When making my weekly menu, I always make sure to have my recipe binder with all our favorite go-to recipes out and opened. I also use Pintrest for new dish ideas in hopes of adding to our family recipe binder. We are always open to trying new recipes as long as I the adapt the recipe to the picky eaters in the house.
When planning my menu, I like use a meal planning calendar to keep track of what I need to pull out of the freezer the for the next day and what perishables I may need to buy. Here is a link to the printable I use courtesy of newlifewellness.biz.
Meal Planning Calendar
Meal planning is fairly simple and really takes the guess work out of the daily question "Mom, What's for dinner?" Feel free to copy mine if you would like. With further ado, here's my March 1-7 menu.
This is one of my favorite soups to make. It's easy and quick. I don't normally use my Crockpot for this recipe, instead I just boil my chicken while I combine everything else in my soup pot. After my chicken is done, I chop it up and throw it in. I am a fan of flavor, so I like to add in extra cumin, chili powder and also throw in some red pepper flakes. Cook on medium heat until it comes to a boil then finish it on low until cooked through.
Mashed Potatoes, Stuffed Corn Bake- photo courtesy of mostlyhomemademom.com and Grandma's Homemade Hot Rolls.
Tuesday, March 3: Lasagna, Salad, and Garlic Bread.
Easy Lasagna- 8" by 11" pan
1lb. ground beef - I like to use half pound of sausage and half pound of beef.
oven ready Lasagna noodles 16 oz. sm.curd cottage cheese
1 jar pasta sauce 2 eggs
1/2 C. parmesan cheese mozzarella cheese
Cook meat and drain. Mix jar of pasta sauce (reserving 1/4 C.) into meat and add in Italian seasoning. In separate bowl, combine eggs, parmesan cheese, and fairly good amount of cottage cheese. Using 8" by 11" baking pan, layer: couple spoonful's of reserved sauce, noodles, meat sauce, cottage cheese mixture until you top the pan. Last layer should be rest of reserved pasta sauce. Top mozzarella cheese. Take a small amount of water an go around edges of noodles to prevent sticking. Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 45 minute or until noodles are cooked through. Serve.
This is one of my husbands favorite meals. I don't normally fix it to often, but when I do, he usually takes whatever is left in his lunch.
Thursday, March 5: Sweet and Sour Chicken- recipe courtesy of life-in-the-lofthouse.com Fried Rice and Saute' Veggies (yellow squash, carrots, onions, and broccoli florets)
I absolutely love Chinese food. Love it! So anytime I can make it at home at a fraction of the cost I would spend on a family of 6 eating out, makes me a happy momma. This is one of my personal favorites meals. The fried rice is super easy to make. I follow the recipe on the back of the Sun-Bird Fried Rice Seasoning Mix. You can find that in Oriental aisle at your local supermarket. Chopped your veggies and sauté them in EVEO until tinder. Season with garlic salt and pepper.
Friday, March 6: Little Caesars Pizza
Dessert: Brownies and Ice cream
TGIF!!! Momma doesn't have to COOK! Holla! Fridays are our family fun nights, where we hang out,play games, and watch movies during the colder months. During the summer weekends we tend to do pizza at the drive-in if the kids keep to their weekly tasks. On Fridays there is no specific dinner time and best of all, no bed time. Where ever the kids drop for the night is usually where they will wake up in the morning.
Saturday, March 7: Feed yourself day. Leftovers.
Dessert: Whirley Pop Cinnamon Popcorn-recipe coming soon!
Well, there you have it. A weeks worth of meals. I did you the favor of planning and providing you with recipes, now its up to you to do shopping. Enjoy!