Monday, May 18, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

This week's menu is short. I will be leaving town on Friday (at 4:30 in the morning) and hubby resists my attempts to plan and prepare meals ahead of time. I would prefer to plan and prep dinners for most of the 5 nights I will be in Phoenix, so that he only has to pull things out of the freezer or fridge and heat as instructed. He prefers to make a daily run to the store (or to the Chinese/Pizza/Sub/Fast Food restaurant, depending on what he and Tyson feel like. (Riley's requests are limited to the foods he can sign: milk, fruit, cereal, french fry, bread and cookie. BTW, the "fries" and "cookies" are almost always healthy versions of the classics. I try not to load my kids up with junk food most of the time.)

Matt & Tyson call this "batching it up," and I mostly try not to think about how my rules, plans and routines are thrown out the window in my absence. So, here is my menu plan for this short week:

Breakfast - fruit, whole grain toast
Lunch - Culver's
Dinner - Grilled tilapia, green beans & potatoes, sweet potato biscuits

Dinner - "Brinner" (Breakfast+Dinner)
scrambled eggs with spinach, fruit smoothies

Dinner - BBQ chicken in the crockpot, baked beans, garden salad, sweet potato biscuits

Dinner - grilled hot dogs (turkey), ranch potatoes, green beans

Dinner - Leftovers

Breakfast all week - yogurt with granola and fruit
Lunches all week - sushi, tuna salad, or turkey sandwiches; crackers; cherries or apple; pudding

For now, during the school year when we are all gone during the day, we just choose one meal for breakfast and lunches, and stick with that throughout the week. When the school year is done and the First SAHM Summer has begun I'm sure I will plan all three meals each day with a little more variety.

Have a great week!


Anonymous said...

Wow. Plans,'s all very organized! love it. Stay at home mom summer. lucky!!!

Chrisknits said...

Maybe this is the "guys" way to bond and have memories. I know it can be scary to let go of our routines, but often times, deviating from the norm won't hurt anyone overmuch. Plus, it will give you more time to focus on what you need to do before leaving town.

Mary... said...

Can Matt come and clean at my place, too? It's the end of the school year for me as well, ya know...