My weekly menu plan for our large family!

When Sean and I went away on our trip recently we had some really good conversations. They were not easy converstations, it was one of those moments in your marriage where it stretches your relationship, and you are both working so hard on finding the middle ground on how to balance everything.

I mentioned in a previous post that we have lived a crazy busy life the past few years to get Sean through college, but that after he finds a job things will need to change for me. That doesn’t involve closing everything down, rather it means focusing my efforts wisely and hiring more help.

What does this all have to do with menu planning? Basically for the last two years I’ve done very little of it. We have survived on burritos, taco salad, sandwiches, and spaghetti. Seriously. It’s been sad. Oh and Costco pizza. Can’t forget that!

My family was understanding, but they are ready for better meals now! I planned a menu plan for the week and we have been enjoying new meals!

Our Week Long Menu Plan

Breakfast

Oatmeal

Cold Cereal

Stuffed French Toast

Yogurt smoothies for me

Lunch

Leftovers

Sandwiches

Soup

(I was inspired by this blog post on having soup for lunch!)

Dinner

Chicken Barley Soup 

Chicken soft tacos

I marinated chicken breast using this recipe, then made the Pioneer woman’s rice recipe from her holiday cookbook.  I served it with black beans (sprinkled some taco seasoning in those), cheese, sour cream and lettuce. They were yummy! We had these twice this week. Yes, still a mexican dish but my family loved it. 🙂

Lasagna Style Spagetti Squash

Enchilada Casserole 

Parmesan Orzo,  steamed veggies and baked Chicken Tenders

Sunday lunch is normally at my sister’s house

I love pinning recipes on my Recipe Pinterest Board!

 

 

 

5 Comments on My Weekly Menu Plan

  1. There is nothing wrong with spaghetti! 🙂

    I learned from my Italian family that Italian food is great for big families. Meatballs can be made ahead of time and can simmer in the gravy (this is what Italians call the sauce) for several hours. Chicken cutlets can be prepared ahead of time, too. Italians love big pots of soup, which make good leftovers. And a good loaf of bread and salad compliment any meal. Some Sundays I make extra meatballs for the Sunday gravy and then on Tuesday make meatball subs from the leftovers. Italian food is so much more than pasta and lasagnas! It is great for large crowds.

  2. Soup makes an excellent meal for lunch – especially if you use the crock-pot. When my children were younger I’d have a crock-pot meal ready the night before so all I had to do was take it out of the fridge in the morning and turn it on. Lunch was ready when we were. This was wonderful for our homeschool schedule, which could sometimes be a bit hectic.

    As the other commenter mentioned, salad and bread are always good to have on hand – they round out the meal very well.

    We keep breakfasts basically the same each day of the week that way I’ll always know what we are going to have. Fried rice (rice, veggies and eggs) on monday, pancakes on another day, french toast on saturday, breakfast burritos on another day, and biscuits and gravy are the ones I remember ‘off the top of my head’. Oh yes, toast and eggs or fried egg sandwich is anotoher one. And cereal … cereal is always on sunday.

    I only cook supper 3 nights a week; the other nights my daughter and I are alone … leftovers or something quick and simple.

    Meal planning is very important!! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I have learned a lot reading your college journey with your husband. My husband is an RN and works as a flightnurse/ critical care nurse. Recently, he started talking about going back to school to get his CRNA (nurse anesthetist). It’s two years of intense torture with no breaks and no ability to work. We have five kiddos and I homeschool so I have been soaking up all the wisdom I can from ladies who have done it!!! Have you done a post on your coping strategies?

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