I have a love/hate relationship with Menu Plan Monday and menu planning in general. I hate it (although “hate” is pretty strong; let’s say “dislike”) on Sundays, because that’s when I need to decide on what to prepare for the next week, decide which day for which recipe based on what’s going on that evening, type it all up, hyperlink to recipes or type them out, etc. Also, it’s just difficult to choose what to make. Often, either I am totally sick of a dish, or else the kids won’t eat it, or my husband won’t, or you name it. It’s not easy, and yet it is so much more financially wise and health-wise to eat at home rather than eating out or eating processed foods.
But, I love it the rest of the week. No more anxiously wondering at 2 p.m. what I can pull together for dinner. I shop on Monday from the list I made Sunday night – although my main method of grocery shopping involves stocking up on things I use when they’re on sale, so most items are things I already had. This week, for instance, after making my menu plan there are just two items I need from the store. If you haven’t tried planning menus for the week, try it. I think – once you get past the planning itself – you’ll be glad you did.
Here’s our week:
Monday: One Skillet Lasagna – easier than “regular” lasagna, and yes, it’s good!
Tuesday: Stacked Burrito Pie – we’ve had this before too; it’s good.
Wednesday: Chicken Strips and Potatoes … the potatoes I’ll just cut up, sprinkle with olive oil and parmesan, and bake along with the chicken.
Thursday: Cheddar Chicken Spaghetti – popular with the kids.
Friday: make your own pizza – I make the crust; everyone puts on toppings of their choice.