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Monday Menu Plan: 6/25-7/1

Confession: I’m really bad at grilling.

Honestly, I’ve always avoided using the grill, designating those summer evenings of tasty charred meals to nights when my husband is available to man the station. I’m not sure why, but the grill has always intimidated me. Maybe it’s because I’ve pretty much burned  to oblivion everything I’ve ever grilled.

Regardless of my hang-ups, this week I’m instituting a change in my mentality. You’ll notice a grill-heavy menu, which I will be cooking ALL. BY. MYSELF. (Note to my husband, since I know you’re reading this Mike: If I ask you to take over, say NO).

I need to get over this redonkulous fear of the grill, and reclaim the mighty art of grilling from all those manly-men I’ve relied on all these years to produce my perfectly fire-singed morsels of delight. I mean seriously, if I can kick ass in the kitchen, I can certainly do alright cooking outdoors.

And just in case, I’ll have the eight closest chinese takeout restaurants on speed dial. No joke.

Do you cook on the grill? If you do, what’s your favorite grilled meal to make? Share with us in the comments section below!

On a side note, we’ll be going into the city on Tuesday because my husband is attending the New York Stock Exchange closing bell ceremony. He’ll be there to celebrate Foot Locker Inc’s 100th year of trading on the NYSE. How awesome/exciting/cool/exciting is that?!? What’s even more exciting is the prospect of finagling a tasty meal from the Halal cart while we’re there. Omnomnom.

Okay, so this isn’t a food-related picture. But it *is* a picture (that I sort of love) of my husband Mike and I. And I’m putting it up because I can. Also, because we celebrated our 6 year wedding anniversary last Wednesday. Yay for that!

Breakfasts: quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt, homemade granola

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (I wonder if I can grill pb&j???), pasta with olive oil & parmesan, leftovers, raw fruits and veggies

Snacks: raw fruits and veggies, pretzels, yogurt, applesauce, popcorn

Dinner:

Monday
  • tomato pesto pizza (I was planning to grill this but it hella rained today!)
  • spinach side salad
Tuesday
  • dinner in NYC
Wednesday
  • hot dogs
  • grilled corn on the cob
  • grilled summer squash & zucchini
Thursday
  • grilled eggplant burgers
  • spinach side salad
Friday
  • poached eggs on toast
  • spinach side salad
Saturday
  • grilled chicken thighs
  • grilled sweet potato rounds
  • raw veggies
Sunday 
  • grilled ratatouille over whole wheat pasta
  • grilled corn on the cob
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 6/11-6/17

Conversation time: I need to talk about dirty dishes.

I’ve been getting along just fine for the past half-dozen years doing the hand washing thaaang. Now that we’re in our new place though, I’ve been reintroduced to the water gulping, electricity sucking monster that is the dishwasher. I had one in the past, but for the life of me I can’t really remember actually using it (although at the time we didn’t have dirty dish mass-producing children yet, so that’s probably why). Being the Frugal McDougal that I am, I’m really struggling with the whole hand washing vs. dishwasher thing.

Now I’ll admit, I haven’t yet googled the heck out of the issue (like I usually do), I figured someone out there in the vast world of interwebs who reads my posts might have some good, relevant information taking up brainspace in their noggin that they’d be willing to share.

So I’m reaching out to you, my wonderful, amazing, beautiful, amazing, smart, funny, amazing readers:
What do you think of hand washing dishes vs. tossing them in the dishwasher?
Is one option greener/cleaner/more economical than the other? What’s your personal dish washing preference?

Menu Planning

Breakfasts: quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, grilled cheese sandwiches, pasta with olive oil & parmesan, leftovers, fruits and veggies

Snacks: fruits and veggies, pretzels, yogurt & fruit, applesauce, popcorn

Dinner:

Monday
  • impromptu dinner at a friend’s house (originally rice & veggie soup with salad was on the menu, but our homeschool powwow ran gloriously longer than expected!)
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
  • poached eggs on toast
  • salad
Saturday
Sunday 
  • Father’s Day Cookout (?)
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 6/4-6/10

Howdy folks. Long time no see. Did you miss me? I totally missed you.

