It’s Monday and that means Meal Plan time! I’m trying to make sure you guys get some content while still keeping focus for a while on really plowing through the rest of the downstairs. I really, really, really want to actually COMPLETE the decluttering and organization of my first floor. . .
1. We’ve got the regular round of scouts, dance, pool, evening meetings and such. On top of that hubs will be out of town on Thursday and Friday–so I am looking at feed just the kids and myself on Tuesday-Friday, and needing “quick” meals for my very busy Wednesday night. I’m also taking a 3 hour soapmaking class on Saturday–which will leave me time to do some cooking in the evening but which still needs to be taken into account.
2. I’ve got to finish up the bookkeeping for taxes. Ugh.
3. Despite the return of the cold-I do need to get out to the garden and dig up and use some more carrots. I’ve also got a couple of butternut squash up on the top of my cabinets still–can’t forget about those!
4. In the fridge I’ve got a couple of boneless chicken breasts that need to be used. I’ve also got about a 1/4 head of cabbage, some romaine lettuce, fresh broccoli and some extra beans I soaked last week that should hit the menu soon.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Ham, Butternut Squash Bake and Green Beans
I’ll just do a simple “ham in the crockpot” type meal and add my Butternut Squash Bake and a can of home canned green beans on the side. If I get around to baking bread today I’ll add that as an optional side as well–if not, everyone will have plenty to eat anyway.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Tuesday: Chicken Schnitzel, Coleslaw and Buttered Noodles
I’ll use my German Schnitzel recipe and just substitute chicken for the pork. Then I’ll make a quick coleslaw from the leftover cabbage, some carrots and onions as a side and serve it all with buttered noodles.
Wednesday: Fish Tacos with Citrus Rice
I’ll probably cheat and use purchased battered fish in my fish tacos–but with the cheddar and tortillas I already have on hand and by adding a little bit of lime juice to the leftover coleslaw from the night before, I’ll be able to whip these up in no time. We’ll add some Citrus Rice on the side for something a bit different. Of course I could make my homemade tortilla recipe–but I think I’m going to be pretty pressed for time with all of our Wednesday night activities
This is my fish recipe for the week.
Thursday: Breakfast for Dinner~Pancakes and Bacon
As I’ve said many times–this is something the kids love but Yankee Bill doesn’t–so it is a great meal to have when he isn’t going to be home. It’s also a pretty quick and easy meal. Even from scratch, pancakes don’t take that long to mix up. Maybe I’ll take some time and put Princess in charge of making them. . . I really want her to gain more experience and confidence in cooking.
This is my meatless meal for the week. Yes, I realize that Bacon is meat, but to my mind in this case it is really more of a garnish. . . and since it’s my meal plan I get to count it whatever way I want
Friday: Pizza Monkey Bread and Salad
I think we’ll do something a little different for our pizza and make the Pizza Monkey Bread recipe.
Saturday: Homemade Chili with Cornbread
I’ll get a pot of venison chili going in the crockpot in the morning and then I’ll be ready for dinner whenever we get around to it on Saturday night. That way I can go to my class without worrying about having to cook dinner when I return home.
This is my bean meal and my venison meal for the week.
Sunday: Chicken, Roast Potatoes, Sauteed Carrots and Green Salad
I never did make the roast chicken last week, so I’ll make it this week for Sunday dinner along with potatoes, salad and carrots.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .