Category Archives: Menus

Week of Busy!

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So, there was no Menu Plan Monday and Fitness Friday this week. I really had the best of intentions to get them put up but it just wasn’t to happen. Life happned and those two days were BUSY for me. I did plan my meals, and generally stuck to it. I also did my workouts and I’ve lost 6 pounds total to show for it. Yay! Hopefully life will slow down just a spec and I’ll be back to posting on Monday and Friday like I planned.

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Menu Plan Mondays: Week 3, 2012

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We stuck with ordering out just once, for pizza, last week. Yay! Last night we didn’t do the Sunday Pot Roast, though, because we had leftovers that needed eaten. I’m scheduling my bulk session for this coming weekend, so I need meals just for this week. I fixed yesterdays planned roast today, so now I’m off to the grocery store to fill in gaps for this week.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday –Pot Roast with veggies

Tuesday – Baked Pork Chops (Shake N Bake style), Brown Rice, Veggies

Wednesday – Homemade Pizza and Salad

Thursday –  Spaghetti and Salad

Friday – Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad

Saturday – Date Night with Friends/Eating out with other couples at a favorite Indian restaurant

Sunday – Chicken Fried Rice (to use up the extra rice from Tuesday, and any leftover veggies)

I’m linking this up at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Menu Plan Mondays: Week 2, 2012

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This past weekend was a bit crazy, so we ended up eating take out Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I know, BAD! But it is what we had to do given the circumstances. Here’s hoping that this coming weekend isn’t as crazy so we can be a bit more frugal. I didn’t need to do my bulk cooking session yet. I imagine at the end of this week I will need to, though.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday – Chicken and Rice, Veggies

Tuesday – Chops with Pear and Apple topping, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Wednesday – Vegetarian Cassoulet

Thursday –  Meatloaf, Salad, Mashed Potatoes, Veggies

Friday – Eat Out/Take Out night

Saturday – Curried Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts, Brown Rice, Veggies

Sunday – Pot Roast with veggies

I’m linking this up at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

Menu Plan Mondays: Week 1, 2012

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In recent months I’ve been getting in the swing of doing bulk/once a month cooking. I’ve found it greatly reduces the stress of worrying about what’s for dinner and it also saves us a LOT of money because we don’t eat out as much as we used to. It normally takes me an evening of prep work (chopping, browning meat, etc.) and 2 days of cooking/packaging/freezing, due to my own physical limitations (pinched nerve in my groin that makes it hard to stand for long periods) and focus issues (ah, gotta love ADD lol). But it gets done and I have usually around 24 or so meals for my family for the month. Sometimes they last more than a month depending on what we have going on socially.

Well, all of that is great for my family, really, but I had yet to actually plan WHEN we would be eating all these meals. Like a weekly plan to make sure we don’t overuse some meals and under-use others.  Today I fixed that. I was inspired by Nony at A Slob Comes Clean to post up my weekly meal plan, but first I had to make one. I used this printable (scroll down for the image). It really appeals to my retro design aesthetic. I slid it into a clear, smooth page protector, clipped it to my clipboard, clipped it and the clipboard with a heavy duty magnet clip and hung it on the fridge. I then took a dry erase marker and started filling in the days based on what meals I have in my freezer right now. Here’s what I see when I walk towards the fridge now:

Menu plan on the freezer door. Calendar, shopping list, and extra chore chart (the chores the girls earn allowance for doing) on the fridge door.

We are at the end of the monthly cooking cycle, so now it’s just a matter of using up what I have left before I schedule my bulk cooking session again.

Here’s this week’s plan:

Monday – Meatloaf, Salad, Mashed Potatoes

Tuesday – Apricot Port Chops, Brown Rice, Veggies (I cook these based on whim, and keep a variety of frozen veggies on hand)

Wednesday – Beef Enchiladas, Salad

Thursday – Curried Honey Mustard Chicken Breasts, Brown Rice, Veggies

Friday – Eat Out/Take Out night

Saturday – Vegetarian Cassoulet

Sunday – Pot Roast with veggies

This will leave me with 3 meals in the freezer at the start of next week. Saturday and Sunday are crock pot meals, so I will be doing my prep work on Friday and do my bulk cooking on Saturday/Sunday.

I’m linking this up at I’m an Organizing Junkie. I want to be organized like her when I grow up!