Monday, October 28, 2019

Menu Plan Monday: Week of October 28th - November 3rd

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One thing I try to stay consistent with is menu planning. I have a big dry erase board that it is attached to the side of my refrigerator. Each week I come up with a menu that lists what I plan for supper and what outside activities we may have. For example, Wednesday nights are youth group night and we serve food there. That is one night I do not have to cook, wahoo!

Also, recently I've started having my son cook one meal a week. He gets to choose what he wants to cook, make sure we have the ingredients, and it is up to him to make it happen. Yes, I still stand and oversee in case he has questions etc. However, it is up to him to get supper on the table that night. I want him to be prepared for his future, and let's face it, a guy that knows his way around the kitchen is awesome!

This week is quite busy with outside activities so I am trying to make it easy on myself by cooking items that will last more than one meal. Leftovers truly are a blessing when you have a lot of out of the house activities.

So, here's a look at what we're eating this week.

Monday - Trim Healthy Mama Chicken Quiche. It is a super easy, super yummy "S" meal out of the Trim Healthy Table cookbook. It makes a TON when you go by the original recipe so it will feed us for multiple meals.

Tuesday - Either leftovers or Boo Bear is up for cooking his meal of the week

Wednesday - This is our youth night so we'll eat at the church

Thursday - Trunk or Treat - Chili at the church

Friday - Dad grills for us

Saturday - Eating at Nana's - Sometimes it means leftovers, other times it means that we will pick something up on the way home

Sunday - Burgers and hot dogs on the grill

Why do I menu plan? For us, it is a great way to stay on budget at the grocery store and to know what is needed during the week. This also helps to reduce the, what's for dinner panic at 4 p.m. every day. Yes, I still deal with that sometimes EVEN thought I have a plan. That is why there is always some grace sprinkled throughout. Sometimes you have a very long day and you just don't feel like cooking. Other times, you just don't like the sounds of what you have on the board. For those days, we either make something super easy in my BFF, the Instantpot, or dad can pick up something on the way.

Creating this menu for the week is super simple, and helps to reduce stress on Mama for sure.

So, what are some of your favorite meals to have on a rotation? Comment below!

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