Happy Monday (what a misnomer!)!!
For this week’s Menu Plan Monday, I wanted to post an updated list of my potential dinners for the week.
Here’s why – as I have stated many, many times, menu planning is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to save yourself time. And as a parent, we are ALWAYS about saving time.
1. Make a master list of dinners. List anything that your family will eat.
2. Decide how to rotate meals. Will you go straight down the list? Put them on index cards and pick at the beginning of the week? Use a random number generator to choose?
For me, all of these are a bit too complicated (although, I am a nerd at heart and am more likely to use the random number generator). When we menu plan, we basically think about how busy our week is, the ingredients we have on hand and the flavors we want for the week (right now I am off anything resembling Mexican food, which is weird for me).
3. Make a weekly plan and shopping list.
My husband does all of the grocery shopping and he HATES the way I make lists. Therefore, I created a shopping list that goes in order. I can just write in what we need and he can go in order through the grocery store. Anal retentive much?
So, once you have this, you are all set! For more ideas about menu planning, check out Organizing Junkie – lots of great info!
- Mac and Cheese
- Grilled Chicken
- Grill with bbq sauce or marinate it for a fuller flavor.
- To add variety, make different types of noodles or put it over squash.
- These can be cooked in the crock pot, broiler or grill.
- Turkey Burgers
- Grilled Turkey Legs
- Beef Stroganoff
- Slow Cooker Chicken
- Slow Cooker French Dip
- Pot Roast
- Baked Chicken
- Chicken Parmesan
- Taco Salad
- Pork Chops
- Red Beans and Rice
- Fetticinni Alfredo
- Chili – we make it healthier by using ground game meat (deer, antelope, elk, etc)
- Stir Fry
- Tuna Casserole
- Enchilada Casserole
- Eggplant Parmesan
- Ham with Greens
- Tostada Goop – sooooo yummy! Make extra and you can use it for enchiladas or tostadas or taco salad or…
- Neat Sloppy Joes
- Chicken Fried Rice – don’t use oil (I just use water) and save on the fat content.
- Kabobs – super easy to make
- Meatballs – add bbq sauce and let the kids eat with toothpicks for extra fun, provided no one gets poked in the eyeball
- Meatloaf – we make ours with bbq sauce. And bacon. Can’t forget the bacon.
- Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
- Sub sandwiches – use mini rolls and make them custom for everyone
- Stuffed Peppers
- Shrimp Tacos
- Potato, Green Beans and Hamhocks – some good ole soul food that is also super healthy!
- Baked Fish – we like halibut, catfish and tilapia
- Ceviche – surprisingly light
- Rotisserie Chicken/Turkey – pair with a bag of steamer veggies to make a complete, healthy meal
- Pulled Pork – with my husband’s homemade BBQ sauce…YUM!
- Carne Asada – we have yet to find good asada out here in Colorado, but we will keep searching.
So, here you go. Now my question for you is this – do you have a list? If not, will you do one? Let me know in the comments! And if you do a blog post about it, let me know so I can link up!