My Kitchen is Feeling VERY Inspired

So, ever since stumbling across Simple Mom‘s blog, I’ve been bookmarking like all her entries because they are fabulous. I’m totally crushing on the idea of making an Inspiration Board, I’ve been clicking her links like crazy, AND (even my husband will be loving her for this) I’ve decided to try to actually implement a Month Long Menu Plan, thus ending the nightly moment of silence that usually follows the dreaded question, “So what’s for dinner?” Anyone else? Show of hands?

She makes it easy by establishing a sort of nightly theme, which I glanced at, improvised for reality, and then drooled over her menus briefly before setting about making something I *might* actually follow, which is the point right? It has to be realistic and possible? So here’s what the remainder of this month might look like in our kitchen (keeping in mind 4 weeks brings us into September, which also brings us quite nicely to My Fabulous Vacation, at which point I coincidentally have 4 nights off from the Dreaded Question of what to make for dinner – awesome, am  right?):

Mondays: freezer food-ish
Tuesdays: italian night
Wednesdays: all american meal
Thursdays: stir fry / skillet meal
Fridays: mexican night
Saturdays: home made pizza (if Hubby says okay of course)
Sundays: something easy

Week One

Monday: Chicken Strips, Potato Wedges & Corn on the Cob
Tuesday: ABC Pasta (from Trader Joes) in Alfredo Sauce, w/ broccoli, French Bread
Wednesday: Hamburgers w/ build your own sides (lettuce, tomato, onion, relish, condiments)
Thursday: Orange Chicken from Trader Joes (dh’s favorite), Asian Stir-fry Veggies, Basmati Rice (my favorite)
Friday: Enchilada Style Mexican Pizza (my personal recipe) w/ guacamole & Fresh Tomatoes, Sour Cream on Side
Saturday: John Deere Pizza? (long family joke, started by my dad): sausage & pineapple
Sunday: filo dough covered brie & sliced fruit

Week Two

Monday: Beer-battered fish, crinkle cut carrots & Mashed Potatoes
Tuesday: Gnocchi, Red Sauce w/ Ground Beef, Garlic Bread
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie (totally Mrs. Budds, and not homemade, but who’s judging?)
Thursday: Chicken BBQ Teriyaki style from TJ, Asian Veggies, Basmati Rice
Friday: Build Your Own Soft Taco / Burrito Night
Saturday: Spinach and Feta Pizza perhaps?
Sunday: something easy – any suggestions??

Week Three

Mondays: Steak & Cheese Sandwiches (w/ peppers & onions for dh & provolone or cheddar cheese for everyone), caesar side salads
Tuesdays: Multi-Colored Spiral Pasta (w/ chopped tomatoes, garlic, olive oil, parmesan cheese & other spices), and a peasant bread or Italian bread
Wednesdays: Hot Dogs, Mac’N’Cheese, Baked Beans (the magical fruit)
Thursdays: Beef Teriyaki Stir-Fry from Hannaford Freezer Section (I think)
Fridays: Classic Enchilada Bake – my original recipe
Saturdays: It’s Game Night at Chez Momma, so we’ll do a cheese pizza, pepperoni pizza and two spinach feta pizzas and maybe some homemade breadsticks, too? I might even make a dessert (maybe)
Sundays: Left Over Pizza for sure, maybe w/ some angel hair pasta

Week Four

Mondays: Frozen Taquitos from TJ – combines Frozen Food w/ Mexican Night since [see Friday note below] w/ mexican style corn & basmati rice perhaps?
Tuesdays: Spaghetti & Meatballs
Wednesdays: Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup sounds heavenly
Thursdays: Orange Chicken Night AGAIN because it’s dh’s favorite

FRIDAY WE’LL BE ON VACATION!

Next ambitious task to consider? Making a Preschool Activity Calendar chock full of fun mildly educational things to do with MM. Link found via Simple Mom, I’m sure.

ps: It’s probably a sad sign that this is apparently the first post I’ve ever written about cooking – according to my category list anyway – which probably means this plan is long over due.

pps: So now the only question is what to make for dinner tonight – Sunday? hehe

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3 thoughts on “My Kitchen is Feeling VERY Inspired

  1. I would totally be at a loss with out my meal plan. Even if you don’t actually follow through, it still makes a great carry over meal or just the satisfaction of knowing if all else fails you have a back up. Ive heard of her blog but haven’t made the effort to check it out, perhaps I shall now.

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