This week’s meal plan is going to look pretty sparse. I’m off to Walmart Headquarters for 4 days (I’m actually sitting in the airport writing this waiting for my twice delayed flight out of Binghamton). While I’m gone Yankee Bill is holding down the fort with the kiddos. Usually I make sure to purchase some frozen family type meals for then to eat while I’m gone–but between the busy schedule and having a terrible cold last week I just didn’t get out to do it. So Yankee Bill will be picking that stuff up on the way home from work tonight.
Now you might wonder why we are buying frozen meals when cooking from scratch is less expensive. Well I learned to bow to reality a long time ago-if I leave ingredients and expect him to cook, Yankee Bill will just take the kids out to eat every night 🙂 We buy frozen meals like lasagna, Salisbury steaks, Peirogies or pizza and then pair them with some of those “steam the bags in the microwave” type vegetables. I spend more than I would if I was cooking from scratch–but a heck of a lot less than if they went out every night I am gone.
So my considerations for the week are a lot less:
1. I am home Monday, Saturday & Sunday–so dinner is my responsibility those nights. My dear MIL invited us over for dinner on Monday, so I didn’t have to cook.
2. I get home late on Friday night, then Yankee Bill is gone on Saturday and I have to get Princess to her all morning field hockey tournament. I will be exhausted I’m sure, so easy easy easy for dinner that night.
3. I’ve still got carrots, salad turnips and greens in the garden.
4. As always my goal is to have one venison meal, one fish meal, one bean meal, one meatless meal and one soup meal per week. I don’t think I”m going to make it this week.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Roast Chicken Dinner
My Mother in Law is an excellent cook-she made roast chicken with stuffing, gravy, creamed vegetables, sweet potatoes, and rhubarb jello.
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: Yankee Bill’s handling it.
Saturday: Pancakes and Bacon
By the end of the day this is probably all I”ll be in the mood to cook 🙂
Sunday: Chicken and Rice Soup with Biscuits
The weather is supposed to be lovely but cold. I’ll probably be a bit wonky from travel, so something simple but warm like soup is a great choice.
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .