This Week’s Menu

    

     Our recent financial overhaul has prompted me to get back on the Menu Planning Bandwagon! Yee haw! I’ve found that careful menu planning reaps huge rewards at the grocery store check out, especially when I plan for all three of our daily meals, snacks and any “goodies” we’ll be baking during the week. That way there’s no running out of ingredients and no waste of produce and other perishables. The benefits of lowering our food budget, reducing waste, and eliminating emergency trips to the store far outweigh the time it takes me to do the planning.

     It’s always fun to join up with other gals for this week’s Menu Plan Monday. Be sure to click over to see hundreds of other menu plans for this week! There’s a give away this week, too. Check it out!

SUNDAY:
     Breakfast: Chocolate Chip Muffins
     Lunch: Chicken Curry & Brown Rice (taken in a crockpot to church), Berry Cobbler to share with others
     Dinner: Wild Dinner (our family term for Sunday night’s Every-Man-For-Himself dinner)

MONDAY:
     Breakfast: Copper’s Famous Monday Morning Waffles
     Lunch: English Muffin Melts, Baby Carrots
     Dinner: Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder, homemade bread

TUESDAY:
     Breakfast: Cold Cereal
     Lunch:  Left-over Chowder & Bread
     Dinner: Tuesday Night Tacos ala Copper

WEDNESDAY:
     Breakfast: Scrambled Egg Omelets & Toast 
     Lunch: Loaded Baked Potatoes
     Dinner: Breaded Oven-Baked Pork Chops, Brown Rice Pilaf, Steamed Mixed Vegetables

THURSDAY:
     Breakfast: Old-fashioned oatmeal (I’ll add chopped pecans to my bowl, and sweeten with real Maple Syrup)
     Lunch: Macaroni & Cheese, Sliced Apples
     THURSDAY GOODIE: Dani’s “Cinnabon” Cinnamon Rolls
     Dinner: Gnocchi-Dokey, Green Beans with Lemon & Garlic (Recipes for these dishes found in this great cookbook. )

FRIDAY:
     Breakfast: Pancakes
     Lunch: Double Decker Cheese Sandwiches, Baby Carrots
     Dinner: Rotisserie Chicken, Herb Roasted Potatoes, Steamed Broccoli (We were recently gifted with a used, fancy, home rotisserie . This will be our first time to use it!)

SATURDAY:
     Breakfast: Cold Cereal
     Lunch: Chicken Salad Sandwiches (from last night’s chicken dinner), Chips
     Dinner: Nachos (A Saturday night tradition.)


    This week’s menu is posted on my fridge and includes this list of Mom Says, “YES”, snacks. These are pre-approved snacks that my boys can grab whenever they’re hungry.
          Baby Carrots
          Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter
          Celery Sticks with Cream Cheese
          2 – 3 Cuties (Mandarins)

     What’s on the menu at your house this week? Trying any new recipes?

God bless you as you look well to the ways of your household!
Proverbs 31:27 

 

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13 comments to This Week’s Menu

  • This is sooo cool, I need to start doing this! – How long does it normally take you to plan it all? – I’ve tried in the past and it seems to take me too long. (maybe it gets faster the more you do it?)

  • @CreatedColorfully – I love, love, love your profile pic with your sweet baby boy! The menu plan I posted today was done at the same time as the one I’ll post next week. We get paid every two weeks, so I shop every two weeks, therefore I menu plan for two weeks at a time. I’m not sure how much total time I spent doing the planning because I didn’t do it in one sitting, and Dani helped with part of it, too. BUT – it does go faster with practice and consistency. I’ve already started jotting down notes for meals for my next menu planning session as I think about what’s in my freezer and pantry that aren’t being used this time.

  • I used to love when you posted your menu..so glad you started again and thanks for the wonderful ideas. Everything sounds so yummy. Enjoy your rotisserie…we used to have one and used it for a turkey on Thanksgiving.  Everyone said it was the best ever.  

  • I too need to get back to menu planning~ I don’t like the scrambling to figure out what to cook at dinner time.
    I was glad to see your menu plan ~ I have missed it~ you always have such well thought out and balanced menu plans!
    Wishing you a blessed day & week ahead!

  • @buana – @Kelleys_Cottage –  Thanks for the encouragement, ladies! 

  • Hi Cheryl,

    What a great menu. I have missed this post so much. I plan and post my menu too. It sure does help at the check out and reduces waste.

    Hugs,

    Elizabeth

  • @elizabethq – I always enjoy seeing your menu, Elizabeth, and the wonderful way you are able to plan for all of Dave’s special dietary needs.

  • @georgene – Dani makes great doughnuts, but they’re labor intensive….and fried. Not so healthy or diet-friendly! Good for you for being within your grocery budget for the month!

  • Let’s see… I tried making doughnuts for the grands (we all agreed that we would BUY them next time! ) I also made chicken and drop dumplings for Miss A. Normally I make the strip noodles so this was a new recipe for me. Your menu looks yummy. I am doing the same thing to cut down costs even further and the menu idea is helping. I’m within budget this month.. so far.

  • Thanks for posting your menu, it is very inspiring! I menu plan also, but don’t figure in breakfasts and snacks. This made me think I could do all of that….and I love your ‘Mom says, “Yes,” snacks too.

  • @JoyfulHearts – I find that planning ahead for everything, including baked treats and snacks, and then posting that menu, relieves a lot of stress. I’m able to keep my food budget in line, there is less wasted food, and no one is asking me a hundred times a day “What’s for lunch?” or “What’s for dinner?” or “Can I have a snack?”.

  • I would love to hear what other snack ideas you have. Do you rotate each week? I do think that would be so much easier then giving suggestions when someone needs a snack. Thanks! ~Charlotte

  • @JoyfulHearts – Snacks rotate on a two week basis because that is how our paydays and shopping trips work out. There will be a few changes and/or additions next week as I add, for example, the rest of a package of crackers that will be served with soup for lunch one day early in the week. I will try to change the list up every two weeks, though.

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