What I Cooked for Dinner Last Week: Weekly Dinner Menu Aug 26-Sept 1

weekly dinner menu august 26-sep 1

This week’s weekly dinner menu was a little more low-key, with pancakes for dinner one night, basic spaghetti, and our favorite tortellini soup.

These weekly dinner menus will be on the blog every Sunday morning!

I’m going to start posting these weekly dinner menu’s on my blog on Sunday mornings, hopefully to help you guys prep for the week.

I always make my menus on Sunday afternoons, and if I don’t get to it then I do it on Monday. So I’m rescheduling these for Sunday morning to be of more use to you guys.

You’ll see a new one up every Sunday morning, so check back every Sunday, or find all of my weekly dinner menu’s RIGHT HERE.


Merrick’s Weekly Dinner Menu, August 26-September 1

beef and broccoli weekly dinner menu

15 Minute Sheet Pan Beef and Broccoli

This was a quick and easy recipe to put together, but my boys aren’t really soy sauce lovers, so unfortunately this one wasn’t a big winner. But, actually, I thought it was really good.

The only thing I’d recommend is getting a good cut of beef — I got a cheaper one since flank steak (which the recipe calls for) only came in a huge pack at the store and was really pricey. So I got a cheaper option and when it came out of the oven it was really chewy. So spend the extra few dollars and get a good cut.

Side dishes: 

  • I served this with red grapes and homemade breadsticks (ciabatta rolls sliced into strips, lightly drizzled with olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper, and broiled in the oven til they’re lightly crispy)



easy italian bolognese sauce

The Secret to Authentic Italian Bolognese Sauce

I had good intentions to make this amazing looking bolognese sauce. But then things got busy that day and I didn’t get to it before dinner time.

Instead I browned some ground beef, cooked some angel hair pasta, and heated up some trader joe’s pasta sauce.

But this looks amazing, so I’ll be putting it on the menu again soon.

bbq pulled pork with root beer

Slow Cooker Root Beer Pulled Pork

I’ve cooked meat with soda before, but never with root beer so I was excited to try this.

It was very quick and easy — just toss in the meat and the root beer and cook in the slow cooker for a few hours.

It called for BBQ sauce afterward, but a couple of my boys don’t love BBQ so I left it out and just put the meat straight on to a bun.

The meat definitely would have been more flavorful with BBQ sauce, but the flavor was subtle and sweet, and we liked it! You can do it either way 🙂


Side dishes:

  • Kettle chips and boiled corn on the cob.
black bean tostadas

Easy Spinach, Black Bean, and Guacamole Tostadas

I’ve been making these for years and they’re so easy and delicious. They’re also meat free if you want to do a meatless Monday!

Adjustments I made:

  • I buy pre-made tostadas from the grocery store, rather than baking my tortillas to be crunchy.
  • I add tomatoes to my guacamole because it’s delicious.


Side dishes:

  • Watermelon
buttermilk pancakes

Buttermilk pancakes

These are our very favorite pancakes ever. They’re buttery and delicious, and quick to whip up.

I like them with a little plain yogurt and jam on top, my boys like them with syrup or peanut butter, and Philip likes them with chocolate chips baked in 😉


tortellini soup

Sausage Tortellini Soup

This is a family favorite that we’ve been making for a few years. It’s so delicious and easy to toss together too!

Side dishes:


chocolate chip cookies

The best chocolate chip cookies ever

For dessert on Sunday night we made our favorite chocolate chip cookies. We made them with white AND milk chocolate chips, which made them extra good. Definitely recommend.



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One Comment

  1. Nicole says:

    Just out of curiosity, do you eat these meals as well? Im wondering because based on other things ive read, it seems like you follow a pretty strict diet plan wiTh the intermittent fastiNg and all.

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