Monday, August 26, 2013

Menu Monday

Now that we've dropped our first born off to college it is time to get the remaining Tribe organized for the upcoming busy season. To simplify I've created 7 weeks of menus. It goes like this:

Monday = Mexican
Tuesday = Pasta
Wednesday = Chicken
Thursday = My Choice
Friday = Pizza
Saturday = Soup & Sandwich
Sunday = Brunch & Cereal

At the risk of sounding insanely Type A, I admit knowing ahead of time, yes even waaaaay ahead of time, what's for dinner crosses one more thing off my daily To-Do list. Knowing what's for dinner, knowing what I need at the grocery store ... makes my life easier. And easier suits me well.

So this is what we're having this week for dinner:

  • Monday - Tacos (I fry up all my beef & save half for the next recipe i.e. Thursdays tator tot casserole)
  • Tuesday - Fettuccine Alfredo, Garlic Bread sticks and Steamed Broccoli
  • Wednesday - Italian Shredded Chicken Sandwiches & roasted red potatoes (save the extra chicken for chicken buritos or chicken salad!)
  • Thursday - Tator Tot casserole
  • Friday - Pizza made from bread dough
  • Saturday - Chicken Wraps (prepare frozen all white breast chicken strips add with lettuce, ranch, tomato and cheese)
  • Sunday - Hootinanny Pancakes (Everyone should make these just once. I bet you will make them again & again. Right Jen G? :))


I actually just got back from the grocery store and got everything needed for the above recipes and cereal, lunch meat, chips, etc for $160.00
That's $26ish a day
$4.60ish dollars per person per day!

Clearly we strive for budget friendly meals and the "real-er" the food the better. But it's gotta be quick! And it's gotta be easy! I hope you're inspired to cook for your family.
Bring them around your table.
Break bread together
but mostly enjoy it as much as you can. Because if you're lucky the time will come when your birds leave the nest. And in our case, my kid is already complaining about the food in the cafeteria at college!

(Like the idea of menus? Check out she has a Menu Plan Monday link up every week with TONS of ideas including vegetarian and glutton free goodies!)

p.s. thanks for visiting!
p.s.s. what's your favorite go-to family dinner? I'd love to know!

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