Menu Plans Must Happen For Me

Menu Plans may not be for everyone.  If you are one of those lucky few who can stop after a full day of activity and throw together a nutritious and balanced meal for your family, you have my respect.  Please share your secret with me!  Menu plans must happen for me.  Otherwise, we our meals look like what happened last week:

Domino’s Pizza on Monday (by the way, I think I ate too much of this in college because I could barely eat my dinner)

Roast (BBQ sandwiches) on Tuesday

Leftover pizza or roast on Wednesday

Chik-Fil-A on Thursday (except for the kid who doesn’t like it and wasn’t hungry until later and ate popcorn for dinner)

I’m not sure anyone ate a proper dinner on Friday (G ate at Sam’s Club with his dad and J and I had Chex Mix)

Pretty sure my menu plan the week of Halloween wasn’t as scary as the non-plan listed.  I know my informal menu plans aren’t always quite that bad but I can feel us slipping and so I need to get back to making proper menu plans.  Of course, this upcoming week is not without a few challenges (I work late on Monday, the boys have school activities on Tuesday, and my husband will be out hunting so not here for dinner several days) but I determined to feed to my family a bit better than last week.   mpm-chalkboard

MONDAY:  Spaghetti

TUESDAY:   Frozen Pizza (lots of school activities)

WEDNESDAY:  Soup with baked potato or grilled cheese


FRIDAY:  Sweet and Spicy Bacon Chicken

The plan this week may not be the healthiest but hopefully it will get us back into a healthier routine and eating out a little less.  Other random items that I plan to fix this week include banana bread and puppy chow (J discovered this on Halloween and I refuse to pay the store price for that stuff so the plan is to make our own).   As usual, I’m linking up over at Menu Plan Monday hosted by Laura from I’m An Organizing Junkie.  Be sure to go check it out for menu ideas that are a lot better than the one I have listed here!

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13 thoughts on “Menu Plans Must Happen For Me

    1. Jean Post author

      Thanks. I think you are right. I figure as long as we get it right MOST of the time, we’re doing okay.

    1. Jean Post author

      You could always plan in secret 😉 Nothing wrong with spontaneity and I understand about picky eaters as well.

  1. Lisa @ The Meaning of Me

    Menu plans definitely make life better around here. I will admit that even without a plan, I can usually pull something good and healthy together but it is solely because I make sure the kitchen is always stocked with items I can work with even without a plan. That makes a huge difference.
    What works best for us is selecting about four or five meals max for a given week (I prefer four). Invariably, we end up having leftovers or we score an invite to dinner with one set of grandparents or another, or something. I used to get so frustrated having shopped for seven meals and then not made them so I figured if you can’t beat ’em, join
    em! It works much better this way. I often plan leftovers intentionally, whether from a meal that week or from something in the freezer. Makes for good food on busy nights with no time.
    I have stopped trying to force them into particular days, too, for similar reasons. Then when things go off-kilter, I just bump to another day.
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    1. Jean Post author

      I need to start planning leftovers into my meal plans again and making better use of the freezer for leftovers that we can pull out in a pinch instead of me pulling the car into the nearest fast food place.

  2. Elizabeth

    Anything is healthier than eating out all the time. We fell into that trap this last weekend because I didn’t have an in stone meal day for Saturday and Sunday even though I had plenty of food in the house we still ended up eating out both nights. Though both nights were late nights for us so truthfully I didn’t have a lot for when it came to the crock pot.
    I’m right with you about ‘needing’ that meal plan so don’t feel bad! Heck even with a meal plan mine aren’t the healthiest but if you go out I think they purposely inject carbs and fats! It’s insane!
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    1. Jean Post author

      I think they also inject that fast food with something that makes the healthy at home food not taste as good.

    1. Jean Post author

      Yes! And I may or may not have served that to my children as dinner in the past (and probably will in the future). Just eat a banana with it and it’s all good 😉

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