Menu Plan :: Sept 28-Oct 2

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So, Menu Plan Monday posts have been ubiquitous on my blog. They’re almost effortless. I am going to do a menu plan each week anyway, so I might as well post what I have already written.

Since I now have all 3 kids at home every day for lunch (a change since I was last blogging regularly), I find it advantageous to plan something for almost every meal of the week. Usually, my calendar may have just one blank lunch on the weekend, to allow for a food stop while we run errands or to maybe go out with friends after church on Sunday.

For breakfasts, we are pretty much on a weekly rotation. This will become obvious as the weeks go on. Lunches are usually pretty quick to assemble to keep me from being stressed out about finishing our schoolwork and getting food on the table. Dinners are often decided on before lunches for two reasons:  1) because I need to plan around our evening activities, keeping easier things on Monday evenings (men’s BSF) and portable things on Wednesdays (when we take food out to The Roadie at work); and 2) so I have a decent balance of proteins and carbs throughout the duration of the day. I don’t want to serve waffles with syrup, PBJ sandwiches, and bean burritos all in the same day–it’s too much sugar and simple carbs and not enough protein. The Roadie would end up heading for drive-thru cheeseburgers or fried chicken at 10:00 PM. We also have some “regular nights” for certain things.

All that said, I learned a long time ago that I don’t have to be a slave to my menu plan. If I don’t feel like making Tuesday night’s planned dinner or somebody isn’t well on Saturday, I’ll switch with another dinner or ditch the plan & go to my freezer or pantry looking for an easy alternative. Then I just make extra effort to use up the food from the planned dinner throughout the week, so nothing is wasted. I hate wasting food!! (Unless it’s just terrible, then it can go.)

I’ve rambled enough. Here’s what we’re planning to eat this week.

:: Monday ::

  • Bagels with fancy cream cheese (requested by Tank, although I have TOO MANY options), yogurt
  • Bean burritos, veggie sticks, fruit
  • Sloppy Joes, green beans, oven tater tots

:: Tuesday ::

  • Egg McMommas (English muffin sandwiches)
  • PBJ, cheese cubes, carrot sticks
  • Zuppa Toscana, foccacia, apples

:: Wednesday ::

  • Waffles (I make yeasted waffle batter, based on a King Arthur Flour recipe–I’ll share my version sometime)
  • Chicken nuggets and whatever veggies/fruits and cracker are handy
  • Pasties (this is a new-to-me recipe; I’ll let you know how it goes), beans, salad

:: Thursday ::

  • Baked oatmeal (I seriously cut back on the sugar from this recipe and regularly play around with the various add-ins; I also prep it on Wednesday nights to just pop in the oven while I get ready for BSF in the morning)
  • Sandwiches of some sort
  • One pot Cajun chicken Alfredo, broccoli

:: Friday ::

  • Odds & ends (whatever bagels, English muffins, etc. that need to be used up before grocery shopping)
  • Leftovers (again, just emptying out all the stuff that will be in the way when I go to put away groceries)
  • Pizza (we’ve been ordering recently, but we do really enjoy making our own when it’s cool enough to run the oven super hot and not sweat to death while we sit and eat it)

:: Saturday ::

  • Eggs or omelets and toast
  • ????????? <—— out or sandwiches
  • Grilled chicken (a bit nebulous, as I let The Roadie handle this one; I just figure out sides to match up with his marinade/rub flavors)

:: Sunday ::

Thanks for reading my lengthy post about food. It is one of my favorite topics, though, so I will not apologize. 🙂

I’m linking up to Menu Plan Monday at I’m an Organizing Junkie. There are lots of other great menu plans over there, especially if you need to meet special dietary concerns. Go check it out!

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5 thoughts on “Menu Plan :: Sept 28-Oct 2

    • When I was working outside the house, I had to do that too. I just had my list of possible meals for the week. Now that I’m at home all day, I get into a state of task & decision overload, so it’s easier for me to just attach a day to the meal, even if I don’t always follow through.

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