Monday, February 13, 2012

Menu Plan Monday

Whoa, it's been a while since I menu planned.  Not even since I posted a menu plan, but since I actually planned the menu.  But it dawned on me the other day that maybe the reason I'm having a hard time getting on routine here is because...I'm not getting on routine.  I mean, I've been just sort of hanging out, waiting for the magic to happen.  Uh, that's not quite how it works, if memory serves me correctly.  So I decided to buckle down and start doing those icky tasks that make life easier.  Sticking to my workout schedule (ugh), my daily chores (double ugh), and not allowing the clean laundry to pile up.

Can I go off on a tangent right quick about the laundry? I used to be SO smug about my laundry skillZ.  My blog friends would bitch about how they always have mounds and mounds of either clean or dirty laundry, waiting to be washed or put away, and I'd be all like "those losers, I do my laundry every day and hang it up THAT NIGHT and I'm the winner and everyone else sucks and LOOK AT ME!!!"  Well out of nowhere (not out of 'nowhere', out of 'moving across the globe for the second time in twenty months' but whatever) I can't keep up anymore.  I still wash a load every day, but now, instead of hanging it up, I just pile it in my bedroom and ignore it.

I blame the fact that Ava gets home from school almost as soon as I put the boys down for a nap, so I don't really have any 'sit in front of the tv and fold clothes in peace' time.  And my washer is upstairs, which apparently everyone else on the planet LOVES, but I am HATING it.  Because I used to always fold clothes while I watch tv in peace!!!

Anyway.  Not the point.  The point is the menu.  Baby steps.

We're doing new recipes almost every  night, except Thursday.  Nick wanted his favorite.  I'm just sick of all my regulars.  Well that's not true, I want to have PW's meatballs, but I don't want to MAKE them.  So there's that.  Anyway.

Monday: Filipino BBQ skewers with cilantro lime rice

Tuesday: Chicken Fajitas

Wednesday: Duty Day- eat out or breakfast

Thursday: spicy fatboy sausage pasta.  Only not spicy.  And not very fat because we use turkey sausage and fat free evaporated milk instead of heavy cream.  Nick will be in charge of this, coincidently, because he always wants to make it when it's on the menu, and I have weight watchers.  I didn't even plan it this way.  Life is so awesome.

Friday: Thai Steak Tacos or something I have yet to figure out.

Saturday: something I have year to figure out, or Thai Steak Tacos.

Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings.  I've never made this, and I'm currently on the hunt for an easy recipe, so if you know one, drop me a line.  Do people still say drop me a line? I think so.

What's on your menu? If you need some inspiration, head on over here for hundreds of great ideas!


  1. Full disclosure: I have not tried this! But a friend tells me that it is so easy and delicious...
    Crockpot Chicken Dumplings

    4-5 boneless chicken breast
    2 T melted butter
    2 cans Cream of Chicken soup
    1 can of water
    Pepper to taste

    Cook all together on low 8-10 hrs.
    Last 45 mins. turn to high and add 1 12 oz. can of canned biscuits that have been quartered. Stir and ENJOY!

  2. I love seeing other people's meal plans, we'll have to try the pasta. And THANK YOU for suggesting ff evap milk in place of heavy cream. Now I'll actually eat vodka penne when I make it!

    This week we're doing bacon/corn/shrimp chowder w/ beer bread monday, taco casserole tues, cheesy chicken pasta wed, asian beef mushroom and lettuce cups thurs, ww general tsp's chicken w broccoli and rice sat, leftovers sunday. Fri is always eat out wherever the boys choose. And for Vday I made the fam a bohemian wedding cake with coconut frosting.

  3. I discovered a Chicken and Dumplings recipe last month.
    My family loved it!
    You have a wonderful and yummy week!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  4. I try to dump all the clothes on our bed during nap time and just fold in peace. Sometimes one kid is up and I just let them toddle around the room while I fold. I don't fold the kids' clothes-pants go in one drawer, shirts in another, so it's easy. Love peeking at your menu plan too! Nicole