So.... How are you all doing on your meal list? I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised at just how many meals I came up with - considering that I feel like we're always eating the same thing over and over. In fact I came up with 19 just by sitting down and writing. Then I went through my recipe binder and asked the kids what they liked. And of course in the process I thought of a few more that I didn't have down yet. Seriously - I ended up with 33! And that's not counting Chicken Nuggets and Hot Dogs, which I am putting on my list as "don't have time to cook today" alternates. I'm excited to be able to put together 5 weeks of menus, even if I don't find a couple more - we have pizza every Friday. So here's what I came up with, separated into categories of meats:
Santa Fe Chicken
Hawaiian Haystacks (which curiously actual Hawaiians have usually not heard of)
Blacken Chicken Alfredo
Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup
Crispy Onion Chicken
Sweet and Sour Chicken
Chicken Divan Casserole
Chile Verde Soup
Chicken Salad Sandwiches (dinner tonight)
Chicken Pot Pie
Chili (and rice)
Tater Tot Casserole
Ham (I just found a FABULOUS and SUPER EASY crock pot recipe for this)
BBQ Pork Sandwiches
Potato Cheese Soup
Sub (deli) Sandwiches
So I want to hear what you came up with. Leave it in the comments, if you want, or leave a link to your blog and put it there - whatever works for you. But I want to hear some ideas. I'm all for making 6 weeks of menus! So, please share.
This week's assignment:
Read the next step's directions, pages 8-16. Basically we're taking all those recipes and putting them into weekly menus. It mentions in the booklet to be conscious of varying your meat, but I would also caution you to look at your starches as well. We eat a lot of stuff with rice, and I don't like having it day after day after day, so I will need to vary rice, pasta, potatoes, etc, too. And there are certain meals that we will gladly eat more often than once a month (or longer), so I will need to take that into consideration as well.
Well, I think that's it for now. Remember that if you want to participate in the drawing for the recipe binder you need to leave a comment letting me know that you're playing along. Comments need to be done by this Saturday, at midnight (Hawaii time). And next week I'll announce the winner!