Welcome to another wild and wooly week a the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead! Things have slowed down a bit here since a few of the kids activities have ended (Odessey and the play)–but that’s all pretty relative. Our calendar still seems pretty full and all of the warm weather activities and chores (like gardening & yard work) are starting to ramp up.
So here’ my meal plan for the week. A few things didn’t happen last week–Buddy didn’t make dinner (spaghetti) and the frosted meatloaf turned into plain meatloaf (I didn’t have time to make homemade mashed potatoes with Princess). That’s ok though–meal planning is a guide and it’s perfectly o.k. to change things around as the week goes on due to circumstances. I’m still so much better off starting with a plan rather then just winging it all week.
1. We’ve got piano/voice lessons and scouts for the kids–not too bad all things considered on the kiddo front. Yankee Bill has his pool league and leaves on Friday for a weekend 4 wheeler ride. I’ll be in town (which remember is a 30 minute drive away) at least 4 times this week–Buddy is having a cavity filled, I’ve got my first private guitar lesson (which I’m doing on errand day), I’ve got my monthly blogger lunch and of course Buddy’s sneakers fell apart this weekend so I HAVE to take him in this afternoon to get a new pair. I’m going to go broke on gas.
2. We are going to my mom’s for Palm Sunday dinner (since we go to my Mother in Law’s for Easter Dinner), so I don’t need to cook that night. Also my birthday is this week and Yankee Bill is taking me out to dinner–so no cooking that night either.
3. In the fridge I’ve got Kielbasa, Salad fixings, beef cracklings and homemade yogurt. I’ve got about 4 pears that are all coming ripe at the same time and some apples beginning to go mealy that should be used for something. In the basement I’ve still got potatoes and home canned veggies. I’ve got some sort of quasi English muffins that I made last week that just aren’t that great to eat–but they’d be great “bread” for stuffing, a strata, fresh breadcrumbs etc.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Spaghetti with Italian Sausage and a Salad
Since we never made this last week I think we’ll make it this week! Even with a run into town for sneakers, we should still have time for me to teach Buddy how to make it. I’ll use some of the Italian Sausage from our 1/2 pig for the meat. A big green salad will not only be good for supper tonight, but I’ll make it extra large to cover a couple of lunches during the week for me.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Tuesday: Sausage Apple Strata and Green Beans
The leftover kielbasa, slightly mealy apples and the failed English muffins will all go together in the strata–along with some cheese and a few other things. That takes care of the protien and starch, so all I need to do is add a vegetable. Home canned green beans are quick and easy.
Wednesday: Eating Out
This is my birthday dinner night. My mom is taking the kids and will feed them for me.
Thursday: Parmesan Crusted Fish, Mixed Veggie Bake and Rice
Baked fish (from the freezer) coated with bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese will pair with a vegetable casserole made using my homemade yogurt, egg and cheese. For a starch we’ll have some rice from my big bucket o’ rice.
This is my fish meal for the week.
Friday: Curried Chickpeas over Rice and Steamed Vegetables
Chickpeas are one of the few beans that Buddy actually likes (he will tolerate most of the others if that’s the main dish, but he’s not thrilled about it). Curried chickpeas are tasty and easy (recipe coming soon) and will taste great over rice. For a vegetable side I’ll just steam some carrots and celery–maybe if I’m out and see some reasonably prices summer squash I’ll add that as well.
This is my bean and my meatless meal for the week.
Saturday: Crockpot Chuck Roast, Baked Potatoes and Snow Peas
This will be my first shot at using one of the big chuck roasts I got from our 1/4 cow. I’m assuming there will be LOTS of leftovers to use up in meals next week. I haven’t chosen a specific recipe yet–I’ve got several new-to-me cookbooks that I’ll peruse and pick out something nice. Since I’m planning on using the crockpot for the meat, the oven will be free to make baked potatoes in (and I may do extra to have some cooked potatoes to use in meals next week!). Finally I’ll warm up some snow peas from the freezer.
This is my beef meal for the week.
Sunday: Dinner at Moms
My mom is making dinner for Palm Sunday at her house.
I didn’t manage to fit a soup or a venison meal in this week–but with eating away from home 2 nights that really isn’t that surprising.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .