It’s that time again – time to share what we’ve got planned for our menu for the coming week…
Here’s the plan: Every Saturday (okay, and chances are it won’t happen until Sunday!), 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. If you think we should make it a blog hop – hey, say the word! Maybe if we all join in – we’ll get inspired to try something new and different – or just maybe forgotten for a while!
But – I just gotta say… Do you ever just have one of those weeks? You know, the kind where you come to the conclusion of the week, look back and think… “Really?! Seriously?!” Yeah, we had one of those weeks. I worked more than I have in a while. William had pre-ops at Shriner’s on Wednesday, then surgery on Thursday. Then Thursday evening Jonathan was assaulted by an adult bystander at a basketball game (who mistakenly thought Jonathan had punched his family member) – knocking him unconscious, breaking several facial/sinus bones, sending us to the ER with him twice through the night, and leaving the poor kid in utter misery. Yeah. One of those kinds of weeks. So – yes, we had a dinner menu planned for the week last week. And for the most part, we followed it. But there are those instances when you just gotta adjust when life gets a little unruly. You know?
Okay – back to the topic at hand… For the week beginning today, Monday, September 6 through Sunday, September 12, 2010 our plan is…. (Yes, it’s true – we’ve adjusted a bit. We decided we just do better when we play Monday through Sunday – shopping and mental energy wise!)
Monday – Abondigas Soup. Jonathan has been asking for this, and we think we’ve finally found a recipe that will come closest to what he’s wanting. Being that his jaw is so out of whack from the events of the week, soup is high on the list of things that go down well for him. Poor kid.
Tuesday – Skillet Lasagna. It’s quick, it’s easy, and quite possibly – better than the bigger production version of the same. What’s not to love? Plus – soft food – another bonus! It’s also the first day of school, so a good way to start the school year off!
Wednesday – DIY night. John & I have a meeting to go to. We’ll probably end up fixing something low key for the boys – who are still in that semi-hibernation mode of recovery.
Thursday – Chicken Parmigiana. This is kinda a “cheater” meal – in that it’s super easy, yummy, and popular with the kids. Simply: breaded chicken tenders cooked until just done, cover with a layer of shredded mozzarella, put back in the oven under the broiler for about 5 minutes, tops. While all of this is going on, we typically pull extra spaghetti sauce out of the freezer, defrost, and heat. Cook angel hair spaghetti noodles, and it all comes together at about the same time. We serve it with the angel hair mixed in with the spaghetti sauce and the chicken on the side. Voila. Simple meal.
Friday – Baked Fish and Shells with White Cheddar. This is a fave all around. The fish is so quick and easy to prepare (and yummy, too!). And the S&WC provides a lovely white sauce to accompany the fish. What could be better?
Saturday – John’s Amazing Enchiladas. I love having a husband who is easily as good or better a cook than I am. Especially when that means he makes enchiladas. ‘Cause they’re amazing. Seriously amazing.
Sunday – Beef Stew with Homemade Dinner Rolls. This is my Mom’s Beef Stew recipe – that has never been written down, and darn it – I’m gonna do it! I’ll have to make it first and take notes as I do, though. I promise to post it when I’m done.
My big insider tip for this week is simply: be prepared to adjust if life throws you a curve ball. Whether that means putting enough egg money aside to order pizza one night, or have something ready to pull out of the freezer to reheat as a back-up plan, or even to preparing an extra “something” to have available for snacks and alternatives in the fridge each week. Whatever it is – sometimes – even though planning is commendable and a good thing to do – just being willing to take a moment to adjust – rather than ditch the whole plan altogehter – is a good thing.
How about you? Any contingency plans at your house?
And of course…
What’s Your Plan?
I’d love to know!