Monday, October 25, 2010

MPM: Week 3!

After quite the crazy weekend, my brain is on the fritz.  But I still managed to pull together a solid menu plan for this week.  As always, it's flexible, and actually includes a few meals that didn't get eaten last week.

Monday: Today is a "fend for yourself" type of day.  I won't be home for dinner at all, and Mike will probably have sandwiches or leftovers or pizza rolls.  It's good to have "emergency" meals that anyone can put together on hand!

Tuesday: We are finally going to have the fajitas that I planned for last week.  I have been looking forward to them since last Monday, so we are fitting them into the week early.

Wednesday: Pasta night!  I have some sausages in the fridge that I will cut up and put in meat sauce and I have an open box of spaghetti to finish.  If we're lucky, I'll get the bread machine set up with the timer so we can have fresh bread with dinner. Yum!

Thursday: Trick-or-Treat night!  I'm having family over to help with handing out candy, so I'm going to put together a crock-pot of Mexican Lentils that we can use to make nachos or taco salads.  I'll probably just set up a taco bar and let everyone have at it. 

Friday: Pizza night!  No new trials this week, just the normal pizza.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

MPM: 2 weeks in a row!

I shouldn't get to excited about actually posting 2 weeks in a row, but I'm feeling inspired. (ps - I finished writing this on Monday, but I totally forgot to post it!)

Monday: This morning I got a batch of Pizza Soup going in the crockpot.  We'll have salads and cresent rolls with it to round out the meal.

Tuesday: I have a rehearsal at 6pm, so we will eat when I get home.  Chicken Patty sandwiches will be something easy that Mike can get started.  We've got rolls that need to be used as well.

Wednesday: Fajitas are the order of the day.  I have chicken that is marinated and ready to go in the freezer as well as onions and peppers that are already cut.  We have tortillas that were on sale at the beginning of the month that need to get eaten up.  I even have some home made re-fried beans in the freezer.

Thursday: We are celebrating our anniversary this week, so we will probably go out to eat.  Haven't decided where yet.

Friday: Pizza night!  I bought a brick of mozzarella on sale a few weeks ago with the intention of making some mozzarella sticks for a pizza night.  I like to mix it up a little. A google search later, I've come up with this recipe that looks very easy and yummy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

MPM: Trying this Again....

Well, this is a depressing trend.  I post menu plans for a few weeks, and then I stop only to start up months and months later!  At least I can say this: I HAVE been menu planning almost every week since the summer ended.  It is always harder in the summer when Mike's work hours are during dinner time and we don't eat together.  I eat crackers and cheese for dinner a LOT that way.  Anyway, I have decided to not plan meals for the weekends OR days that Mike is working late.  Also, it's always subject to change!  The main challenge is to plan based on what we have on hand or fresh produce that is available on sale or at the farmers market.

Monday: Taco Bake (recipe from Kraft).  This recipe is different than the one I usually make, but I have a lot of mac and cheese that we haven't been eating, so I thought I'd give this one a try.  To be served with a side salad or carrot sticks.
Tuesday: Chicken Patty sandwiches.  We have rolls on hand that I don't want to go bad and the chicken patties were on sale last week with a coupon.  I think I will make a pasta salad with lots of fresh veggies to go on the side.
Wednesday: Pizza Night.  Friday Mike is working late, so I'll move Pizza Night to Wednesday so we don't miss out on our favorite meal of the week.  Pizza is served top-yourself style with lots of veggies available!
Thursday: Sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers on hard rolls.  Not only did I get some yummy chicken sausage on sale last week, there is a new bakery in town that I've been meaning to check out as well as the farmer's market which has great peppers at GREAT prices.  It'll still be a quick and filling meal after I get home from the little bit of extra shopping.
Friday: Mike is working, so a short week for meal planning!