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Plans and Menu for the week of 6/25

It’s the first full week of summer vacation! My goals for this week are to catch up on housework that’s fallen behind in the final weeks of school, play with the kids, can strawberry jam and keep working on my coursework. I haven’t blogged about it, but I’ve gone back to school to take some grad level classes in physics and earth science. I already have my masters but I love learning science! Anyway, here’s my plan for the week in terms of catching up on housework. I’ll do a little bit each day, in addition to daily stuff like dishes, running laundry and cooking. I like having a daily focus, and will try to get in a set schedule for the summer once I catch up a bit.

M- work in garden, laundry day, pick up kitchen, pick up mud room, grocery delivery

T- clean bathrooms

W- garden day

Th- clean office

F- vacuum upstairs

S- wash bedding (weather permitting)

S- laundry day

And here’s the supper menu for the week:

M- salmon, red potatoes, corn on the cob, salad

T- flank steak fajita bowls

W- going to a friend’s house and bringing pasta salad, broccoli salad and brownies

Th- grilled chicken, sweet potatoes, , zucchini, salad

F- baked ziti, salad

Sat- heading to an engagement party for my cousin

Sun- crock pot pulled pork, baked potatoes, salad

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Menu For the Week of 4/16

Monday – steak, sweet potatoes, salad

Tuesday – roast chicken, red potatoes, green beans, salad

Wednesday – spaghetti and meatballs, broccoli, salad

Thursday – chicken soup

Friday – breakfast for dinner

Saturday – Anna’s birthday party! It’s a garden themed party with lots of yummy food planned!

Sunday – pork chops, rice, salad

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Menu for the week of 3/12

Monday- Joshua’s 8th Birthday! Baked ziti with sausage, broccoli, salad and cake

Tuesday- burgers, macaroni and cheese, carrots, salad

Wednesday- Chicken pot pie for pi day!

Thursday- pork chops, potatoes, applesauce, salad

Friday- grilled chicken, rice, broccoli, salad

Saturday- beef barley veggie soup, homemade bread

Sunday- salmon, rice, broccoli, salad

I’ve mentioned before that I’m really careful about what I eat, so I wanted to share that I eat the same as what I cook for my family, I’m just really careful about portion sizes. I plan on one serving of protein, one serving of carbohydrate, two servings of vegetables (or one veggie and one fruit), and a fat like cheese or salad dressing. I am not super strict but that’s the formula I try to follow. I source food as close to home as possible, and we have our pig, chickens and turkeys in the freezer. I just started buying eggs from my cousin who lives next door, so that’s perfect! We eat fish and shellfish my husband catches, and eat fruits and veggies from our garden or our parents’ farms in season. I buy local milk in returnable glass bottles from a local farm delivery service. I cook from scratch as much as possible and I have a few tricks (like adding turmeric to brown rice to turn it yellow so the picky members of the family don’t know it’s brown rice, and cooking it in the instant pot) A typical day for me looks like this:6:30 am Breakfast- a shake made from chocolate shakeology with spinach, almond milk, half a banana and a tsp of peanut butter. 11:45 Lunch at school- leftovers, a sandwich or salad with an apple. 4:00 afternoon snack of carrots and hummus or yogurt and fruit6:00 dinnerI’m not perfect by far but I’ve been able to keep weight off for 5 years (excluding pregnancy!) and do it in a healthy way. Any questions, I’m happy to answer!

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Menu Plan *Friday

What can I say? I got groceries today, and I have time! My first week at work is next week, so I’m hoping a menu plan will help me get organized and help to streamline my cooking as well as make sure nothing gets wasted.  I’m making an effort to have lots of healthy vegetables, and I’ll be taking leftovers to work for lunch.  I’m not setting days, since I’d rather make whatever I feel like having, and this will allow for any disruptions in the plan.

Meal 1

  • chicken breast stuffed with spinach and ricotta (double batch and freeze)
  • brown rice
  • carrots
  • tossed salad

Meal 2

  • homemade pizza
  • tossed salad

Meal 3

  • roasted chicken
  • stuffing
  • butternut squash
  • cranberry applesauce
  • tossed salad

Meal 4

  • spaghetti and meatballs (double batch and freeze)
  • sauteed spinach with garlic
  • tossed salad

Meal 5

  • pork chops
  • buttered noodles
  • sauteed cabbage
  • applesauce
  • tossed salad

Meal 6

  • crab cakes
  • mashed potatoes
  • sauteed spinach with garlic
  • tossed salad

Meal 7

  • take out!

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What’s for Supper?

The biggest stress in my life doesn’t come from work.  I’ve been at my job for six years, and I know what I’m doing.  I’m confident that I can handle my responsibilities, and although sometimes I’m overwhelmed with my work, the majority of my stress comes from keeping the house clean and cooking.  While I love cooking, it’s figuring out what to make, shopping, and thawing food that’s the hard part.  Once I have all the ingredients ready to go, that’s the fun part.  I’m going to work on tackling the cooking stress and then I’ll deal with cleaning (since I enjoy cooking much more!)

Figuring out what to defrost seems to be the most difficult part.  It used to be that I’d shop once a week and then choose whatever meat looked good from the refrigerator.  Now, I need to plan ahead to get things thawed and ready to cook.  I think if I start to post a menu for the week, I’ll be more organized and won’t be in a panic to figure out what to defrost when I get home from work.  I don’t typically plan out a week’s worth of meals in advance, but it’s worth a try. 

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

  • My award ceremony is tonight, so I’m not sure if we’re going to eat at home.  If we do, I think I’ll make eggs or pancakes.

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

  • We’re having friends over and I’m not sure what I’m making yet.

Do you plan menus for the week? How does it work for you?

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