Sunday, May 3, 2015

Meal Plan Monday -- a Day Early

We try our best to plan at least a week's worth of meals before going to the grocery store -- it saves us money, I am sure of it. The times that I don't plan - I end up with a lot of random stuff that I struggle to turn into meals.

It's funny to me because growing up my Mom just had staples that she kept in the house all the time, and grocery trips were mainly to replace the staples and add other things that just looked good at the time. So I've grown up with a healthy impulse buying skill. I love grocery shopping when I'm not under duress from my children, and other than hating to put things away when we get home... I think I'm a good balanced cook - I love some old favorites, but also enjoy making new things a few times a week too.

John has actually planned the last two weeks of menus for me, and I've been pleasantly surprised by the new things that the boys have tried. We made a marinated skirt steak that marinated for like 6 hours the other day and both of the boys gobbled it up even though we had an alternative choice for them. I also made my crockpot turkey breast this past week - which is nothing more than a turkey breast roast, a stick of butter, and a packet of onion soup mix - Tyler loved it!

It's an interesting process raising boys -- or I guess kids of any gender -- foods they liked when they were little became taboo, but now are coming back around again and they are eating them. There are some they still won't go for, mostly including vegetables - but we're working on that.

Without further delay... I'll present our menu for this next week - anything that is new I'll add recipes to my recipe blog as I can.

Sunday - 5/3
Marinated Pork Loin
Long Grain & Wild Rice
Fresh Green Beans

Monday - 5/4
Chicken Spaghetti
Salad
Garlic Bread

Tuesday - 5/5
Rice Oriental - a homemade version of an old Hamburger Helper Favorite
Green Beans

Wednesday - 5/6
Chicken & Rice
Peas

Thursday - 5/7
Pizza (a take and bake from HEB)
Salad

Friday - 5/8
Turkey Burgers/Hot Dogs
Chips
Corn & Black Bean Salsa

Saturday - 5/9
Skirt Steak/Chicken Thighs - this is the amazing skirt steak from last week, so I'll add the recipe
Grilled Corn on the Cob
Roasted Broccoli

This is what's on our menu for this week - I'd love to hear about yours! I love having new ideas so that my people, and mainly myself don't get bored with our meals. I'm hoping for some show stopping treats for next Sunday too!