Last week of school-it ends on Thursday! Aieeee!
1. Yankee Bill has meetings on Tuesday and Wednesday nights, so he won’t be around for dinner.
2. Thursday is the final day of school, so it would be nice to do something interesting for dinner that day-maybe a cookout?
3. There is a big car show on Saturday-Yankee Bill will be at that all day and we’ll go over in the afternoon. I’m not going to want to cook anything intricate when I get home.
4. The weather forecast for the week is for sunny and in the mid 80′s-so I probably won’t want to be baking things in the oven or eating heavy casseroles and thick soups.
5. Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts are on sale at the local grocery store this week for $1.69 lb. I may go ahead and pick up a whole bunch and do some marinading & freezing for quick grilling during the summer.
6. The garden is still full of lettuce, radish, asian greens, lambsquarter, and peas. Besides my personal bounty, I’ve signed up to get a dozen eggs once a week from a gentleman with a local flock-mmm. Healthy, local eggs! I see a lot of egg dishes in my future. . .
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Venison Taco Salad with Refried Beans and Rice
I’ll make taco meat with ground venison, then make plates of salad with lettuce from the garden, onion, tomato (store-it will be months before I have tomatoes), cheddar cheese etc.
The refried beans are the “Fat Free in a Can” type, and the rice is from my stash.
This is my venison meal for the week.
Tuesday: Egg Drop Soup and Vegetable Fried Rice
Egg drop soup is much simpler to make than you might think. While just soup for a lunch might be fine, for dinner I always feel that for a fairly light soup like egg drop there should be a bit more, and somehow bread or biscuits just seems wrong. So instead I’ll make a very simple fried rice with some veggies from the garden. Any leftover soup or fried rice can be used for lunches later in the week.
This is my meatless meal and my soup meal for the week. Two for one!
Wednesday: Breakfast for Dinner ~ Pancakes and Bacon
Yankee Bill is at Pool so I’ll whip up some pancakes and bacon for supper and still have time to make it to the final Boy Scout meeting for the year.
Thursday: Grilled Marinated Chicken, Potato Salad, Green Salad and S’Mores
I’ll marinate up some of the sale chicken breasts and have them all ready to cook fairly quickly on the grill. The potato salad is homemade, the green salad is from the garden and the S’mores will be a special roasting marshmallows type treat cooked over the fire pit to celebrate the end of school!
Friday: Pizza Monkey Bread
For a little change of pace the kiddos and I will make Pizza Monkey Bread using, of course, the Pizza Hut Crust Clone recipe for the dough.
Saturday: Leftover Buffet
By saturday I’ll most likely have a lot of little bits from various meals left over. Since we’ll be at the car show in the afternoon till close to supper, I won’t want to cook anyway, so we’ll use up the leftovers.
If there aren’t any leftovers then we’ll just have sandwiches.
Sunday: Salmon Patties on Buns with Sauteed Greens
The whole family loves my Salmon Patty recipe-and this time I’ll serve it with lettuce, tomato and mayo on a bun-sort of burger style I guess. Since the lettuce and tomato are more a condiment than a vegetable course I’ll saute up some of the wild lambsquarter that I have let grow in my garden.
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” .