Saturday, July 16, 2011

Weekly Menu's

Anyone else do this?   Plan out and post a weekly menu plan on the fridge.    I started doing it years ago, and then got out of the habit and finally am now back into it.    I find it saves me money, time and frustration.   And my menu plan isn't set in stone, if my DH doesn't like something on there, he is more than welcome to say "hey, it's been awhile since we've had ____".

I like variety, I like to cook, most of the time, and don't want to fall into the trap of a certain set of meals, rotated every 5 days, like clockwork,  I shudder to think of it.  And I've known people who do that.   They make 5 basic meals, and repeat them every 5 days, with the exception of Christmas and Thanksgiving.   Personally, that falls into the realm of horror for me.   That being said, I do make a few dishes very regularly, mainly because we like them.  Things like Taco's, Spaghetti and Salisbury Steak.  

People have been known to look at the posted menu for the week, which I have on the fridge,  and laugh at me, but I see them get this Hmm look on their face, especially when I tell them that doing this menu plan has saved me money and time.   I can plan my trips to the grocery store, plan meals around what I have in the house, and have the freedom to change my plans at the last moment if need be.  In other words, if someone calls and asks us out, I know what's planned and can act accordingly.
Here's the menu for this past week;
Friday- Taco's
Saturday - Messy Burgers
Sunday - Jambalaya
Monday -  Boat Club
Tuesday -  Lasagna (Frozen Swanson's, usually I make my own)
Wednesday - Salisbury Steak
Thursday - Chicken Salad Acapulco Chicken
Friday - Eat Out with Friends.

So I had it all planned for the week.   Knew what I had to buy, knew what we had in the fridge/freezer and didn't have to think about it, and was even able to make a couple of last minute changes.  We ended up having the Acapulco Chicken on Wednesday and the Salisbury steak on Thursday.   Because I'd gotten the hamburger meat out of the freezer and into the fridge to thaw, the meat didn't have to be cooked that day.
Messy Burger
Acapulco Chicken
Sidsel Munkholm - Author
Sidsel Munkholm - Author

Sid loves to cook, feed people and have fun in the kitchen. She shares her successes and the involuntary offerings she sometimes gives the kitchen goddess as well. And she's still looking for the mythical fairy to help her clean the kitchen after a marathon cooking session. Currently working on a cookbook showcasing the recipes from her Danish heritage.

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