Monday, September 24, 2012

Monday Meal Planning 9.24.12

It would seem that fall has decided to be in full swing. Daytime temperatures are just about perfect (mid-sixties), and nighttime temperatures are perfect for pulling out the heavy blankets again. I absolutely love this time of year, because it's also the time of year where I can make things like soup without people thinking I'm nuts.

Also, my meal plans are about to get a lot less interesting, for a couple reasons. First, our family schedule is crazy-hectic since school started, so I need to be realistic about the meals I can cook on a weeknight and still maintain a modicum of sanity. Second, my children - they don't eat much. I want to make sure that there's at least two of the three items on the plate that they'll eat, which means I'll be sticking to similar recipes quite frequently. Their favorite meal of all times is planned for Tuesday, but I need more flavor, so the excitement will be happening on the weekends, when I have time to throw on a pot of Kraft dinner if they refuse to eat what I've made.

On to the food!

Monday: Pancakes, bacon, fruit

Who doesn't like pancakes and bacon? Sophie is our champion pancake eater, and will keep eating as long as we have pancakes to put on her plate. She's not big on bacon, but that's only because she can't chew it well. I have a feeling that when she gets more teeth, she'll like bacon more, too. Gabbie's the champion bacon eater. My girls may not eat much, but they are definitely carnivores.

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, baked sweet potatoes

This. This is their favorite meal. I suppose I can't complain too much because it's pretty darn healthy and not untasty.

Wednesday: Burritos/Quesadillas, some sort of vegetable, some sort of rice

Until yesterday, there were two vegetables that were allowed to cross Sophie's lips: broccoli and sweet potatoes. Then, last night at dinner, she ate her weight in green beans. I don't know if I'll push it and try them again with dinner tomorrow or not. I also have some lima beans in the freezer which I might use for some sort of succotash. What other vegetable goes well with Mexican food? (Now I want Mexican food for lunch.)

Thursday: Spaghetti with veggies (zucchini and mushrooms) and sauce, salad, garlic bread

My girls love "snake noodles." The sauce will likely only be eaten by Aaron and I. Sometimes the girls will eat salad, but not always.

Friday: Chorizo and potatoes, with red peppers and fried eggs

I'm guessing this night I'll also scramble a couple of eggs so they have something else to eat. They like potatoes and sausage in any form.

Saturday and Sunday: Undecided as of yet

I would love to make homemade pizza, but I used my pizza stone on the grill last week and it broke. I've been wanting to try to make beef bourginon for a while, and something Thai sounds good too. Maybe Tom Yum soup (my favorite) and spring rolls!


  1. I think those meals still all sound pretty fantastic. Lately I'm of the "simple is better" school myself, just because I don't feel like taking a lot of time to prepare anything too involved. We're also a "MORE of the simple is better" family right now, since I can't seem to give the boys enough food lately. Seriously, I don't know how I'm going to afford to feed them when they're teenagers.

  2. Nice post , i hope everyone will like your post



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