Sunday, January 6, 2013

Weekly menu day!

The snow is falling softly outside.  It's that beautiful kind of snowfall that you see in the movies.  It is a grand thing.

We're gearing up for K-'s return to the local elementary.  Frankly, the 16 day break has been lovely, but we're ready to return to the grind.  With that, we've scoped out the lunch menu and other than tomorrow's Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Sweet Potato Tater Tots and Baked Beans, the rest of the week is (what I term) illegal.

Keeping that in mind, we also sat AS A FAMILY (as we will each week) and crafted a family dinner menu for the week.  Last night, I went shopping just for the additional things that we needed to make that list happen, as well as lunch items for the week for all of us.

Do you know how hard it is to shop for food that is good for you?  I mean, you have to dig through all the pre-boxed and all that to get to the nitty gritty.  It took me a while and I ran into a school dad who talked and talked and talked some more.  He's a lovely guy and I didn't have K- with me, so it wasn't a problem.

Here is week 1 of our menu planning:

Sunday:  Chicken and noodles with vegetables.  Broccoli salad.  (Reserve 1/2 chicken for Thursday.)

Monday:  Homemade macaroni and cheese, peas and salad.  Hubs will have leftover chicken and noodles, since mac & cheese is digestively illegal for him.

Tuesday:  Hubs is at a conference and K- has dinner with my in-law's.  Often, they reserve some leftovers for me.  If not, I'm sure that Mac & Cheese will be left over.

Wednesday:  I'll be taking K- to a school skating party, so I'm going to do a fly-through to pick her up.  Hubs will have a sandwich and a smoothie.  I can have a mushroom burger when I get home.

Thursday:  Chicken Salad Sandwiches (reserved and frozen from Sunday chicken), baked beans and salad.

Friday:  Morningstar Chick'n Patties, Sweet Potato Fries (do freezer clean-up on a few open bags we have) and coleslaw.

Saturday:  Soy "meat" tacos (with brown rice and corn) and Spanish Rice.

My MIL passed on her Cooking With Paula Deen Magazine and I've found a few recipes that I would like to plunk into our menu someday.  Here they are. (Click on the recipes to make them larger.)

          Credit for both of these recipes to:
           Cooking With Paula Deen, Nov/December 2012, Vol 8, Issue 6

Both recipes sound pretty good, but I know that the Broccoli Potato Soup is completely illegal for Hubs.  As for the Chicken Taco Soup, I may need to tweak it a bit, but it seems doable.

Have any good recipes that you've run across lately?  Feel free to link to your blog in the comments!

Have a great day!

1 comment:

Rach said...

The less packaging the better. I was looking at my grocery list--I divide by sections (and I only just realized this as I was typing!)--and my longest section was the fresh produce. My purchase of processed goods is pretty short.

It's not only hard to find those good-for-you-foods, it's also EXPENSIVE! Why is it that food items that have far less packaging cost so much MORE??

You menu looks great! We're having taco salad tonight, chicken and smoked sausage gumbo with rice and salad Tuesday, round steak with gravy and mashed potatoes and salad Wednesday, Easy Pad Thai with tofu and salad Thursday and homemade pizza Friday. :o)

I LOVE planning out my weekly menu because there is a direction to my shopping and I don't have to do the dreaded, "Oh no! What am I going to make tonight?!?" in the afternoon. :o)

Welcome back to the grind! We started last Wednesday and were all SO happy to be back there--I get it.