Menu Planning Monday

Back to Menu Planning Monday.  Since I have already pulled together my dinner menus for the rest of the year, this will be very easy!

Breakfasts
Cereal, muffins, or waffles

Lunches
Sandwiches or dinner leftovers

Dinners

Monday
Baked chicken
Mashed potatoes
Spinach

Tuesday (Children’s Choir Practice)
Fend for yourself

Wednesday
Spaghetti
Salad
Garlic bread

Thursday — Thanksgiving Day
Turkey
Stuffing
Gravy
Green bean casserole
Candied yams
Brussel sprouts

Friday
Thanksgiving leftovers
(Possible Turkey Divan)

Saturday
Chicken & dumpings
Fruit cups

Sunday
Pulled pork sandwiches
Chips
Fruit

A little of this and a little of that

The Big Fall Clean, is just about done. We only have the garage to get done.  And honestly unless we have a warm day, it will probably wait until the Big SPRING Clean.  I don’t like to spend a lot of time in the cold. 

I have been keeping on the children to make sure the rooms stay organized.  I am happy to say that they are doing great and are at the point where a once a walk through is all I need to do.  My youngest three right now are the best cleaners.  They hop right up when I tell them their room needs to be straightened up and they get it done.  They will do what ever I tell them needs to be done, when I tell them.  I started a reward system  and they love it.  They get to pick a coin out of the spare change jar for each job they do.  Right now they are looking for things to do to get “paid,”  I often have to tell them the work is done.

With the house and children basically under control, it is time for me to take a look inward and get MYSELF back under control.  I need to make sure I am getting enough rest and eating better.  Over the past 5 years I began going to bed at 2 AM and getting up 6 AM, which is leaving me very tired.  My plan for the next month is to make sure I am in bed by midnight each night.  My goal for January 1st is to be in bed by 11PM every night.

I also fell off the menu planning bandwagon about a year ago because our family life was so unpredictable.  I began to wing it for dinners.  We started to rely on the “quick” things in the freezer or a quick trip to pick up a couple of pizzas.  The rest of the meals were hit or miss too.  Whatever we had in the house was up for grabs.  Shopping was does haphazardly so we often ran out of things like cereal or waffles.

I decided to restart menu planning.  I have decided that breakfasts and lunches will be quick and easy to prepare.  Breakfasts will consist of cereals, waffles and occasionally eggs. Lunches will be dinner leftovers, sandwiches, and sometimes a “treat” like Spaghetti O’s.

Today my goal was get the dinner menus planned for the rest of the year.  I searched the web and found an Excel template by Vertex.  Two hours later the menus are complete!  A load has been removed from my shoulders and I know what we will be having for dinner for the next six weeks. 

If I am not at home, then Richard can check the menu plan and won’t have to figure out what is for dinner.  Plus he will know we have the food in the pantry and freezer for these meals.  In addition to Richard, I have at least three children who are trained in the kitchen, so they could jump in and take over so it won’t all fall on Richard.

I also am going to make sure we keep enough fresh fruit and vegetables in the house.  When I was checking the produce drawers I saw we had 10 apples, a head of lettuce and two cucumbers.  My children can go through all of that in one day.  I prefer fruits snacks over cookies any day.

I have my shopping done so we are ready to go!   Here is link to my menu plan for rest of November and the link to menu plan for December. 

Menu Planning Monday

Looking at the calendar, I see the Zoo has a busy week.  Lots of doctor’s appointments and a couple of activities to attend.  On top of all the busy-ness, I have a nasty cold which I feel heading to the chest.  Gotta just love this winter, first warm, then cold, all within a two hours.  No wonder why people are sick around here.  The menu is going to be very simple this week  Nothing fancy and quite a few convience foods since I won’t have the time to make a lot from scratch.

Monday
Chicken Patties
Macaroni and Cheese
Peaches or Apples

Tuesday
Crockpot Pork Roast
Baked Potatoes
Broccoli

Wednesday
Spaghetti with Sausage
Salad
Garlic Bread or Rolls

Thursday
Fend for yourself

Friday
Fish Sticks
Tater Tots
Applesauce

Saturday
Meatloaf
Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans

Sunday
Taco Bar
Tortilla Chips

What is on your menu when you have a busy week?

