen, I’m so thrilled you brought this back. I’m also a weekly menu planner but sometimes want for ideas. Merci beaucoup!

  21. Meg says:

    Brilliant! I’m awful at meal planning since our schedules are so crazy– this will be inspiration indeed!

  22. My husband and I admire Canadians for more reasons than I can list. But now we have one more. Thank you Karen. This will be unbelievably helpful and inspiring.

  23. monicajette@gmail.com says:

    just found your blog and now am addicted. your menus are interesting, but seem very first course. need some protein! thanks for the laughs, i don’t often laugh out loud as i read. 🙂

  24. V. says:

    How organized! my mom used to say am an “spiritual cook” in the sense that I wait for divine inspiration and let the spirit guide me and cook whatever I can find on the fridge or the cupboards 🙂


  25. Anemone says:

    ⒻⓄⓄⒹ Mmmmmmm…Gotta get some of that tofu

  26. Liz S. says:

    Thank you for bringing the menu back. Give me inspiration when I don’t know what to cook. Seems like we end up going through the cycles of eating the same stuff week after week.

  27. Carole McGinnis says:

    I am so glad you brought this back – thank you so much. I know it takes time for you to do this. It really helps us less organized people plan and prepare.

  28. Suzy says:

    My 8th grade math teacher had pants that were too big and he was always pulling them up. We spent the entire class watching him in case they fell down. He was pretty funny.

  29. Jamieson says:

    Guess who is having fire broth soup AND orange chicken for dinner tonight…

    • Karen says:

      Shut UP! Both?! Holy shiz. I feel like an amateur next to you. Wait … are you going to tell me it’s not you and instead … maybe your neighbour? Or Grade 5 math teacher? ~ k

  30. Jamieson says:

    Naw it’s me. I’ll let you know how it goes.
    You’re an amateur? Oh puhleeez

    • Karen says:

      Are you doing the orange chicken recipe I suggested? It’s really good and pretty easy. If it’s just for the 2 of you, you’ll have enough sauce to freeze for a second batch of orange chicken. ~ k!

      • Jamieson says:


        • Jamieson says:

          The soup was tasty but I didn’t add enough hot stuff. I have gallons of it left to freeze for later. The chicken was ridiculously delicious. I also made fried rice for the first time and it was a good attempt. Next time I’m going to try for chicken balls. The really meaty ones instead of all breading. I’m going to make my own Chinese food takeout meal and feel good afterward instead of gross!
          Thanks for the inspiration!!

        • Karen says:

          Jamieson – You may have had a bad batch of hot peppers. They’re very inconsistent in their heat. Ours was VERY hot. Hot, hot, hot. Great chicken recipe, eh? ~ k

  31. Suzy says:

    I had a ton of mushrooms and just did your balsamic thing -it looked like a gourmet dish – so easy. You made me look like a pro

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