Welcome to the Spring Break edition of the Frugal Upstate Meal Plan That’s right, the kiddos are off this week, so my schedule is in an uproar.
Here’s what I’ve got to plan around:
1. Dance and Scouts are not held this week because of break, which actually makes my life a little less chaotic at supper time. Yankee Bill does have pool league and a meeting this week, and I have a class all day on Saturday.
2. We’ve got plans to hang out with family in town on Wednesday, so that should probably be a day to have a crockpot meal already going. Friday night I’m dealing with a sleepover/girly evening at the Mall. . . so I’ll probably just take the girls out for dinner and Yankee Bill & Buddy will have to fend for themselves. Saturday we will be eating out for Princess’s birthday (Twelve. how can she be twelve?)
3. Although it’s snowing outside right now (Seriously. Not an April fools joke.) it is supposed to be up in the 50’s by the end of the week. That’s not super warm–but maybe enough that firing up the grill will seem like an attractive idea.
4. I’ve got all sorts of random leftovers in the fridge. There is the remains of the Easter leg of lamb, some ham, some scalloped potatoes, leftover ramen noodles, greenbeans & tomatoes, about 5 kinds of pickles, odds and ends of carrots, celery, mushrooms and more, lettuce, pie, carrot cake, and hard boiled eggs. Some of that will be eaten for lunches since the kids are home, but I need to use it all up.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Creamed Eggs over Toast with Green Salad
I’ve got quite a few hard boiled eggs to use up post Easter, and frankly I’ve been interested in trying out creamed eggs for a while. It just seems like an interesting dish. So I’ll make that and then just have a simple green salad on the side.
This is my meatless meal for the week.
Tuesday: Lamb Stew with Homemade Bread
I’ve actually got the remains of the leg of lamb (and the drippings from roasting it) in the crockpot cooking down right now. This evening I’ll strain it and pull the meat off, then tomorrow it will slow cook all day low and slow with some root vegetables (onions, carrots and potatoes come to mind) to make a nice stew. I’ve been off my game for breadmaking for a while–tomorrow I’ll get back on that! We’ll be able to have some of the bread with the stew for dinner. Unless I get all fancy at the last minute and decide to toss some dumplings in there.
This is my soup meal for the week.
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Teriyaki Pork Chops over Rice with Steamed Asian Vegetables
This is a new recipe–so we’ll see how it turns out. I’ll serve it over rice and just pick up a bag of frozen Asian/Stirfry style vegetables as a side.
This is my pork recipe for the week.
Thursday: Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf, Roasted Potatoes and Green Beans
I’ll make my Old Fashioned Salmon Loaf, add some Hollandaise sauce (cause I just love it) to drizzle on top. I’ve got potatoes in the basement still from our buddy John–even though some of them are growing eyes, I’ll just snap those off, peel the potatoes, dice them up and roast them with salt and pepper in some bacon grease. Bacon grease makes anything better. . . The green beans will just be the ones I canned. The kids much prefer fresh, but sometimes you just eat what mama provides.
This is my fish meal for the week.
Friday: Sleepover Dinner Out
Instead of a birthday party we are doing the whole “have a couple friends over, go to the Mall and then come over for a sleepover” thing–so I’ll be buying the girls food out. Not sure what Yankee Bill will do with Buddy–but I’m sure they will figure something out.
Saturday: Princess’s Birthday Dinner Out
We always take the kids out for their Birthdays-it’s a tradition started with my folks. I was one of five kids and the ONLY time we ever got to go out and have our parents all to ourselves was on our birthday (well-except for the twins who had to share because they were twins). We’ve continued with our own kids–they each get to pick a place and we will take them there sometime around their birthday.
Sunday: Venison Burgers, Baked Beans, and Steamed Carrots
Hopefully it will be nice enough on Sunday to have Burgers on the grill. I’ll make homemade baked beans as a side (and to be used the following week as well)–mostly so I can fit in my bean recipe for the week. The carrots are still coming from the garden–I just love that!
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .