I usually don't make a formal menu plan, opting to wing it when I go to the grocery store (which works surprisingly well), but after posting about Mrs. Greene's menu planning I've had a hankering to put something on paper. Also my kids are out of school (YAY!!) and I need to make real lunches as well as real dinners. Hopefully my menu plans will add more variety to our meals.
So here's my week:
Lunch- Chicken salad sandwiches (Made from Thursday night's chicken.) , cut carrots, peppers, and celery
Dinner- Leftover steak (From Sunday nights steak.)'s green salad, fruit
Lunch- Grilled ham and cheese sandwiches, cut veggies
Dinner- Beef and Noodle Medley, green salad or cooked carrots
Lunch- Chicken noodle soup (Homemade today, Monday, from Thursday's chicken bones.), cut veggies
Dinner- Breakfast burritos, fruit salad
Lunch- Leftovers or PB&J, hopefully watermelon (It's a little too early and I haven't gotten a good one yet this summer! The produce guy at my store said they'd get some by Thursday.)
Dinner- Make your own pizza (I'll start the dough in my bread machine in the afternoon.)
Dinner- Chicken Marengo, rice, green salad
Lunch- sandwiches or leftovers
Dinner- Go out
Lunch- We usually eat a late breakfast and just have fruit, yogurt, or cheese and crackers on Sundays
Dinner- Looking for a recipe to try for the blog!
What are you making this week? Feel free to share in the comments!
Upadte: A reader from Facebook, Stacy, jokingly asked what are the "joys"of menu planning, as in the Facebook description of this post.
For me the biggest joy is not having to think about what to make for dinner or lunch for an entire week. Second is when one of my family members whines, "What's for dinner…" I point them to the calendar. There is sometimes more whining but I pretend I don't hear it. I'm too busy cooking. ;) Another benefit of menu planning is getting the grocery shopping done in one fell swoop. Once I write out the menu I make a shopping list and I'm good to go. I also feel that our meals are more nutritionally balanced when I plan them ahead of time. It's easy to see when we're eating too much of one thing when it's all on paper.
Stacy, and others who were wondering, this is why I like to plan menus. It takes work but it's so worth it! I hope this encourages you to try it if you haven't already. :)
Post shared on Meal Planning Mondays at I'm an Organizing Junkie!