Monday, September 3, 2012

Menu Plan for Week of September 3rd

As you may know, my attempts at meal planning have met with sporadic success at best (see last fall). However, with a new baby and the departure of my wonderful auntie who prepared nearly all our meals for over a month, my days of shopping every other day and leisurely deciding what we'll have for dinner are things of the past. Thus, before she left I wrote my very first month-long meal plan. Sort of. Rather than plan the meals, e.g., Day 1 - roast chicken, Day 2 - lasagna, etc., I made a list of 31 meals to prepare taking into account what provisions I had on hand and in the freezer, recipes I wanted to try, and tried and true favorites. Then when preparing to shop for the week, which I have to do because perishables such as milk and produce must be restocked weekly, all I do is select a week's worth of meals from the list to make my menu. Here is what's on the agenda for this week:

Monday - Shredded Beef Chili (slow cooker) with cornbread muffins and salad.

Tuesday - Sweet and Sour Chicken with sauteed zucchini.

Wednesday - Beef Broccoli (slow cooker)

Thursday - Turkey Bolognese (sauce in freezer)

Friday - Homemade Pizza (using my trustworthy dough recipe)

Saturday - Buttermilk Oven Fried Chicken with mashed potatoes and broccoli

Sunday - Beef Enchiladas (shredded meat in freezer)

I also plan to try one or more of the following frozen goodies now that I finally have room to store my ice cream bowl as well as ice cream in the freezer:

Coffee Chocolate Ice Cream

Brownie Batter Frozen Yogurt

Chocolate Ice Cream

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