Menu, week of 9/25

Last week’s menu plan was a partial success. We did much better with dinners–we had what was on the menu all days except Tuesday and Wednesday. Tuesday I got home from work a bit late and just didn’t feel like cooking, and Wednesday we ended up going out with friends, which was fun but kind of expensive. We did terrible with breakfasts and lunches, though. This week I am really re-thinking our plans there.

I know everyone talks about how important breakfast is, but there is nothing like actually seeing the results for a week with poor breakfasts versus a week with good morning meals. The first week or two of school, we id pretty well on the breakfast front, and we had one of the smoothest starts tot he year in a while. The boy really did mature over this summer, but I think the breakfasts has a part in the relatively smooth opening weeks, too. He didn’t do as well this past week when we were winging things and grabbing a quick snack at most. Lunches are just expensive, and I never know what they are actually eating unless I send healthy stuff from home.

First, for breakfasts, we really need to do more smoothies again. One night last week, my 14 year old daughter enthusiastically told one of her friends about green smoothies, and how fresh kale or spinach from the garden makes the smoothie green in color, but they taste just like regular fruit smoothies. I managed to contain my proud tear and not embarrass her, but I don’t think it is exaggerating to say it was one of those times I felt most proud of her and myself and like I may be sort of okay at this parenting thing, ;). Both kids like to make and drink fruit smoothies, so they make excellent breakfast choices. I also need to make sure we have plenty of bread on hand so we can at least do some whole grain toast. I may try to make a frittata with potatoes and sausage ahead, too. At some point, I want to make breakfast burritoes and freeze them individually, but I don’t think I will have time today.

For lunches, I need to do more to make sure that there is something for me to take on days when we don’t have any leftovers from dinner. If I make sure we have enough bread, the kids are probably fine. But I am not a fan of lunch meat or peanut butter sandwiches. Soon there will be more lettuces coming up in my garden for salads, but in the meantime, I need to have some better backup plans. There are always a few days that I need to find something fast. I think a bit of making ahead might be in order, or doing lunches the night before.

On Hand

  • chicken thighs
  • ground beef
  • Italian sausage
  • 2 pieces of cod
  • canned tuna
  • pasta
  • black beans
  • baked beans
  • spiced garbanzo beans
  • shredded cabbage
  • frozen fruit
  • frozen broccoli
  • limes

Available in the garden

  • carrots
  • green tomatoes
  • yellow bell peppers
  • kale
  • various herbs
  • japanese eggplants
  • butternut squash
Tonight: Light and sassy cole slaw with Sesame-Maple Tempeh cubes

This will have good leftovers for lunches, as it makes a HUGE amount of slaw.This is delicious and high in protein and veggies.

Monday:Maple cranberry chicken breasts with rice and broccoli, roasted butternut squash

We will have brown rice with this, maybe mixed with some quinoa. I am not usually a fan of these component type meals, with a protein, a grain and a veggie, but this looks pretty interesting, and perfect for the fall weather we are having now. I have a butternut squash in the garden ready to be picked, and we all love roasted butternut squash, including my mother, who always comes over for dinner on Mondays.

Tuesday: cod panang curry or black beans and rice

Trying this again–I need to make sure to get home in a timely manner so I can cook. Both of these sound so good, I can’t decide now. I can make extra rice and quinoa the night before, too, so that will already be done.

Wendesday: Pasta, Sausage and Bean Ragout

Since I didn’t make this last week, I am leaving it on for this week.

Thursday: spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread,

This one is the girl’s choice. I love that she cooks one night a week!

Friday: probably pizza, because that is the kids’ favorite, but I am not finalizing this plan until later in the week


  • Tuna Salad sandwiches
  • leftovers

Grocery list:

  • bread
  • eggs
  • salami
  • bananas
  • mushrooms
  • frozen fruit
  • orange juice
  • vanilla soy milk
  • cereal
  • shredded cabbbage
  • tempeh

Hopefully we will do better this week on the breakfast and lunch front as well as the dinners. If so, this will officially go down as the best school year start ever! Gee, do you think that might have something to do with the fact that this is really the first year I have been on the ADHD medication? I mean, I got the prescription last September, but then I fell and broke my hand on the same day, so that was kind of a wash. This year I am on a good, more organized path.

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