Just because I don’t always post my menu plan on Monday doesn’t mean that I don’t have one. . . it usually just means I haven’t had time to write it all out 😉
This week is pretty typical.
1. We have our regular run of dance lessons, girl scouts, boy scouts, pool, American Legion Riders monthly meeting, church, etc. That means Wed night I’ve got a lot of running around to do and Thursday I’m going to have a babysitter and a quick kiddo friendly meal on Thursday.
2. I’ve got appointments during the day on Wednesday and Friday, so those need to be meals that are ready quickly.
3. I’ve got one cooked split chicken breast in the fridge and a 1/3 of a package of organic pork sausage (from the 1/2 pig I bought) in the fridge. There are still carrots in the garden under a huge mulch of leaves. I’ve got plenty of canned and frozen veggies down in the basement.
4. My goals are 1 fish, 1 venison, 1 bean, 1 soup and 1 meatless meal each week.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Lentil Stew over Rice
Not really a recipe-I cooked up lentils in chicken broth with the bit of leftover sausage and about half the chicken from the fridge. Then I added in a can of stewed tomatoes & squash that I had canned this summer, onion, garlic, a dash of Tabasco, some pepper, some season salt. . . served it up over rice. Everyone enjoyed it and everyone took it for lunch the next day as well 😉
This is my bean meal for the week. I’m also going to consider it my soup.
Tuesday: Tuna Stuffed Shells and Carrots Braised in Chicken Broth
The entire family enjoys the tuna stuffed shells. I love that it is such an elegant yet inexpensive meal. I dug up some carrots from the garden, washed them well, cut them in chunks and then braised them on the stovetop in some chicken broth. It was my first time trying this method and I thought it was very tasty!
This is my fish meal for the week.
Wednesday: Breakfast for Supper
Pancakes for supper is always a hit, and it’s easy to whip up and eat before scouts. I’m going to put some fruit on the side to up the nutritional content. Heck, maybe I can convince them to spread some peanut butter on a couple to increase the protien.
This is my meatless meal for the week.
Thursday: Venison Steaks with Onions and Gravy, Hashed Browned Potatoes and Broccoli
The venison steaks will just have a quick pan fry, followed by onions and gravy. I’ll shred potatoes from the basement (store bought-my potatoes went in too late last year due to the very, very wet spring) and make homemade hash browns and use some frozen broccoli on the side.
This is my venison meal for the week.
Friday: Homemade Calzones and Salad
I’m getting a bit tired of pizza, so we’ll mix it up a bit and make Calzones instead. I’ll add a salad on the side-the lettuce will be from the store but I’ll try to see what I can create for the rest of it using both canned & dehydrated items.
Saturday: Crockpot Pork Ribs with Butternut Squash Bake and Rice
I’ve got a good longtime bloggy friend who recommended a new way to fix ribs for me-so I want to try it. The ribs themselves are again part of that 1/2 organic pig we bought. The squash bake is a delicious new recipe-I’ve got to take some pictures so I can post that one as well. The rice is from our latest 40lb bag we purchased at the Asian food store.
Sunday: Superbowl Sunday
I’m leaving this open-we’ll either get together with friends or do a sort of hamburger deal. I’m not sure yet! And of course there are always leftover as an option as well.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .