I admit, I am one of those women who plan out the week's meals. I always have been as I have memories of my mother's lists laying in the pile on my childhood kitchen table. She was feeding four kids, I am feeding 5. Planning ahead helps our budget and my sanity. It's true! I was recently asked, "But what if you don't feel like Tacos on Tuesday?" I get that but for me, it's more stressful to figure out what to feed this Tribe after a long day at work than worry about whether or not I have an actual taste for what's on the menu. To that end - here's my list. My menu is semi-homemade. It's full of easy recipes and most everyone in the family likes them. Use my recipes. Get inspired or bring your family around the table. I know for my busy Tribe it is one of the best times of the day!
SUNDAY - brunch
Muffins and fruit salad
MONDAY - Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup (from A Bloggable Life) and Paula Dean's Crock pot Mac and Cheese
(and if I have time I'll defrost a loaf of self-rising dough and bake bread) ((truth is: I like the smell of baking bread in my home))
(I will make more ground beef then necessary on Tuesday for this dish. Hubs will be not be home for dinner and the kids won't mind a practical repeat from the night before. I often dress up leftovers so they'll actually eat it. Also, premade pizza crusts are a real time saver!)
THURSDAY - ORANGE CHICKEN in the CROCK POT
FRIDAY - Pizza
Thinking about using leftover taco meat as a pizza made me hungry for pizza (one of my favorite dishes). We won't order out. I'll use premade pizza crusts to make 3 pizzas: cheese, sausage & chicken bacon ranch (save some of the chicken I cooked on Monday) and pile it on with Alfredo sauce, precooked, chopped bacon and provolone cheese! Yum-O.
Be sure to check out the OrgJunkie's website for more menu planners and their recipes!
What about you? I'd love to hear from you! Are their any other menu planners out there? or What are some of your family's go-to recipes? I'm always looking for new ideas!