Last week in response to the many questions I get from friends and family about how I organize myself to prepare three meals from scratch every day, I posted my menu for the week with notes on how and when I prepped the various elements for the meals. My friends and family told me that they found the menu and the planning elements to be very helpful and they asked me to start posting my menus weekly so they would have a framework to follow. Therefore, I am going to try this out as a new feature on my blog. Each Monday I will post my menu and prep steps for the week and, where possible, I will post my recipes as a clickable link on the menu itself.
As always, my menus are planned out based on what is fresh and in season at the grocery store or from my garden. I use lots of fresh fruits and veggies, grains, beans, seeds, nuts, pasta, milk, cheese, eggs, seafood and small amounts of organic meats.
Because packing a healthy lunch for kids can be a challenge, I am also including “lunchboxes” on my menu plan. Obviously I need to eat too, but since I have access to a microwave at lunchtime, I normally eat leftovers from the previous night.
Breakfast Lunchboxes for kids Dinner Prep for next day
Monday Pumpkin muffins
Peanut butter & jelly on whole grain bread
Caramelized brussels sprouts w/walnuts
bake whole grain bread.
peel & boil potatoes.
Tuesday Whole grain toast w/pear butter
Curried cauliflower Basmati rice
Indian creamed spinach
Potato & pea empanadas
fish & shrimp for Wed
chicken for Fri
Wednesday Fried eggs
Whole grain toast
Paella (Spanish style seafood rice)
Green salad w/ avocado
julienne veggies for Thurs
Thursday Whole grain toast w/pear butter
Potato & pea empanada
Yogurt, fruit & granola parfait
w/ assorted veggies
roast whole chicken for Fri.
Friday Carrot muffins
Hard boiled eggs
Cheese & crackers
Chicken & Andouille Gumbo w/ rice
Leftover Buffet Homemade pizza night Relax & enjoy your Saturday night!
Sunday Scrambled eggs
Lunch at In Laws' house
Tea & Toast
plan out next week.
I am always interested in how others do their menu planning so if you have any comments I would love to hear them!