As I may have lamented a time or two – menu planning is no joy ride at our house.
But menu plan we must.
Because it saves us a TON of money.
Because it spares us copious quantities of stress.
Because it brings a little bit of cohesion to what could be a very chaotic schedule.
Because it helps us factor in the different individuals needs.
Because it really is the right thing to do.
Why we buck it so much, I just don’t know. Honestly – it doesn’t take that long. Particularly if we happen to remember to incorporate the kids when we’re sitting down to plan.
So I’m gonna try something kinda revolutionary.
Every Saturday, I’m going to publish our menu for the week here – on this blog – as a means of accountability. I’ll try to give links to recipes whenever possible. I’ll share links to resources as I come across them. And if you want to join in – and please do! – leave a comment in the comments section here telling us what YOU are planning for your dinner menus for the week. Maybe if we all join in – we’ll get inspired to try something new and different – or just maybe forgotten for a while!
(Little confession here – I consider it raging success if we can get dinner menus planned, I’m not even going to go anywhere near planning breakfast and lunch menus. We’re all old and skilled enough in our household to fend for ourselves for those two meals each day.)
So – here it is – Week 1 of this resolution of sorts, and for the past week our kids have been away from home. Jess has been in Hawaii with friends. Jonathan has been at high school camp. William has been at middle school camp. John and I have used this less complex week to enjoy some peace, quiet, and quite a bit more risky menu options in the kids’ absence. It’s been quite an experience – this little foretaste of Empty Nest Syndrome. And you know what? I will miss my kids whenever and wherever they go – but just the two of us, John & I – it’s a-okay in my book!
Sunday – DIY at lunch time after church; Turkey wings & thighs on the grill at the evening meal
Monday – Chicken Stir-Fry with Yakisoba Noodles
Tuesday – Spaghetti either with meat sauce or carbonara – I can’t decide
Wednesday – Tacos
Thursday – Fish (probably on the grill)
Friday – Raviolis with chicken in Alfredo sauce
Saturday – Burgers/Dogs on the grill
Typically each meal has a vegetable dish and/or salad, and some sort of starch on the side as well. Don’t tell my kids, but I’m gonna give quinoa a spin this week – it’ll be interesting to see how it turns out and what they think of it!
So that’s all there is to it!
In coming weeks I’ll share some tidbits that we’ve learned over the years to help take some of the pain out of getting a menu planned and successfully executed.
Now – tell me…
What’s Your Plan?