This time it’s about menu planning. Ah, menu planning. Dear, dear menu planning…
OK, here are my challenges:
– Hubbie is a carnivore. He loves meat. Anything else is rather secondary. He’ll eat bread, potatoes, pasta, corn, lettuce, peppers and onion. Oh, and popcorn and pickles. He also does not like things mixed up. However, I’m giving up trying to always prepare side dishes he will eat!
– Hubbie loves leftovers. (I do not. Just sayin’.) He has agreed to tone down the amount he grills though!
– Different things go on different nights, so the Pasta Monday, Chicken Tuesday thing? Not going to happen.
I will say that when we DO sit down and menu plan, and then actually FOLLOW it, it’s nice! So let’s try it this week!
What we decided:
MONDAY – We will be out with Hubbie’s parents, so we’re bringing out marinated chicken breasts to grill. Also, we’ll saute some veggies on the stove, and possibly do some garlic bread.
TUESDAY – Enjoying the nice weather with some burgers!! I’m thinking sweet potato fries, and peppers with dip.
WEDNESDAY – Hubbie won’t be here for dinner, so I am trying THIS stuffed shell recipe a friend posted!
THURSDAY – Meat is up-in-the-air right now, possibly leftovers with some sausage to add in there. But I have some couscous I want to try! (I’ve used the mix, but want to do it myself this time. I’m going to need to investigate how to dress it up a bit.) Also, I’m thinking steamed broccoli with shredded cheddar.
FRIDAY – Busy night, so leftovers!
And how will we get this all done? Well, I’m trying to focus on using what I have, for one (I enjoy buying things ahead utilizing sales/coupons)! Also, I’m going to have a list made out tomorrow morning so I can do what little shopping I need (mostly for the stuffed shells) on Tuesday. (I try to plan a fun visit early in the week to the next town over where there is a nice grocery store!)
Once I get better about dinner plans, something I would LOVE to do is better plan our other meals. I do have a list for things to pack my girls for lunch, and I would like one similar for me! And of course, one for breakfast.
But for now… BABYSTEPS! I’ll check in at the end of the week and let you know how it goes! And be sure to visit HERE to read about other ideas!