Monday, November 29, 2010

MPM: Skipped a week

Last week was crazy and short due to Thanksgiving, so I gave myself a planning break.  I was also at the end of my solid week of migraines, so I needed it.  But this week we are back in the swing of things!  December is just around the corner, and being organized during the season helps me to say relaxed and enjoy the fun.

Monday: We have our first concert of the season, so we need to have a quick dinner.  Hot dogs and macaroni and cheese.

Tuesday: No rushing around, and in for the night, so I am going to make a Mexican Pasta Casserole so that we have some leftovers in the house.

Wednesday: My mom is coming over for dinner and we will have chicken stir-fry served over rice.

Thursday: Pizza night!  Mike is working on Friday, so Pizza night is moved.  My brother might be coming over as well and it is easy to make some extra pizza to make it a party.

Friday: I will be fending for myself as Mike is working late.

Monday, November 15, 2010

MPM: Keep on keeping on

I can't believe that today marks the middle of November!  Seems like time is just flying along and I am racing to keep up.  Fortunately, doing a menu plan every week has kept dinner time under control.

Monday: Tonight I am going to make Spaghetti with meat sauce.  There is a sale on ground beef at the local grocery store, so I will be picking up 10 pounds to freeze.  It will be nice to cook up some fresh meat for this meal instead of using something frozen out of the freezer (even though it is sooo much more convenient!)  I will steam the rest of the fresh green beans to go along with this.

Tuesday: Over the weekend, I made a delicious Chicken Pot Pie.  We will have some of the leftovers for dinner.

Wednesday: Mexican night!  Depending on what we are in the mood for, we will either have Mexican Pasta Casserole or tacos.

Thursday: Stir fry!  Lots of veggies and chicken to use.  I also want to use up the leftover bamboo shoots that are in the fridge.  Will make white rice to go with it. Yum!

Friday: Pizza night!  Last Friday we were out and did not have homemade pizza.  This week we will be very happy to be on schedule!

Monday, November 8, 2010

MPM: Menu Planning as a part of life

It is becoming routine to start thinking about a menu on Monday morning.  I come here out of habit and out of a desire to have less stress in my week. Planning out meals ahead of time makes me happy!  Here's what I've got for this week.

Monday: I have leftover bread from this weekend and some pre-cooked meatballs in the freezer.  Spaghetti and meatballs with home made bread (possibly made into garlic bread table-side).  Yum!  This will be an easy meal to put together.  While preparing dinner, I will use the quick-soak method to cook up some black beans.

Tuesday: Taco night!  With a mixture of black beans and ground beef, we'll have the choice of hard or soft taco shells.  Hopefully we'll have a little bit of meat mixture leftover for lunches or snacks, but I'm not holding my breath on that one!

Wednesday: Stir Fry.  It has been a long time since I've made stir fry.  I will probably have to cook some frozen uncooked chicken to make this, but it should not take very long.  Also, we have lots of veggies around in the fridge and freezer.  I'll make a pot of rice and we'll be good to go.

Thursday: Baked macaroni and cheese with ham.  I will either use the package of Kraft home-style mac and cheese that I have laying around or I will make it from scratch.  Either vegetables or salads as a side.

Friday:  Pizza Night!  Nothing fancy this week.  Just home made pizza with personalized toppings.  We always look forward to pizza night.

Monday, November 1, 2010

MPM: Week 4!

I am so excited to be posting my fourth menu plan Monday in a ROW!  WOW!  So, here it goes.

Monday: Tonight I'm going to make macaroni and cheese and hotdogs wrapped in crecent rolls.  I'll let Mike pick if we will have a veggie or salads.

Tuesday:  I have a meeting and it's election day, so dinner will be early and easy.  Chicken patty sandwiches with pretzels or chips.

Wednesday: A "fend for yourself" day!  I'm supposed to take my sister out to dinner as a birthday treat, so Mike will be probably having sandwiches for dinner or possibly chicken nuggets or grilled cheese.  All easy things we keep around the house for these sorts of meals.

Thursday:  We have a bunch of tortillas that need to be used up, so tonight will be make your own quesadilla night.  We have leftovers to be used as well as shredded chicken in the freezer.  I think I'll break out the griddle so we can make a few at a time.  This will be quick and easy, but also filling and fun!

Friday: Definitely Pizza Night!  We missed pizza night last week due to a birthday celebration, so I have a feeling we'll be ready this week.  I bought some mozzarella sticks (farm fresh brand) to try, so if we are feeling like an appetizer, I'll throw some of those in the oven.

I don't usually plan meals for the weekends, but this week, Mike is not working nights at all! So, here we go!

Saturday: Soup and Bread.  I'm going to make a loaf of rye bread with the bread machine (and possibly bake it in the oven?).  I'll also make a nice pot of chicken and noodle soup.  I've got homemade stock in the freezer as well as already chopped carrots and cooked shredded chicken.  I just have to pick up some more celery this week.

Sunday: After a busy week, a night of leftovers is in order.  Or, if we are so inclined, we may pick up Chinese food.  For some reason, Chinese food and Sundays go together for us!