It used to be that Monday morning would find my weekly menu posted here. Menu planning went by the wayside when summer started. Now that school is back in session, I decided I better get with the program again.
Menu planning does two things for me. 1) Saves me money. 2) Saves my sanity. There's something comforting about walking in the door at 5:20 and knowing what I am cooking for dinner. I hate nothing more than not having a plan. Standing in front of the fridge/freezer/pantry and saying, "What shall I cook?" No more. There's a menu for the next 2 weeks on my fridge. I've got an answer and all the ingredients for the next 14 days. It feels good.
Here's the menu:
baked crab rangoon, chicken skewers, rice
chili dogs, oven fries, salad
bbq shrimp, polenta, green beans
blueberry pancakes with sausage or bacon
meatball subs, chips, carrots with dip
chicken & corn chowder, caesar salad
old settler's beans (a bean trio with ground beef, bacon & seasonings)
lentil & potato stew, flatbread
orzo frittata, roasted butternut squash
beef & potato nacho casserole
We have 2 nights of volleyball plus a home football game this week and next. That puts a damper on how much time I have in the kitchen to prepare meals. So, with that in mind, I am making the chili today which will speed up 2 meals and the meatballs for the subs are already cooked and in the freezer.
You'll notice that there are only 11 meals listed above and I mentioned that this was a 2 week menu. We will be able to have leftovers from a few of these meals which will become lunch fare or a clean out the fridge meal. I also have sandwich fixings on hand and I have one convenience meal of chicken tenders and fries in my freezer.
Do you menu plan? What's on your menu this week?