Monday, January 18, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

This is the first time in my married life that we really don't have the option of eating out or just grabbing a bite somewhere. First, we don't have the money in our budget right now. Second, we don't have a car to go grab something. Third, there is nothing "fast" near us.

I have to come to terms with the fact that I have to cook every night. I find I'm not very excited about this idea. Menu planning is so important in our current life situation where we no longer have access to the convenience of grabbing a burger (or more often, a sub sandwich) or stopping by the store on the way home from work. Everything has to be planned and food has to be prepared every night.

I also am struggling with energy right now. By the time dinner time rolls around, I have no desire to make anything. But I am learning that if I plan ahead we all survive the evenings a little better. If I prep for dinner in the morning when I have a little more energy, or throw something in the crock pot, we get a nice dinner and I have very little work required in the tired evening hours.

Menu for this week:
  • Monday -- Chicken Enchiladas
  • Tuesday -- Jacket Potatoes with cheese and broccoli
  • Wednesday -- Crock Pot Rotisserie Style Chicken - this has become one of my husband's favorites; he also loves having leftover chicken for great wraps or sandwiches the next day.
  • Thursday -- Refried Bean and Beef Burritos - this will be my first time trying this refried bean recipe. I hope the family likes it ... refried beans are really expensive here.
  • Friday -- Beef Roast with oven roasted potatoes
  • Saturday -- Chicken Lentil Soup

  • Sunday -- Chili and Cornbread - I am excited about having corn bread again. A friend here told me where I could find something resembling "corn meal" (as we call it in the States); it should make good corn bread.

Check out more menu plan's at Organizing Junkie.

Happy Monday!


Anonymous said...

That meal plan looks delicious! :-)

Eos Mom said...

The crockpot chicken sounds delicious, I'll have to try it. Thanks!