I hope you are all doing well or as well as you can. Last week was one of those eye-opening reminders of how I should stop, take a breath and focus on the basics before trying to do everything (that will never happen, but to be honest, I don’t learn).
Routines make a busy household run a lot smoother. With 5 kids, feeding them is an important routine or it gets very expensive, very quickly. So here we are, starting the 43rd week of the year with a brand new Menu Monday.
This week, the kids assisted with the meal ideas this week as I, frankly have had too much on my plate to handle that kind of cognitive load. (Oooh big words, check out The Power of Habit if you want to learn how routines can help make decision making easier). I had to remind them that a meal is more than shouting out a main dish idea and walking away. I made them balance out the meals (mostly) with a side dish and vegetable and figure out what likely needed to be added to the shopping list. (Here’s a printable menu plan/shopping list for you). If you don’t have kids or they aren’t old enough to help, keeping a list of 10 – 20 main dish ideas to pick from will help for those weeks you just can’t even.
Monday – Sausage, Peppers, and Onions – this week I’ll be layering this in the slow cooker adding mushrooms and topping it with cabbage. Just before dinner time, I’ll cook some egg noodles for the younger set and microwave a bag of cauliflower rice for those watching their carb counts.
Tuesday – Tuna cakes, grits, green beans – I’ll make the cakes on my lunch break. If I had a commute, I’d make them the night before or early in the morning to put in the oven when it’s time to make dinner. The carb counters can fix a salad.
Wednesday – Hot dogs or brats and broccoli — A super quick meal for the day everyone gets home late
Thursday – CORN – clean out the refrigerator night or make yourself a sandwich. We’ve got a football game to hurry to for the oldest.
Friday – Tacos, black beans, Spanish rice Friday afternoons are my only afternoon I don’t spend running kids after work.
Saturday – Grilled chicken served over salads with beets and goat cheese (the kids will likely skip the beets and opt for carrots or whatever else we have in the fridge that it salad friendly)
Sunday – “Silky Pork and Cumin Stew” avocados, (if I can find ripe ones), red cabbage, sliced radishes, corn tortillas. Sunday is also our day to plan and shop, so I found a dish that is mostly made the day before and finished the day of. There’ll be room in the fridge for the stew to sit overnight.
I hope you have a great week. Let us know what you’re planning in the comments.