Thursday, September 1, 2011

Can I See Your Menu?

Do you guys cook from pre-made menus or just wing it? I was rolling more as a free spirit during the summer months, but I realized as we headed into the hectic time of year called school-time we needed to make some changes. 

So….menu time it is.

It helps my life in a lot of ways.  I mean, seriously, who loves to go to the grocery store?  With 3 year old twins? And grocery prices that are seriously crazy high? (this alone makes me long for Utah's low grocery prices, that and the cooler temperatures, and the rain, and the mountains...)

Yeah, not me either.

It’s a great way to save time and gas by planning ahead (gasp, yes) and only having to frequent the grocery store every week or so. 

Of course, we also decided to initiate the hot breakfast during the week routine my husband was raised with.  I am a cold cereal kind of gal, so that is a change for me.  But, after a week and a half of cooking a hot breakfast for my family, I’m convinced it’s a good practice I should have started years ago.  Now we have my beloved cold cereal on the weekends.

It’s expanded our old list of standby’s and the kids have been really good sports about it.  However, I did ad lib last night, because after cooking every day we had a fridge full of left-overs and no room for more.  Hence, the tradition of Wednesday leftovers started…

So, if you do a menu will you share some ideas? I’m anxious to see some new ideas, and I’d love for our menu to not be like the school menu with a four week rotating schedule!

Here's ours for the last/this/next weeks...

Wednesday: Cinnamon Rolls/Scrambled eggs/fruit
          Fried Rice with veggies

Thursday:  Johnny cakes
         Chicken & corn enchiladas

Friday:    Egg/cheese/ham sandwiches
         Ramen w/ veggies
         BBQ ribs w/ corn on cob
Saturday:  Cereal w/ fruit

Sunday: Cereal
       We eat at my in-laws every week, I took a veggie

Monday: Oatmeal
       Fried rice
       Dirty Beans

Tuesday: Hashbrown frittata
        Chili Relleno casserole

Wednesday: French toast

Thursday: Leftovers
        Mac 'n cheese
        Roast w/ mashed sweet potatoes

Friday: Quiche

Saturday: Cereal
        Ravioli (see a trend, I don't cook on Saturdays)
        Parmesan Tilapia

Sunday: Cereal
       I'm taking a dessert...any ideas?

Monday: Biscuits & Gravy
       Ranch chicken

Tuesday: German Pancakes
        Hawaiian chicken w/ rice

1 comment:

Cindy said...

A menu is in the works at my house. I really slacked off this summer as well! Yours looks fantastic. Way to go! by the way, I made the layered jello for the kids back to school dinner and they thought I was a genius! I won't tell them that probably every other mother has made this for their kids!