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Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

It’s Monday–time to share our dinner-time game plans for the week!  I’m not going to lie–this week’s schedule has thrown me for a loop with meal planning.  Usually when we’re busy and running around, meal planning helps me keep my sanity and avoid tons of carry out or drive-thru options.  But…the older two kids are at camp until 6:00 each evening this week, and they’ll eat dinner at camp, and we’ll be in the car from about 5:15-6:40 with the whole pickup duty, so I think we’ll be eating in shifts (or while we travel).  Add to that the fact that soccer practices start up for the boys…yep, this week’ll be a doozy (and probably a preview of things to come as we adjust to four kids’ worth of activities!).

Anyway…here’s my tentative plan for the week.  Aiming for a few things that can be eaten whenever people are ready for them, and hopefully a few “portable” options so whoever heads up to get the kids could have the possibility of taking theirs to go!

Monday: Chicken stir fry over rice

Tuesday:  Tacos, fresh fruit, carrots & dip

Wednesday:  Beef & Noodles (using leftover pot roast & gravy), green beans

Thursday:  Burgers on the grill, baked waffle fries, broccoli

Friday:  Breakfast for dinner–probably omelettes

Saturday: Bonfire with friends–hot dogs, camper pies, s’mores, and fresh fruits & veggies

Sunday: Spaghetti and meatballs  (bumped from last week)


How about you–what’s on your menu this week?  Do you have any tips for meals on busy nights?  Join the conversation in the comments or on Facebook!

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