Sunday, November 1, 2009

New cooking goal - monthly menus!

I won't bother making excuses for my hiatus from blogging. I just didn't do it. Suffice to say, I am alive and we are doing just fine.

I've decided that I'm going to combat the "What should I make for dinner?" battle I have every day. I hate stopping at the grocery store on the way home, with no idea of what to get. I've decided that my goal for November is to create a monthly dinner calendar, so I always know what I am making for dinner!

I sat down and made the menu this weekend. I tried out the larger QFC in Covington (about 10 miles from our house), and they were having a big meat sale, so I picked up most of the meat for the month already! My freezer is pretty full right now, but with this dinner menu, I should remember either the night before or in the morning that I need to defrost something. Wahoo!

Travis has reviewed the menu, and is also excited to try out this monthly dinner menu planning - when he was reading it last night, he said it made him hungry, which I thought was a good sign.

Here's the daily menu (we'll be flexible if we decide we want to go out to dinner, or if we have lots of leftovers we need to eat):

Week One:
  • Sunday - T-bone steaks and roasted onion-coated potatoes
  • Monday - Mango-jalapeno sausage jambalaya
  • Tuesday - Leftovers
  • Wednesday - Chili and cornbread
  • Thursday - French bread pizza
  • Friday - Kebabs
  • Saturday - Chicken wild rice soup (my book club is here too, so I will make a lot)

Week Two:

  • Sunday - Lasagna
  • Monday - Chicken stir fry
  • Tuesday - Travis closes
  • Wednesday - Flank steak (I'll be getting a Bobby Flay recipe for this night)
  • Thursday - Pork chops sauteed in cream of mushroom soup
  • Friday - Ham steaks with pasta
  • Saturday - Smoky beef tacos

Week Three:

  • Sunday - Tuna casserole or spaghetti
  • Monday - Pork tenderloin (Luna suggested this works as a weeknight meal, I am trusting her!)
  • Tuesday - Travis closes
  • Wednesday - Enchiladas
  • Thursday - Stovetop lasagna
  • Friday/Saturday - Samantha in NJ visiting Stacy/Cory/Charlie so Travis will be eating leftovers!

Week Four:

  • Sunday/Monday - Samantha is still in NJ
  • Tuesday - Travis closes
  • Wednesday - Cheeseburgers and french fries
  • Thursday - Thanksgiving! Turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy
  • Friday - Leftovers or grilled cheese and ravioli
  • Saturday - Carnitas

Week Five:

  • Sunday - Turkey noodle soup
  • Monday - Pork chops and pasta

So that is the plan for November! I hope it goes really well - keep your fingers crossed :)



Amanda said...

I've noticed your menu, but those meals haven't showed up at my house... what gives? :)

Miss you!

Luna said...

I've got some great pork tenderloin recipes so if you want some ideas (or cooking tips from CW), let me know! Good luck with the monthly menu!