Curly Crafty Mom: I've boarded the Meal Plan train! All aboard!

Monday, November 2, 2009

I've boarded the Meal Plan train! All aboard!

So many people talk about doing meal plans these days, and I have been giving it a lot of thought lately since I do not consistantly cook dinner. Well, I decided to give it my own twist, in that each week I will cook certain types of food on certain days of the week. I find that it'll be easier to plan my menu if I know that, say, Wednesday is pasta night... plus, I have all of my recipes organized by these catagories, so it'll be easy to pull recipes each week. I also really want to try NEW recipes as I find it exciting to bring something new to the dinner table.

I also want to start sitting down for dinner at the table as a family, and I want Nathan to learn (ha!) how to eat what we eat. Right now, I hate to say, we are making him his own meal each night, because he is so picky! I want to put a little on his plate each night and go from there. Also, Autumn is finally at the age where she can join us at the dinner table and eat most of what the rest of the family eats (cut up, of course!).

I never make hot breakfast on the weekends, and I thought this would be a great addition to my weekly menu.

However, I do want to start adding healthier menu items to my recipe list, so if you have any, please share! If anyone cares to join me on the meal plan train, feel free to blog along with me!

One key to this is I want it to be flexible, if something comes up and I can't cook, then so be it... If I come home from work and I'm tired... so be it. Also, notice I added a 'grill' day where my husband will cook! hee, hee!


Here is my weekly menu:

Saturday or Sunday Morning: Hot Breakfast

Sunday: Grill (Jeremi)

Monday: Crockpot Meal or Mexican

Tuesday: Mom Cooks for Us

Wednesday: Italian/Pasta

Thursday: Porkchops, Chicken, a Sandwich, or Soup

Friday: Pizza (Frozen or To Go)

Saturday: To Go

AND, here is what I plan to cook next week following my weekly menu:

Sunday Morning: Kraft Magazine Egg and Hashbrowns Skillet

Sunday: BBQ'd Honey Chicken Thighs (yes, THIGHS! This has gotten fantastic reviews on BBC so I must, must try it) with Corn on the Cob

Monday: Tacos with Katie's Mom's Spanish Rice (can't wait to try her rice recipe! It has rotel in it...yummmm)

Wednesday: Spaghetti Pie with rolls

Thursday: Cheese Potato Soup with crusty french bread

WISH me luck!!! I will post updates :o)-

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