Christmas busy-ness seems like it’s in full swing, this Menu Plan Monday — how about at your house? There are two really busy evenings this week, which always makes menu planning a challenge.
Last week, I was watching one of my favorite TV shows, “The Middle.” As often happens on this show, the family (which is always struggling with money) was digging into a typical evening meal of fast food burgers. I know this is just a sit com, but I just thought how much they could help their financial situation by using menu planning and cooking at home rather than getting fast food every night. Think about it — how much would it cost a family of 5 to bring home McDonald’s for dinner? Probably at least $25. It doesn’t cost nearly as much to prepare food at home, plus it’s healthier as well. I know, it’s true that it takes time. But, with some planning, it can be done. I have 17 piano students who come to my home each week during prime dinner-prep hours, and with planning I do make it work. You can, too — and I know that I’m preaching to the choir here, because many of you already do.
Here’s the plan:
Tuesday: Beef and Bean Taco Casserole — found this on a MPM post from last December and it sounds tasty.
Wednesday: probably frozen pizzas — in addition to 5 piano students, there is a band concert for daughter #3 and Christmas open house at the animal shelter for daughter #2.
Thursday: Cheesy Tater Tot Casserole — a favorite
Friday: Daughter #2 and I are going to a dinner at a local animal rescue place. Leftover buffet for the others?
Saturday is my much-anticipated annual Christmas piano recital/party. I’ll let you know next week how that goes — and also hopefully include some photos of the food 🙂
Have a great week, every one — more Menu Plan Monday ideas at OrgJunkie‘s.