Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Menu Plan 1/19 through 1/26

To help keep variety in our menus, I've implemented a commonly used strategy in my meal planning. The skeleton of the plan is done for me, and all that's left to do is fill in the blanks. Here's what I mean:

Every Monday, I'll serve leftovers. On Tuesdays, poultry will make an appearance on my table. Wednesdays will fill us with some sort of beef. Thursdays are reserved for my Crock Pot or a casserole dish, often featuring beans. Fridays are my junky days (made wholesome, of course), with hand-held foods like burgers, pizza, tacos, or a simple pasta dish. Saturdays, it's breakfast for dinner. And Sundays will always feature a traditional roasted family meal, like ham or whole roasted chicken, or roast beef.

Having the plan in place speeds up menu planning and helps me make sure I'm serving a wide variety of foods. Here's what this week looks like:

Wednesday: Shepherd's Pie

Thursday: Slow Cooker Split Pea Soup with Ham

Friday: Bowties with Sausage and Veggies

Saturday: Pumpkin Waffles & Baked Apples

Sunday: Roasted chicken, sweet potatoes, and broccoli

Monday: Leftovers

Tuesday: Chicken Soup with Butter Dumplings & Toasted Baguettes with cheese

Wednesday: Chicken-fried steak, rice, and collard greens

What's on your menu plan for the week? Do you have a weekly guide like me?


April said...

That's a pretty good idea. I don't have any thing that structured with my menu, but I do have Saturday's set up as a permanent Pizza night, and Sunday's I've been making it into a breakfast night. Looks like you have a yummy week planned. :)

heather said...

no set guidelines...but that does sound like a great idea!

chocoholic said...

I like the structure you've got set up. This week for us is

T- Potato Fried Veggies
W- Cheddar Chk
Th Chili
F- Broccoli Skillet
Sa Leftovers
Su Mexican Casserole

Jacqueline said...

What a great idea! My problem is always what to cook, because I love to cook, it is just deciding. This would simplify things a lot and of course I could vary from there. Thanks.

lisa9999 said...

I always have a rough guide as it makes it so much easier to plan the week.

M - Vegetarian
T - Fish
W- Beans/pulses
TH - Pasta
F - Home made pizza
S - Home made junk food (veggie burger etc.)
S - Roast dinner

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