Monday, October 8, 2012

Weekly Menu

We have so much going on during the week that planning our meals is a must.  We also avoid eating out as much as possible which means I cook at least 6 nights a week.  Sometimes on the weekends we will get take out from our favorite sushi place. We do try to do a date night once a month- but even then before we leave I will cook a meal for our girls.   We grocery shop twice a month- on pay day weekends- with a detailed grocery list.  It takes most of a Saturday or Sunday, but it's worth it to have a well stocked kitchen and to know what we are going to eat every night of the week.  We may have to grab an extra container of almond milk to get us through the week, but for the most part we get everything we need on our  big trips.  We also visit the Farmer's Market or our favorite produce stand on Saturdays to pick up our extra produce for the week.   

We have been keeping up with our menu quite well since the school year started and it is saving us quite a bit of time and money. 

For this post I will include last week's menu as well as this week's.

Last week:
Starting on Saturday the 1st:
  • Saturday: Slow cooker pulled pork BBQ, coleslaw, chips, and green bean casserole (We had a friend in town from South Africa and this is one of the meals she requested)
  • Sunday: We got take out sushi since we were all exhausted. And we had eaten the leftovers for lunch.
  • Monday: Spaghetti and meat sauce (I had my CPR training so I made dinner before I left and ate when I got home)
  • Tuesday:  BBQ Chicken Nachos - it was originally supposed to be beer chicken but I wanted to try my pork BBQ recipe with chicken.
  • Wednesday: Make your own wraps
  • Thursday:  Green Curry
  • Friday: Slow Cooker Fiesta Chicken over Rice 
  • Saturday: Steaks on the grill, steamed clams with garlic butter, homemade potato chips, steamed broccoli.

This week:
  • Sunday: Fall Chili with Skillet Corn Bread ( recipe to come)
  • Monday: Leftover chili or chicken noodle soup (which I made for lunch) since both girls have Scouts tonight.
  • Tuesday: Empanadas
  • Wednesday: Brinner- Pumpkin Pancakes
  • Thursday: Chicken fingers, mixed veggies, and rolls 
  • Friday:Pad Thai
  • Saturday: Burgers on the grill

I made several pumpkin and banana breads that the girls have been eating for breakfast.  They also have the option of cereal, scrambled eggs, pancakes, or oatmeal. 

Lunches: They get to choose from Pb&J, mac and cheese (Annie's organic), leftovers, or quesadillas.  Most days they choose PB&J with applesauce.

We have a morning snack every day- kids learn better when they aren't hungry so we make sure to stop and get a snack.  They like cheese sticks ( since they aren't lactose intolerant). I normally have a Trader Joe's soy yogurt with chia seeds.  
For afternoon snacks they choose from Goldfish, fruit, yogurt, or a cereal bar.

For my snacks I usually snag a handful of almonds or veggies and hummus.

So that's it- our menu for the week. If we have to deviate a little I have options in my freezer and cabinets so we still don't have to eat out. 

What's on  your menu for this week?

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