We’re starting to swim in produce, in a good way. I love this time of year when friends become overwhelmed with their gardens. I’m more than happy to *ahem* assist.
Feel free to share what’s on your menu this week in the comments or leave a link to your own site. A lot of you have sent emails saying this helps with menu planning and the never ending search for dinner ideas.
- Monday – Chopped salad, stuffed tomatoes
- Tuesday – Shrimp éttoufée, sauteed zucchini
- Wednesday – C.O.R.N.
- Thursday – Taco salads with black beans and grilled chicken
- Friday – Sub sandwich night, vegetables with ranch dip
- Saturday – I’m leaving open, we may be celebrating out or have steaks at home
- Sunday – Grilled chicken with a bbq rub (will do 2 spatchcock or butterflied), macaroni and cheese, grilled zucchini and summer squash, tossed salad
Some of you have asked about lunch. We are somewhat boring in this regard, it’s leftovers or sandwiches almost every day, but we do vary the type: PB&J, deli meat, pitas, tuna salad, chicken salad. I’m going to try broadening the horizons a little by reintroducing hummus. One of the kids’ favorites is what we call a “pinchy” lunch, raw vegetables, fruit, cheese, occasionally chicken, just nothing that requires a fork.
Breakfast? I won’t lie, I love grits and I love them in a major way. At least once a week we have eggs, bacon, and grits. Granola cereal is becoming the go to as it gets hot and my husband actually enjoys making pancakes (oatmeal banana, apple, buttermilk pancakes), who am I to complain if someone else wants to cook?
You may have noticed we’re switching to a salad dominated menu. Homeschooling has been tabled until the fall (whee!). Our afternoons are a little less structured and dinner tends to run later. With the kids getting up at the crack of dawn, I’m considering throwing out our old schedule and adopting the siesta plan with later evenings to make it through. It’s not as easy as one would think to write as one would hope with three kids bouncing off the ceilings.
How does your menu and lifestyle change was we slide into summer?
If you’re new to menu planning, you may find the Meal Planning Primer Series helpful and feel free to ask questions. The Home Ec community loves to offer advice.