As a busy mom, it can be difficult not only to figure out what to make for dinner each night, but also how to make that food fit into our family’s budget. Today I’d like to introduce a new feature on the blog that I hope will help others with the daunting task of grocery shopping each week.
Welcome to The Monday Menu, where I tell you what I’m making for dinner each night this week. Planning my meals each week helps me save time because I’m not trying to figure out each night what I want to make. It also helps me save money in several ways. I can make my grocery list on Sunday nights, then when I hit the grocery store Monday morning I know exactly what I need to get and am able to resist impulse buying. I also have very little grocery waste at the end of the week because I know where all my food is going.
Keep in mind that each family has different preferences and different needs. This is what works for my family and I hope that you will simply use it as a jumping off point for planning your family’s meals.
A few things that might be helpful to know about my family:
- We eat very little meat. My two year old doesn’t prefer it, and since my husband and I aren’t huge red meat fans we will often eat vegetarian meals, or those including chicken or seafood.
- I only plan my evening meals. Lunch is almost always reheated leftovers of whatever we had the night before or something simple like a grilled cheese sandwich and fruit. I have several go-to’s for breakfast including greek yogurt with fruit and Grape Nuts, cereal, egg sandwiches, and oatmeal. I also enjoy making muffins or quick breads for breakfast. I just serve these things up as the mood strikes me, since they are all fairly easy to pull together with things I have on hand.
- I keep a pretty rigid structure on my weekday meals while leaving some flexibility in the weekend. This allows us to use up leftovers or make a meal that got skipped for some reason or another during the week. It also allows us to eat out once a week if we feel like it.
- I don’t make dinner on Sundays. I make a big breakfast for lunch and then serve my daughter a sandwich before heading to church in the evening. My husband and I snack when we come home, but it just works better for us not to plan a big meal.
All that being said, I hope that I can provide you with some healthy, interesting ideas for what to feed your family. Here’s whats on the menu for this week:
Monday – Black Bean and Butternut Squash Quesadillas
Tuesday – Tomato Feta Pasta with packaged organic salad mix
Wednesday – Green Pea and Asparagus Risotto with sauteed boneless, skinless chicken thighs
Thursday – Chicken Enchiladas with avocado slices and sour cream
Friday – Pesto Chicken Sandwiches with fruit and baby carrots
Saturday – Organic Boxed Macaroni and Cheese with spinach and white beans, or eat out
Check back throughout the week to see some of these recipes as well as another fun new feature I’m debuting on Sunday.
Leave a comment letting me know what you’re making this week, or let me know if you have any questions about my menu.