Tuesday: Cheese Enchiladas, rice and beans
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes (one of my kids just love these) & pasta salad
Thursday: Lasagna and salad (Make an extra lasagna for the freezer)
Saturday: Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo and salad
It's Monday and we are finally getting some nice weather again. I am ready to change my menu planner from roasts, soups and stews to grilled chicken, shish ka bobs on the barbecue and salads. I sat this morning and reorganized my planner moving some of my soup recipes to the back of the book and inserting some new marinades for the grill to the front. I also moved my cookbooks around so that the ones that are specific to spring and summer cooking are ready to go.
The boys are in the middle of spring soccer season and baseball practice is starting. Our evenings are beginning to be busy again with running kids here and there, so this is a great time to plan ahead so that we don't end up eating too much fast food. A little preparation goes along way. Here are a few things that I have used in the past and have served me well:
- Cook and chop up (I will also shred some for enchiladas) several pounds of boneless skinless chicken breasts. I then freeze in 3-4 cup quantities for quick meal preparation.
- Prepare several freezer meals such as lasagna, tamale pie and other casseroles that freeze nicely. For the next two weeks, I plan to cook "double" on two days in order to build my stock of freezer meals.
- Utilize your crockpot!! There are so many great recipes for crockpots from very simple barbecue chicken to roasts.
- Make a menu plan. I make the plan for the week based on what I have on my calendar. Our goal for most nights is to gather at the table, but if I didn't have a plan I am afraid we would miss many opportunities for this important time together. Having a plan as always served me well.
I will finish my post on "Manners Matter" next week. Have a great Monday!
For more menu plans visit Laura at Organized Junkie