It’s Monday which means it’s time for our Monday menu plan. This menu is our menu for the week and hopefully will help you find some inspiration to create your own menu this week.
I haven’t posted weekly menus for much of January due to work travel and a family vacation. We escaped the snow and cold for a bit and spent a week in Florida with our friend the mouse. It was a welcome break from the ice, snow, and gray skies at home.
Now that we’re back home we’re back in the swing of meal planning, schedules, and structure. The vacation was fun while it lasted!
Getting started with meal planning?
New for 2015
I’m tweaking our menus a lot since we are focused on healthier eating overall. In addition to no gluten in my diet I’ve also dropped dairy, and we’ve mostly eliminated sugar from the family diet. While many of our staples didn’t need makeovers certain family favorites did. I’ll be sharing what we find that works along the way.
In addition, I will be sharing what’s on our Week One, Week Two, Week Three, and Week Four with small tweaks throughout the year for seasonal changes, new recipes we love, and more.
Week One Menu: February 2nd, 2015
This week is all cold, snow, and battling winter colds while hoping Punxsutawney Phil is wrong and Spring is just around the corner.
Monday: New Recipe Night
New recipe night means we’re trying out a new recipe each week.
This week we’re going to keep it simple since I’m battling a nasty chest cold. I’ll be making this carrot soup for myself (and anyone else who wants to try it) and the kids will have chicken (recipe), salad, and raw carrots.
Tuesday: Brinner (breakfast for dinner)
We recently tried Nicole’s Naturals pancake and waffle mix* and it was mouth-watering good. I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! It’s a gluten, dairy, and soy free mix that’s filling and so tasty.
We’ll be having pancakes with a side of bacon, smoothies, and fruit salad.
Wednesday: Taco Night
Thursday: Rotating Protein
Each week we’ll have a rotating protein depending on what’s on sale, what we ate Monday for new recipe night, and what fits the season. As in no pot roast during the summer.
This week’s plan is to have seared strip steaks, roasted potatoes, and salad.
Friday: DIY Pizzas
Friday night is always pizza night. We either make our own dough or work with a mix or pre-made dough depending on the week and our schedules. We’re still working on perfecting our gluten-free pizza dough recipe.
Saturday: Clean out the Fridge Night
Each week we reserve a day to ‘clean out the fridge’ to help reduce our food waste and eat up leftovers. It’s always a hodge podge of food, but it’s kind of fun.
Sunday: Hearty Meal to Start the Week
Starting the week with a hearty meal always makes things feel better on Monday mornings. Mondays are always the worst!
This week’s plan is to have pot roast, green salad, garlic bread, and fruit for dessert.
What’s on your menu this week?