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.
I have had my menu planned out for a while. I just had not made a blog post with the menu for this week.
Sunday (1/14/18) –
Veggie beef soup (freezer)
Monday (1/15/18) –
Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti or Spaghetti Squash, Green Beans
Tuesday (1/16/18) –
Balsamic Chicken Breast, Potatoes, Peppers, and Onions, and Cucumber Slices
Wednesday (1/17/18) –
Peach BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwiches (freezer), Chips
Unstuffed Cabbage Rolls, Rice
Italian Sausage and Peppers (freezer) over left over spaghetti