Monday, October 12, 2009

Menu Planning

Lance and I menu plan. We've done this for about two years, pretty consistently. As our schedules have changed, so have our menus (Lance used to work early on Mon/Tues and then for awhile worked from home. Now I get home before Lance - usually almost an hour and a half before him, so I will put everything together and do the actual cooking. Lance is a huge help by prepping any vegetables or meat the night before.) Lance and I try and do our menus on Sat. and do our grocery lists and shopping on Sat. too. If we're gone over the weekend then we'll try and do menus Sun. night and go shopping on Mon. after work. We try and keep in mind evening activities and plans that way we don't plan an elaborate meal on a night that we have to run to our small group Bible study. We write all of our menus, with main dishes and sides, on a simple tablet of paper and stick it on the fridge. Sometimes it can be stressful and annoying to try and plan out all of our menus, but it's something really good for our marriage. We spend less time thinking about what we're hungry for and more time cooking to fill that hunger. We stick to our menus pretty well, but often times we'll make adjustments for last minute changes - like a meal that suddenly sounds good on Saturday afternoon or the desire to go out to eat. Nothing is ever set in stone, we'll simply just move that meal to the next week.

Here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Chicken kabobs (Asian marinated chicken, mushrooms, cherry tomatoes, onions, green peppers) and garlic bread

Tuesday: Tator tot casserole & salads

Wednesday: T-bone steaks, tomato & mozzarella salad

Thursday: Tuna melts & (well a side is TBD)

Friday: Vegetable beef stew in the crockpot

Saturday lunch: Minestrone soup & honey wheat bread

Saturday supper: Night out

Sunday lunch: Meatloaf & roasted butternut squash

Sunday supper: Popcorn, apples, cheese

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