Nov 07 2011

What’s for Dinner: Our Weekly Menu Plan

I am looking forward to doing some new recipes along with family favorites this week.  Last weekend Jake and I made the Sunday meal together with the girls and this is the comment we got from Brina “I love every one of these recipes!”  Karlie wanted to know if it was a new or old recipe.  It goes to show that sometimes the easiest meals if done together as a family are the best (Ham, Mash Potatoes, and Green Beans).  I am very grateful to have a family that enjoys some of the traditional family meals and for their willingness to try some new ones.  Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef Entree):  Enchiladas, Spanish Rice
  • Tuesday (Seafood or Pork Entree)Ham & Potato Au Gratin, Fresh Fruit Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken Entree):  Honey Mustard Chicken, Fresh Garden Salad
  • Thursday (Pasta or Vegetarian Entree): Vegetable Medley Bake
  • Friday, Saturday, & Sunday:  Leftovers, Family Preference, and Hosting

I have a general pattern I try to follow for my weekly Menu Plan (for example Monday we have a beef entree, Tuesday a seafood or pork entree and so forth).  It is my goal, at least in the beginning, to have at least the main dish and one side planned.  I will put together the remaining side dishes (veggies / fruits) based on the food items that need to be used up first and compliment the main entree.

Setting a weekly menu plan helps me utilize my time better, thus freeing up extra time to spend with my family.  On the days that I am working longer hours I can prep the meal in advance so it will be easier to pull together once I am home.  As I go through the menu planning process I will try to share some of our favorite family recipes.  If there is a specific recipe you would like please let me know and I will do my best to accommodate (some recipes are a toss together meal and I do not use any set measurements).

As a family of four our life can get busy.  What’s for Dinner is our weekly menu planning series and one of the ways to help keep us organized, on schedule, and within budget.  Our family typically eats 6 to 7  dinner meals at home a week.  We do try to go out to eat at least once a month as a special treat.  Breakfasts are eaten at home before work and school, lunches are eaten at work, school, or home, so dinner is our main meal together as a family.  Dinner is our time to reconnect, share, and enjoy being together after a busy day.  Our weekly menu plan covers Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday only because the weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) is our time to spend with family and friends.  The weekends tend to be more spontaneous and my husband (who is the better cook) likes pitching in therefore we keep the menu open for variety.  We use up the leftovers throughout the week for our lunches and on the nights that we are busy or can’t cook.

Photo by Liz

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