Friday, July 1, 2011

Meal Plan for 7/2-7/8/11

Making a meal plan is something I VERY much dislike doing. I always want to make it healthy, but also want to make food that everyone wants to eat. When you have 8 different people to please it makes your mind boggle. My husband and I know that we don't want to eat food we don't like, so we try very hard to not make our kids eat food they just do not like. They do have to try the food several times before they decide they don't like it. They can't just look at it and say, "yuck I don't like that." Grrr.... that can't make me more frustrated so my kids know better than to do that. Most of the time, they try it and like it.

This week, it took me an hour and a lot of frustration to work through, plus a phone call from hubby to help me get through this (pathetic I know! but I am so grateful for him!) So I figured that I would post my success. I know that things are going to come up and I am not going to be able to stick to this exact menu everyday, but if I can stick to it the best we can it will reduce a lot of stress & save lots more money than throwing things away or 10 trips a week to the store!

Hope posting this can help you some too. I enjoy looking at what other people are making for meals. It helps me make choices.

(Even if it doesn't say gluten-free, everything we make is gluten-free)

B: Scrambled eggs w/ cheddar cheese, homemade English muffins
L: Grilled cheese, carrots, celery, Ranch dip, & strawberries
D: Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo, garlic french bread, & salad

B: Waffles, bacon, & fried/scrambled eggs
L: BBQ pork sandwiches, baked beans, & potato salad
D: Steak, mashed potatoes, & steamed broccoli

B: Biscuits & Gravy
L & D: At a friend's house for a 4th of July party

B: Banana muffins & fruit smoothie
L: Spaghetti with meat sauce
D: Chicken quesdillas- kids (Hubby & I are celebrating our anniversary early by going out to dinner & a movie!)

B: Bagg-Os- bagels with butter & scrambled eggs with cheese
L: Potato Soup (my awesome recipe from Pampered Chef) or left over spaghetti
D: Baked Ziti

B: Pumpkin muffins (kids were over-the-moon excited for pumpkin muffins!) & green smoothie (organic baby spinach, banana, strawberries, ice, & 2 cups of water mixed in a vitamix. It tastes like a banana strawberry smoothie, I promise!)
L: Black beans & rice or Black beans with cream cheese on a tortilla shell w/ cheese melted on it)
D: Pizza; cheese for the kids & pepperoni & other toppings for the parents

B: Cereal (Koala Krisp) or Quinoa hot cereal
L: Tuna or Ham Sandwiches with veggies & chips
D: Ground beef tacos

PHEW.... I did it. Now to stick to it. I think knowing a head what to thaw out the night before, plus it being clipped to the fridge for everyone to see will make a difference. Hubby knows what he or I am making for dinner. He is my cook, so almost every night be cooks dinner. I planned for dinners that I can make since he has been working late a lot. The bonus: NO more "what are we having for dinner tonight, Mommy?" I can say, "Go look at the list!" :')

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