With all the packing, moving, unpacking and trying to figure out how to maintain the fragile balance of harmony in our new home (aka trying to return my kids to their normally scheduled programming of minimal meltdowns), l totally fell off the blogging wagon this past month. Oh and also, I haven’t been able to stick to a menu plan for the life of me during all of this and have blown my grocery budget every week.

AAAAAH THE CHAOS!!! (insert maniacal laughter, hair pulling and running in circles here) It’s been craziness, I tell you. I blame it on the cereal.

Now I’m ready to iron out the wrinkles and get back into a groove of quasi-normalcy, starting with my return to the ever-reliable menu plan. Baby steps.

New Kitchen Love: I totally heart my new kitchen. Notice all that sunlight, openness and counter space. Ohhhh the counter space! (There’s even MORE counter space that you can’t even see from this angle. It’s madness.)

Breakfasts: quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, homemade yogurt

Lunches: peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, veggie straws, yogurt, applesauce, popcorn, banana muffins

Dinner:

Monday
  • roasted chicken
  • sweet potatoes with butter and cinnamon
  • green beans
Tuesday
  • broccoli cheddar quiche
  • spinach side salad
Wednesday
  • dinner at my dad’s (I think?)
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • tuna salad on english muffins
  • fresh veggies
Sunday 
  • cheddar black bean quesadillas
  • marinated tomatoes
  • mango slices
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 4/23-4/29

We’re moving this weekend. Between me getting sick with a case of whoknowswhat (I’d guess a mutant cold/flu hybrid) and trying to pack while the kids are home and my husband is at work, this week is a whirlwind of crazy. My menu plan is equally crazy, as I try to use up what we have in the fridge so I don’t have to haul it with us. The only grocery shopping I did this week was a loaf of bread and some cereal.

Let’s talk about the cereal. I never ever buy cereal, unless I’m too sick to make meals, getting ready to move, or having a moment of crazy – all three of which happen to fit the bill this week. I’m not anti-cereal, I just happen to think that oatmeal or eggs offer us more nutritious whole food for our money. While I don’t shop organically and can’t afford to frolic through the aisles of our local Whole Foods Market, I try to make the best decisions for feeding my family on our budget. Part of the decision for me includes avoiding many processed foods and the bucketfuls of added sugar my kids consume with cereal (which subsequently results in epic meltdowns or scraping bodies off the ceiling of our apartment). I know that from-scratch cooking isn’t exactly everyone’s bag, but I don’t have an excuse not to take the extra five minutes each morning to scramble an egg or simmer oats on the stove. This week though, I barely have the time to sit and type out this blog post… so cereal it is!

PS- Just to make it clear, this really isn’t any kind of cereal-hater post. If you’re an on-the-go person with no time to make breakfast or just prefer the taste or convenience of cereal or whatever, I can dig it.  I feel the need to fully disclose the fact that, were it not for being so conscious of what I shovel into my children’s bellies and where our hard earned dollars are going, I’d probably be gorging an entire box of Lucky Charms each morning for breakfast. No joke. I lurve me some cereal.

What do you usually eat for breakfast? Share with us in the comments section below!

Breakfasts: quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, cereal

Lunches: curried chickpea salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, animal crackers, spinach & fruit smoothies, homemade cookies

Dinner:

Monday
  • black bean baked taquitos and corn for the kids
  • chinese takeout for Mike and I
Tuesday
  • turkey burgers
  • tomato & cucumber salad
  • broccoli salad
Wednesday
  • roasted chicken
  • quinoa
  • whatever veggies are in the fridge
Thursday
  • pasta with butter and parmesan
  • whatever veggies are in the fridge
Friday
  • takeout?
Saturday
  • dinner at my dad’s
Sunday 
  • dinner at my dad’s
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 4/16-4/22

The weather is getting warmer. Do you know what that means? I’m officially in summer food brainstorming mode. Which means grilling/picnicing/camping-friendly dishes will be infiltrating my menu plan slowly and inconspicuously for the next few weeks, building up to a hostile takeover sometime in the month of May. Get ready because once we move(!!!) and get our grill set up, it’ll be on like Donkey Kong.

sweet bean salad: my new favorite summer-friendly food obsession

Breakfasts: pancakes, quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit, oatmeal smoothies

Lunches: curried chickpea salad sandwiches, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, leftovers, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, veggie straws, goldfish crackers, spinach & fruit smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
  • apple cheddar quesadillas
  • sweet bean salad
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Saturday
  • pasta with butter and parmesan
  • spinach side salad
Sunday 
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan: 4/9-4/15

Yesterday was Easter. Our morning consisted of being particularly lazy, and then making these cute little Rice Krispy Easter egg treats inspired by a recipe I found on Pinterest:

Homemade Rice Krispy Easter Egg Treats: yep, these were awesome.

