It’s a new and pretty big week, with the presidential election on Tuesday.  I’ll be glad when all the campaign commercials and political phone calls are done with for now!  I invited my oldest son and his bride over for dinner on election night, and I’m going to have a Southwestern buffet with nacho, burrito and taco fixings.  It’s one of our favorite “family gathering” meals!  🙂  I like to cook up my chicken and ground beef ahead of time, in the crockpot (separately), freeze it in meal size portions, and then just thaw and warm it up, when I’m ready for it.  It makes for quick  and easy meals.

Here are my dinner ideas for this busy week:

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Lasagna Soup
Grocery list:  Pasta, diced tomatoes, ground beef, pasta sauce, Italian seasoning, beef broth, Parmesan and Mozzarella cheese

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Layered Taco Dip
Grocery list:  Ground beef, taco seasoning, sour cream, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, tomato sauce and tortilla chips

, Menu Plan for the Week, Grilled Cheese with Tomato and Pesto
Grocery list: Italian bread, tomato, pesto and mozzarella cheese slices

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Copycat Berry Almond Chicken Salad
Grocery list:  Mixed greens, strawberries, blueberries, Asiago cheese, almonds, grilled chicken breast and raspberry vinaigrette

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Homemade Beefaroni with Sundried Tomatoes
Grocery list:  Pasta or elbow macaroni, ground beef, sundried tomatoes, onion, garlic, tomato sauce and basil

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Cashew Sesame Noodles
Grocery list:  Angel hair pasta, garlic, soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, red pepper flakes and cashews

My dessert choice for this week is hot cocoa with this cute little “soaking” marshmallow man.

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Isn’t he cute and fun, and perfect for cooler temps!

Finally, here’s some extra help for you with meal planning and grocery shopping:
Here are my free printables that I use often, and you are free to use as well:

, Menu Plan for the Week, Grocery List Printable

, Menu Plan for the Week, Weekly Meal Planner

They work great on a clipboard!

Click on the links below for breakfast and lunch inspiration:

Breakfast ideas

Lunch ideas

Or for TONS more dinner ideas, go to my menu bar and hover over “Recipes” to find specific categories that your family likes!

Hope you have a great week!  🙂

Linking to: I’m An Organizing Junkie and Between Naps on the Porch