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.
As I shared last week we have an easy system we set up to create a year long meal plan. Simple doesn’t always mean it gets done though! I just completed our menu for 4 weeks this morning due to a busy schedule a nasty cold we passed around. Last week we just sort of did whatever we could manage (and no takeout of course), but we’re back on track this week with week two of our 4 week meal plan.
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.
Since we’re getting started late this year we’re still starting with Week One. It’s important to note that even with the passing of the official New Year you can start this planning anytime this year since it simply requires repeated meals.
Week One Menu: January 12th, 2015
I’ll be heading out of town from Friday- Monday so I’m not responsible for meals those nights, but it’s helpful to have plan in place.
Monday: New Recipe Night
New recipe night means we’re trying out a new recipe each week.
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 steak sandwiches with sides of salad.
What’s on your menu this week?
*We received this product as a review sample.