This week I’m helping Buddy work on the “Fitness” badge for his Webelos (that’s cub scouts folks!). Part of the requirement is to learn about nutrition both via reading and through activities. Believe it or not, part of that is to help plan a weekly menu and then at the end of the week discuss how it went and whether or not it was healthy. So this week’s meal plan is brought to you with assistance from Buddy!
1. First we discussed the weekly schedule. Tuesday Papa wouldn’t be home for supper. Wednesday Mama would be in town all day PLUS both kiddos have evening activities. Friday Princess will be at a friends house. Sunday we’ve got Sunday School, Church, the church Annual Meeting and a youth group event I’m running. I will be at church ALL DAY. Crazy.
2. Next we discussed what foods we already have on hand. I mentioned that we had 2 venison cube steaks in the fridge defrosted, as well as a pork tenderlion (which is small-it’s from our organic 1/2 pig). There are also several kinds of lettuce and some garden fresh carrots I just dug.
3. I told Buddy that each week 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.
Taking all that into account here is the Meal Plan that Buddy and I came up with:
Monday: Garlic Pork with Noodles and Salad
The pork will be sliced into medallions and cooked with garlic. We’ll serve it with some buttered noodles and a big tossed salad.
This is our pork meal for the week.
Tuesday: Breakfast for Dinner. Waffles and Fruit
Yankee Bill is not a fan of Breakfast for Dinner-so when we plan it, we plan it for nights he won’t be home. Why make him suffer 😉 So we’ll make some waffles and serve it with home canned fruit on the side (I’ve got apple slices, peaches, nectarines and spiced plums to choose from). I might toss a couple of strips of bacon on the side.
This is our meatless meal for the week. Yes. Even if we each eat two bacon strips. I hardly think that counts as a major protein–more of a flavoring than anything else!
Wednesday: Venison Vegetable Soup with Bread
Buddy and I agreed that soup in the crockpot was a great meal to make on a day that Mama is out and that we have to get dinner on the table quickly before Scouts, Dance and everything else! I’ll probably do something that is tomato/beef broth based and add in plenty of onions, garlic, carrots, potatoes etc. Something warm and hearty. I’ll brown the meat for a few minutes on the stove first to add a bit of extra flavor if I’ve got time. I may splurge and make dinner rolls instead of using plain homemade bread. (that’s assuming I remember the yeast this time)
This is my venison meal for the week.
Thursday: Baked Fish with Sauteed Carrots and Buttered Potatoes
I’ll just do a simple baked fish (whiting my brother in law gives us) with something like some butter and a bit of Old Bay Seasoning sprinkled on top. I dug a bunch of carrots out of the garden from under the mulch yesterday–they are super sweet and tasty when they’ve been in the cold ground, so they don’t need much more treatment than slicing and a quick saute in some butter. The potatoes are still the ones our friend gave us–I’ll peel and boil a few and toss with some salt, pepper and butter. Simple and delicious.
This is my fish meal for the week.
Friday: Possibly Eating Out
Princess has another sleep over and Buddy gave me the big sad eyes and asked if we could go out to eat since his sister will be gone. Yankee Bill and I may indulge him in some special Mom/Dad/Son time.
Made with the Pizza Hut Crust Clone recipe of course! (note–school changed pizza day to Friday, so I moved our family pizza day to Saturday!)
Sunday: Crockpot Lentil Soup
Sunday is going to be crazy busy this week with church things, so Buddy & I agreed that a crockpot soup would really fit the bill. I suggested chili, but Buddy isn’t fond of it so we decided on lentil soup, which he loves.
This is our bean meal for the week.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .