Here's a new feature I would like to start here at CentsibleSavings. I know that many of you probably plan weekly menus and you might even participate in Menu Plan Monday at orgjunkie.com. I will be honest, I usually just plan my menu in my head because I have a lot on hand in my stockpile, and I am a "eat what I feel like that day" person. But I NEED to get into the habit of actually planning a menu and using up some forgotten things in my stockpile and I can keep myself accountable by sharing it with you!
Here's a few explanations of our menu: I will only post dinner meals for now. Our family consists of just my husband and I for now and we both work so breakfasts and lunches will be food we just keep on hand or leftovers. Here's typically what we do for breakfasts: for him - oatmeal, grits, granola bar, yogurt, etc. and for me - I eat breakfast at work - toast, bagel, yogurt, fruit, etc. Then for lunches we are usually at work so my husband takes leftovers from supper the day before (I also keep on hand cans of hearty soup or a prepared meal for days just in case there are no leftovers but 4 out of 5 days he will eat leftovers) and I have fruit salad, crackers and cheese or peanut butter, or a sandwich. Also because of our work and church schedule our meals are somewhat unusual on a few days: Wednesdays we usually don't have time to eat in between work and church so we try to eat a bigger lunch and will just snack when we get home from church, Fridays we are both home late and will eat a lighter meal, and on Sundays we will eat our bigger meal for lunch.
So here is what we will have for dinner this week:
grilled turkey tenderloin, grilled corn on the cob, mashed potatoes
(My husband and I both do a lot of grilling during the summer - so you will see a lot of grilled food for the next few months.)
dessert - Fresh Fruit Pizza (I picked blueberries last week, got strawberries for $.99 at Aldi's, and have cream cheese and sugar cookie dough in the refrigerator that need to be used so this will be good! I adapt the recipe I linked above by adding a few teaspoons of powdered sugar to the cream cheese and I only make 1 "pizza" with the cookie dough on my large Pampered Chef Pizza stone. You can use any fruit you want but I always try to include strawberries and kiwi as they are especially good with this recipe.)
Tuesday - our day off
breakfast - homemade, hot from the oven,blueberry muffins for breakfast with my fresh blueberries I picked last week - yummy, can't wait!
dinner - grilled chicken salad and toasted french bread. I cut chicken breasts into strips and marinate in Italian dressing. Then I (or my husband!) grill them on the grill and serve over a bed of greens, tomatoes, cheese, and bacon. Perfect for a hot summer day!
leftovers or snacks (see explanation above)
dinner at a friend's house so no dinner to plan for tonight :)
Friday - BLT sandwiches, chips
we are heading out of town as soon as my husband gets off work so we will probably grab fast food on this day.
we will be out of town so will eat out for this meal with David's family
So there you go - our somewhat unique menu plan. How about you? Do you menu plan and what is on your menu this week? As I am fairly new at this, I would love to hear how you plan your menus and any suggestions and ideas you have for me. I hope to share recipes with you in future menu posts and I would love to read some of your favorite recipes.