Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about my menu plan. In fact menu planning has gotten twice as hard since I now have to plan lunches as well as dinners. When it was just me, I would end up just eating a bowl of cereal or snacking through lunch. Now that I am in charge of a little munchkin, it is important that we have well-rounded meals, including lunch. I have been trying to incorporate more fruits and veggies into our meals lately, and I have found out that Miss C is a fruit monster. She loves it!
It has been a while since I have done a menu plan, so let me review how it goes. Since I go to the farmer’s market on Saturdays and grocery store on Sundays, I usually plan my meals on Friday nights. That way I can know what fruits and veggies I need from the farmer’s market. Then whatever I don’t find at the farmer’s market, I can still put on my grocery store list. My meal plan starts on Sunday at lunch and ends Saturday at dinner. Since Hubs works late on Saturdays (noon until 10:00 pm), Miss C and I plan to meet him for dinner out those nights. It is much easier than trying to cook a meal with a toddler during witching hour. I have budgeted $20 a week for those meals out. It is a lot, but considering Hubs doesn’t get to see the little one much on Saturdays, it is a nice break for him and a chance for us to be together as a family.
Now on to the menu:
Sunday, June 1:
Lunch: Homemade mac and cheese (with broccoli), cut up hot dogs, fruit salad
Dinner: Spaghetti, corn on the cob, bread
Monday, June 2:
Lunch: Out for my birthday
Dinner: BBQ chicken tenders, corn on the cob, fruit salad, bread
Tuesday, June 3:
Lunch: Out with friends
Dinner: Homemade margherita pizza, salad
Wednesday, June 4:
Lunch: Chicken salad sandwich, fruit salad
Dinner: Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken, green beans
Thursday, June 5:
Lunch: Turkey sandwiches, leftover green beans, strawberries
Dinner: Smothered beef burritos, mixed veggies
Friday, June 6:
Lunch: Out with a friend
Dinner: Breakfast for dinner: pancakes, hash browns, fruit salad, sausage links, eggs
Saturday, June 7:
Lunch: Deli sandwiches, raw veggies, fruit salad
Dinner: Out with Hubs
The times you see that I am going out with friends, that money will come from my MAD money/birthday money. It will not come from our budget, as it is just something I am doing and not something the whole family is doing. I have gone out to eat with friends last week and this week, and I think I may have to pause on lunches out for a couple weeks. It is starting to drain my MAD money, which I don’t want to use up completely.
What is on your menu for the week?