Summer is finally officially here at the Frugal Upstate Village Homestead. Both kids are done school and we are sliding into our summer routine-such as it is!
1. Buddy has morning Summer Camp here in our village during the days all month, but Princess will be home. That means Princess will be around all day and could help a bit with meal prep.
2. We will be spending some time doing “start of summer” things like going to the lake and going out on the boat, maybe hitting a local-ish water park. The week’s plan needs some simple meals that are easy to prepare in case we are out all day.
3. I have a trout and a whole frozen chicken in the freezer I need to use. We’ve got Kale in the garden and hopefully I’ll have some snow peas by the end of the week. We also have plenty of lettuce.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Trout on the Grill with Rice and Salad
I really liked cooking fish on the grill. It came out tender and delicious and the house didn’t smell like fish! Win-win! I’ll make a green salad with garden lettuce & onions, and then add some carrot & tomato from the store. It will be simple buttered rice for a side.
This is my fish meal for the week.
Tuesday: Ham, Potatoes and Green Bean
I’ve got a spiral ham that I can cook in the slow cooker all day. There will be plenty of ham left over for meals later in the week or for making sandwiches. If I’m really on it I”ll make baked potatoes–but chances are I’ll just used instant mashed potatoes and call it good. The green beans are my home canned from last year.
This is my pork meal for the week.
Wednesday: Spaghetti and Meatsauce with Salad
Spaghetti with meatsauce is a super simple meal to throw together (using jarred sauce and ground beef from our 1/4 steer) and everyone likes it. Salad, because, well, it goes with spaghetti. And we have a lot of lettuce that is going to bolt soon if we don’t eat it.
This is our beef meal for the week.
Thursday: Macaroni and Cheese with Ham, Cabbage and Onion Saute
I’ve got to plan at least one meal using leftover ham! Homemade Mac ‘n Cheese can only be made better by adding some smoked pig, right? I’ll just cook up some cabbage and onion for a side. Or maybe we’ll have another salad.
Either homemade cheese pizza or (shhh) takeout. Yeah, we order out pizza every once in a while. It’s the first week of summer–why not?
This is my meatless meal for the week
Saturday: Roast Chicken with gravy, Biscuits and Snow Peas
I’ll roast the chicken, and since the oven will be going and hot anyway why not throw some biscuits in there? Hopefully the snow peas will be coming in by then (I have TONS of flowers right now) so I’ll plan on having those as a side. If they are not ready I’ll just make something else.
Sunday: Leftover night
Between the chicken and ham we should have plenty of leftovers to use up!
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .