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Menu, Week of 1/11

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This is my third menu plan for the year! I am on track for menu planning again! I know, this is very exclamatory, but I have been really slacking on the menus, and suffering for it. I have missed the ease of a menu already in place, and made abortive attempts to reboot the habit for months with very little success. Now, though, I seem to be doing it, and I am super happy about that.

Another trick I used this week is creating a menu at the beginning of the week before, and adding things as they occur to me. Rather than sitting down on Sunday to create a menu from scratch, I add a meal here and there as it occurs to me that I would like to have a particular dish soon. Then I don’t have to really think about it all at once, and I am quickly jotting things down as I think of them.

Also, I am planning a few easy nights, so I don’t burn out. Sometimes just eating at home is good enough, saving me time and money.

Sunday: Chili, pasta for the kids

Monday: Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Italian sausage (I didn’t make this last week, so I am moving it out to this day)

Tuesday: Hamburgers

Wednesday: Buffalo pork chops (these were very popular last week!), buttered broccoli

Thursday: Crockpot Chicken Tikka Masala

Friday: Leftovers or sausage and eggs

Saturday: Doro Wat, with thighs instead of drumsticks, Ethiopian spiced cabbage, based on this recipe, but without the carrots, probably

As always, many more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu, week of 1/4

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I used to be so good about menu planning. Heck, probably half of this blog is menu plans. Everything goes better when I have a menu, because I don’t have to think about what to make every day. I just come home and make dinner, and even if I am a bit tempted to eat out and spend money, I can usually quash that urge pretty quickly when I know what we are going to eat at home. I only plan to make things I like, after all. As a start to my goals for the year, I am getting back to that planning.

My plan is to try to keep it simple, not taking too much time with the plans. I have been known to spend hours on a menu plan, looking through Pinterest, reading old menus, trying to get the absolute best menu possible, as if that is a thing. I am putting a limit of 30 minutes on planning, and realizing that anything homemade is a good meal. This planning is supposed to be saving me time, after all, not taking up my whole weekend.

Sunday: Spanish Cod – I didn’t make this Friday as planned, so I am moving it to today

Monday: Spaghetti Squash with Kale and Italian sausage

Tuesday: Broccoli cheese frittata with smoked salmon

Wednesday: Bacon wrapped chicken tenders, green beans sauteed with bacon

Thursday: Buffalo Pork Chops (some plain for the girl), roasted Brussel’s sprouts, sauteed mushrooms

Friday: Pizza

Saturday: Peanut Coconut Curry Chicken

As always, more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com

Menu Plan, Week of 10/27

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Are you a baseball fan? I am, and what’s more, I am a Cardinals fan, and this World Series is killing me. The Cards have been so great all season, this series is not going the way it should! Of course, the Red Sox are pretty good, too, and these are hard fought games, so I can’t get too upset, I guess.

All of this baseball is cutting into my cooking and planning time. I guess the benefit of posting my menus late is that I know at least some of it is absolutely right. We usually eat pretty much what is on the menu, although we switch nights a lot, but sometimes things just change. It is still good to plan, though–it keeps me in the mindset of eating at home.

Sunday: Dinner at my dad’s (burgers with tomatoes, onions, avocado, broccoli)

Monday: At a friend’s house to watch the game

Tuesday: Beef and eggplant skillet

Wednesday: Bratwurst, buttered broccoli and cauliflower, sauteed kale with mushrooms and bacon

Thursday: Slow cooker pork roast (without the carrots, with cabbage), spaghetti squash with garlic butter

Friday: Salmon casserole with cauliflower and green beans

Saturday: leftovers

As always, lots more ideas can be found at orgjunkie.com