Saturday, August 2, 2008

My new menus

As I mentioned, I've been re-doing my menus--boy, I'm not getting through this project very fast. I'm being too much of a perfectionist on trying to get my recipes just right, etc. My goal is to finish my first set of recipes and grocery list today. But I did want to share my menu list--as requested :). Maybe it will help you think of recipes you can eat.

Week 1
Bean Burritos (Double Portion and Freeze)
Javanese Dinner (Double Portion and Freeze)
Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
Chicken Broth/Tomato Rice Soup

Bread: Tortillas, 2 Loafs, and Cinnamon Rolls
Lunch: Cashew Chicken Salad

Week 2
Tomato Zucchini Pasta
Chicken Curry

Bread: Tortillas, 2 Loafs, and Hamburger Buns
Lunch: Farmer’s Omelet

Week 3
Mac and Cheese
Easy Lasagna
Tuna a la King
Taco Chip O’le (Double and Freeze)

Bread: Biscuits, 2 Loaf and Rolls
Lunch: Fried Rice

Week 4
Chicken strips
Pizza (Left over chicken for pizza?)

Bread: Tortillas, 2 Loafs and Pizza Crust
Lunch: Taco Salad

Extras to freeze or just as an extra menu :
Chicken Tetrazzini
Barbecued Franks ‘n Beans
Sausage Strata
Enchilada Casserole

Majority of my recipes come from Sue Gregg cookbooks--especially Main Dishes and Meals in Minutes. The Meals in Minutes cookbook is full of recipes to fill your freezer. Amazon has it (as listed in the box on the left side) or Sue Gregg has her own website.

Yes, this is a lot of cooking--everything is homemade--but that's why I plan the menus out so that I can save time on the planning, shopping, preparing end (as well as only making mistakes once!) and put it into the cooking. B/c of my health--my husband helps out with a lot of this (another reason to plan it so it's all laid out) and I may be just dreaming that I'll actually make the bread each week! But my 7 year old is really excited about learning to make bread and she can grind grain all by herself (just pour, turn a switch and watch until it's done!)

Also, we eat "breakfast" for dinner as an unplanned meal (eggs, pancakes, or in an emergency, Ezekiel cereal!) and usually at least one meal can be eaten 2 nights a week. And leftovers and sandwiches for most of our lunches. Hope this helps as you evaluate what you actually eat and plan for healthier, easier meals. I'd love to hear about any healthy menus you plan out.

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