Thursday, April 9, 2015

If It's Monday, It Must Be Breakfast for Dinner!

When I sit down to make a menu for a week, a lot of it depends on what I feel like eating at the moment I'm writing the menu. Sometimes it depends on who is coming, what's in season, what events are included, but mostly just what I can think of that sounds good.



Is there a better way?

One of my daughters-in-law has three small children three and under, so there's not a lot of time to think about planning meals and especially not time to run to the grocery store for forgotten items, so she has come up with a weekly meal plan.

It works like this:
Monday--Breakfast for dinner
Tuesday--a familiar recipe 
Wednesday--something new 
Thursday--a favorite 
Friday-- appetizers 
Saturday--Random  
Sunday--Wing it 

Abby has a rationale for each day being what it is as well. On Monday she needs to get to her Bible study, so she wants a meal that's quick to put together. 


Tuesdays her husband gets home late from work so she wants something that she knows how to put together even with three little kids at her feet. 

Like all of us, she has a whole Pinterest board of recipes to try. My son is there to entertain the kids on Wednesdays, so she tries something new that night. 

After the children have tried something new, they get an old favorite on Thursday, well they all do. We all have meals we enjoy repeating often.


Friday night is "date night". When you are a couple with a young family "dates" usually mean staying home, it's easier and  cheaper! So they feed the kids early and then have fun appetizers together while they play a game or watch a movie.

Sometimes on Saturday there's a plan she follows and sometimes it's what's-left-from-the-week-that-I-can-put-together?

Sunday night is AWANA night for their "Cubby" so often she gets a PB&J "lunch" to eat on the way home. Even that's a special treat for someone who usually gets to eat at a table with the family!


Abby even has all her recipes on Pinterest set up in these categories so she only needs to go through each category and pick out a meal. She also very carefully goes through the recipe to make sure she has everything she needs or puts it on her grocery list.

This plan makes a lot of sense to me. I literally a-g-o-n-i-z-e over my menus at times. This system just seems to take the difficulty out of choosing.

How about you? 
How do you plan what menu you will have for the week
 or what to buy?




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6 comments:

  1. I seriously need to work on meal prep. This is a great idea. I love that it doesn't limit but gives definite guidelines. I appreciate the explanation of each day - totally makes sense why it works :)

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    1. It does make sense. I'm thinking maybe I should think my plan through a little more to be like hers.

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  2. Very neat idea about making her pinterest boards organized by her categories! What a fresh way to do meal planning.

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    1. I think so, too. I just need to take the time to organize my own Pinterest!

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  3. I'm ready to come to your house for meals - looks WONDERFUL!

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    1. Thanks, Sue! Homecooked is the best!

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