Menu Plan Monday – April 15, 2013

 Fluff pancake batter


  1. Crepes, fruit, juice and coffee
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, juice
  4. Bread pudding
  5. Shakes
  6. Apple Oatmeal
  7. Eggs, toast, bacon
Tangy Black Bean Soup in bowl
  1. Eat out
  2. Breaded pork chops, roasted sweet potatoes and bacon, green beans
  3. Black bean soup, corn bread
  4. Curry beef and vegetables, rice
  5. French dip beef, side salad
  6. Hamburger /brats, french fries, corn on the cob
  7. (at a conference with the whole family)

light supper of tea and tomato cheese on toast

  1. Sweet and sour chicken, rice, green beans
  2. Leftovers (fruit salsa & crackers, fruit cups/yogurt, spaghetti noodles & ketchup, cheese cubes, etc.)
  3. Salad
  4. Salami sandwiches, tea
  5. Sandwiches (PB&J, jam and cheese)
  6. Date Night / leftovers
  7. Tomato soup, croutons
Eating out of the freezer has been nice in that we are having more of our favorite meals.  These happened to be ones I have made ahead and put in the freezer.  Several of these I have been able to make three month’s worth or even just an extra one for the following month. There is still more in there than I thought would be by this point.  I guess I hadn’t realized how much food I had in there.  I’ve also added a few thing to the freezer.
For example, Wednesday morning we are having bread pudding for breakfast.  This was made with a loaf of bread from the freezer and other ingredients I already had.  So, while that loaf of bread is no longer there, a pre-made meal is.
The Easter ham is another example.  The extra ham from Easter was taken off the bone and frozen.  Then the ham bone was combined with one I had in the freezer and I made ham broth.  So there is no longer a ham bone but I do have a bag of sliced ham for a meal, a bag of smaller pieces for sandwiches and a bad of shredded ham to make ham salad sandwiches with.  I also have about 10 cups worth of ham broth frozen.
I has also been nice to have more time to focus on work outside and not having to worry about spending more time in the kitchen making new recipes.  Today I was able to defrost pre-breaded pork chops and use bacon and green beans from the freezer.  The sweet potatoes were onces that were in the pantry from last month.  If I had been more on top of things it really would have just taken me 30 minutes to make the meal.  As it was, I was distracted and trying to do 3 things, literally, at once.   Even just having the step of the chops being pre-breaded was nice.  I did that two months ago.  Not only has it save me from this step twice since then, it also wasted fewer bread crumbs by not having to toss the extras every time.
Have you found anything in your freezer/pantry that you forgot was there?  Have you planned any meals this week around something that has been pushed back or moved aside?

Linked up with Healthy Branscoms OrgJunkie

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s April’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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