February 6, 2012
Another Monday, another menu. Do you ever get tired of planning a menu – or thinking about meals and cooking?
Yeah…me, too. But what are the alternatives? Falling into eating the same things, or “quick” processed foods, or even going out to eat which wreaks havoc with the budget. I’m sure we all are prone to it at some point or another (and depending on your season of life, you may not have much of a choice).
Some weeks I just don’t want to spend a lot of time on planning a menu (well, most weeks, to be honest- have I shocked you?) – so guess what? I don’t. I took less than 10 minutes on this week’s menu – enough time to check the calendar to see what was going on (yeah- one less day to plan because we’ve got a “good grades” date scheduled with our daughter!), look through a couple of new recipes I found last week and then write the meals on the calendar.
Ten minutes. I think I can spare that to make sure we eat a healthy, varied diet, use up food we have, save the budget from ruin (OK, maybe a little dramatic…but just a little) and – here’s the main reason I plan a menu faithfully – spare myself from the daily 4:30 dilemma of what on earth to have for dinner. And I hate that daily question enough to take the time to plan out even the simplest of menus.
Speaking of simple menus…
Monday- Dinner out and .75 movie (LOVE the 2nd-rum theaters) to celebrate our daughter’s 4.00!
Tuesday- The Best Sausage and Lentil Stew (and I’m serious!), Easy Artisan Bread, Roasted Beet & Goat Cheese salad
Wednesday- Pork Chops with onions (I’m only going to use 1 TB honey instead of the brown sugar in this recipe), roasted potatoes, carrots & cauliflower, green salad
Thursday- Salmon patties (using canned salmon), brown rice, sauteed corn and peppers (both frozen from the garden), chopped or green salad
Friday- Pasta with Roasted Tomato Sauce, sauteed green beans (frozen from garden)
Saturday- Turkey burgers with Quick & Tender Homemade Buns, oven fries, cut carrots
Sunday – leftovers & Sunday Tea