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Menu Planning Monday – Week of March 8 (five work days– yikes!)

Here’s what we’re having for supper this week.

Monday – John’s going to a talk, so M and I are having scrambled eggs with cheese and ketchup (which we love!)

Tuesday – chicken fajitas, spanish rice (our pastor is coming over for dinner to discuss the baptism and the adoption), chocolate cupcakes if I’m feeling super ambitious

Wednesday – spaghetti and turkey meatballs (Wednesday is, remember, Prince Spaghetti Day, but we’ll be eating Barilla that I buy in bulk at Costco.)

Thursday – chicken pot pie (from freezer stash)

Friday – pizza picnic! (I’m really, really, REALLY going to make the dough this time.)

Saturday – we’ve got family in from out of town for Charlotte’s christening so we’ll all be going out somewhere child friendly and cheap.

Sunday – roast turkey breast with mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce and all of the Thanksgiving classics (a holdover from last week.)

To follow this plan, I need to go out and buy tortillas for Tuesday and nothing else– which is good, because on the eighth day of the month (i.e. today), I’ve already spent more than half of our food budget. It’s the diapers: I finally had to break down and buy some.

I plan seven suppers every week and inevitably, one night we end up eating something else. This week, I’m guessing Thursday’s plan will end up migrating to next week. Anyone else want to wager?


Menu Planning Monday – week of March 1

Here’s what we’re eating for dinner this week, the week I go back to work.  Sigh.

Monday – London broil, mashed potatoes, green beans

Tuesday – baked chicken and rice

Wednesday – spaghetti and meatballs, green salad

Thursday – BBQ pork sandwiches (pork from freezer stash)

Friday – pizza picnic (homemade or takeout TBA)

Saturday – gussied up hamburgers (there’s a local restaurant that makes burgers with prosciutto mixed up with the meat, that might be a winner or maybe cheeseburgers with carmelized onions), homemade fries, something green and healthy to counteract all the greasy wonderfulness

Sunday – roast turkey breast with mashed potatoes and veggies (Thanksgiving in March)

I’ve also learned another valuable lesson.  Despite the name, I can’t really leave the menu planning until Monday.  Future meal plans need to be written on Sunday night, as part of the weekly going back to work preparations.

Now I’m going to go make bread and eat ice cream.  Wish me luck tomorrow.  It’s just a few hours at school, but I’m really *not* looking forward to it.

Menu Planning Monday – Week of February 22

It’s my last full time week at home until April vacation. It occurs to me I should focus on double batch cooking, to freeze for future use. I’m not entirely thrilled about my return to work, but that is a post for another day.

Here’s what we are eating this week:

Monday – pasta carbonara (bumped from two weeks ago, not double-able but super easy)

Tuesday – It’s our anniversary, so we’ll be splurging on takeout Indian food.  All the joy of tikka masala without the stress of containing a toddler or finding a babysitter!

Wednesday -slow cooker brown sugar pork loin (new recipe – click here), mashed potatoes (bumped from last week)

Thursday – shepherd’ s pie.  I’ll make two and freeze one.

Friday – homemade pizza

Saturday – Buttermilk Pot Roast (click here for recipe)

Sunday – leftovers or soup and sandwiches.

So, only one easy to double recipe.  Hmmmmm.  Help me out– what do you make and freeze?

Menu Planning Monday – week of Feburary 15

Here’s what we’re having for dinner this week.

Monday – spaghetti and meat sauce, green salad

Tuesday – Thai Chicken (I have ginger root to use up)

Wednesday – breakfast for dinner (it’s Ash Wednesday, so we’re probably going to services at 7:30.  If we don’t go to services, there’s an adoptive parents meeting I want to go to.)

Thursday – sloppy joes, home made rolls (never tried to make them before, but we’ll give it a whirl!), green veggie of some nature (frozen broccoli if nothing is on sale)

Friday – homemade pizza

Saturday – slow cooker brown sugar pork loin (new recipe – click here), mashed potatoes

Sunday – TBD, potential leftover smorgasbord

I cannot rhapsodize enough about meal planning. Love, love, LOVE to plan! And we do actually eat what I plan, eventually.

Menu Planning Monday – week of February 8

Just writing this down makes me feel less stress.

Monday – meatloaf and mashed potatoes (bumped from last week), broccoli, salad.

Tuesday – baked chicken with use-up-the-cilantro rub, green beans, rice.

Wednesday – Mexican Pasta Skillet (an Eat Better America recipe, click here for details.  I’ve been referring to it as “El Helper de Hambuergesa.”  Guaranteed to be a big hit here.)  Green salad.

Thursday – breakfast for dinner

Friday – pizza picnic (my mom will be here, so this could potentially get changed on her whim or if John and I decide to take advantage of free babysitting (!!) and actually go out.)

Saturday – chicken spaghetti (a Pioneer Woman recipe, click here for details.)

Sunday – TBD, potentially whatever gets bumped from earlier in the week.  Maybe I’ll make heart shaped leftovers in honor of Valentine’s Day!

Plan, my pretties, plan!

Have a great day!


Menu Planning Monday – week of February 1

After I plan this week, I’m going to the grocery store to fill in the blanks.

Monday – grilled chicken chorizo over pasta, homemade applesauce (before the apples are too far gone)

Tuesday – tacos (need to buy shredded cheese, lettuce, tomatoes– basically, I’ve got shells and ground turkey)

Wednesday – chicken and dumplings

Thursday – omelettes

Friday – I’ll be in Connecticut with the kids, so John is on his own

Saturday – pasta carbonara (easy and quick since I’m coming back from CT in the afternoon)

Sunday – meatloaf and mashed potatoes

Meal planning rocks my socks!

Monday Meal Planning

I’m a new convert to the glories of planning your meals in advance.  To make sure I actually do it each week, I’m going to post it here for your viewing pleasure, oh vast and glorious multitudes of my readership.  This is all about accountability for me.  I’m not purporting any nutritional or gastronomic expertise.

Monday – spinach salad with grilled chicken, fresh bread (better get started on that as soon as I’m done posting here)

Tuesday – steak tips, crash hot potatoes (http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2008/06/crash-hot-potatoes ), fresh broccoli

Wednesday – chicken tortilla soup (http://www.thefrugalgirl.com/2009/10/easy-frugal-cooking-tortilla-soup ), cornbread

Thursday – spinach quiche (and/or broccoli, depending on what I have left to use), fruit salad of some nature

Friday – pizza

Saturday – TBD, I can’t think that far ahead. . .

Hey, five days in advance is a good lead time!