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What’s for dinner at Charmy’s?

In Food, Love, Organization, Planning on April 10, 2011 at 8:02 pm

It’s that time again…time to prepare for the week and plan out the menu for each of our dinners.

To be honest, I’m not always the most motivated to sit and plan for our weekly menu, or anything for that matter (yes, I know…not a good thing and trust me, I am praying earnestly to change that!) however, I’ve found that we spend less money when I am consistent about having a schedule for what we eat, and plan ahead each day prior to the prepared meal. In addition, our family works as a single unit, each with our own responsibilities (more on that later :). One of my responsibilities is to cook and plan our meals., which I do end up truly enjoying IF I plan appropriately (yes, time management is an important trait to cooking) I try to make everything I do (including cooking) enjoyable, so I pretend like I am running a small restaurant for my family and cook with love!

So in preparation for creating our menu, I took an inventory of things that need to be eaten in both the freezer and the fridge.  Our list for this week:

  1. Meats: Ham, Turkey, Bone-In Chicken Breasts, Chicken Wings, Whole Chicken, Basa, Tilapia, Beef Short Ribs, Top Sirloin, Italian Sausage, Bacon and Sausage (breakfast meat)
  2. Veggies: Peas, Corn, Mixed Veggies, Mashed Potatoes
  3. Other items: Tortellini, Ravioli, Chicken Pot Pie, Prepared pasta mean
  4. Fridge Items: Mushrooms, Bell Pepper, Cauliflower, Ricotta, Buttermilk, Cream

Now…To figure out what to use for the weekly menu (Monday through Sunday usually), which is  usually based on what we have already, specials at my local HEB, Costco, and coupons for deals and of course whatever family favorites there are. Already I have some ideas…

  1. Chinese Noodle Soup (with Bok Choy & mushrooms)
  2. Pasta with Onions, Peas and Ham
  3. Bonzai (Teriyaki) Turkey Burgers
  4. Split Pea Soup http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/10/split-pea-with-ham-soup.html or White Bean soup with Ham http://fortheloveofcooking-recipes.blogspot.com/2008/09/white-bean-and-ham-soup.html
  5. Turkey Soup or Turkey Chili http://simplyrecipes.com/recipes/turkey_chili/
  6. Fish Tacos
  7. Salisbury Steak
  8. Roasted Bone-In Chicken w/Wild Rice and Cauliflower
  9. Breakfast for Dinner (makes life a bit easier to have something simple on hand)

Now it’s just a matter of putting this all together in a way that offers variety (no chicken twice in a row), uses leftovers well and gets approved by the family. I’ll try to keep you entertained with what we eat each day I cook. Let’s see what happens…