The Cat Ate My Plant

Musings from a woman, wife, and mother

Meal Plan Monday December 12, 2011

Filed under: Meal Plan Monday,Meatless Monday,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 11:13 pm

Most of the blogs I visit have a theme. If not frugality, than keeping a well running home. Usually, both. They always encourage meal plans, and I have to admit, I toy with it from time to time, but I find it very difficult! For instance, in the spring/summer when we have our Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) shares, we often don’t know what kind of veggies we are getting until that day. How can I plan an entire months meals or even a couple of weeks when I don’t know what’s going to be in my fridge?

Well, I’m trying it again. This time, I’m starting out small though. One week at a time seems appropriate. And I’m going to share it with you so that you can help me stay accountable.

Monday: oatmeal/leftovers/ macaroni & cheese, broccoli, salad

Tuesday: peanut butter toast, grapes/Taco Bell/meatloaf, cheesy potatoes, salad

Wednesday: smoothies/leftovers/leftovers (I’ll also be making beef stock this day)

Thursday: oatmeal/leftovers/ribeye steaks, salad, rice pilaf

Friday: peanut butter toast, grapes/leftovers/pizza, salad

Saturday: buttermilk pancakes, leftovers, meat sauce & pasta

Sunday: French toast bake/leftovers/pork roast, rice, green beans, salad

Have you tried a menu plan?

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What’s For Dinner? The 12/12/11 Edition

Filed under: Meatless Monday,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 2:51 pm
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I started this post, but saved it for later because my wonderful two-year-old woke up from nap early. Well, my husband (in his loving way) sends me an email, “You need to add more detail.” Needless to say, I was completely confused! When I went to look at the post, it appears that my son, while playing with my computer, somehow managed to post this…blank. How, I have no idea. But, it is what it is. So, I’m adding ‘detail’ about what’s for dinner!

It’s meatless Monday again. And this time I decided to switch it up. No rice & beans! I know, you’re shocked. I was too. But, we move on. Tonight, it’s homemade macaroni & cheese (sans Velveeta) with broccoli and salad on the side. Oh, yeah. I plan on mixing my broccoli with my macaroni & cheese. I can’t say what others are going to do, but why not?

I used a recipe from my trusted Betty Crocker cookbook   It was pretty simple. Started out with a roux (that’s flour & butter, right? 🙂 ) and ended with two whole cups of cheese! It says sharp cheddar but I only have mild on hand. It probably would be way better with sharp. Or some other yummy, melty, gooey type of cheese. But, I’ll experiment some other time.

What are you having for dinner?

 

What’s For Dinner? The 12/5/11 Edition December 5, 2011

Filed under: Meatless Monday,What's for dinner — thecatatemyplant @ 10:21 pm
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The series is really making me think about our menu plan! It’s meatless Monday again, and again we had southwest style beans & rice. This time I used enchilada seasonings and tortillas instead of taco seasoning and chips, but still. It’s pretty much the same thing we have every Monday. And, although we have pizza every Friday, it’s not the same! So, I need some help with meatless Mondays. Here are some dishes we’ve done in the past:

Pasta & sauce (I made all that red sauce, why not?)

Beans, broccoli & pasta (Garbanzo beans sautéed with garlic & olive oil, add pasta and broccoli and some Italian seasonings. If it wasn’t meatless Monday, I’d add bacon 🙂 )

Macaroni & cheese

Vegetable lasagna

 

This list is pathetically small. Do you have any suggestions?