A kind reader asked me a while ago if I could share my menu planning options once in a while, so here we are. If you are interested, I am happy to share each week…
This is the post I wrote back in October about how I menu plan each week (most weeks…) and I am really proud to say I am still holding on strong. Last week skater boy was away for business all week and I ended up not planning, going to the grocery store with the kids and spending all this money and came home with nothing to eat. The whole week felt off (and involved lots of take out) and I hated it. It truly is amazing how such a small change has had such a big impact on our little life.
The picture above was me ten minutes ago at the dining room table, as I often am on Sunday mornings. I pull out a pad and pencil, a cookbook or two, and my iPad for quick reference to online recipes I’ve bookmarked. I check schedules for the week to see if anyone is out for dinner or lunch. I check the weather to see if a rainy, cold evening will call for some comfort food. And I slot in Taco Tuesday right away. Because that’s a give in.
Here’s how the rest of this week will look:
Sunday dinner – penne alla vodka from Ina Garten (this recipe requires some time and effort so it’s perfect for a Sunday…and the leftovers are amazing on Monday)
Monday lunch – leftover penne
Monday dinner – chicken milanese from Gwyneth Paltrow (this recipe is embarrassingly easy and delicious and has become a staple at our place)
Tuesday lunch – pulled pork from Trader Joe’s (I serve on brioche buns with crunchy little cornichons on the side)
Tuesday dinner – tacos (we make ours with ground turkey, crunchy shells and the usual favorite toppings)
Wednesday lunch – sandwiches (ours usually involve turkey, pepper jack, avocado, tomato, onion and a little dijon on whole grain bread)
Wednesday dinner – spaghetti squash with italian sausage and broccolini
Thursday lunch – take out sushi
Thursday dinner – steaks, homemade fries and grilled veggies
Friday lunch – something frozen from Trader Joe’s (likely tikka masala or orange chicken)
Friday dinner – homemade pizza (we use Trader Joe’s whole wheat crust and sauce and pile it up with whatever we’re in the mood for)
Now that that’s out of the way, it’s off to the grocery stores (I have to go to both Sprouts and Trader Joe’s to hit everything on my list, with the odd trip to Costco for beer and wine thrown in) with list in-hand…and a little wiggle room for desserts, of course.
Have a great Sunday ~