While blog browsing recently I stumbled across OrgJunkie.com (a site I NEED in my life). She (Laura) advocates meal planning (something I used to be better at) - in fact she feels menu planning is one of the best places to start in your "quest to get organized". Hmmmm. I am not looking forward to multiple weekly trips to the grocer with 3 kids in tow so the idea of being organized to do one run does sound appealing. Plus, I will admit despite my coupon skills (to lower the bills -heehee-) I do have a tendency to try to persuade Mr. J to take us out to eat (with coupon of course!) when summer stir crazies set in or Yummo to pick up Chinese take-out (a thing of the past now that Restaurant.com does not have $10 Wok coupons) when I forget to thaw out meat. The facts are more high dollar meals out mean less summer date nights and weekend family fun... and that will not do! So you have probably guessed where this post is heading... this is my 1st addition of what will hopefully be my weekly participation in Menu Plan Monday!
This week the Dickey Diet will include:
Breakfast - Do your own thing - Choices include:
cereal/cereal bars, bacon
egg & cheese sandwich(s)
oatmeal (only the princess and I willing eat this choice)
cheese toast, strawberries
Lunch - with Mom-:
cheese quesadillas, grapes
chicken salad, strawberries
corn dogs, apple sauce
egg salad, chips
WAS honey teriyaki chicken, rice and broccoli but hubby scored Cure tickets for tonight so NOW the kids and I are eating a homemade cheese pizza and field greens from MY garden (my 1st!)
we are invited to a cook-out if we do not attend (Mr J's work schedule and princess EB is in ALL day camp this week) we will have chicken salad, egg salad and tuna salad on lettuce with cantaloupe
"UnCut Heidi"'s child friendly taco puffs (yummO), corn on the cob
Outback (Free Gift Card Baby! Thanks Mr J's work!)
spaghetti with Italian sausage, salad (hopefully from MY garden again)
pork chops (need recipe! drop me a comment if you have one), potatoes and green beans
I am thinking Quiche... Mr J says ick, lets eat out... we will see
shrimp & noodle stir-fry, maybe even eggrolls?
Does menu planning sound interesting to you? Want to hear more? Laura explains the WHY and HOW as well as providing aweseome links to recipes sites and various menu planning resources.