Monday, April 15, 2013

Menu Plan Monday–April and May

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The last three weeks were a bit of a whirlwind. My husband’s grandmother passed away about three weeks ago, so me being me, I planned a two week road trip for my family to go to SoCal and enjoy the sights as well as go to the memorial service. Oh, and I played travel agent for the rest of his family, which include his mom and disabled dad, sister and her hubby, and two more brothers. Yeah. Made my head spin a bit. Then was the actual trip. Really good, but exhausting! Almost two weeks in a hotel room with your three kids isn’t exactly relaxing. In any way. BUT we did go to Disneyland, San Diego Zoo, the beach, and several other places. We had a great time, and are glad to be home. Except for this freak snow storm. I mean, almost a foot of snow in the middle of April?!? Welcome to Colorado spring, I guess.

2013-04-15 Snow! (6)

Anyway…I didn’t exactly get any meal plan done for the month before we left, and then we ate out for two weeks, ugh. Now that we’re home, and it’s already the middle of the month, I decided I would just plan out April and May. So here goes. Six weeks of meals all planned out:

Sun Mon Tues Wed Thurs Fri Sat
14 
Meatballs & Ravioli
15
Basic Tacos
16
Chicken Pot Pie Soup
17
Teriyaki Crockpot Chicken
18
Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup
19
You’re On Your Own (YOYO)
20
Hamburger Helper
21
Stuffed Jumbo Shells
22
Orange Chicken Stir-Fry
23
Chili Colorado Burritos
24
Healthy Mama BBQ Chicken
25
Date Night with that man o’ mine
26
YOYO
27
Taco Dump Soup
28
Dinner at my dad’s
29
Creamy Chicken Taquitos
30
Sweet & Sour Citrus Chicken
1
Slow Cooker Pizza
2
Parmesan Ranch Chicken
3
YOYO
4
Light and Crispy Waffles
5
Baked Pasta Casserole
6
Mexican Lasagna
7
Valencian Paella
8
Cilantro Lime Chicken
9
Date Night!
10
YOYO
11
Pizza
12
Guiltless Chicken Alfredo
13
Sweet & Sour Meatballs
14
Scalloped Potatoes & Ham
15
Crockpot Parmesan Chicken
16
Rice-a-Roni with Chicken
17
YOYO
18
Something Grilled – Probably Burgers
19
Noodles Bolognase
20
Southwest Chicken Burritos
21
Orecchiette
and Sausage
22
Cheesy Hamburger Soup
23
Basic Casserole
24
YOYO
25
Chicken Lemon Soup with Orzo
26
Dinner at my dad’s
27
Mexican Lasagna
28
Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
29
Grillin’
30
Green Beans, Potatoes, and Chicken
31
YOYO
1
Meatloaf Muffins

One more thing that I really like about meal planning in advance like this: It gives me the ability to bring people a meal more easily. I can see when I would already be making something that is easy to double, or one that I already usually double (like Stuffed Jumbo Shells), and just plan on sharing that extra meal. I have a friend who has just started chemo for breast cancer, and they don’t have a lot of local friends since they just moved here a year ago. I know which meals I will be bringing them in the next six weeks and I’m less likely to forget (what a horrible friend would I be then!) since it’s already in my family’s plan and not just on a sign-up sheet somewhere. I also have a neighbor who had a baby while we were gone in Cali. I don’t know her that well, but what better way to bless someone than by bringing them a meal?

Okay, enough talking. What are you making this week/month?

~S

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