Menu Planning for September 15, 2018

Last week was our first week of taking two kids to ABA therapy 25 hours a week.  I naively thought I’d be able to cook meals at night, but that didn’t really happen because each day was jam packed.  Instead, we relied on easy and slow cooker meals, and I think we’ll keep doing that for the next few weeks as we get adjusted.

Here’s what we had last week:

Saturday

Lunch: Grilled burgers & chicken legs, potato chips, grilled zucchini

Dinner: BLT Salad (with an egg–all but one of us like our BLTs with an egg.  Weird, I know.)

Sunday

Lunch: Fried Rice, Broccoli

Dinner: Ground Beef, Egg and Cheese Breakfast Casserole, fresh fruit

Monday

leftovers

Tuesday

Bacon, Egg, and Diced Potatoes with Cheese Skillet, Broccoli

Wednesday

Grilled cheese sandwiches, cucumbers, chips

Thursday

Slow Cooker Taco Soup (from My FreezEasy)

Friday

I really just can’t remember!!

For more meal ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap.

Menu Planning for September 8, 2018

Do you want to know a secret?  I don’t usually stick to my menu plan perfectly.  I write down the meals I’m planning to make, but I don’t always make them on the day I had planned to make them.  Sometimes, I don’t make them at all because plans change at the last minute.  Take last week, I was supposed to make French toast, eggs, and sausage links, but I didn’t have any sausage, so I substituted out bacon.  When my kids saw the bacon, they decided they wanted BLTs, not French toast, so that’s what we had.  We used most of the same ingredients, but we had a completely different meal than I had planned.

I usually end up sticking with my menu plan about 70% of the time, though, so I still find it worthwhile to menu plan.  Plus, if I don’t have a menu plan in place, I’m not very creative so we end up either eating the same thing over and over again (which my family hates), or we end up eating easy food that isn’t that healthy.

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Here’s the plan for this week:

Saturday

Lunch: Daiya macaroni and cheese & Brussel sprouts & grapes

Dinner: Chalupa Salad (from My FreezEasy)

Sunday

Lunch: Salmon, broccoli, sweet potato cubes

Dinner: Paleo/Whole 30 Beef Stew (didn’t make this last week)

Monday

Hamburgers on the grill, veggies & fruit, french fries

Tuesday

Leftover Taco Pie, fruit

Wednesday

One Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice, salad

Thursday

Polish Sausage and Cabbage with brown rice

Friday

Chili Mac (from My FreezEasy)

What’s on your menu for the week?

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap.

Menu Planning for August 19, 2018

Last week, PB & J Girl suddenly dropped with a cold (my kids don’t just get colds–they vomit and can’t eat for a day or two), so we changed the menu plan a bit.  As a result, I didn’t make all of my meals, so they’re appearing again this week.

Plus, I’m trying to set aside money so we can buy 1/4 side of beef again.  I’ve already reduced our grocery budget from $700 to $750 to $600, so squeezing out the money for the beef will be tough, but I want to try because we really, really miss having a freezer full of beef, and my husband loved using the organ meat for his lunches.

So, this week’s meal plan features meals I can mostly make from the pantry.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Saturday

Lunch: Meatball Subs, veggies

Dinner: Iranian Kebab

 

Sunday

Lunch: Easiest Burrito Bowl

Dinner: Enchilada Lasagna

Monday

Tuna Noodle Casserole, carrot sticks (didn’t get to make this last week)
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Tuesday

Bacon and Egg Casserole, fruit

Wednesday

Paleo/Whole 30 Beef Stew, salad

Thursday

Cuban Beans & Rice

Friday

Swirly Pasta Skillet (from My FreezEasy)

What’s on your menu for the week?

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap.

Menu Planning for August 12, 2018

Last week, I couldn’t make two of my meals because I didn’t have carrots in the house.  Those meals are on the menu plan again this week.

One of the nights when I didn’t have a meal planned because of my lack of carrots, I searched and found a recipe for turkey chili using ingredients I already had on hand.  It was delicious!  I’m making it again this weekend and putting it into single size servings for my lunches.

Here’s the plan for this week:

Saturday

Lunch: Spaghetti, broccoli

Dinner: Hearty Meatball Soup, salad

Sunday

Lunch: Easiest Burrito Bowl

Dinner: Incredible Boneless Pork Roast with Vegetables

Monday

Tuna Noodle Casserole, carrot sticks

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Tuesday

Danish Pork Burgers, Baked Potatoes, veggie

Wednesday

Paleo/Whole 30 Beef Stew, salad

Thursday

leftovers

Friday

Chalupa Salad (from My FreezEasy)

What’s on your menu for the week?

For more meal planning ideas, visit Menu Planning Monday and Gluten Free Menu Swap.

Menu Plan for August 5, 2018

Imagine this.  I made a menu plan last week, and I stuck to it.  Taking 30 minutes over the weekend to do that saved me so much time during the week.

Of course, I know this because I’ve been a menu planner for years, but when you let it drop and then pick up menu planning again, you see how much simpler mealtime is and wonder, “Why did I ever stop menu planning?”  (At least that’s what happens to me.)

So, here’s the plan for this week:

Saturday

Lunch: Asian Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

Dinner: Polish Sausage, Baked Potatoes, Zucchini and Asparagus on the grill

Sunday

Lunch: Taco Rice, Chips, Guacamole, Salad

Dinner: Steak, Zucchini, Roasted Cauliflower, Rice

Monday

Baked Sesame Chicken over salad

Tuesday

Old Fashioned Beef Stew, salad

Wednesday

Make Ahead Bean & Cheese Burritos with Steamed Broccoli

Thursday

Hearty Meatball Soup

Friday

Slow Cooker Jambalaya

What’s on your menu for the week?