It has really surprised me how many people have given me feedback as I’ve posted my weekly menu plans. And it seems that’s the ONLY thing I’ve had time to post on the blog. I thought I’d write a little about the process I go through each weekend to help you start to create menus. Remember: every mom is a working mom, it’s just that some of us have less time to cook than others. First I look through the pantry and refrigerator to make note of what I have already. I try to think of meals that can be made with those ingredients. I’m always sure to check leftovers that could be used for a different dish. Next, take a trip to the store for the things you need for your week’s dishes. I usually go after church on Sunday. Here’ what we came up with for this week, and I didn’t even have to go to the store!
Sunday: Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup and Crusty Bread
Last week my daughter had the flu for the second time this season (ugh), so I made some homemade chicken soup at her request. (recipe here) We have tons left over, and the noodles won’t freeze well, so we ate some again tonight and I’m going to bring the rest to work tomorrow to see if anyone wants to take it home.
Monday: Honey Soy Marinated Tilapia
The kids don’t have any extracurricular activities on Monday, and this dish actually needs to be made right before you eat it. So I’ll make the marinade tonight. Tomorrow, someone can just thaw the tilapia, throw it in a baking dish with the marinade and bake. During lent, I bought a huge thing of individually wrapped frozen tilapia on sale.
I needed to use up some meat sauce my husband made last week, so pasta bake it is. I threw some cooked pasta and sauce in a baking dish, topped with Mozzarella/Provolone cheese mix, and some mini-pepperoni we needed to use up. Voila
Wednesday: Slow Cooker Cheesy Chicken and Rice
We have an abundance of corn, so I Googled “Crock Pot Chicken Corn” and came acros this recipe on Southern Plate. I plopped some chicken, chopped onion and cream of mushroom soup (I didn’t have cream of chicken, but this will work just fine) in the crock post dish, and cooked some rice. On Wednesday, I’ll put the crock pot in and leave it cooking all day. My eldest daughter and I go to Youth Group that night, so my husband will mix in the corn, rice and cheese. (This photo doesn’t look too appetizing yet, so click over the Southern Plate and look at her finished photo.
Thursday: You guessed it.
I’ll be leaving for the Titus 2:1 Conference, so my husband can just take the kids to our old standby: Earthfare Kids’ Eat Free night.
Whatever is left over from the week is fair game. We should have some good choices.