Feeding the family is a huge part of homemaking. Think of all the time spent in the kitchen cooking and cleaning up. That does not even consider the time shopping for or growing and preserving the food we eat. Another important step for many is to plan the weekly menu. In fact, many of you share your weekly plan on your blogs every Monday.
Sitting down and planning out the week's menu works well for a lot of people. I think it can be a very good thing, and over the years I have gone through seasons of doing the same. I've also found, over the years, that making a menu plan is not the best thing for our family.
In Meal Planning without a Menu, I explained in more detail why I don't plan the weekly menu. In short, I've found that it is easier to stay in the budget, to use up leftovers, and what we have on hand without planning the menu before hand. Instead, I keep the kitchen stocked with basic ingredients for our favorite meals. I will pull out of the freezer a couple of meat items at a time, and around lunch time I usually decide what to make for dinner. I try to use up any leftovers before pulling anything else from the freezer.
How does it all play out? That is what I've decided to share here. Instead of a menu plan Monday, I will be sharing "What was for dinner?" on Fridays. I plan to highlight where leftover ingredients have been used to make something new, and will designate ingredients that have been grown or harvested from our homestead. I may also share a recipe or two. Please be sure and ask if you see anything on the menu you'd like a recipe for.
Monday - (*)Fresh venison steaks, bean soup made from the Thanksgiving ham bone, (L) roasted carrots & sweet potatoes
Tuesday - (L) Bean soup, BBQ turkey from leftovers, coleslaw
Wednesday - Breakfast for dinner - (*)Eggs, toast, potatoes, bacon
Thursday - Mom's night out with homeschool friends. Moms had dinner out. The dads and kids had pizza.
Friday - (*)Roast, potatoes, (*)green beans.
(*) grown or harvested here, (L) leftovers
I hope that sharing this will help me be more aware of what we are really eating. I hope it might also give someone else ideas for providing their family meals in a way that works for them.