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  • Menu Plan Monday: Week of Feb 17, 2014

    This is going to sound crazy, but it just occurred to me that I can copy previous monthly menus, and then just tweak them according to how our days are scheduled. I do this anyway every week, since I don’t know a full month ahead what every night of every week is going to be like. I’m thinking I’ll come up with a rotation of six monthly menus that I can use as a starting point every month, and then just plan on swapping out a few meals with some new ones I want to try, putting in the nights we’ll be out, and moving meals around according to our schedules, like the nights when I need a slow-cooker meal because I’ll be out most of the day. I’m very excited about this, because I usually dread filling out my menu for the coming month but I make myself do it anyway because I know how useful it is. With the rotating menus, maybe I won’t feel so much dread!

    For now, this is what I’ve got lined up for this week:

    Monday – Pasta Bolognese, Steamed Broccoli

    Tuesday – Sauteed Mushrooms with Toasted Flatbread and Baked Eggs {forgot to buy the mushrooms for these last week}

    Wednesday – Cornbread Taco Pizza, Salad

    Thursday – Salmon Furikake, Rice, some kind of vegetable

    Friday – Copycat Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls, Fruit, Sausage

    Saturday – Alton Brown’s Sardine Avocado Sandwich, Chips

    Sunday – Slow Cooker Paella, some kind of veggie or side

    I’m also going to make Magic Bars again, and some kind of cookie.

    See more weekly menus at I’m an Organizing Junkie.

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    1. My New Years Resolution is to make a menu plan for each week, and I am proud that I still haven’t missed a week yet in 2014. It has made a huge difference. Like you I’ve got a busy sports schedule and it is helpful to have dinner planned out for the whole week.

      I made a master list of recipes and keep it tacked to the inside of my cabinet. I just pick from the list and plan out the week.

      • Chief Family Officer says:

        That’s a great idea too, and sounds easier. I think I may go that route instead!

        Congrats on sticking to your New Year’s Resolution – it’s not easy!