This should be a week about getting back to routine around here. However, the snow came last night and the freezing temperatures are supposed to follow tonight and into tomorrow. I have a feeling that the boys may all be here for an extra day of vacation tomorrow (I started this post last night and we did wake up to -10 today. I’m so glad they did indeed cancel school.) I’m not exactly motivated to get out in the snow and freezing cold to grocery shop for the week so I’m basing our menu for the week on what we have on hand. I think that’s how your supposed to menu plan in January anyway isn’t it? Here’s the plan unless the weather changes drastically (I’d be fine with 80 degrees and sunny!):
Spaghetti or chili or perhaps both freezing the leftovers for another day. I think I have enough green stuff in the fridge and a few tomatoes as well to make a side salad with whichever ends up being dinner. If I get ambitious, the boys may get a King cake based on this recipe.
Fried pork chops with roasted grapes…I want to make this recipe but will make my “regular” pork chops so the boys will eat them. I picked up some frozen dinner rolls last time I was at the grocery store so we’ll have those as well.
Tacos and taco soup (for us). It wouldn’t be a return to routine around here if tacos weren’t on our menu somewhere.
Spicy Roasted Chicken Legs and maybe a pasta salad. Perhaps we’ll pretend it’s summer and have strawberry shortcakes for dessert. Maybe blueberry shortcakes since I have some frozen ones and winter strawberries are a bit on the yuck side as far as flavor goes since they are so far out of season.
Sloppy Joes (from a can since I still can’t find my go to recipe) and Sweet Potato Fries or maybe regular hamburgers which actually sound better now that I’m suddenly dreaming of summertime.
After taking an accidental/sort of on purpose break from menu planning over the holiday, I’m certainly happy to be back on track with knowing what we’ll have for dinner tonight instead of doing the 4p.m. stare into the fridge, freezer, and pantry. I confess I did stock up on quite a bit of convenience food for the boys’ break from school so it wasn’t always that difficult to determine dinner but I am certainly ready to return to putting healthier fare (if only just barely) on the table again. If you are looking to get inspired with meal ideas or to menu plan in general, the best place to visit is Menu Plan Monday hosted by I’m an Organizing Junkie.