CategoryMenu Planning

Menu Plan Monday

After a seven year break of posting menu plans, here I am again.  I’ve still been menu planning, but not as intensively as before. There have been a couple of big changes for our family.  There are now 8 of us, so a lot more likes/dislikes to take into consideration.  The other change is that I personally follow a keto and gluten-free way of eating.  Most of the time now we make two separate meals every mealtime.

Monday – Ladies Prayer at church; dinner needs to be early and preferably simple so the girls and I can be there by 6. Ground turkey spaghetti for the kids, I’ll have a salad.

Tuesday – biscuits and sausage gravy.  I’ll eat eggs and some of the sausage.

Wednesday – church night, needs to be fast and easy.  Sloppy joes for the kids, and I’ll eat a salad.

Thursday – Grilled chicken, rice, and green beans

Friday – Pizza Night!  Regular homemade pizza for the kids, low carb pizza for hubby and I.  It’s a cream cheese, mozarella, and egg-based crust.

Saturday – our church has a youth meeting that afternoon.  I believe hamburgers are on the menu. 

Sunday – Stephen is preaching at a church out of town, so we will be eating whatever the church family there has planned.

Freezer cooking ideas

Here are some of the ideas I’m considering to put up for when baby comes. A lot of it will be determined by space in the freezer as we just downsized to a much smaller one. I’m also thinking to just make double at mealtimes and freeze the extra, rather than having a couple huge cooking days.

Breakfasts:
Waffles
Pancakes

Quick Lunches:
Corn dog muffins – used a different cornbread recipe but my family loved these
Sloppy joe muffins
Tacos in a sleeping bag
Burritos

Just meats:
Taco meat
Chicken strips for fajitas/wraps – some taco seasoned, some plain
Hamburger patties (maybe not; need to figure out how to make these come out not so dry)
Meatballs

Meals:
Chili
Enchiladas
Lasagne
Pizzas (if there’s room)
Tomato soup (canned)

Breads:
Breadsticks
Garlic bread
Hamburger buns – I’ll wait on these until the very end since our freezer is really small

Sweets:
Cappuccino muffins (can’t find the link to this now – I’m sorry!)
Sweet breads – zucchini, apple, banana, pumpkin – or make into muffins
Chocolate chip cookies
Topping for Fresh Fruit Crisps – not frozen but jarred

Mixes to make:
Soup mix – rinse beans ahead, add dry seasonings
Bread – one loaf size – all dry ingredients minus yeast, add yeast when making (for some reason mixes made up with yeast added don’t do as well for me)

Also plan out meals for months of October, November, and first part of December ahead of time. I’m working on complete menus for July and August right now.

Menu Plan Monday ~ April 4

Menu Plan Monday

Here’s our menu:

Sunday: crockpot chicken, macaroni and cheese

Monday: grilled chicken legs, rice

Tuesday: tacos (new piano student interview this night so meat will be in the crockpot)

Wednesday: grilled cheese and tomato soup

Thursday: spaghetti and meat sauce (maybe meatballs in the sauce; we’ll see how that day goes)

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: Lentil Stew – new recipe, from the Saving Dinner cookbook (page 161)

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, quesadillas, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ February 21

Menu Plan Monday

After having revival for ten days at church, this week is pretty much back to our regular routine.

Here’s our menu:

Sunday: leftovers

Monday: chicken artichoke casserole, brown rice

Tuesday: potato soup (may change to a different day if it’s still so warm out)

Wednesday: goulash

Thursday: chicken alfredo, pasta of some sort

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: spaghetti

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 17

Menu Plan Monday

Today’s a special day – it’s my Arrival Day. I know some people call it Gotcha Day, but my parents always just called it Arrival Day. For those who don’t know, I’m adopted. My parents adopted me when I was five months old, and January 17th is the day I was placed in their arms. Every year, they would do something special with me to celebrate the day. Even now that I’m an adult, Mom still sends a card every year.

