I can do this, I can do this, I will do this, I will do this. Every week.
That helps, believe it or not. 🙂 I’m jumping back into weekly menu planning. Lately, I’d say I’ve had a menu plan only 2 weeks a month. And let me tell you, life around here is just better with a menu plan!
I give myself a bit of wiggle room with our menu. Life happens and we can’t always stick to our best laid plans. When I create and jot down my menu on my planning sheet, I consider our family schedule for the week. However, something always comes up (like I forget to defrost the chicken) so I generally end up flip-flopping a couple of days each week. No big deal–the menu still does its job and diminishes mealtime stress in my household.
Lunch is the meal that varies between my husband, daughter and myself. I pack a lunch for my husbands some days, but he often has lunch meetings or takes a break from the office and heads out for lunch. Because I usually want more snack-type foods at lunch, I tend to eat veggies and dip or salads. Baked sweet potatoes are also a favorite lunch of mine.
And as you can tell from the picture above, I am not a food photographer. Or any kind of photographer at that. Bad lighting, bad angles. I’m working on my skills, give me time. Lots of time. 🙂
Oatmeal with dried cherries, bananas, fresh-squeezed orange juice x 3
Egg sausage scramble, toast, blackberries, kefir smoothie(free coupon from Lifeway which is our chosen brand!)
Toast with peanut butter/homemade jam, raspberries, milk
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins, bananas, hot cider
Glazed cinnamon scones with cinnamon chips, raspberries, hot cider
Leftovers x 3 plus fruit
Chicken salad sandwiches, fruit salad, yogurt
PB & J, fruit salad, string cheese
Gnocchi with peas, blackberries, kefir smoothie
Mini veggie-sausage pizzas, peaches
Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread, salad
Mushroom barley soup, honey cornbread
Chicken enchiladas, chips and salsa, salad, fruit
Roasted chicken, broccoli, honey cornbread, fruit
Asian b.b.q. chicken, grilled squash and asparagus, rice
Potato cheese soup, homemade rolls, fruit salad
Apples, grapes, bananas
Hummus and multi-grain crackers
String cheese and cucumbers
Banana bread and hot cider
Freezer Cooking (I’m splitting up my freezer cooking this week. I’ll do a little each day so I have no excuses!)
Pumpkin chocolate chip muffins
There you have it! We have a lot of extra outings this week so I tried to keep our menu as simple and easy as possible. I wanted to try out some new recipes, but figured I better stick with the tried and true this week. Of course, there will likely be a dessert or two thrown in there…tis the season for yummy desserts!
I’d love to hear your plans for the week. What’s on your menu?