Monday Menu

It’s 11 degrees outside right now (-7 windchill), and I have no desire to set foot outside the door today until I absolutely have to. The kids are home from school today on this Martin Luther King Jr./Inauguration Day. My big plans for the day include a little laundry and swabbing down the kitchen while I watch the inauguration festivities on tv. So my meal plan for the week is based completely on what food we already have in the house. We have enough milk to get us through the week, and if I get crazy and make a big batch of banana bread, maybe the kids won’t notice that we’re nearly out of cereal.

Monday: Potato soup (best soup on a cold day EVER)

Tuesday: Lasagna (that one I put in the freezer a few weeks ago); Brussels sprout slaw (the one I didn’t make last week)

Wednesday: Herb-rubbed top sirloin steak (maybe broiled instead of grilled) with roasted tomato and garlic relish; oven fries; asparagus

Thursday: Egg salad on Seven-grain bread

Friday: Beef ragu (made from a portion of pot roast in the freezer) with spätzle; green salad

Saturday: Roast turkey dinner


What meals can you make this week without a run to the store for ingredients?

Monday Menu

I’m shivering in front of my computer, despite my quilted slippers and fleece scarf. Still no snow, but winter temperatures have finally arrived, so I’m especially grateful that we got all our grocery shopping done over the weekend and I don’t need to venture out again this morning. We huddled inside on Sunday, planning the menu, supervising homework, wiping runny noses, doing a few chores and working through several games and puzzles that were unearthed during the game cupboard reorganization. The Hub and Miss Seven baked a carrot cake, dark with cinnamon and dusted with powdered sugar, and we all sat down to tea. We’re looking forward to more cake next weekend, as Mr. Nine becomes Mr. Ten (!!!).

We shopped first, buying what was on sale or looked appealing, and then planned our menu. I usually work the other way around, but it can be a fun challenge to search for recipes based on ingredients you have on hand. Today I got even more organizationally inspired, and wrote on my week’s to-do lists when to defrost the chicken and when to soak the beans. The best laid plans can all come to naught if you forget to soak the beans.

Monday: Spaghetti with cherry tomatoes and feta, fennel salad

Tuesday: Cauliflower frittata, Brussels sprout slaw

Wednesday: Thai-style ground beef, coconut rice, stir-fried broccoli

Thursday: BBQ chicken pizza, green salad

Friday: Red beans and rice, pan-roasted asparagus

Saturday: Dinner with friends

Sunday: Indian Butter Chicken Curry, rice, naan, birthday cake


What are you cooking to keep you warm?