Did you notice there was no meal plan last week? yeah. I never got around to it. Sigh. And the whole week felt like I was playing catch up. I am SO much more in charge of my week when I start out with a meal plan!
1. I’m heading out of town on Wednesday night for the big Walmart Holiday trip. So I’m buying frozen meals for Thurs, Fri & Sat. (I can leave something in the crockpot for Wed night)
2. There are still some beans and a variety of greens in the garden that can be used. I’ve got a 50 lb bag of potatoes a friend who plants potatoes gave me, and I’ve got plenty of home canned goods.
3. Tuesday Yankee Bill has a meeting and won’t make supper, but he’s on the hook for the rest of the week
4. As always my goal is to have one venison meal, one fish meal, one pork meal, one bean meal, one meatless meal and one soup meal per week. I might not make it this week though!
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Ham Steak, Boiled Potatoes and Sauteed Greens
Yesterday I left dinner till late–luckily ham steaks are pretty quick–I just defrosted & fully warmed in the microwave, then I used my cast iron skillet to finish heating them and giving them a nice browned crust in places. Mmmm. I peeled and boiled some potatoes, which I just tossed with my homemade seasoned salt and some butter, and I steamed the Pak Choi from the garden and a few green onions–actually in a steamer insert right over the boiling water. I poured the ham broth that had leaked out of the steaks while defrosting them over the greens for additional seasoning. It was all very yummy. Especially with our 6 types of mustard to choose from for the ham (I’m a mustard addict)
This is my pork meal for the week.
Tuesday: Lentil & Ham Soup with Homemade Sourdough Bread
Leftover ham + lentils = tasty soup! I’ll probably toss some carrots, celery and potatoes in there too. I’ve been experimenting with homemade sourdough starter–made my first loaf of bread over the last 2 days (yes–2 days. You have to feed the starter, let it sit overnight and then mix the rest of it, let it rise, then bake. It’s not a speed recipe).
This is my soup meal for the week.
Wednesday: Macaroni and Cheese with Green Beans
Not sure if I’ll go the crockpot Mac ‘n Cheese route or if I will put it together and have Princess start it in the oven for Yankee Bill (my flight is at 5, so I’ve got to leave the house around 3:30. Yes, only a half hour to the airport, and seriously, only need to get there an hour early). I’ll go ahead and cook up some of the garden beans ahead of time, Yankee Bill can just reheat them.
This is my meatless meal for the week.
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: Frozen Dinners
I’m picking up some quick frozen meals for Yankee Bill to feed the kids while I’m gone. Most likely the basic Salsbury Steak, frozen Lasagna, Fishsticks–you know, that sort of thing. For those of you wondering why I don’t make things ahead or leave him directions on what to cook, well, I bowed to the reality that Yankee Bill will NOT cook while I’m gone long ago :) Buying premade meals is far cheaper then him taking the kids to the Pub or diner every night .
Sunday: Venison Stirfry over Rice
Easy Peasy. Plus it fits in a venison meal.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .