Friday, July 29, 2011

Two Week Rotating Menu

 
Here's what I have been working on lately in our attempts to get more organized in the kitchen (and the grocery store!)

Two Week Rotating Menu

After struggling for a while with trying to organize a menu, I decided to just focus on what we end up actually eating versus trying new fancy recipes all the time. I asked my husband if he minds eating the same things over and over again and his response was a confused look and the question, "Why would I mind always eating what I like?" Yeah, he got some bonus points with that response.

We really decided that simplicity is best. We know the kids are getting good nutrition and we mix up the veggies as we can. We're happy with simple. We can even streamline things more by preparing double batches of some of these meals and then freezing portions for another meal.

For lunches, we usually have a salad along with whatever the meal is. For dinners, we are typically serving two veggies with the meal. Usually we do a salad of different greens and another vegetable. We have "leftovers" written quite a bit, because cooking this many different meals guarantees leftovers, even if a meal is a hodge podge of different leftovers. We don't like to throw things out. :)

You can find recipes for some of these on our Master Recipe List page. Otherwise, I feel they are kind of self-explanatory basic recipes.

Week One

Sunday:
B-Egg & Bacon Muffin or French Toast Sticks
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D- Chicken & Dumplings

Monday:
B -Granola
L – Chicken Nuggets
D – Taco Skillet

Tuesday
B - Smoothies
L - Egg salad sandwiches
D – Baked Chicken

Wednesday
B -Baked Oatmeal
Bake some Whole Wheat Bread
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D- Baked Spaghetti

Thursday
B -Leftover Granola or Leftover Oatmeal
L – Chicken Nuggets
D - Chili

Friday
B- Smoothies
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D- Upside Down Pizza

Saturday
B -Pancakes or Eggs, & Bacon/Sausage
Bake some Whole Wheat Bread
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D -Burgers w/ Buns

Week Two

Sunday
B -Pancake & Sausage Muffin or French Toast Sticks
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D – Garden Chowder

Monday
B - Granola
L – Chicken Nuggets
D – Taco Mac

Tuesday
B - Smoothies
L - Egg salad sandwiches
D- Balsamic Honey Chicken

Wednesday
B -Baked Oatmeal
Bake some Whole Wheat Bread
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D- Meatloaf

Thursday
B - Leftover Granola or Leftover Oatmeal
L – Chicken Nuggets
D- Beef Stew

Friday
B- Smoothies
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D- Upside Down Pizza

Saturday
B -Pancakes or Eggs, & Bacon/Sausage
Bake some Whole Wheat Bread
L –Leftovers or Sandwiches
D -Burgers w/ Buns

Next up, moving into a Master Grocery List.


Do you use a rotating menu? How do you plan meals? I know meal planning can seem overwhelming and time-consuming, but the amount of time and money you save is always worth it!