Monthly Menu Plan – May 2013

puff pancakes on plate with strawberries and blackberries and juice

Here is my monthly menu.  I’m trying a new layout here on the blog to give more order to it, rather than just a list.

I know it is almost the end of the second week, but I really have been working on this to finish it up.  For some reason I’ve had more trouble this month coming up with meals, especially dinners.  I feel us starting to get into a rut with our meals.  One of the reasons may be that I have been writting them out here on the blog rather than in the Word document I had been using.  This makes it harder, or rather more time consuming, to look backwards.

Breakfasts:

  1. Deep fried pancakes with warm maple creme syrup x 2
  2. Crouissants with eggs, hashbrowns, and bacon x 3
  3. Cereal x 5
  4. Omelets/eggs, toast, juice x 5
  5. Waffles, fruit, syrup x 3
  6. Pancakes, fruit, syrup x 2
  7. Shakes (using pumpkin puree from the freezer) x 5
  8. Apple Oatmeal x 5
  9. Eggs, toast, bacon, fruit x 5

Sweet-n-tangy pork loin 2

Week 1 (first 3 days are in April):

Lunch

  1. Eat out
  2. Pasta with bacon crumbles, brocolli and salsa (leftovers)
  3. Slow-cooker Sweet and Spicy Chicken, rice, peas, apple sauce
  4. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, mac and cheese, peas
  5. Beef Bourguignon, rolls
  6. Leftovers
  7. Visiting Family

Dinner:

  1. Bacon, tomato, onion sandwiches, tater tots, corn on the cob
  2. Lentil soup, corn bread muffins
  3. Salami sandwiches, tomato slices, grilled onions, corn on the cob
  4. Tangy Black Bean Soup, sour cream, side salad, corn bread muffins
  5. Hummus(Curried Chickpea-Yogurt Dip), veggies, cream cheese with salsa and crackers
  6. Visiting Family
  7. Visiting Family

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Week 2:

Lunch:

  1. Visiting Family
  2. PB&J, chips, carrot sticks
  3. Pizza
  4. Sweet-and-Tangy Roasted Pork Tenderloin, fried potatoes
  5. Turkey Chili/Black Bean Chili, corn bread muffins
  6. Breaded Pork Chops, mac-n-cheese, peas
  7. Ribs, potato salad, steamed carrots

Dinner:

  1. Eat out (traveling)
  2. Salad
  3. Tangy Black Bean Soup
  4. Baked chicken nuggets, tator tots, carrot slices, apple slices
  5. Salami sandwiches, grilled onions, sliced tomatoes
  6. Leftovers
  7. Tomato soup, croutons

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Week 3:

We are having a guest stay with us for the next two weeks.  There are going to be days when lunches or suppers are eaten out, though we aren’t sure which ones.  On those days, the kids and I will likely have a light lunch at home.

Lunch:

  1. Eat out
  2. Salad
  3. Eat out
  4. Spaghetti
  5. Chicken Piccata, rice, peas
  6. Greek Meatballs with Mint (Keftethes), couscous
  7. Superfast Salisbury Steak, rice, steamed carrots, corn on the cob

Supper:

  1. Jam and cheese sandwiches, tea, fruit
  2. Pizza
  3. Chinese Style BBQ Pork, rice, green beans, steamed carrots
  4. Beef curry with vegetables, rice
  5. Salami sandwiches, tomato, grilled onion, fries
  6. Minute steaks, potatoes with paprika sauce, peas, sliced tomato
  7. Leftovers

light supper of tea and tomato cheese on toast

Week 4:

Lunch:

  1. Eat out
  2. Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Apple-Ginger Sauce, grilled potato slices with sald and vinegar,
  3. Salad
  4. Stir-Fried Sweet-and-Sour Chicken, rice
  5. Pot Roast with Bacon and Vegetables
  6. Hamburgers, sweet potato fries, tomato and onion slices
  7. Cowboy Kabobs (new recipe), sweet potatoes and bacon, glazed carrots and thyme (new recipe)

Dinner:

  1. Toast, jam, cheese and tea
  2. Bree’s Lentil-Tomato Soup, corn bread muffins
  3. Cuban Black Beans, rice
  4. unused meal
  5. Falafel, couscous salad
  6. unused meal
  7. Leftovers

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Week 5 (one day in June):

We may be camping all this week, and if so this menu will be adapted.  Either way suppers will be eaten away from home.

Lunch:

  1. Eat out
  2. Greek-style Turkey Meatloaf (new recipe), chutney-glazed carrots
  3. Salad
  4. Spaghetti and Meatballs
  5. Spicy Pan-fried Sirloin Steak with Noodles
  6. Yam Nuea Yang (new recipe),
  7. Beer Basted Angus Strip Steak (new recipe)

Dinner:

  1. Tomato soup, croutons
  2. Camping
  3. Camping
  4. Camping
  5. Camping
  6. Camping
  7. ???

 

This is one of the few months that I am not actually sure how well we will follow the plan.  There are several things that changed within the past week.  Not only school ending but changes in plans of people coming to visit and us going to visit, and our summer schedule taking shape.  This is exactly the point where I need to not give in to the “I can’t make a plan because I don’t know what will happen” thoughts.  It is EXACTLY times like this I need a plan.  The plan may change, but that is okay.  At least I have a starting point for it to change from.

Have you tried making out a monthly meal plan?  Even if you don’t include every meal for every day would you be willing to try? Why or why  not?

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