I was chatting with my bestie earlier and telling her how much I have changed my shopping habits. i.e. weekly shopping and weekly menus planned in advance. She suggested that I share my menu. What a great idea! It is, admittedly, a tedious task to sit and really plan out a menu, look thru recipes and also through grocery store ads to see what’s on sale this week. I am going to start posting my weekly menus and also link you to the recipes (if there is one). Not every night is a crazy gourmet meal. Not possible or practical. You will see ‘leftover’ night, ‘breakfast’ night and maybe even ‘tuna helper’ night once in a while. You will also see fun, easy recipes that I’ve found. When possible I try to find meals that I can make from leftovers too. My hope is that you can take the menu (or mix and match with your own), make your grocery list and head to the grocery store with a purpose. No more ‘what should we make for dinner’ conversations is the goal.
Sunday – Forty Garlic Chicken, Fresh french bread. Make sure you allow plenty of time to cook this. It takes a couple of hours to cook but it is AMAZING. Reminder – refer to my garlic blog for garlic peeling tips. It’s essential for this recipe. Save leftover chicken for Tuesday’s dinner.
Monday– Broiled Tilapia Parmesan, Green Giant potatoes with veggies.
Tuesday– BBQ Chicken Pizza, Romaine lettuce salad. This recipe is about as close as you can get to California Pizza Kitchen’s version. Use your leftover chicken from Sunday, cut up into smaller pieces and dip in the BBQ sauce. I use refrigerated biscuit dough for the crust and make individual ones so that I can make cheese pizzas for the boys and the BBQ Chicken for Eric and me. I also sprinkle the baking sheet with italian bread crumbs and a little garlic salt before I put the pizza’s on the sheet. It adds a yummy flavor to the crust.
Wednesday– Easy Slow Cooker French Dip, Sweet Potato Fries (frozen) and corn (frozen). Save leftover beef for Friday’s dinner.
Thursday– Breakfast for dinner. The boys always love this. It could be an omelot night or a pancake night. Mix it up!
Friday– Easy Beef Stroganoff, Green Beans. I use the leftover beef from the french dip and cut into small pieces.
Saturday– Date Night. Everyone needs a break from cooking all week. Order pizza. Order chinese. Thai. or my favorite SUSHI!! I will try to put in one ‘break’ night per week. It doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Plus, if you plan your meals and maximize your leftovers, you are saving money.
Also, here is a link to a printable menu so that you can print out and write your meals on it and stick on the fridge. Then when you’re ready to cook, just click on the link for the recipe.
I hope this helps you. Please give me feedback on this. Is this something you would like to see weekly? What else could I add that would be helpful?