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Menu Plan For Oct 23-Nov 6

Posted Oct 21 2010 12:00am
I quickly came to realize that feeding a family of 7 requires some planning.  When we just had 3 children at 5:00 I would ask myself, "so what am I making for dinner?"   If I couldn't come up with an answer, we went out to dinner or my husband picked up fast food.  Not the best way to go about things but it's what I did for years.

Now I plan out a week or two in advance and try to do two big shopping days twice a month purchasing food like produce (or stuff I've forgotten) in between.

In planning my menu I shop first in my freezer and pantry.  It is easy for me to forget what I have and I end up buying something we don't need.  I also want to use up the meats in the freezer first so that we don't end up having to throw out a bunch that has freezer burn. 

I start my menus on Saturday because I do my grocery shopping on Friday.  The dinner days that are missing are my sons' days to plan and make dinner.  I still need to ask them before tomorrow what they want to make.  They are not very creative in their planning and we sometimes end up having hot dogs twice in a week.  At least we buy better hot dogs now.

I don't always stick to the menu especially for snacks and lunch. During the week I might find recipes that I want to try or I may not feel like fixing something elaborate but it gives me a guideline to follow.
Here is my menu plan and to do list for the next two weeks. 

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Menu



SaturdaySundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridayBreakfast


BananaPancakesBacon and EggsCinnamon RollsPoptartsGreen Smoothies & Boiled EggsChocolate Peanut Butter MuffinsBerry Breakfast Ice CreamLunch


Pizza and FruitPb&j’s and Ants on a LogTuna Melts and Carrots with DipJust Babies:  Chicken and Green BeansPb&j’s and Ants on a LogGrilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
XXXXXXXXXDinner


JD:Chicken Enchiladas, Chips, and SalsaSpinach Meatballs and Buttered NoodlesHolden:Eli:Chicken Enchiladas, Chips, and SalsaPizzaSnack


Fruit and CheeseIce CreamPumpkin/Pecan BarsBuckwheat Carrot/Raisin MuffinsPumpkin/Pecan BarsTrail Mix
XXXXXXXXX




SaturdaySundayMondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFridayBreakfast


ApplePancakesBacon and EggsCinnamon RollsPoptartsGreen Smoothies & Boiled EggsChocolate Peanut Butter MuffinsBerry Breakfast Ice CreamLunch


Pizza and FruitPb&j’s and Ants on a LogTuna Melts and Carrots with DipJust Babies:  Chicken and Green BeansPb&j’s and Ants on a LogGrilled Cheese and Tomato Soup
XXXXXXXXXDinner


JD:Salmon Puffs, Sweet Potato FriesBraised Ribs, Salad, Garlic ToastHolden:Eli:Salmon Puffs and Green SmoothiesPizzaSnack


Fruit and CheesePumpkin SeedsApples with Peanut ButterBuckwheat Carrot/Raisin MuffinsPumpkin SeedsTrail Mix
XXXXXXXXX



And all the things I have to do to make the menu happen:


To Do List 10/23/10
Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
Soak For Pumpkin/Pecan Bars, Soak For PoptartsMake PoptartsSoak For Choc/Pnt BtrMuffinsBoil Eggs, Bake Choc/Pnt Btr Muffins, Soak Nuts For Trail Mix (Leave Some For Bkfst Friday)Make Trail Mix
Soak Pancakes






Saturday
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday

Make Pumpkin Seeds, Take Out Ribs

         



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