Last week I never made a meal plan–and I was flying by the seat of my pants all week. There may or may not have been a couple of days where folks were told to eat whatever they could scrounge from the fridge. . .
This week I am back on track, despite the holiday. I really don’t like how my home runs when I don’t have a meal plan. It’s chaos.
1. Memorial Day was Monday and we threw a family cookout . Tuesday we are going to dinner with my husband’s Aunt and Uncle. That’s two night’s dinners down.
2. I’ve got to plant my seedlings that I picked up on Saturday which will take a chunk of time. I’ve also promised to volunteer at the school for 3 or 4 hours today setting up for the art show today. Wednesday I am having the girls over for a party in the afternoon (for a post) and Thursday we are busy with haircuts and doctor appointments. Somewhere in there we have scouts and Yankee Bill’s pool night–then on Friday through Sunday morning the boys are at a camp out for scouts. It’s a crazy hectic week.
3. I’ve got a bunch of peppers and some cooked dandelion greens that MUST be used up in the fridge. There is leftover turkey soup from the weekend. In the garden I’ve got lettuce coming ready.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Memorial Day Cookout
Hot dogs and polish sausages, chips, and various side dishes. It was a nice day–but I’m tired from hosting.
Tuesday: Dinner Out–Italian
We take care of a few things for my husband’s aunt and uncle while they are in Florida each winter. To thank us they like to take the family out to dinner once they move “back north” in the spring. This is that night.
Wednesday: Turkey Soup and Biscuits
I’ll be busy with my Outdoor Oasis party all afternoon–and that includes making snacks, food etc for that. By dinnertime I’ll be pooched! I will just rehead the leftover soup and add some biscuits–or just bread if I’m too tired. It’s going to be a long week.
This is my soup meal for the week.
Thursday: Pork Roast with Peppers & Onions, and Rice
I’ll do a crockpot pork roast and toss the chopped pepper and onions in there. That will allow it to cook while I’m busy during the day. The rice can be all set up to go and the pot started when I get home. It’s almost an “it cooks itself” type of meal. I may put a salad on the side–but it depends on how rushed I am.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Yankee Bill and Buddy will be gone at a Boy Scout campout. That makes it a perfect day for Princess to have a meal she loves but her brother dislikes–tacos!! We’ll use ground beef from our steer in the freezer. Yum.
This is our Beef meal for the week.
Saturday: Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
If Saturday is at all nice out, I’ll wind up in the garden for most of the day and won’t feel like cooking when I’m done. Since it’s just Princess and I, I might as well keep dinner super simple. Grilled cheese (made with sale purchased block cheddar–Princess and Buddy don’t like processed cheese food) is simple, filling and tasty. Maybe I’ll even make tomato soup to go with it.
This is my meatless meal for the week.
Sunday: Baked Fish, Pesto Pasta and Kale
Simple baked fish, pasta tossed with garlic scape pesto (from a bunch of frozen scapes a friend gave us) and some stewed kale from a couple of plants that overwintered in the cold frames.
This is my fish meal for the week.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .