I can't complain so far; these plans have been working pretty well with me. I'm rolling with it when they don't work exactly as I'd planned, and I'm definitely saving time at home and making fewer trips for ingredients.
Anyway, I planned this all out Saturday night, then realized all the stuff I'd forgotten, so here is the new and improved version.
- Monday: Oven baked chicken breasts with stir fry veggies with teriyaki sauce and brown rice
- Tuesday: Mediterranean Sausage Stew with beer bread and salad
- Wednesday: fish sticks, mac and cheese, peas
- Thursday: Cranberry Chicken (from Six O'Clock Scramble) with mashed potatoes and broccoli
- Friday: dinner at my parents'
- Saturday: work banquet thingy
- Sunday: Slow Cooker Chicken Puttanesca with steamed broccoli and whole wheat noodles
I like being able to see at a glance what I'm going to use for my sides, to make sure there's some variety in the starches and veggies I'm making. I tend to get into ruts. I've recently started buying pre-cut broccoli and that's been really helpful. Everyone loves broccoli, but I hate washing and chopping it. It's so much easier to take some out of a bag, rinse it, put it in a bowl with a little olive oil, and microwave it for four or five minutes. If my kids will eat broccoli, I definitely want to keep them interested in it!!
Last night, while playing on the interwebs and trying not to go to bed at a decent hour, I found some neat stuff at the Family Fun magazine website. I liked their list of arts and crafts organized by age, as I often find stuff that doesn't work for my 3 year old and 22 month old. But, for menu planning, this Month of Meals... well, I just thought that was pretty cool. If I'd found it earlier this week, that's what I would have used! Easy peasy!!
Check out I'm an Organizing Junkie for other menu plans this week (I think there were about 200 participants last week!).