Menu Plan Monday – March 3, 2013

A few days ago I posted our monthly menu plan.  As I said at that time, I am still planning to break it down each week.

This week will see us gone two mornings.  On those days I have planned either meals I can make ahead of time and require no cooking (salad) or crock pot meals.  I love walking into the house and smelling the yummy food that we get to eat.  It is even better to know that I didn’t just stand in the kitchen for 30 minutes to make it.

Sunday we changed out of our normal routine and had the Puff Pancakes instead of our normal crepes.  We were supposed to have these on Saturday but changed out plans to eat out.  I had my hesitation about these but was pleasantly surprised.  They were each to make and didn’t take much time, yet came out looking and tasting great.  These are definitely a repeat recipe for us.  I can’t say the same about the Wine-braised beef stew.  It wasn’t bad, but we have other recipes we like better.

Breakfast:

  1. Puff pancakes with maple cream syrup, fruit, juice and coffee
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, juice
  4. Chocolate Butterhorns
  5. Shakes
  6. Grits
  7. Eggs, toast, meat, fruit
Lunch:
  1. Eat out
  2. Black bean and butternut chili, muffins or bread
  3. Salad
  4. Smokey chipotle meatloaf, roasted sweet potatoes and bacon
  5. BBQ pork stew
  6. Yam Nuea Yang
  7. Beer basted angus strip steak, glazed carrots with thyme, corn pudding
 Supper:
  1. Wine-braised beef stew, rice
  2. Chicken mole
  3. French dip sandwiches, sweet potato chips
  4. Tea, fruit, toast
  5. Honey chipotle turkey meatballs, rice
  6. Pizza
  7. Leftovers
There are several new recipes on my menu this week.  I’m both excited and nervous to be trying so many new ones.  Yet, I have a goal of finding 90 recipes my husband likes and there is no way to get to 90 without trying a few (or 89) along the way.  In years past I have tried one or two a month, but that wasn’t getting me to my goal very quickly.  In January I had out all my recipes to see what I wanted to make.  The stack of “to be tried” recipes was just so large.  I decided to sit down and break them down into months.  This has made it easier to plan for some newness in our menu.  There was no set out plan as to what went where.  I did know that I couldn’t do all the desserts in one month.  I also made one month mainly grilling out recipes as they all came from the same book; it was just easier that way.  Otherwise I just tried to make it somewhat balanced among the categories – beef, soup, chicken, pork, soups, sides, etc.
Have you tried anything recently that you just loved and would recommend?

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For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s March’s Monthly Meal Plan.  If this is a new concept to you, take some time to think it over.  Imagine only having to sit down once a month to menu plan, rather than 4 or 5 times.  It worked for me, perhaps it will do the same for you.

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