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Last week, I made the leap from planning 5-6 dinners for the week to planning dinners for specific nights of the week. It ended in epic failure. If I forgot to pull something out one night, I felt guilty about picking out something else and straying from the plan. I also felt restricted by the menu. My husband and I had 2 at home date nights that involved ordering in, while feeding the children grilled cheese & soup or eggs for dinner.
Since last week’s plan was too rigid for me, and our current lifestyle, I have decided to loosen things up again this week to get back on track. Planning 5-6 dinners for the week, and cooking them on the nights that I feel inspired works better for me right now, so that is what I am going to continue to do. Maybe I’ll try more formal menu planning again in the future, but not for a few months when life slows down again (does life every really slow down?).
Weekly Meal Plan: March 7-13, 2016
This is the easiest meal for me to plan since its usually grab and go items that they children and I can eat while working on school assignments. Our standards are: oatmeal, yogurt, cereal bars, smoothies, muffins, and sometimes cold cereal.
I get bored having the same thing for lunch all the time, but my children would be quite content to rotate between PB&J or Grilled Cheese just about every day. I try to change things up for them a few times a week, even if they aren’t thrilled with the idea. This week we are adding tuna melts, hummus and pita, and quesadillas to the lunchtime line up.
Two to three nights a week we have stuff to do, but it is important for us to eat as a family as often as possible. I need to start relying on my slow cooker a bit more on these crazy days. With the nicer weather coming, I will also be planning quite a few more meals for on the grill.
- Foil Packet meals – chicken, potatoes, veggies
- BBQ Country Ribs, Salad, Corn Bread, Grilled Potatoes
- Chicken Cordon Bleu, Rice, Veggies
- Steak Frites
- Grilled Burgers, Oven Fries, Carrots & Ranch/Hummus
- Stuffed Shells, Garlic Bread, Salad
I have a friend coming over for lunch on Friday, so I’ll make a dessert for us to have afterward. I’m leaning towards a cake of some variety.
Our regular snacks include fruit, popcorn, and pretzels. We always have those three on hand, and I got a great deal on strawberries at our local produce market yesterday, so they’ll be great for snacking or to have with breakfast.
Beyond the Meal Plan
I have so much that I want to do this week, but I have not gotten my food projects finished in previous weeks, therefore I’m not planning anything beyond the menu plan this week and if I can successfully finish a project or two then its a bonus!
What’s on your meal plan for the upcoming week?
Happily Homegrown participates in Menu Plan Monday.