Thursday, June 14, 2012

Do You Plan Your Menus?

So, last night on Twitter, I mentioned I was menu planning, and a couple of folks asked me to share, so here it is! 

I used to do this all the time, but after the second child was born, our lives went CRAZY and I rarely could plan anything more than a day ahead, let alone a week. 

My daughter and I are working on keeping a calendar so everyone can have a clue what the whole family is up to. It's a work in progress. -------->>>>

Now, some of these recipes will not be eaten this way by the whole family. Spicy chicken cakes will have a plainer kid version. I fully expect the children to eat plain focaccia, with raw spinach dipped in dressing and plain feta. My daughter will eat deconstructed fajitas, with raw red peppers on the side. But at least there's some food here that I can get excited about, because I've been in a huge food rut. 

We'll see how it works out. More labor intensive meals are for Sat and Sun night. Simple stuff is for crazier weekdays. 

So, do you plan YOUR menus? What factors influence what you choose?

Cheeseburgers, roasted potatoes and green beans
Salmon burgers, steamed broccoli
Leftover Fajitas salad
Greek salad with chicken

Breakfast--eggs, toast, fruit, whole grain pancakes, homemade waffles, bacon, canadian bacon, milk, 
Snacks--fruit, cheese, quickbreads, cookies, veggies & dip, yogurt, fruit bars, smoothies
Lunch--sandwiches (pbj, turkey, ham, grilled cheese, veggies, fruit), salad, 

Shopping List 

(I have some things on hand, like potatoes, lime juice, fresh ginger, soy sauce, olive oil, minced garlic, salad dressing, mayo,  and dried spices. I also have frozen organic burgers from Costco, as well as frozen salmon burgers, and a huge bag of whole wheat sandwich buns). 

Steam in the bag broccoli
Steam in the bag green beans
romaine lettuce
1 jar pitted kalamata olives
3 packs baby carrots
3 packages romaine
4 cucumbers
3 red onion
large bunch bananas
big container strawberries
2 lemons
2 (6-ounce) packages baby spinach
1 bunch fresh oregano
2 bunches cilantro
green bell pepper
3 red bell pepper
1 pound fresh asparagus
1.5 lbs sweet potatoes
1 bunch fresh chives
peanut butter
Fat free milk
Whole milk
Cocunut yogurt
plain  greek yogurt
brick cheddar
2.5 llbs of chicken pieces
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast
1 flank steak
Rice milk
Almond milk
1 (13.8-ounce) can refrigerated pizza crust dough
1 package golden raisins
1 can mandarin oranges
large jar medium salsa
flour tortillas
swim towels
dog food
toilet paper