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sunday: roast, mashed potatoes, white gravy, broccoli

Monday: sesame chicken, brown rice

Tuesday: crockpot chicken taco stew

Wednesday: baked rigatoni

Thursday: ham slices, sweet potatoes

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: hot dogs, fries

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ January 10

Menu Plan Monday

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sunday: roast, brown rice, lima beans

Monday: hot dogs and french fries

Tuesday: chicken and barley soup

Wednesday: tacos

Thursday: baked chicken, brown rice, green beans

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: meatloaf, mashed sweet potatoes. . .or dinner at the in-law’s. Not sure yet.

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ Christmas week

Menu Plan Monday

This week we have a ton of baking planned. A lot of it is for gifts, but some of it is favorite holiday foods – like cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning, Christmas cookies, and more yummy baked goods.

I made 7 loaves of sourdough bread over the weekend, hoping to have some to give as gifts. I made a batch of regular white sourdough, and an experimental batch of 100% whole wheat sourdough. When I baked it, the white bread was too close to the back of the oven and burned the top of all three loaves. Then the bottoms of two of my wheat loaves stayed in the pans. . .reminding me of exactly why I don’t like to use my glass pans to bake bread in (I can never remember how long to wait to try to get the bread out so it won’t break into a hundred pieces). On the other hand, since the wheat loaves stuck, I was able to try some of it. It turned out better than I expected. :O) It made really good French toast for breakfast this morning!

Here’s our menu for the week:

Sunday: potato soup

Monday: cream cheese ranch chicken and brown rice

Tuesday: goulash

Wednesday: chicken velvet soup

Thursday: chicken Alfredo and penne

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: not entirely sure here. Cinnamon rolls for breakfast, unless the kids say they want monkey bread instead. Roast is on the menu for later. We have plans to go to Grandma’s for Christmas dinner (I’m bringing rolls and apple salad), but aside from that I’m not sure. I’m looking forward to seeing some out-of-town family that day!!

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 13

Menu Plan Monday

This week is a little more relaxed for us than the past couple weeks have been. I am SO excited about that!

Sunday: crockpot roast, mashed potatoes

Monday: sesame chicken and brown rice (This may change. I’m playing for a choral concert and will probably have a faster supper prepared. We’ll see how the day goes.)

Tuesday: baked rigatoni (similar to lasagna, from the Saving Dinner cookbook)

Wednesday: tacos

Thursday: ham slices, mashed potatoes

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: scalloped potatoes with ham, green beans

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ December 6

Menu Plan Monday

Wow, it’s been a while since I’ve posted any menu plans. With us going out of town, I didn’t bother to plan for that week. When we got back, we just ate out of the pantry and freezer for a few days.

This week we will start some of our Christmas baking, but I’m not sure what we’ll start with. Sourdough bread is definitely on the list, and probably these White Cookies too.

white cookies

Here’s our menu:

Sunday: crockpot chicken, macaroni and cheese

Monday: burritos

Tuesday: chicken and barley soup

Wednesday: freezer pizzas (homemade) – recipe here – pizza night

Thursday: smothered chicken

Friday: church Christmas banquet

Saturday: meatloaf, green beans

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.

Menu Plan Monday ~ October 25

Menu Plan Monday

Sunday: chicken and dumplings, broccoli

Monday: salmon patties and fries (last-minute change)

Tuesday: tossed salads, chicken breast, and maybe breadsticks

Wednesday: baked fish, brown rice, cauliflower

Thursday: sesame chicken

Friday: pizza night

Saturday: sloppy joes

The meals without veggies listed we’ll just decide then which veggie to eat from the freezer.

Breakfasts are eggs, scones, oatmeal, biscuits, grits, smoothies, and pancakes.

Lunches are sandwiches, wraps, macaroni and cheese, tuna salad, leftovers, etc. for the kids and lots of salads for Stephen and I. We are really enjoying our fall garden.

Snacks are cheese, baby carrots, nuts, fresh fruit, smoothies, etc.

You can read more menu plans over at Orgjunkie.com.