Life has occasionally derailed what our original plans were. One day we needed items from the store, so we ended up grabbing some frozen pizzas to cook when we got home and worked on the house. Another night we were supposed to have ham and beans, but were invited up for family events, so we were going to end up not doing that. Weather changed those plans, but sadly, beans need soaked, so we had porkburgers instead. We had intended to use that on pizza, but used sausage instead. I guess the successful trick to having a menu plan is trying to do the ‘hard stuff’ on weekends for us or on a day off or day at home for my husband, and having a back up (usually a sandwich or leftovers) on hand ‘just in case’. Then if we were going to eat the leftovers another night, rotating things around until it all fits back in, like a giant puzzle. So here’s what we will do this week since we messed it up last week. We have had some unexpected things come up as well: we’re finally closing on our refinance, I have my doctor’s appointment WAY away from the house, etc. We also are supposed to do something on Sunday away from the house so that may result in a quicker dinner or dinner out (attending a distant church service at 4 pm). If all else fails, we’ll likely have leftovers. Alternatively, if one of these items fails: for instance if we get wrapped up and don’t get homemade noodles made, then we’ll likely stick ham and beans in there, or move the hot dogs up and fill in with something else. What we want to do is save money and avoid expensive trips to the store. Especially trips in late afternoon (after nap time) that make us feel VERY lazy and wont to cheat on the menu plan.
Monday – Chili, cheese and crackers
Tuesday – beef and noodles, green beans
Wednesday – hot dog crescent wraps, corn, mac and cheese
Thursday- Roasted turkey, noodles and/or mashed potatoes, green beans
Friday- Turkey and dressing casserole
Saturday-Breakfast for dinner