Meal planning

One of the most time consuming things that a wife and mother has to do is meal planning and preparation.  And as you will always hear me say here, having a plan is best.  Check out our menu plan for this week here.

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What’s on the Menu this week

My week did not start out as I had planned.  I have some kind of  illness.  I see the doctor tomorrow to have me sorted out.  Last year I discovered I was gluten intolerant and I have a feeling my poor health now is food related.  But while I get things sorted out I am so thankful for my menus that I have printed and posted on the refrigerator door.  This morning Tobin was able to get breakfast going for the kids because I was very slow-moving this morning.  Well, enjoy this weeks menus.  I am sorry that I have not posted recipes with these.  I will get around to that soon.

What’s on the menu this week.

We have changed internet providers and I had troubles with our internet all day.  This may go out very late Monday night or very early Tuesday morning.  But as I always find, it is best to have a plan to relieve stress and unnecessary expenses.

First I want to share a great review of a book I read a couple of years ago that I found very helpful.  The Simple Dollar reviewed the book by Steve and Annette Economides, Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half and gives a very concise synopsis of the book. I would highly recommend you check out the post and then check out the book from your local library.

So here is the first week of menus for the month of November.  When I have a page number at the end of a meal that number corresponds to the recipes in the book the Optimal Diet by Darlene Blaney and Dr. Hans Diehl.

 

October Menus–part 1

Okay, I know we are 4 days into October…and all I have is menus for this next week.  But I am holding myself accountable to have the whole month completed this week.  October Menu calendar for the first week.

We really enjoyed having a ready-made printed calendar of menus for the entire month.  We posted it on the refrigerator.  It made my life a little easier.  I also had a notebook with all the recipes on the counter so I would not waste time trying to “find that recipe”–and then decide to make something easy, which usually means something not very healthy.

You will noticed that I am doing several things differently this month.  Last month we were able to feed our family of 8 on $420.  I am trying to do it on $400 this month.  I will write more about that in the next post which will have the complete month of menus.

What does your menu look like this week?  Make a plan, write it down, make it happen.

Fiesta Waffles for Breakfast

I have been loving my new menu calendar.  One new recipe that I have tried recently that was a hit was the Fiesta Waffles.  Just click on the words Fiesta Waffles on the calendar to be taken directly to the recipe.

September Menu Calendar

They were so easy to make and look so good to eat.

You just have to try them but I must warn you to keep an open mind.  They do provide a nice change to the usually sweet breakfasts.  My boys were not excited about the possibility when they saw the ingredients that went into the waffles.  But a rule in our house is that you eat what mom makes or you are free to wait until the next meal to eat something different:0  A second rule about the diner table is that you must try everything.  Of course everyone have certain preferences but often children are not able to discern what they will like so they should be encouraged to try.  There are adult like that too.  Well I made a triple batch and I had no leftovers.  We topped them with guacamole and IMO sour cream.  Delicious.

Fiesta Waffles topped with guacamole and IMO sour cream

It has been so nice to have a consistent plan to follow.  There are so many things that a stay-at-home-homeschool mom has to worry about, what to eat does not have to be one of them.  And because I am really trying to watch what I eat (trying to lose some stubborn weight) having a plan keeps me from reverting to the easy but not so healthy meals.

Oh, and for those interested, I created my menu calendar using Keep and Share.  It is so easy, you are send a daily reminder of the things you need to remember and your calendars can be hyper linked.  No more trying to dig up recipes.  I simply click on the links for that day and get cooking.  So easy and fun.  I have however, printed up a copy and posted on my refrigerator for easy access.  The kids seem to like looking up what’s cooking.