So I decided to share my menu. This accomplishes two things. It gives other people some meal ideas and it safeguards my hard work in computer memory should anything happen to my paper copy. That has happened more than a few times and it pretty much drives me to tears. The first meal is lunch, the second is dinner. The meal in parenthesis is what will be the meal for the following week night. Only a few meals are different so that way I won't write everything out twice. I've linked to the recipes that will be new for us this time around in case anyone else is interested. Breakfasts are not set in stone, as I we usually on have a few things we make for breakfast and I rotate as I see fit. So if we are having a slow morning and need to get a move on we will be having granola and saving the time consuming pancake making for another day :-)
Tuesday: bread (for sandwiches)/ beef stroganoff (shepherd's pie)
Wednesday: pizza burritos/ baked beans, cornbread and salad
Thursday: gyros/ baked potatoes
Friday: potato broccoli soup/ pizza
Saturday: smoothies and turkey-veggie wraps/ tacos
Sunday: ravioli/ soup-chicken or beef
Monday: bread (for sandwiches)/ chicken salad (chicken quesedillas)
For snacks we usually do fruit, smoothies, popcorn or other odds and ends. Soccer starts this month and with is will come the dreaded snack time after the game (cookies, cracker, chips and kool-aid type drinks). I've already talked to the girls about the fact that they may not eat any of the snacks that they dole out after the game. I found a recipe for granola bars that I plan on trying along with sending them some homemade lemonade or other healthy drink.
Some things I plan on bulk cooking to help with daily meal prep are:
pizza roll ups
chop onions in bulk to put in fridge
There you have it. Oh, and with meals I don't plan out our side dishes as that will depend on what we have on hand that is fresh, or if it's at the end of the week and we have a frozen veggie. Just depends on how long our fresh produce lasts.
I have in the works to transform some of my maternity jeans into skirts. I also plan on trying to copy a pair of pants I have and make them maternity wear. I'm pretty excited about it! I will just have to see how much my sewing machine will cost to get fixed. If it's gonna be a biggie expense then I will have to ask around to borrow someones machine. I do have a serger, but I'm not too familiar with it and I don't think it can do all the sewing I will need for it to do. I'm sure it will all work out.
Off to eat some dinner :-)