Yes, I know it’s Wednesday and the week is half over, but there was such a huge snow storm Monday that they declared a state of emergency. With kiddos and hubs underfoot, plus preparing paperwork for taxes. . . let’s just say I didn’t have time to type 😉 Then yesterday we were in town all day for the taxes, errands etc, home in time to truck the kids back and forth to a couple of events and then I had time to throw dinner together for them before heading off to work the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at church.
Chaos I tell you.
But better late than never. As usual, lots going on in the Frugal Upstate household-so here is what I have to take into account for this week’s menu plan.
1. Wednesday and Friday night there are various meetings and activities that take place early in the evening, so we need to be ready to eat right at 5:30. Fast & easy is the order of the day those nights.
2. Princess will be at the regional Odessey of the Mind competition all day Saturday, and we will go watch her compete in the afternoon. I’ll want dinner ready when we get home-so it will be a crockpot night.
3. I am still trying to work in one fish meal (which typically is tuna or salmon but not always-this weekend I have trout from my BIL), one venison meal (that’s new) and one more or less meatless meal in each week.
Taking all that into account here is my game plan:
Monday: Chicken Soup with Homemade Crackers & Bread
I made broth from the chicken carcasses last week. Since it was a chaotic snow day yesterday I threw everything in the crockpot and made soup. I also made bread, but forgot to put yeast in the first loaf. Yeah, I know. So I made it into crackers instead by dividing the loaf into 3rds and then rolling it flat and cutting it with a pizza cutter. The first I did plain, the second I sprinkled with seasoned salt and garlic, and the third I added black pepper and Parmesan cheese to.
Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatsauce with Frozen Veggies
This was pretty basic. I browned up some of my ground venison and threw it in some store bought sauce. Pour that over pasta. Nuke some veggies. That’s a meal, and that’s my venison for the week!
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie
I’ve got leftover chicken soup which will be thickened and have veggies and potatoes added to it. Pour all that into a homemade crust and you’ve got chicken pot pie. Although part of me is screaming because there is no side dish (what, no side dish? for shame!!!) the fact is there is meat, veggies & starch in there. . . what else could you want?
Thursday: Baked Trout, Lentil Pilaf and Snow Peas
My Mother in Law gave us a few trout from the freezer. These are ones that my brother in law (who loves to fish & hates eating it) caught last summer. Lentil Pilaf will be a bit different for a side dish (my side dishes are so boring) and the snow peas are frozen from last spring’s garden. This is my fish meal.
Friday: Pizza Bake
Quick, easy, tasty. . . and with leftovers that I know will get eaten! Oh, and since the protein is the cheese, it’s also my meatless meal for the week.
Saturday: Split Pea Soup
Talk about an easy meal on a busy day. I’ve got a meaty ham bone in the freezer I’ve been saving just for this. Everything will go in the crockpot in the morning and we’ll be ready to eat at suppertime. If I’ve got time & energy I’ll make some fresh biscuits. If not we’ll eat with either rice or slices of bread.
Sunday: Frugal Refrigerator Buffet
Otherwise known as eating the leftovers in the fridge 🙂
Are you interested in learning more about menu planning? Check out my post “Why Plan a Weekly Menu” .
For more great menu plan ideas, head on over to Menu Plan Monday at the Organizing Junkie.