Apr 13 2015

What’s for Dinner: Our Weekly Menu Plan

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Everyone was able to get back into rhythm last week with work and school.  While it was a busy week we managed to squeeze in some fun activities too.  We took the girls to the Zoo for Member Night and went on Date Nights with the kids so that was fun.  On the weekend we worked for several hours on their Science Fair Projects (a new step for us).  This week will be another busy one so I am doing very simple and easy meals.  Also, we have leftover food that needs to be eaten up at the beginning of the week so we don’t waste it so the menu won’t be too exciting.   Here is our menu plan for the upcoming week:

Our Weekly Menu Plan

  • Monday (Beef or Pork Entree): Leftover Buffet (which is what we call leftover night at our house)
  • Tuesday (Kid’s Night to Cook):  French Bread Pizza, Fresh Salad
  • Wednesday (Chicken or Vegetarian Entree): Mustard Chicken, Steamed Vegetables
  • Thursday (Pasta or Seafood Entree): Baked Salmon, Mixed Vegetables
  • 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 or seafood 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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