Menu Plan Monday

So the verdict is in… we’re going to try a variation of the theme nights and the specific dinner nights. I toyed around with the idea of doing something specific each night and then changing one night each week so that it slowly changed, but I finally settled on this approach for now. This week will vary a little bit because I’m using some things I’ve got left from last week before I go grocery shopping in a few days but after that, we’ll try this for a few weeks and see how it goes. Here’s what it’ll look like:

Sunday: Burger Night (can switch up the sides and toppings for a little variety)

Monday: Theme – Breakfast for Dinner (a theme for me!)

Tuesday: Family Favorites (The ‘Wild Card’ night. Tried and true things we love like meatloaf, rice and beans, chili, Family Casserole, etc.)

Wednesday: Taco Night (could be beef or chicken, or maybe the 3 bean tacos again!)

Thursday: Theme – Italian (pizza, calzone, lasagna, spaghetti)

Friday: Theme – Mexican Night (beef or chicken enchiladas, chipotle burritos, fajitas)

Saturday: Chicken & Pasta (Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, Grilled Chicken & Pasta Salad, etc)

So there you have it. Perhaps it will make meal planning a little easier. Perhaps it will make budgeting a little easier. Hopefully, it will help me make my hubby a little happier. 🙂 I think perhaps I’ll let the kids help me pick within each theme each week. They’ll enjoy that! And I’ve also decided that Sunday lunches are going to be the same every week, too. Big Daddy and I were talking about how I need a quick and easy lunch to fix that he is agreeable with so I can hurry and fix lunch after church and put the kids down for a nap. So for now I’ve settled on Super Nachos for Sunday lunches. If we like this we may stick with it a few months and then switch things around a little, but I think I’ve left enough leeway in the plans for now to keep everybody happy.

So having said all of that, here’s our menu for this week:

Monday: Oatmeal, Nachos, Veggies & Ranch, Family Casserole

Tuesday: Cereal, Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup, Popcorn & Raisins, Rice & Beans & Cornbread

Wednesday: Breakfast Burritos, Tuna Salad Sandwiches, Muffins, Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

Thursday: Oatmeal & Fruit, Hot Dogs, Fruit & Cool Whip, Spaghetti

Friday: Cereal, Sandwiches, Crackers & Peanut Butter, Tacos

Saturday: Biscuits & Gravy & Turkey Bacon, Baked Potatoes, Chips & Salsa, Grilled Chicken & Pasta Salad

Sunday: Waffles, Super Nachos, Pudding, Hamburgers & Cheesy Tots

Don’t forget to stop by I’m an Organizing Junkie for more menu ideas!!

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August 21, 2007 2:13 pm

Sounds like a good plan! I like the idea you ended up with!

Sarah Webb
Sarah Webb
August 21, 2007 6:43 am

I’m right behind you. I will hopefully be getting it together soon. My in-laws are in town right now so everything’s up in the air. Maybe I can take this week and make up my chart again. It was a great chart, alas, I lost it when my hard driv e crashed 🙁 But I think I have a copy in my control journal. If only I used that darn thing more, maybe I’d be more organized! Thanks for the renewed inspiration.

August 21, 2007 6:33 am

Sounds like a great idea to me!

Have a wonderful week 🙂

August 25, 2007 8:50 pm

I am curious how your week has gone with the theme thing! I keep wanting to try that, then I get distracted by a new recipe I simply MUST try… hopefully it goes better for you 🙂

August 26, 2007 6:32 am

Thanks for asking!
Well, last week was not the full-on theme week,.. we had a few things in the pantry to use up from the previous week. This week I’ll plan entirely by theme, but I’m not really expecting it to feel much different yet at this point. I think we’ll get a good feel for whether or not we like it after the 2nd or 3rd week, don’ t you think?

I’ll keep posted! =)

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August 28, 2007 12:36 am

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August 21, 2007 9:19 pm

This is my first time here. I love these ideas. I am searching for some new recipes for the new school year and I love the themed nights. I may have to try this.

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