Monday, February 6, 2012

Menu Plan - February 6-12

One of the best things I've done in my kitchen over the years is to meal plan! Having a plan written down makes that "witching hour" of 4:30-6 pm go so much more smoothly. Do we always follow the plan down to each detail? No, not always. Sometimes what I plan on Sunday to eat on Thursday isn't what I feel like fixing come Thursday. Or we might have a change in plans that will not allow for me to make what's on the menu. Or I might forget to get the meat out of the freezer in time to thaw. But it's a start, and that's what matters most. A plan is a very good thing to have!

With our busy schedule and commitment to eating together as a family nightly, I've come up with a thematic night approach to planning our weekly menu. I've used a variety of menu planning strategies over the years, and this seems to be working best for our family at this stage of life. We have fruit at every meal, but I don't always write that down in the plan. We just sort of pull together what we have on hand.

Here's what's on our menu plan for this week with a few changes to our regular themes due to our family schedule.  We have a busy weekend planned and need meals that can just be reheated in the microwave for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday:

SOUP NIGHT Monday - White Chicken Chili, salad, artisan bread (from freezer)
Tuesday - Crunchy Fish Tacos, Salad, Summer Fresh Peaches and Raspberries (from freezer)
SANDWICH Wednesday - Turkey Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries
KIDS' PICK Thursday - Chicken Parmesan Sandwiches, Salad, Raspberry Chocolate Chunk Brownies (from freezer)
Friday - Bratwurst, Baked Beans
Saturday - Sloppy Joes, Chips, Veggies and Dip, Peanut Blossom Cookies (from freezer)
Sunday Dinner - Shredded Chicken Sandwiches, Corn Casserole, Broccoli Slaw, Red Velvet Cupcakes

Cereal/Toast/English Muffins
Waffles/Sausage links
Ham/Egg/Cheese/Potato Burritos

Crackers with Cheese/Cream Cheese/Peanut Butter
Apples/Peanut Butter
Snack Mix (goldfish/pretzals/raisins/nuts/cereal/M&Ms)

I'll post the recipes later in the week with photos. This blog is a work in progress! Thanks for following!

What's on your menu this week?

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