Friday, February 7, 2014

The Menu - Planned

Good thing I"m using the blog to keep me somewhat accountable because it's now Friday and I had wanted my menu plan for next week to be done and... it's not.

Step one:  Look at the calendar and figure out which nights we will be cooking/staying home.

Definitely Monday and Tuesday.  Wedsnesday is dinner at church for Jeff and the kids and I have a work related function.  Thursday I have Worship Team Rehearsal at church but if I plan wisely, we can cook an easy meal at home.  Friday is Valentine's Day and I am not one to eat in a restaurant on that sort of holiday because places will be packed.

So it looks like cooking on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

*gulp*  I have to admit to being nervous.

I am forcing myself to avoid a rookie mistake.  When I do get in the mood to cook, I go through cookbooks and Pinterest and get all inspired by dozens of new and exciting recipes.  And then I want to plan a menu filled with never-have-I-cooked-it and never-have-my-kids-seen-it foods.

So I'm going to try my best to keep it relatively simple.  I will have new items in the menu - otherwise Mama gets bored, too.

We have a good amount of chicken breast in the freezer so I am planning most of the menu to focus on chicken.

Monday - Homemade chicken nuggets, fruit (sliced apples, applesauce, whatever), salad (carrots for Zach)

Tuesday - Chicken soft taco night.  Chicken, tortillas, all the yummy toppings.  Using my Wildtree taco seasoning, of course.

Thursday - I think maybe a crock pot dish would be ideal.  Crock Pot pineapple teriyaki chicken and an easy to whip up chicken fried rice.

Friday - I feel like I'm going to be tired of chicken at this point.  I want a pasta night.  I'm going to make Bowtie Lasagna, breadsticks, salad.

Holy crap.

I'm going to cook.

I'm thinking I might share pics of my results.  Look me up on Instagram... I'll be sharing my success (and failures).

Now - time to make my shopping list!

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Cherie from the Queen of Free said...

And away you go! This practice was one of the very best ways we were able to pay off debt by better managing our resources. Let me know if I can help!

Katherine said...

Menu planning has changed our family so much. No more stressful evenings trying to come up with ideas, and then realizing we don't have all the ingredients. The kids know what to expect, so there is a lot less complaining. I also let the kids choose meals and factor in activities so I know when I need to use the crock pot or a frozen meal or just eat out. Good luck!

Karen M. Peterson said...

That sounds like a great menu. What time is dinner? I'm coming over!