It is time to get back into the groove of homemaking the wholehearted way!! Now that I have our home somewhat under control, I sat down and made up a menu for the week. I have not been consistent in planning my menu and I am tired of thawing meat and wondering what I am going to do with it?!
So you thought I was totally and wholeheartedly organized?! Not completely so, but I do try!!
One reason to blog about menu planning is because I love all those encouraging comments you ladies leave. There is a sense of accountability when different bloggers blog about 'what's for dinner.' I don't want to find that there is nothing because I went to the cupboard and the cupboard was !bare!
I thought about visiting my recipes on Pinterest, but didn't feel like spending an hour there. It is a rare treat when I do. I thought about looking at my ZipList clips, but no, I wanted the tried and true ideas for this week.
I went to my 30 Meal List and decided (for once!) not to be so random. I took the first 5 meals and copied and pasted them into a new Evernote page. Then, I made a grocery list (minus staples like salt and pepper) and typed them under the 5 menu meals.
I titled it Winter Menu: Week 1 as next week, I plan to add five more recipes for supper.
Easy Peasy, don't you think?!
You can use these recipes as they link into my Plan to Eat account (tell me if they don't do this for you). That is where I store my tried and true recipes.
I will tweak these recipes according to my finances. For instance, when a recipe calls for Alfredo sauce I make my own. If I don't have mushrooms or someone doesn't like them, I delete them. If I want to simplify....I leave extra non-necessary ingredients (like onions?)! If it is a special occasion I use all the ingredients. Following a recipe like this is no-nonsense family cooking. I leave the recipe as is.
I will add to this list items for lunches and breakfast. We don't need any more snacks, RIGHT???
We always have pizza on Saturday and so that leaves one day free and simple (maybe canned soup and sandwiches?)
So get your 'thinking cap on' and tell me what you are cooking for your clan??
Menu Planning: Week One
- Chicken & Mushroom Fettuccine Alfredo
- Sausage Egg Casserole
- Yummy Beef Brisket
- Creamy Egg Noodle Bake
- Brunch Lasagna
chicken breast tenders
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