Gracious. It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Menu Plan Monday post.
It’s not that I haven’t been menu planning – I just haven’t been posting.
But I thought I’d share with you what I have planned on this last week of school before the holiday break. It’s going to be crazy here – lots going on, Big Girl has midterms, etc. so I wanted to be prepared with good meals and a plan for when to prepare them.
Here’s what I have so far – I generally try to plan 5 meals a week. I know we will eat out at least once during the week for takeout (it seems that way no matter how hard I try not to) and we usually go out for dinner once on the weekend (at least )
I do not plan which meal to have on which day, although I have a general idea based on what is happening this week – like on Wednesday I have my Ladies’ Group at the house so I will do the Chicken Spaghetti that I can make ahead and pop in the oven while I’m in carpool. It will be ready around 5:30 and we can eat and get the kitchen cleaned up long before everyone starts to arrive at 7:00.
Sticking with some old stand by recipes this week – and one SuperMan Special.
It’s a busy week in our house this week – two birthdays and lots of other things going on. I’m hoping to keep our dinners simple, or at least as crock-pot-based as I can. That way, I know we’re eating well even if I don’t have the time to spend in the kitchen every single afternoon.
I’ve also decided that I want to try some of the bajillion recipes I have on Pinterest. So, this week is experiment week. I’m breaking out of the “tried and true” and trying new versions of favorites and some new recipes to boot. This will either be a rousing success or an utter failure. My family has taught me that they really love my old standby recipes and don’t like me messing with them very much. But I like to spice things up (so to speak) and try to cook restaurant favorites that we love at home. It’s cheaper and healthier!
Today is SuperMan’s birthday. We’re going to enjoy some crock pot Mongolian Beef and rice tonight. I’ll steam some broccoli to go along with the rice and beef and I’m baking an apple cake and plan to pick up an ice cream cake (his special request) for our dessert.
Tomorrow, I’m thinking I’m going to try this Crock Pot Creamy Italian Chicken recipe. It looks really good to me – it’s not 100% crock pot – there are parts you have to do outside the crock pot (like cooking the pasta), but it looks really good. I am thinking I may serve it with the salad and garlic bread exactly as she shows it on the website.
We love, love, love, fajitas. We usually have them on Friday nights at our local favorite Mexican place. I’m thinking that maybe this Friday I’ll try this recipe for oven-baked chicken fajitas. Of course, my girls are meatasauruses, so I may have to edit things and add some steak into that. Just chicken would be healthier, but I think there would be squawking from the peeps if I don’t.
One more new recipe to try – not sure if it will make it into this week or next, but it sure looks good. The girls and I love Panda Express. It’s one of our Saturday lunch treats. The only thing about it is that sometimes it’s a little bit too spicy for our delicate palates. So, when I found this recipe, I decided it was a must-try. I can adjust the heat to our preferences and still get that yummy Orange Chicken that we enjoy so much.
I can also finish up the green onions I bought for Monday’s dinner and make some fried rice to go along with it with the leftover rice from Monday. I love dinners like that!
So, that’s what’s on our menu for the week! What’re you planning for your family?
This week I’m combining some tried and true favorites along with a few new recipes for our menu plan this week.
Monday: I’ve been craving Pasta Fagioli so I whipped up a batch – in spite of the fact that it is supposed to be 90 degrees today. I’m also making some homemade French bread – trying a new recipe out and will have salad to go along with the soup and bread.
Tuesday: I’ll be heading out for a ladies’ Bible study Tuesday night so I wanted to do something easy for SuperMan and the girls. I’ll be using up my last frozen Chicken Spaghetti from my freezer cooking day.
Wednesday: Trying out this new recipe – a one pot Santa Fe Chicken & Rice dinner. I’m thinking I may use chicken tenders cut into bite sized pieces to make this even faster and easier.
Thursday: dance night – which means run around like crazy night. We’ll either do leftovers or sandwiches.
We’re also talking about doing another freezer cooking day sometime soon. I need to come up with a menu – and figure out what we will do this month for our freezer meals. They sure have been nice to fall back on one or two nights a week.
What’re you planning for your family’s meals this week?
It was a crazy whirlwind summer for us. In spite of the fact that we were uprooted and transplanted to a tropical rain forest in which it rained every.single.day. we had a very nice summer.
The girls started school last week –
Big Girl is in 7th grade. I can hardly believe she is so big!
Little Bit started 4th grade. When I took her to school, she didn’t want me to walk her in – she just hopped out in the carpool line and didn’t even look back. My heart lurched a little, but I was so proud of her bravery and happy that she was comfortable enough to go on in without Mommy holding her hand.
After taking almost every Friday off for the past month (plus a few weeks) and a week here and there to play with the girls, I’m back working a “normal” schedule again. That means I’m also back to managing our family schedule a little bit more closely, including meal planning – and that means it’s
Here’s what’s cookin’ at our house this week:
Monday: Beef Stew (crock pot recipe) with some crusty homemade bread
Four more days until the girls are out of school for the summer.
It’s almost like we’re “on hold” right now, waiting for the 24th to arrive. Even though the next week or two after that won’t exactly be slowing down, there’s that milestone looming for us, and mentally, it’s pretty much our sole focus right now.
Once we get past school, we’ve got the holiday weekend, dance rehearsals & recitals and then my annual trip to HQ for work, which means “Ammi Camp” for the girls. So, the next four weeks or so are busy ones. But just being over the hurdle of school (and those early-morning wakeup calls) will be major for us.
SuperMan has a busy week this week, too, so I’m planning easy things for dinner for us – less stress and less mess. Always a good thing.
I hope those of you who are mothers (by nature or by heart) had a terrific day and were spoiled and pampered by your families. We had a nice day here.
SuperMan and the girls gave me some beautiful plants ~ a fern and hibiscus for my back deck ~ and some very sweet cards that were made with lots of love and care by them. I also got the devotional that I’ve been eyeing for a long time – very excited about digging into that one.
Little Bit made the cutest things for me at school:
LOVE the answers she put – especially #10, #12 and #4. A Spa Day at Disney World – so cute! And #7 – I guess she forgets that I do that for work! LOL
Here’s a shot of the three of us girls that SuperMan took yesterday –
And moving on to Menu Planning and back to the real world, here’s what we have planned this week:
That was the fastest three-day weekend of all time.
I’m not sure where it went, but I am sure that I need another weekend – and soon!
It was a whirlwind – busy couple of days on Friday and Saturday and then Sunday I was feeling under the weather and so it was kind of a loss.
So, it’s Monday. Which means time for planning my meals for the week.
I had a little help this weekend with the planning. The girls didn’t know it but they basically built the plan. They were asking for a few specific things here and there and so I just jotted them down on a post-it note and kept it on my desk. Then the week’s menu planning was pretty much done!
In other news, I think I’m making progress with the squirrel battle – I got a baffle and moved the feeder to the middle of the flower bed. The squirrels can’t figure out how to climb around the baffle nor how to jump the many feet from the porch railing (or shrubs) to the feeder. They keep sitting on the porch rail and looking in the window at me like, “Now, why’d you go and do that?”