This is the first week back with students so I want to have an easy menu.
I also meal prepped for my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks. Here’s what I made for this week:
Breakfasts – Pina Colada Overnight Oats
Snacks – Pistachios, Honeycrisp apples with cashew butter, Mini Bell Peppers with hummus
Lunches – Salad in a jar with strawberry poppy seed dressing, homemade fruit on the bottom yogurt with granola
Since I have all my breakfasts, lunches, and snacks prepped, it’s easy to grab and go in the mornings.
This week is going to be a little different with my meal planning. I won’t be around for 3 maybe 4 of the meals so the gentlemen in my family are in charge.
Yesterday, I did shopping so they would have easy meals on 3 of those days.
On Wednesday, I have to go out to work so I can move classrooms. (I’m just moving across the hall so not hateful.) Anyway, I’m taking the Wee One to help me with the moving. I told him that I would get him McDonald’s for dinner. Hubby and the Imaginative One are on their own on Wednesday as a result.
I’ve got a class at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium on Tuesday. On Friday, I have the second part of the class at the Wilds. I’m going out to that area on Thursday morning/ afternoon and spending the night by myself. For my dinner, I bought a frozen dinner that I can warm up in the microwave in the hotel room.
I’ll get myself food on the way home on Tuesday and Friday.
Here’s the menu for the week:
Sunday – We had pizza with the family.
Monday – Grilled Cheese with Chips and Cucumber Slices and Celery
Saturday – Breakfast for Dinner
Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday – The food they can choose from are:
- chicken nuggets and French fries
- sausage and mac and cheese
- pulled pork sandwiches
I wanted the meals to be quick and easy for them.
I just looked over my plans for July. I’m going to be gone on and off for the rest of the month.
Week of July 8th –
I only need to plan for 3 meals. We’re going to be gone for 2 days during the week.
Lasagna or Creamy Spinach Pasta Sauce over Penne
Sloppy Joes (Vegetarian for me)
Week of July 15th –
I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 2 meals. The boys and I are going away for 3 days. Hubby is on his own on those 3 days.
Cherry Pork Loin (Freezer Meal)
Tacos (In Freezer)
Spaghetti with Sauce and Meatballs
Week of July 22nd –
I need to plan for Sunday dinner and 4 meals. I’m going to be away for 2 nights and Hubby is going to be gone for one night.
Breakfast for dinner (when I’m gone)
Chicken Nuggets and French Fries (when I’m gone)
Sausage with Mac and Cheese
Pressure Cooker Chicken Wings, Meatless Mandarin Chicken for me
Out to eat when Hubby is gone
Sunday Dinner – TBA
Last week, my friend Molly was in town. The Imaginative One was happy when she left because that meant I would once again cook dinner for him. LOL!
A month ago, I signed up for Eat at Home’s first cookbook’s launch. I received the cookbook a few weeks ago. I immediately read the book from cover to cover and marked it up with recipes that the family might enjoy. I love the fact that Eat at Home Tonight uses real ingredients that are easily found at the grocery store.
Another feature of the cookbook is the freezer kits. She offers two freezer menus with shopping lists and recipes. I absolutely love having freezer kits.
The cookbook is going to be published on August 7th. Grab your copy then. You won’t regret it especially if you are a busy mom like me.
Here is my menu for the week. Some of the recipes are from the cookbook: Memphis Style BBQ Chicken Tacos, Power Chopped Salad, Ravioli with Summer Garden Vegetables, and Naan Pizza.
This morning I was up early before the family. I watched 2 episodes of Grey’s Anatomy before heading outside with a cup of coffee. While I was outside, I sat down and menu planned for the next two weeks.
After menu planning, I headed to the grocery store so that I could be ready for the week.
Here are some things I had to take into consideration when creating the menus:
- The boys will be at day camp all this week during the day. I’m going to either be going on some day trips or at work for professional development.
- Molly will be visiting next week so some of the meals are mere ideas of what we are going to eat. They are not set in stone.
- The Wee One will be at overnight camp next week so there is one less person to feed.
- The Wee One turns 13 on Friday so I’m leaving the meal up to him. We are going to go out to eat and then watch the Incredibles 2 for his birthday.
So without much further ado, here is the menus for the next two weeks:
I wrote down a list of possible meal ideas for this week.
Then I asked the Wee One his opinion on what we should cook for dinner. He gave me a few ideas – taco Tuesday in which I suggested he do a burrito Tuesday instead.
He also decided we should have a sausage and mac & cheese night. It’s one of their favorite meals. Quick and easy is the name of the game.
I gave him a choice of ravioli or spaghetti. I have a bunch of spaghetti sauce. He chose ravioli for one of the dinner.
He also suggested a leftover night.
I love getting the children involved with cooking in the kitchen.
The Wee One loves having a menu plan posted on the fridge so he knows what we are going to have to eat. He’s more willing to help cook dinner with the plan.
On Saturday, he helped with our breakfast for dinner. A few Christmases ago, he got a waffle and pancake cookbook. He pulled it off the cookbook shelf and chose a buttermilk pancake with a mixed berry compote recipe. I wish I had gotten photos of the process because it was so cute.
The Imaginative One had been at Boy Scout Camp last week so he had not had what he calls “real” food. While the Wee One was cooking dinner, he made sure his brother had chocolate chips in his pancakes. He also made sure he had some chocolate milk to drink. It was impressive that he cared so much.
At one point, the Wee One wanted to be a chef. I don’t know if he still wants to be a chef. However he does like being in the kitchen.
It has been a hot minute since I have made a menu plan. For a while, I was eating out way TOO much. Like almost every day.
The cost of eating out plus the unhealthiness of eating out was wearing down on us.
My aunt came into town for a week. While she was here, she wanted to help me reorganize my pantry and kitchen so that it was more functional. Living in a small house means very little space for extra goodies. It was easy for the kitchen and pantry to become cluttered which frustrated me.
Now that the kitchen and pantry is reorganized, it is easier to make dinners.
Because of my pantry and kitchen reorganization, I made a menu plan for this week. Here is what I have planned to make for dinner:
I’ll have another post showing my new kitchen reorganization.
Have a magical day,