Saturday, September 29, 2007

Looking for a dinner Menu...

A lot of people ask about meal planning. So I though I would post my dinner menu for the period. We do our shopping bi-weekly coinciding with paydays. So I make a list of dinners starting Friday of week one thru Thursdays of week 2. I get bored of cooking the same things so I try new things often.

Jacobs Menu
Friday, September 28 Ravioli (Costco)/Texas Garlic Toast/Veggies
Saturday - Chicken Gumbo/Veggies
Sunday - Mom Jacobs Cooks Dinner (we alternate weeks)
Monday - Pancakes, Sausage and Eggs (with yummy Boysenberry Syrup)
Tuesday - Mexican Lasagna*/Green Salad
Wednesday -Heather's Mom's Chicken/Red Potato Casserole/Veggies
Thursday - BBQ Pork Tenderloin**/Grilled Potatoes/Grilled Zucchini
Friday - Pesto Cheesy Chicken Roll-ups/Rice/Veggies
Saturday - Chicken 'n' Biscuits/Applesauce
Sunday - Orange Chicken(Frozen Aisle in Costco)/Rice/Veggies
Monday - Pigs in a Blanket/Tater Tots/Peaches
Tuesday - Chicken Poppy Casserole/Veggies/Applesauce
Wednesday - Chinese Casserole/Veggies/Fruit
Thursday - Meatloaf/Baked Potatoes/Veggies

*I am going to cook it with corn tortillas and use Mexican style kidney beans instead of refried beans.
**When I went to purchase the tenderloins at Costco they didn't have them so I got Pork Country Ribs instead. I am just going to marinate them with my favorite sauce and throw it on the grill. No dishes wah-la!

So this is my plan in a nutshell. Just a few things I keep in mind when planning a menu. Mondays are crazy so I try to keep the meal planned to a 15 minute prep, nothing too hard or that cooks too long. If Jer is not going to be home or we are going on a date I cook an easy meal, such as mac n cheese or fish sticks. Although this is a very chicken filled menu I usually try to do 2-3 chicken meals and 2-3 beef meals per week and then maybe a ham or pork meal, and a breakfast meal. Sometimes things come up so I get to carry over meals to the net meal period.


alligood said...

Thanks for the recipe ideas! I tried your 'chinese casserole' which Matt loved, and tonight I made 'mexican lasagna' which was also a hit! I love to cook, too, and love to plan meals for my family.


April J. said...

If you have recipes and want to share I would love to include you on our recipe blog. I know life is crazy so I am not sure you want to add anything, but I can add you and you can add recipes as time permits! I can't wait to hear about you new baby. I'm giddy thinking about it.

alligood said...

I'm giddy thinking about it, too! I am so excited to hear the announcement, "It's a boy," or "It's a girl." I am starting to panic about being prepared, though, and am also worried the baby will decide to make an appearance at an inconvenient time - like chemo!

I would love to be part of a recipe blog. I'm always on the hunt for new recipes and my family likes trying lots of things. Life is a little crazy at my house right now, but, you know, dinner STILL must be served every night! It's one of the things that feels 'normal' to me right now.

Rebecca said...

OOOOO! I love trying new recipes! I'm going to check these out!

April J. said...

If you want to share recipes on, send me you email address and I will add you. PM me through twinstuff

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