When I made cheeseburger soup last week and my husband raved about it as being "the best soup ever" I realized that our tastes aren’t exactly alike. Don’t get me wrong, I thought the cheeseburger soup was delicious – it really did taste like a cheeseburger. But I like a lot of variety and bold, exotic flavors while my husband tends to prefer more meat and potatoes sort of American cooking.

Meatloaf, chicken stew, and chili seem like a good way to include heartier foods while adding in a bit of cioppino for the variety that I love. I’ve got plenty of turkey stock left and will be picking up 50 pounds of rolled oats so the boys will return to their favorite soaked oats breakfast.

You will also notice that we will be enjoying some fried foods and a few grain and sugar-free desserts this week as we continue to celebrate Hanukkah.


  • breakfast: oatmeal with dried apples, cinnamon and butter
  • dinner: Cioppino, roasted winter squash with butter
  • prep: Roast kabocha squash for fritters


  • breakfast: soaked porridge + chia seeds + crispy almonds + butter, leftover squash
  • dinner: Chicken and rutabaga stew in crock pot, lacto-fermented beets, biscuits, apple & squash fritters (grain-free & sugar free variation)
  • prep:bake biscuits, mix up fritter dough, start stew in crock pot in morning, pick up buying club order


  • breakfast: eggs + sausage, leftover fritters
  • dinner: Salmon Cakes, Potato Latkes w/ sour cream, cortido, steamed broccoli with butter
  • prep:Roast pumpkin for pie, thaw beef for meatloaf


  • breakfast: Coconut flour pancakes, sausages
  • dinner: Meatloaf with potatoes and carrots in crock pot, lacto-fermented beets, grain-free pumpkin pie with crust (recipe forthcoming)
  • prep: pick up milk from farm, soak oats, make pie in morning, start meatloaf and vegetable sin c.p. for dinner


  • breakfast: leftover pumpkin pie
  • dinner: Egg, sausage, and greens casserole, butternut squash latkes, cortido
  • prep: thaw beef, make egg nog mixture


  • breakfast: Coconut flour pancakes
  • dinner: Chili Soup, baked potatoes w/ butter and cortido, homemade egg nog
  • prep: soak grains for Sabbath breakfast

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6 Responses to Menu Plan: Hearty and Sweet

  1. I made Cheeseburger Soup a few weeks ago. And like your husband, my husband loved it. I thought it was very good but Joe declared it ‘the best soup ever’.
    I haven’t tried doing a meatloaf in the crock pot. Does it taste any different than in the oven?


  2. Rona says:

    Your family taste sound alot like ours. My husband and son love heat while I enjoy more simple ingredients and less heat. It definitely makes it meal prep interesting.

    You have a terrific menu planned.


  3. Jessie says:

    I see that you often have cortido. I’m interested to make it, but want to try it with the pineapple vinegar – but I never can seem to find an organic pineapple. How do you make yours?


  4. Jennifer says:

    Now I want your Cheeseburger Soup Recipe! I bet my husband would love it!


  5. Tammy L says:

    Hi Shannon! :) I replied to your comment on my challah post, but thought I’d paste my reply here as well to be sure you saw it. :)

    “We keep Hanukkah very low-key… our church meets for a meal and such but we weren’t able to go this year and didn’t really do anything extra special at home. :) We don’t do Hanukkah gifts like some do (we prefer to do more “celebrating” type things during the Feast of Tabernacles!). :) We love the Biblical holy days! So meaningful and always pointing us to Yeshua! :)

    We do a few “Jewish” things for fun, like making challah (yum!) but we’re not about the cultural traditions so much as the Scriptures… :)


  6. JoAnn Whitley says:

    Could we have the recipe for cheeseburger soup please??? thank you JoAnn


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