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Weekly menu plan (March 7-13, 2010)

While I never seem to be doing everything I wish to accomplish, there's usually a few things that are going smoothly at any given time. Right now, one of the "smooth" things has been meal planning.

For the past few months, I've actually been successfully planning a weekly menu every week! We're focusing on extra fresh fruits and veggies, as both Joshua and I want to be healthier -- and I must say, I do feel better with how we've been eating lately!

Homemade mocha frappuccino recipe

Here's the menu plan I just made out for this coming week:

Breakfasts:

Homemade Mocha Frappuccinos (for Joshua only; 2 cups per day)

Lots of fruit -- fresh bananas, apples, and pears; frozen blueberries

Toasted and buttered homemade wheat bread OR homemade granola with milk (I've been keeping 2 kinds of homemade granola on hand -- my mom's granola recipe and my favorite Cinnamon Crunch Granola)

Almond coconut granola

Lunches:

Salad (with Romaine lettuce, spinach, carrots, celery, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, shredded cheese, and leftover chicken breast) -- I prepare a huge amount Sunday evening and then Joshua and I eat salad Monday-Friday for lunch

Fresh veggie sticks (carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers) -- for the kids only

Cheddar cheese slices, mixed nuts, in-shell peanuts, milk -- for the kids only

Homemade wheat bread recipe

Snacks: Roasted almonds, bananas, frozen peas (kids)

my mom's meat loaf recipe

Dinners:

Sunday -- Oven-roasted chicken, baked potatoes, green beans

Monday -- Salmon Potato Casserole, peas, corn

Tuesday --Three-cheese stuffed peppers, garlic bread, green beans

Wednesday -- My Mom's Meatloaf, baked potatoes, green beans

Thursday -- Leftover meatloaf, leftover salmon potato casserole, green beans

Friday -- Easy homemade pizza (x2), cooked carrots, cooked peas, and cheesecake*

Saturday -- Leftover pizza; something from the freezer (burritos, perhaps?); veggies; fresh fruit

*Friday is our 8th anniversary; I'm angling for this chocolate caramel almond cheesecake that Joshua created for our 5th anniversary!

Chocolate caramel almond cheesecake

Comments

yummy!

Sounds like lots of good eats!
Happy Anniversary! May the Lord bless all of your days!
-Donna-

Great menu! I'm impressed

Great menu! I'm impressed by how much planning you are able to accomplish with four young ones in the house! I struggle with just my lone 2 yr old, so bloggers like you inspire me to step it up a notch.

I really like your idea of eating salad daily for lunch, it's quick and healthy. One question though, do you add the chicken breast on Sunday too? I would worry about it being still good by Thursday & Friday, but I'm a little obsessive about eating meat quickly once it's at refrigeration temperature.

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Chicken on salads, etc.

It's funny but... I think "things" were just as difficult/challenging overall when I just had one child... or only two... True, things can be rather hectic at times with 4 BUT some things are easier, like when they entertain each other, or the older children do chores and such! :)

We don't always have chicken on the salads (sometimes just the first few days of the week), but yes, if the chicken is cooked fresh on Sunday, I would add it to the salads and use it through Friday's lunch. As long as it's kept cold, I have never had a problem with cooked chicken kept in the fridge for use within 5-6 days. I'm not sure if that's the official recommended time frame... I just kinda follow what my mom always did for leftovers, etc.! :)

Hi Tammy, Happy Anniversary

Hi Tammy,
Happy Anniversary and I hope Joshua makes the cheesecake for you, yum!
Question, the veggie sticks and cheddar slices, why for just the kids? Allergies? to keep costs down?
Coleen

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Food for kids...

Thanks, Coleen! :)

The veggie sticks and cheese slices are for the kids because they prefer their veggies like that rather than a salad (like what I would have, with dressing), and I put shredded cheese on my salad instead of eating the pieces of cheese on the side. So we're essentially eating the same things for lunch, just in different forms. :) I don't usually do separate "kid foods" at meals, but since this is something I prepare in advance it's not any extra work AND I just like that they eat lots of veggies! :)

Do you mix the vegetables

Do you mix the vegetables and lettuce together on sunday and add in the chicken each day as you want it?What type of dressings do you like best?I love ranch but we have been staying away from it.Rick loves to add pepper and red wine vinegar.I like it but get tired of that all the time.I do enjoy pepper all the time though.

Happy Anniversary.

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Salad prep

I took some pictures today as I made the salads, so I will share more about that this week! :) Joshua likes to crank black pepper over his salads, too! He usually has ranch dressing and I prefer Italian (or sometimes balsamic vinegar and oil with garlic).

Thanks for the anniversary wishes! :)

I look foward to see it when

I look foward to see it when you have time to post it.Thank you.

Peas

Do your kids really eat frozen peas for snack? Impressive

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Frozen peas for snacking

Yes, they actually love frozen peas! I discovered this a couple years ago, when the boys started asking for peas to eat when they saw me putting them into a pan for dinner. They frequently eat so many frozen ones before the meal (i.e. more than a cup of peas each!) that I allow them to skip the cooked peas at dinner. (They do like cooked peas too, but really seem to LOVE them frozen!) :)

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Good for you for healthy

Good for you for healthy eating!
And Happy 8th Anniversary!
You know, it just occurred to me how many birthdays etc you have in the first months of the year! :)
3 birthdays in January right?
And yours in Feb.
Anniversary in March.
Yehoshua's in April...

Lots of happiness in those 4 months!
*smile*

That cheesecake looks yummy; good choice!

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Thank you! Yes, you have it

Thank you! Yes, you have it right -- lots of celebrating in January, February, March, and April! Makes the winter pass with cheer, I guess. :D

Cheesecake

Tammy, I love to see the beautiful cheesecakes that your Husband makes. Do you have a New York Cheesecake receipe? Happy Anniversary!!!

Tina

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New york cheesecake

Thank you, Tina!

I don't know that we have ever made a New York cheesecake! I guess we like to try different flavors, and I am not a big fan of NY cheesecake (really, I just love CHOCOLATE cheesecake!) but I know Joshua likes it, so maybe he will play with one sometime. :)

Cheesecake

Happy Anniversary Tammy! Do you have a receipe for New York style cheesecake? The cakes your Husband makes always look so yummy.

Thank you
Tina

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Mmm

Delectable is the first word that came to mind when I saw this cheesecake. I'm certainly going to try this recipe sometime!

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