I menu plan.
I do this for a couple of reasons. First, so I know what to cook each day without having to think too much. Because we all know that late afternoon, with kids arriving home and needing mama for the simple reason that they haven't seen her all day, is no time to try thinking about anything, much less about what's for dinner.
I also menu plan so I know what to buy at the grocery store. I don't know how non-menu-planners manage to make it through the grocery store effectively.
So I menu plan, but sometimes it's just plain hard. I have some picky eaters in my household (including me, if you must know. I won't eat chicken with bones in it, unless someone removes it from the bone for me), and it's difficult to come up with meals week after week, month after month, that offer variety and nutrition, and that everyone likes.
So I decided to share my weekly menu plans with you, number 1 to offer you some inspiration in your menu planning, and number 2, to keep me on track with my menu planning.
Feel free to return the favor, and let me know what you're eating this week. 'Cause I can use all the help I can get!
So here ya go, this week's menu:
--Baked Ziti (from the freezer), tossed salad, green beans
--Skinny Southwest Chicken Soup (in the crockpot!), Easy Homemade Rolls, raw veggies
--Wild Rice Casserole (from a church cookbook), applesauce, oven roasted asparagus* (on sale this week--yum!)
--Italian Chicken Fajita wraps (in the crockpot!), toppings, homemade whole wheat tortillas
--Pizza casserole (recipe from my mom-in-law--make extra to freeze), broccoli, cauliflower, carrot medley
--Tacos, toppings, carrots
--Hamburgers with lettuce and tomato, buns, jello, corn
--Crispy cheese crackers
--Granola w/puffed rice
--Cinnamon streusel French toast sticks
*A note on asparagus: if you think you don't like asparagus, please try it made this way. It is soooo good. My children love, love, love oven-roasted green veggies like asparagus, Brussels sprouts, and broccoli. In fact, when I say we're having asparagus or Brussels sprouts, my kids do a little happy dance, they like them so much.
So there you have it. What are you eating this week?