Every Workerette knows how important it is to plan ahead and try to streamline things like grocery shopping, meal preparation, and kitchen storage in order to (hopefully!) add a few more minutes to the day. Hopefully with Menu Plan Monday you'll be able to get some ideas for things to put on your own future menus - or maybe you'll become inspired to streamline things around your own house with menu plans. Remember, this isn't just for work-at-home moms like me! You can be single with no kids, retired with your spouse, or working nights with both your kids and your parents to care for - planning ahead for your personal situation with a little bit of wiggle room for longer than expected shifts, school events, and business travel still puts you ahead of the game!
Here's what will be cooking in my kitchen this week:
- Monday: Three-Bean Chili
- Tuesday: Sandwiches
- Wednesday: Spaghetti (from extra made and frozen last week)
- Thursday: Mel's Minestrone
- Friday: Chili (leftovers from Monday)
- Saturday: Homemade Pizza
- Sunday: Minestrone (leftovers from Thursday)
As you can see, I'm doing a lot of double cooking this week. After the freezer fiasco at the beginning of the month, I didn't bother to replace all of the meat I had on hand, and only bought enough for one week. I plan to do some shopping for next week's menu this Thursday. Since we had another storm blow in last night, my goal is to PREcook some of the meat so that in the case of another outage, I can just throw the frozen items on the gas range or the (now working) barbecue and cook them up instead of letting them go to waste!
Need more Menu Plan ideas to get you thinking? Head over to OrgJunkie's blog and see what's cooking in other kitchens this week.