Menu Plan Monday

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I thought last week’s everyone-picks-a-night went over pretty well! This summer, David has pretty much vetoed anything except PBJ and macaroni and cheese. He will sometimes eat other stuff, but not without complaining first. So on “his” night, we had grilled sausages and – gasp – blue box mac and cheese. (And some grilled zucchini … for me.) I mentioned that if we had that every night, the kids would eat dinner. Then the next night he was confused, because he thought we were going to have hots dogs and mac and cheese every night from now on.

I want my kids to be good eaters and more adventurous. Buy boy, that would sure be easier. Maybe some dino chicken nuggets thrown in …

Here’s my plan for this week, our last full week before school starts!

Sunday: Leftovers/sandwiches/whatever you can find
Monday: Crockpot Buffalo Chicken Pasta (with Ranch instead of Bleu Cheese dressing), peas
Tuesday: Lasagna Soup, Rosemary-Garlic Bread (I made this bread last week and it was so simple and delicious)
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes, sweet potato cubes, roasted broccoli
Thursday: Pulled Pork Shepherd’s Pie
Friday/Saturday: in-laws here

Hope you have a wonderful and tasty week!

 

Menu Plan Monday

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I cannot lie: I am getting to the point in the summer where I hate making a menu plan and I am ready to eat in the dining hall again. This week I just asked around the table what everyone wanted to eat this week. They all had ideas except Joshua, who just repeated what everyone else said. He is a parrot. But I got four good ideas and ran with it! (Then added meatloaf, because Libbie asked for cheesy potatoes and the meatloaf is a family favorite.)

Sunday: Hot and Sour Peanut Noodles with broccoli and carrots (I just use a pinch of red pepper flakes since the kids and I are not spicy food fans. Mr V. puts sriracha on everything I make.) (Libbie’s choice)
Monday: Low-Country Boil (Mr. V’s choice)
Tuesday: eating at a friend’s house, bringing salad and dessert
Wednesday: kielbasa, macaroni and cheese, carrots, zucchini (David wanted mac and cheese – which is the only thing he ever wants right now.)
Thursday: Smokehouse Maple Fajitas, corn on the cob (my choice!)
Friday: Meatloaf, Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes, broccoli
Saturday: Date Night

I’m looking forward to these two weeks at home with all our kids while my husband is still off work and Libbie hasn’t started school yet. How about you?

The Menu Plan, Chattavore Edition

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Because it’s summer, and I’ve run out of ideas, I decided just to go to my friend Mary’s site, Chattavore, and pull recipes for this week. In retrospect, this is the best idea EVER and I should just do it every summer. I bookmark almost everything Mary makes. It’s classic Southern food made-from-scratch, with a modern twist, usually. My kids will unfortunately not go for a lot of the delicious veggie dishes she’s made (and neither will my husband), but maybe I’ll just make those for me anyway.

(Like the Summer Squash Soup, which is amazingly delicious.)

Monday: Slow Cooker Pork Shoulder with Peach White Wine Sauce, fried okra, leftover Bacon-Cheese Cornbread Muffins
Tuesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches with Peach BBQ Sauce, fried green tomatoes, potato salad
Wednesday: Pan Pizzas
Thursday: Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings, braised celery
Friday: Make-Ahead White Chicken Enchiladas (although we may make with more leftover pork – the only shoulder I found was 10 pounds!), refried beans, corn on the cob
Saturday: Leftovers or sandwiches
Sunday: out/clean out the fridge
Breakfasts: Peach Pancake Muffins, Maple-Pecan Scones, eggs, yogurt

I am so excited about cooking this week! Thanks Mary for making my life easier.

Menu Plan Monday

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We are home from a wonderful week of vacation on Tybee Island, Georgia. It is just a gorgeous place, and I’m so glad we got to return this year!

I did a lot of reading, pretty much no writing, and a lot of talking with friends and family. I also did no menu planning for our return, so 30 seconds after we got home and David asked me when dinner was, I drew a blank.

My hastily planned-and-shopped-for menu plan sounds pretty good, though. Here it is!

Monday: Thai Peanut Beef, rice, sauteed green beans in sesame oil
Tuesday: Italian Sloppy Joes, roasted broccoli, apples slices
Wednesday: Lemon Chicken with Red Potatoes and Green Beans
Thursday: out with visiting family
Friday: Braised Pork Ribs with Hoisin & Ginger Ale Sauce, fried rice, stir-fry veggies
Saturday: going to a 4th party, bringing Dijon Potato Salad and Red, White, and Blue Yogurt Pie
Sunday: Bacon & Feta Pasta with Peas

Are you making anything fun for the 4th?

Menu Plan Monday | Simple for Summer

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Well, I didn’t totally bomb out on VBS week. We ate most of what I had planned, except instead of Tomato Basil Burgers I made homemade pizza for a Saturday night movie-night. (I use Amy’s No-Rise Crust and the Weelicious Veggie-heavy Pizza Sauce, which I make and freeze in portions.)

This week should be pretty chill as we prepare for vacation and the rest of the summer! I’m hoping to get the apartment cleaned up and maybe cleared out to the thrift store a little. I’m hoping this menu will keep my time working on dinner pretty low so I can focus on the kids and packing and the apartment.

June 15
B: Leftover Blueberry Muffins, grapes
D: Honey-Glazed Chicken Thighs, pasta, grilled zucchini

June 16
B: Toast with peanut butter, apple slices
D: Beef and Pork Burgers on Whole Wheat Buns, Potato Cubes, Peas

June 17
B: Date Scones
D: Italian Sloppy Joes, veggie saute

June 18
B: Pumpkin Molasses French Toast Sticks, fruit, cheese cubes
D: Balsamic Chicken and Tortellini, spinach salad

June 19
B: Eat what you can find!
D: Clean out the fridge night

Menu Plan Monday

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I am pretty sure I am going to regret this menu plan. You see, it is VBS (Vacation Bible School). I am the lead teacher for first grade. And we are expecting 30 first graders. I fully expect to be beyond exhausted. Surely I can muster up enough energy to put dinner together, right? Or beg my husband to do it. Thankfully two of these dinners are already in the freezer and just have to be thrown in the oven.

I am enjoying cooking. But man. THE DISHES. I hate doing dishes. No wonder people eat McDonald’s off paper plates. I gotta train one of my kids to be able to wash dishes. (We have a dishwasher, but it’s not very big nor very good.)

Anyway, I am so glad to have food to eat. That is something I often take for granted. Here’s what I have planned for the week.

June 8
B: Blueberry Cheesecake Smoothies
D: Lasagna, salad

June 9
B: Peanut Butter muffins
D: Royal Thai thighs, rice, vegetable

June 10
B: Peanut Butter muffins
D: Sloppy Chicken Pan Pizza, peas

June 11
B: Cheese toast
D: Mustard-Oregano Pork Chops, broccoli salad, fruit

June 12
B: Yogurt parfaits
D: Tomato-Basil Hamburgers, potato cubes, apple slices

June 13
B: Baked Vanilla Donuts
D: Summer Bow-ties, baby carrots

June 14
If you can find it, you can eat it