Monday, March 21, 2011

Menu Plan Monday 3/21

Our meals this week are going to be interesting. It's spring break for us. That means my kids are home as well as my husband. I'm going to hand off dinner to him several nights. He's not into planning all the meals he's responsible for at the beginning of the week. For that reason, I have no idea what we are going to have for dinner tonight, Wednesday or Thursday. I have listed the meals I'm planning. I've also listed my menu plan plan. No, it's not a typo, see below.

Sunday-@ Mom & Dad's
Monday- ? Husband cooks
Tuesday-Fit & Trim Tetrazinni (Meal Makeover Moms)
Wednesday-? Husband cooks
Thursday-? Husband cooks
Saturday-Breakfast for dinner

Hey, I like this. I could get used to sharing so much of the cooking. Maybe this summer.

My menu plan plan is what I follow so I have an idea of what to cook on each night. When I started menu planning I would sit down at the table and my mind would be blank. I really couldn't think of what I wanted to cook each night. I would take down my recipe binder and cookbooks but there are hundreds of recipes to choose from. I knew there had to be a better way. I found several people who would have nights of the week designated for certain types of food. For example, Monday would be chicken, Tuesday crock pot. I love that idea. It gives me a place to start. Here is what I have come up with:

Sunday-new recipe
(I don't always follow this here. Sometimes I make a favorite that is more involved than what I want to do during the week.)
Monday-soup or sandwich
(I love this. The soup/sandwich category is one I never would have included when trying to menu plan off the top of my head.)
Wednesday-left-overs or breakfast
Thursday-fish or beef
(This is usually pizza we make with a premade crust. It can also be little pizzas made with english muffins. I hope to also include homemade crusts, but haven't yet.)
(This is really a misleading name. It's most likely Mexican or Italian though I have tried stir fry.)

I'm not very rigid with how I follow this. While I might not have soup on Monday, I will probably have it some time during the week. Plus, the hope is that I will get more fish in our diet because I know I will be looking at fish recipes for Thursday (though I tend to choose beef instead of fish.)

I plan on tweaking this plan a bit. I think it could use some rearranging (like having a fish only night so I can't get out of cooking fish), but it is a whole lot better than what I did before.

As always, I'm linking up to Menu Plan Monday.

1 comment:

  1. hmm, I've been doing a "what's for dinner" wednesday on my blog, but haven't gotten too technical, will check out Meal Plan Monday!