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Meal Plan: Week of October 14

Posted Oct 14 2012 6:05pm

So I’m a little late getting in on Laura and Jill ‘s Meal Planning Challenge for October . But since I normally plan our meals for the week anyway, I figured this challenge was made for me!

For those bloggers who participate (including yours truly), the idea behind the menu planning challenge is to encourage and hold each other accountable as we purposefully plan out regular, weekly meal plans. The goal is to serve healthier food, manage grocery budgets, and put meals on the table throughout the week with ease.

As I mentioned in this earlier post , every week I create a menu on the white board in our kitchen of our dinner menu for the week. I do this for a few reasons: (a) I don’t want to come home from work/school/daycare with two cranky, hungry kids and suddenly have to come up with a meal on the fly that maybe 75% of us will eat that can also be made in 20 minutes; and (b) sometimes I forget which meals I had previously identified (and planned for) when I wrote out my grocery list/went shopping, so I need a visual reminder.

Before I run through our meal plan, I should add this disclaimer: some nights (except NFM, obviously) I will end up either tweaking the dishes or making a separate meal altogether for Buddy and Mimi. Yes, it sucks, but it’s the reality when mom is a vegetarian and both mom and dad prefer spicy, flavorful foods. Hopefully NFM will work its magic and this will not be a permanent practice.

So here’s what on tap for us this coming week:

Sunday: Watching Patriots game with friends; will probably order pizza

(New Food) Monday : Broccoli-Parmesan Fritters a la Smitten Kitchen, with an arugula salad (which I totally do not expect the kiddos to eat)

** Note: I have to work late so Dr. G may be handling this NFM solo. Sorry, dude.

Tuesday: Lentil Farro Soup (which I will have hopefully prepped in advance on Monday night) via 101 Cookbooks’ Super Natural Everyday

Wednesday: Vegetarian Southwestern Pizza

Thursday: Leftovers or breakfast for dinner (eggs, toast, fruit, etc)

Friday: Veggie burgers and brussel sprouts

Saturday: Dinner out (Buddy and I have a mommy-son spooky date, including a visit to his first “real” haunted house)

So there you have it. What’s on your dinner menu this week?

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