Monday, May 3, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

I've gone without a menu plan for a couple of weeks. I realized that I desperately need my menu plan! Some people say they like the freedom of choosing their dinners each night or wonder what they would do if they don't feel like eating what's on the schedule. I say, you'll feel like eating what's on the schedule if it's planned out for you and you have all the ingredients in the house! My grocery shopping has been pretty sporadic, which means I'm out of potatoes How could I be out of potatoes?!? It's hard deciding what meat to pull out of the freezer in the morning, hard to decide what to do with it in the afternoons, hard to make what I want with the ingredients we happen to have lying around. 

So, back to my menu plan! It will be so good to save my brain power this week for important things- like decluttering the kids' clothes and planning a field trip! I also discovered that without a plan I just wanted to go out and pick something up. I've decided to have a "busy day backup" of items quick and easy to prepare. Then, when I feel done in after a busy day it will be easier to pull that out than head to the grocery store for deli chicken! What kinds of meals do you keep on hand to save you a trip through the drive thru?

Monday- tuna casserole
Tuesday- roast, potatoes, carrots
Wednesday- fried rice
Thursday- tacoes
Friday- pizza night
Saturday- graduation party
Sunday- mother's day picnic
Back up- hotdogs, chips, fruit

That's my plan! Check out more plans on Menu Plan Monday at What's on your menu this week?


  1. My husband really doesn't like having a weekly menu, but he also has the luxury of cooking when he feels like it and not on a deadline. My cooking is a requirement if our four kids want to eat, and I'm often under time pressure for an event or a starving little one. I *need* these menus!! They give me sanity and eliminate one little task each day.

  2. I don't menu plan in that way. I keep a running list of meals I could make because I have the ingredients on hand. The list changes as I buy different things. If I feel like making something specific, I get the ingredients and add it as a choice on the list. Then each morning I decide what I want to make off the list and get out what needs to thaw. I do have a plan in that I cook 4 days a week (M, T, Th, F) and eat leftovers the other 3 days. As for back up meals...frozen pizza, spaghetti, scrambled eggs and toast...