Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 28, 2015

What I love about October, recipes and articles you may have missed, and this week’s menu. 

Nutritioulicious Menu Plan week of September 28, 2015

Is Thursday really the start of October?! So hard to believe, especially since I’m still getting use out of my open-toe shoes (these are the important things, right?! Lol, JK!). When I think of October, my mind goes to #AllThingsPumpkin, comfy cozy sweaters and puffy vests, lots of soup, apples and pears, and the annual Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE).

The conference is taking place in Nashville this coming weekend, which I am very excited for primarily to connect face to face with my dietitian nutritionist friends, most of whom I only “see” on social media. Plus, Nashville is supposed to be a happening place – in fact, my mother (a big country music fan) is super jealous! Keep your eyes out for all my Twitter, Instagram, and FB shares while I’m there – I can assure you there will be lots of food photos and probably a few new science-based nutrition facts too!

Before I head out of town, stay tuned for a couple of new posts this week. In the meantime, check out some of my fave links from last week and this week’s menu plan. Have a great week everyone!


When Was the Last Time You Tried Something New? @ Healthy Bites

Saturated Fat: Good, Bad, or Benign? By Caroline Kaufmann @ To Live & Diet in L.A. (I couldn’t agree more with what Caroline said: “Life is so much easier when you stop focusing on one nutrient, and look at the whole food package.”)

A Call for Lunch Box Sanity by Sally Kuzemchak @ Parents Magazine

Autumn Produce Guide @ The Grateful Grazer


Chocolate Chip Pancake Bread @ Cotter Crunch

Freezer Oatmeal Cups @ Your Choice Nutrition by Dietitian Brittany (such a fun, quick, and easy breakfast for the whole family)

Pumpkin Crumb Muffins with Chocolate @ Healthy Nibbles & Bits

Zucchini Carrot Fritters @ RDelicious Kitchen

Maple Walnut Apple Crisp @ Healthy Ideas Place

Smoked Salmon & Goat Cheese Mini Frittatas @ Marisa Moore Nutrition

Pumpkin Bread Pudding with Tart Cherries @ Love and Zest

menu plan monday
Week of September 28, 2015

Monday: Leftovers from Friday (Butternut Squash Soup, Traditional Brisket, Herbed Panko-Crusted Chicken, Quinoa with Spiced Apples, and Rosemary-Roasted Cauliflower with Raisins)

Tuesday:  Maple-Glazed Baked Salmon with Lemony Lentil and Chickpea Salad 

Wednesday: Citrus Ginger Tofu Salad with Buckwheat Soba Noodles (a variation)

Thursday: Off Duty

Friday: Roasted Chicken with Artichokes, Peppers, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Braised Red Cabbage with Apples, and Mushroom Onion Barley (leftovers from the freezer)

What are you excited for in October?

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20 Responses to Menu Plan Monday: Week of September 28, 2015

  1. I really look forward to these link love posts! I’m also such a fan of Sally Kuzemchak (“we all have our thing” is such an important thing to remember!). Thanks for including my sat fat post 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Caroline! I’m so glad to know it’s a useful resource! And yes, Sally is fab!

  2. Thanks so much for including my post. Looking forward to seeing you in Nashville!

    • Jessica says:

      Can’t wait!

  3. Brittany says:

    Thanks for including my freezer oatmeal recipe!
    It is still pretty warm here is Utah, too – I am wearing flip flops as I type this! I hope you have a great time in Nashville!

    • Jessica says:

      I’m loving the unseasonal warm weather! Thanks so much – sorry you won’t be there.

  4. awesome! love your round up and can’t wait for my invite for dinner! haha. WIshful!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Lindsay! If you lived closer it would be my pleasure to have you over any time!

  5. Marie says:

    October brings all kinds of things to look forward too: apples, the start of basketball season, and Nashville for me this year. Haven’t been to FNCE in a long time. And thank you for including my apple crisp!

    • Jessica says:

      That’s so exciting! last year was my first one back in a while. Hope we run into each other!

  6. Farys says:

    You are cooking my favorite chicken and I’m not invited to shabbat dinner ? Enjoy !

    • Jessica says:

      haha…you wanna come?!

  7. Katie @ Mom to Mom Nutrition says:

    I love that you included a few pumpkin recipes. I always look to this post for recipe inspiration— and menu planning, of course!!!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Katie!

  8. GiGi Eats says:

    Dat chicken!!! I am coming over Friday, cool??

    • Jessica says:

      haha…door is always open!

  9. Another delicious meal plan, as usual! 🙂 Thanks for including my autumn produce guide!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Steph! The guide is fabulous and a great resource for everyone!

  10. Melanie says:

    October is one of my favorite months! Have fun at FNCE. I wish I was going this year, but I look forward to seeing what other people post!
    Off to check out these great links! 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Thank you! Hopefully you can make it to the next one. After I had my girls I took about 4 years off from going!

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