Monday, February 23, 2009

My Very First Menu Monday

I am jumping on the bandwagon and joining the many, many bloggers who share their weekly meal plan.

As I mentioned before, I am big on meal plans. Meal plans keep you from driving to the nearest take out spot and spending way too much money on not so good for you food. Now of course things happen and there are those times when you need to get the take-out but for the most part a meal plan will keep your kitchen organized.

I like to stick to at least one meatless meal, one vegan meal, one carb free meal, one easy grab meal and one pasta meal. In the perfect world, I would have nights for this (Meatless Monday, Fish Friday, etc.) but even I am not that 'together' ;)

I also like to take items from other nights and add them to other nights--like a whole chicken roast one night followed by chicken noodle soup a few nights later.

Anyway, before I bore you to pieces (sorry if I have already!), let me just show you what the very busy household is eating this week:

Monday: Homemade Pizza topped with grilled veggies and tossed salad

Tuesday: Lamb Stew (veggies in stew so a one-pot wonder!)

Wednesday: Wild Salmon sauteed with Kale 

Thursday: Tuscan Bean Soup (this is from an incredible soup base I use for a variety of soups--I will share the recipe next week in Thrifty Thursday) (includes leafy greens so another one-pot wonder!)

Friday:  Chicken Parmigiana with pasta and broccolinni  (sauce left-over from pizza night)

Saturday: Build your Own Sandwich Night on the panini press (I have a GNO so I will not cook!)

Sunday: Leftover lamb stew meat in pitas and small salad

**If you would like any of this recipes, please feel free to email me at


photomama said...

I have been saying I need to do a meal plan each week. I have been dragging my feet because it seems like a big ordeal but I am having a big ordeal w/o a meal plan. so i think I might start one for next week.

Amanda said...

When you lay it out like that it looks so simple! ~ I need to get my act together and start planning something similar!
I wouldn't mind trying the soup, could you share the recipe with me?
Amanda x

dani said...

i used to do that, maybe i should again. it really is easier to make a menu then make out a grocery list rather than doing it all helter skelter, huh!!?!!? everything sounds so good, too, lisa:b

Susan said...

We were just thinking of starting something like this in our house. Instead of every morning asking each other what do you want for dinner and then having to run to store every couple of days!

Momo Fali said...

When are you going to come over and organize my life? I only have two kids. It would be a piece of cake for you!

Brian and Staci said...

I'm just gonna come to your house this week, k?!! We won't eat much :) It is truly amazing how much better my week goes when I follow my menu plan :) I found a Tuscan veggie soup recipe last week...wonder if it's the same one?? It's on my rotation for a Friday during Lent :) Thanks for sharing!!! I might just have to post mine...but mine is sad :( Because my kids don't like soups :(

Anti-Supermom said...

What - you only have one leftover night? I have three or four (but I can do that I suppose with two very little ones only).

Lamb stew sounds daunting, is it?

the Preppy Princess said...

Goodness Miss Mom, talk about being organized! Good for you!

Texan Mama @ Who Put Me In Charge said...

It all sounds so yummy!

Hey what are you going to wear on Saturday? Just general - pants? Jeans? Dress? Skirt?

Purple Teacup said...

I am eating at your house. Beware! I will be in your area for Spring break! LOL

Tabitha said...

I really should do this ~ I go to the supermarket with a list and end up coming back with nothing that will make meals for the week!!!
I would love copies of all the recipes (I am totally useless at cooking ~ have NO idea ha ha !!)~ if that is not too much trouble. I think that you have my e mail address already!
I will definitly be giving them all a go ~ sounds so yummy!
Love and big hugs Tabitha XXXXX