Menu Monday – Goals n Stuff

menu mondayGood morning friends, it’s time once again for Menu Monday.

If you recall, last week I wondered aloud if Menu Monday was a useful part of my blog and if it fit in with what I write about the rest of the week.

I even asked you (my readers) to provide me with feedback.  You did.  Thank you.

For now, the menu stays.  But I’m making some changes.

When I started this blog, I wasn’t actually writing a menu plan for myself at all.  The first few weeks, I shared a breakfast plan, in part to cover up the fact that I was (gasp) not planning our dinners a week in advance.

My logic (at the time) was pretty straight forward (if flawed).

All mom blogs share a weekly menu plan.  I am a mom.  I blog.  Therefore I must share a plan.

So I started writing menu plans.  I’m not the best a following them, but at least I have a list of ideas to pull from at 4pm.

And I discovered something.

Menu plans actually do help me.

Shocking, isn’t it.

I was a little late joining the party, I admit it.  But the rebel in me still doesn’t like menu plans.  There’s some small part of me that just pushes back and rebels.  I see “chicken cacciatore” written on the menu and I think “I can turn that into fajita casserole.”  Same ingredients (chicken, onions, bell peppers, and tomatoes) just different spices.

I have no idea what fajita casserole is.

I look at a plan that says it’s hamburger night and have an urge to make tacos instead.  Ground beef, lettuce, and tomato.  Done.

So my menu plans are a little less formal than some people.

When I write the list down for myself, I actually just write “something with ground beef”  or “chicken night” instead of listing an actual recipe.

If you try to google “something with ground beef” you will be disappointed.

But after a few weeks of randomly jotting down a list of 6 or 7 meals I’m willing to cook (and my family is willing to eat) I realized something else.  Hold on to your seats, this is pretty startling information.

Menu plans work best if they take into account the schedule for the week.

It’s no good scheduling grilled fish on Tuesday nights.  Hubby works late on Tuesdays more than any other night of the week.

I have last minute girls-night-invites on Thursdays.  Probably not a good night for me to serve my favorite meal to the family.

So I started making a picture of the week with all the “stuff” in it.  I added in my goals for the week. (Remember, I actually set goals for August!)

menu monday weekly plan with goals

This is still a work in progress, but it’s a start.

(Yes, it’s color coded. I’m impressed with myself.)
Two months ago, I didn’t even have a calendar with stuff written down in it.  (I hope you can still respect me for that startling revelation.  In full disclosure, I live a pretty chaotic and disorganized life.)

Here’s my weekly plan for Menu Monday:

Monday:  Hamburgers again.  The boys each ate TWO burgers last week.  Watty proclaimed it the “best dinner ever!”  I’m probably pushing my luck.

Tuesday:  Beans and cornbread.  Given that the boys are already capable of consuming two hamburgers in a sitting, I’m training them to accept a large bowl of bean soup.  I can’t afford not to.

Wednesday:  Pot Roast.  I made it last week and popped the leftovers in the freezer.  I may turn it into vegetable soup.  Or not.

Thursday:  I’m serving fancy grown up food to go with my virtual wine tasting party.  The kids get pizza and an early bedtime.

Friday:  I’m hoping we go out for dinner.  If not, I’ll pull the pullled pork out of the freezer and make something.

Saturday:  Pool party for hubby’s work.  I’ll take a platter of something easy and hope I can find my swimsuit before then.

Sunday:  no clue.  Either grilled chicken or leftovers.  Worst case is I’ll make breakfast for dinner.

I’m having second thoughts about this plan.  It doesn’t have enough Tex-Mex in it.

What’s on your menu this week?

Susan Baker
I have a passion for encouraging weary worn out mothers to find joy in everyday motherhood and peace in unlikely places. I have two elementary school boys, one nerdy husband, and two cats. I have a strange fascination for bad puns, the color pink, socks, and books. I worry about running out of toilet paper, wine, and chocolate.. I serve an amazing God. I live an ordinary life filled with wonder.
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  1. Kelsey Apley says

    I need to do a menu plan, cause I just go off the seat of my pants.
    Kelsey Apley recently posted..FREE Victoria’s Secret Lip Gloss With Any PurchaseMy Profile

    • as i’ve already confessed, just because i make one doesn’t mean i actually follow it.

      when the kids were little, it didn’t seem like such a big deal. as they’ve gotten more involved with evening stuff, i’m beginning to see why menu planning is such a big lifesaver for moms.

  2. This post made me smile. I seldom follow my menu plans exactly although having them made certainly helps me to actually have the ingredients to prepare something at mealtime. Starting with the weekly activities also really helps me in forming our menu plans. I love your color-coded calendar!
    Jean recently posted..Weekly Menu Plan For the First Full Week of SchoolMy Profile

    • i’m glad i’m not alone. 🙂
      the color coding is helping me trick myself. i think because i’ve put colors on it that it’s more of a creative outlet than it really is.

  3. Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet says

    I try to plan out the week in general, but I’m not guaranteeing any particular meal on any particular day of the week because the Murphy’s Law in my life will mean that the day I plan a quick pressure cooker meal will be the day I have a ton of time and the day I plan an elaborate feast will be the day a student walks into my room 5 minutes before I’m supposed to leave with an unsolvable teenage crisis…

    I like your plan and I’m especially fond of the color coding (Nerd Alert! and I’m right there with you, giggle, giggle).
    Emily @ TheBusyMomsDiet recently posted..Salmon Burgers Served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and PotatoesMy Profile

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