Afterwards we polished up and headed over to my Gramma’s to hang out with my awesome family and eat copious amounts (that is an understatement) of good food. What is it about holidays that causes so much overeating to take place? The amount of food I ate just for dinner yesterday is comparable to how much food I might consume over the course of 24 hours on a normal day. Oy.

This morning as I reluctantly scribbled down a meal plan I wanted to think of anything but food, as I now have a foodbaby AND a food hangover.

From now on I will refer to Easter as “Feaster”, a term my mom’s friend Beth threw out there as I complained of my terrible, horrible, no good, very bad too-much-food-blahs this morning on Facebook. Thank goodness there are months of recuperating time between large food holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, (F)Easter and the 4th of July. Otherwise my stomach would be curled up crying in a corner somewhere right now. Time to eat a lot of salad, dig out the 30 Day Shred dvd and hop on that wagon again. Gah!

More food: adorable cookies made by my cousins!

How do you recover from holiday overeating? Share with us in the comments section below!

Breakfasts: quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit

Lunches: Easter leftovers, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, egg salad or curried chickpea salad sandwiches, fresh fruit and veggies

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, veggie straws, goldfish crackers, spinach & fruit smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
  • roasted chicken thighs
  • baked brown rice (Click the link. Seriously, my fave mush-free way to cook brown rice.)
  • sauteed green beans
Tuesday
  • scrambled eggs
  • toast
  • raw pepper strips and broccoli spears
Wednesday
  • Eating out in NYC (Emma’s birthday trip)
Thursday
  • baked ground turkey taquitos
  • corn salad
Friday
Saturday
  • homemade pizza
  • spinach side salad
Sunday 
  • baked eggplant parmesan
  • quinoa
  • spinach side salad
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.

Monday Menu Plan (The Really Late Edition): 4/2-4/8

Oh hi there. I knew there was something I forgot to do this week. DERP.

Anyways, this week has been uber-busy with apartment hunting (found a place!), lice-checking the kids, pre-move decluttering, catching up with besties and getting ready for my little lady’s big 0-4 birthday. I’m not sure how I managed to get this far without a menu plan, but I guess every once in awhile even the awesomest (not a word) of homemakers fudge things up. This is my week. With all the chaos I’m pretty sure we’ve eaten greasy, gross road food more times than I realize. Whoops.

Menu Planning

(FYI: This is NOT what I originally had planned for meals this week. The following is what happens when I wing it and fly by the seat of my pants. Proof that menu planning is effective when properly executed!)

Breakfasts: pancakes, quick oats, eggs & toast, fresh fruit

Lunches: greasy, gross road food (aka hot dogs, McDonalds, Dunkin Donuts, more hot dogs, more Dunkin Donuts), whatever else we can grab on the run.

Snacks: fresh fruit and veggies, veggie straws, goldfish crackers, gingerbread cookies, spinach smoothies

Dinner:

Monday
  • scrambled eggs
  • toast
  • raw red pepper strips
Tuesday
  • takeout – Chinese (guilty pleasure: loooooove.)
Wednesday
  • pasta with butter and parmesan
  • raw pepper strips and carrot sticks
  • experimental cauliflower crust veggie pizza (not sure where we went wrong, but this was a big ol’ soggy crusted FAIL)
Thursday
  • turkey-oat meatball subs
  • salad
Friday
  • pasta with butter and parmesan
  • green beans
Saturday (Emma’s Birthday!!)
  • homemade pizza
  • salad
Sunday (Easter!!)
  • Dinner at my Gramma’s
What’s on your menu plan this week? Share in the comments section below! If you blog your own menu plan, leave a link so we can check it out. And if you want information on how to plan a weekly menu, click HERE.