Why I Post My Menu Plan on the Fridge

    

     I’m glad, and relieved, to be back to menu planning on a regular basis. Menu planning is, of course, budget friendly. That alone is a good enough reason to take the time to do it on a regular basis. It also reduces stress by not having that five o’clock panic about what on earth to fix for dinner! Planning breakfast and lunch also keeps us from falling into having the same old thing every morning or noontime.

     I post our weekly menu on the front of my fridge, and that is also a great stress reliever. I’m not inundated with questions all day, every day, by two hungry boys asking, “What’s for lunch?” or “What’s for dinner?”.

     I’ve also begun including a section on that printed menu called “Mom says, “Yes”, Snacks”. The inspiration for this came from the always creative Kendra. Planning healthy snacks in advance, and knowing my big boys’ nutritional and caloric needs and snack-monster mentality, helps me to make sure that there are always plenty of healthy snack options available. It also gives them snack options that don’t require their asking for permission. They don’t accidentally eat food that I’ll need for a meal later on, and I’m not constantly having to decide if it’s too close to dinner for someone to make himself a sandwich.

     Be sure to visit Laura for this week’s version of Menu Plan Monday. You’ll find oodles of menu plans there.

Here’s my Menu Plan for this week, with links to recipes when possible.

SUNDAY:
     Breakfast: Blueberry Coffee Cake
     Lunch: Taking Taco Salad for lunch after church, with a platter of our BIG Chocolate Chip Cookies to share
     Dinner: Dinner out before attending an event in the evening

MONDAY:
     Breakfast: Copper’s Monday Morning Waffles
     Lunch: Homemade Tomato Soup, Oyster Crackers
     Dinner: Stuffed Loaf, Green Salad, Canned Fruit

TUESDAY:
     Breakfast: Cold Cereal
     Lunch: Panini-Style Turkey, Cheese & Spinach Sandwiches, Chips
     Dinner: Tuesday Night Tacos

WEDNESDAY:
     Breakfast: French Toast
     Lunch: Southwestern Tostadas (Black Beans, Diced Tomatoes, Corn & Mozzarella Cheese, toasted under the broiler), Green Salad
     Dinner: Tamalie Pie (watch for the recipe on Thursday), Sweet Corn Tomalito, Green Salad

THURSDAY:
     Breakfast: Old-fashioned Oatmeal
     Lunch: English Muffin Melts, Chips
     THURSDAY GOODIE: Cake Balls (Dani plans to make this batch with white candy coating instead of chocolate.)
     Dinner: Cuban Black Beans and Rice (recipe from this cookbook ), Baby Carrots

FRIDAY:
     Breakfast: Pancakes
     Lunch: Left-over Cuban Black Beans & Rice on Flour Tortillas (rolled like burritos)
     Dinner: Aztec Quiche, Texas Toast (I’ll use the rest of the loaf of thick-sliced bread from Wednesday morning’s breakfast, buttered, sprinkled with garlic salt, topped with cheese and toasted under the broiler)

SATURDAY:
     Breakfast: Cold Cereal
     Lunch: Dani’s Choice
     Dinner: Nachos (Our Saturday Night Tradition)

MOM SAYS, “YES”, SNACKS for this week:
     Baby Carrots
     Snack Cup of Raw Almonds
    Yogurt
     Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter
     2 – 3 Cuties (Mandarin Oranges)
     Apple Slices & Pecan Halves, Drizzled with Maple Syrup
     1 Hard boiled Egg & Half a Snack Cup of Oyster Crackers

     How do you handle the issue of snacks in your home?

 

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

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9 comments to Why I Post My Menu Plan on the Fridge

  • Hi Cheryl,

    Great menu. I like a simple menu plan too. I keep snacks prepped for Dave that are items on his diet plan. I have them labled with his name so he knows which are things he can have.

    Have a wonderful day.

    Elizabeth

  • Hi Cheryl,

    I forgot to tell you that I posted a recipe today that you might enjoy.

    Happy Cooking,

    Elizabeth

  • It is so good to see you back around these parts!  I was doing a menu plan faithfully for many months (a record for me!) and stopped during a recent season of illness.  I need to climb back on that train – my kids AND my hubby loved having it on the fridge.  I haven’t had a plan for snacks up until this point as I have been the one making all the snacks πŸ™‚  Now that the kids are a bit older, your plan sounds like a good idea and a way of teaching them healthy and independent snacking!
    πŸ™‚ Erin

  • Another yummy Menu.  I remember when you first posted the stuffed loaf and forgot all about it.  I will be adding this to my next weeks menu. Thanks!

  • Your menu plan looks wonderful!
    I have started menu planning more strictly and I love the order it helps me create and the money I save at the grocery store!
    Wishing you a blessed week ahead!

  • I really like the “MOM says – Yes” snack idea.   I need to start using that.  Recently, it’s been a struggle to get dinner planned.  But having a menu does help so much!!  Thanks for the reminder.

  • Thanks for posting your menu again! When my children were younger we didn’t snack, and then they usually ate well at meal times. But now I have a 14 year old son with three sisters right behind, so I am needing to rethink snacks. I plan out all my dinners every month and your MOM SAYS YES SNACKS idea is one I want to implement next month. 

  • @JoyfulHearts – Yes, these teens and almost teens have high metabolism and high calorie needs to keep them going!