Pax Christi!

 
A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday

Another week begins, after a productive weekend.  This week seems like it won’t involve as much running around as last week did.  At least I hope so!  Those run around weeks always leave me tired out.

Breakfasts:  Cereal, waffles and a fruit
Lunches:  Sandwiches, leftovers and fruit
Snacks:  Graham crackers & peanut butter, carrots & ranch, hummus & crackers, grapes

Meatless Monday
Cheese Lasagna
Salad
Garlic Bread

Tuesday
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Goldfish Crackers
Apple Sauce

Wednesday
Pork Roast
Broccoli
Carrots
Baked Potato

Thursday
Fend for Yourself, It’s Boy Scout Night

Fishy Friday
Fish Sticks for the children
Baked Salmon
Macaroni and Cheese
Salad
Applesauce

Saturday
Mom and Dad Dinner Out — Denims and Diamonds Dance with the KOC
Children — Fend for yourself

Sunday
Pork Roast
Roasted Asparagus
Broccoli
Salad
Dinner Rolls

Have a wonderful, flavorful week!

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday

A bit of crazy week around here, plus we are trying figure out Liz’s new diet so the planned meals just seem awkward to me.

Monday
Pork chops
Seasoned Noodles
Broccoli
Carrots

Tuesday
Spaghetti with meat sauce
Garlic Bread
Salad

Wednesday
Chicken Breasts
Baked Potatoes
Peas
Green Beans (Liz is not supposed to eat these)

Thursday
Fend For Yourself, Clean out the Fridge Day

Friday
Baked Halibut
Sweet Potatoes
Carrots
Salad

Saturday
Taco Bar

Sunday
Roasted Chicken
Seasoned Rice
Zucchini or Asparagus

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

2012 Menu Planning — Week 1

The New Year is here. Time for new nutrition goals for myself and the family. Over the course of the next couple of weeks we will be heading back to a more traditional diet. The last couple of months I slipped back to using more convenience foods and into the typical American diet. I used the trials of the past few months and took the “easy” way. I can see I need to develop different ways for dealing with meals and meal planning when the family is going through busy or difficult times.

So here is my new and improving menu for the family for the first week of the New Year. I have two goals for dinners to start off the year. First is to have one meatless meal and the second is to add one meal containing fish to each week.

Breakfasts — Cereal or Waffles
Lunches — Sandwiches or Leftovers

Meatless Monday
Spaghetti
Tomato Sauce
Garlic Bread
Salad

Tuesday
Meatballs and Gravy
Brown Rice
Broccoli
Carrots

Wednesday
Chicken Breasts
Baked Potatoes
Green Beans
Salad

Thursday
Fend for yourself

Fishy Friday
Flounder
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Brussel Sprouts
Salad

Saturday
Chicken Taco Bar

Sunday
Meatloaf
Baked Potatoes
Baked Acorn Squash
Carrots

What are the nutrition goals for your family this year?

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome

Menu Planning Monday Holiday Week 2

So Christmas is past and now we look forward to the New Year. Everyone is home and we have a few days were we are running around, so things will be relatively laid back. I hope you are enjoying this week with your family.

Breakfasts — Cereal and Waffles
Lunches — Sandwiches or leftover

Monday
Christmas leftovers

Tuesday
Chicken
Baked Potatoes
Brussel Sprouts/Green Beans

Wednesday
Spaghetti
Salad
Garlic Bread

Thursday
Fish Sticks
Macaroni and Cheese
Salads

Friday
Hamburgers
Chips/Dip

Saturday
Soup and Sandwiches
We have snacks later on in the evening for the New Year Celebration

Sunday
Pork Roast
Seasoned Rice
Broccoli

Have a flavorful week.

Pax Christi!

A married woman must often leave God at the altar in order to find Him in her housework ~~St. Francis of Rome