I’m not a big meal planner. I prefer to make a list of meals, and then sort of go with whatever works for that night. But as my husband and kids will tell you that often means I’m scratching my head at 4pm (or 5 or 6!) trying to figure out what I have time to make, and what everyone will eat.
Part of the problem, and one I’m sure many families have, is squeezing in a meal between homework, other activities and bedtime (my younger kids go to bed at 7:30, the older guy stays up until about 8:30 or 9).
I’m aiming to change my ways though, and since we are out of bread, and milk, and about 100 other things I’m planning a grocery trip today, Monday, and just happened to read menu plans on 2 of my favorite blogs while I was working out this morning.
Julie from Just-Precious always has a simple plan on Mondays, and made me think I should be doing the same. I’m inspired to find a new recipe for the slow cooker I rarely use this week. It’s the perfect weather for it.
Jo Lynne from Musings of a Housewife and I share a lot of common menu and diet ideas, including our gluten-free diet. I love that she is planning to roast a turkey. I’ve been staring at the jar of cranberry sauce in my cabinet longingly.
I always serve a salad on the side since my family loves raw veggies. I’ll probably pick up a giant clamshell of baby spinach since I like it in my eggs in the morning, as a lunch, and wilted on top of my quinoa chili. Anyone who refuses to eat the main dish, eats the sides and then has the option of a sandwich AFTER they try a few bites of the main dish. I was a picky eater, so I know how hard it can be, but I also try to encourage them to try new foods as often as possible.
So without further ado, here’s my meal plan for this week.
Monday: Chicken Legs, Brown rice cooked in broth, Broccoli
Tuesday: (sitter night!) Pasta with sauce or cheese, olives, and garlic toast
Wednesday: (robot night) Pot Roast
Thursday: Steak and Broiled Potatoes
Friday: Taco night (the kids call it mix night since they get to mix in what they want)
Sunday: Roasted turkey, sweet potatoes (I’m the only one who eats them!), and cranberry sauce.
Now excuse me, while I go fight off the angry mobs at the store for the last gallon of milk. (I’m sure the possible snow storm will make it a crowded experience. ;))