Yes, it’s still 2020. How? Good question.
This month, I took a cue from my friend Amiyrah Martin of 4hatsandfrugal.com. We’ve been friends for a very long time, and I keep up with her on Instagram, you can find me there, too, but I don’t do a lot Home-Ec stuff; it’s mostly family life stuff. Anyway, Amiyrah has her act together and gets a lot done while homeschooling by choice. (As compared to those of us who are virtual schooling by default.) So I’m trying out her system for a few months. On the first of each month, she plans out the entire month’s menu. You can check out what else she does on the first of the month, here.
So far, I’m enjoying Amiyrah’s system. When I have an idea for a meal I want to have, I’ve been adding it to my planner for next month, so November’s planning session won’t be quite as intense as October’s. I also know that life happens, so I try to keep one meal that is mostly pantry based per week and one Clean Out the Refrigerator Night (CORN) to cover for when life happens, and our plans go awry.
We still strictly limit our trips to the store and are not going to restaurants, except for the occasional takeout.
Are you new to menu planning and don’t know where to start? Here’s a tutorial? Just looking for a handy menu planning/shopping list printable? Here you go.
So what’s on our menu this week? So glad you asked:
Monday – Vegetable Soup, grilled cheese – the soup will use Saturday’s meatloaf and is more Mustgo Soup than Vegetable
Tuesday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Vegetables with ranch dip (I’ll use half the pork today and set aside the rest for tomorrow)
Wednesday – Lazy shredded pork enchiladas (I treat it like a casserole and layer the enchilada sauce, corn tortillas, and filling), salad
Thursday – CORN
Friday – Chicken Broccoli and Rice (Instant Pot – this recipe is pretty close to what I do), Green beans
Saturday – Smashburgers, fries – Ray gave me a propane griddle for Mother’s Day. (It was exactly what I wanted, don’t give him any side-eye). I love this thing, Let’s just say with four teenagers a trip to FiveGuys practically required a second mortgage. This griddle is a live saver. I’m hoping to get, well, I wouldn’t call it a recipe since it’s so basic, but a tutorial up soon.
Sunday – Chicken alfredo, caesar salad
What’s on your menu?