“If I don’t plan, then I plan to fail”. The following are all possibilities for these next couple of weeks. With that said, I think some planning is in order to make the best of the resources that God has given me, yet I will remain flexible to the possibility of major menu modifications, sudden outings, sickness, dinner dates, etc….
Breakfast Items for the Next Two Weeks:
- Natural Commercial Cereal, and Granola Cereal for most of the days: This has been my go-to for the last 6 months or so, especially since Jonathan has gone low-carb. The only carb-infused food he regularly indulges in is the granola, so I have done less steel cut oats to my dismay. I love steel cut oats because they are really healthy and way cheaper than the nutty granola. Tomorrow I plan on making a quadruple batch of Granola Cereal since my double batches aren’t even lasting a week. Honestly, it’s a bit exasperating, so I will try two double batches in two separate Crock-pots at the same time. Don’t get me wrong; I love making our food. I just wished the fruit of my labor stretched out a bit longer.
- Steel Cut Oats: I will make this twice in the next two weeks with leftovers for a day or two to start incorporating this back into our lifestyle. Can you even see the oats in the picture below?? They are there; I promise.
- Saturday Morning Special Waffles: I will adapt part of it to make mine dairy-free, and perhaps make a Spinach Feta Omelet for the family-I will pull out the veggies and eat them without the cheese or eggs. Next Saturday: Protein Pancakes and scrambled eggs for the family. This is often times when we have a sit down breakfast with daddy, and I like our Saturday morning breakfasts to stick with us so we can have a light lunch like a smoothie or leftovers.
Snacks Items for the Next Two Weeks:
- Granola bars: I made both peanut butter granola bars and almond butter granola bars, so we have them on hand.
- Homemade KIND-inspired Bars: It’s time to make some KIND-inspired bars since I haven’t had any since before Christmas.
- Crock-pot yogurt for the family. I may be making it with raw milk for the first time this week.
- Scrambled eggs
- Tuna Lettuce Wraps
- Nachos (our #1 go-to lunch meal) with my no-cheese cheese for me, and real cheese for the fam
- Smoothies and Sorbets: I have really been going to town with sorbets lately. We have all been enjoying them.
- dinner leftovers like soups
Dinner Items for the Next Two Weeks:
- Salad, Salad, Salad: I need to be less lazy about adding cut vegetables to the organic greens I buy. I want to experiment in the next couple of weeks with new dressings, too. We do try to have salads every day. Hopefully I will have some new salad dressings to share with you to bring our salads to life. My favorite dressing now is the Lemony Vinaigrette.
- Sourdough Bread: (such a great side for so many meals!) I make this once a week, at least. I have now been adding lots of nuts and seeds to the bread.
- Crock-pot Whole Chicken: Thursday I FINALLY bought my first organic chickens. I bought the 2 pack at Costco at $2.49/lb., spending over $20 for the two together. Ouch! That’s over double the cost I would spend to buy two conventionally raised chickens, but I believe in it. We haven’t had chicken since before Thanksgiving with all of the turkey and ham, and then soups we’ve had around, so last week we had our first chicken in a few months, and now we will go a little chicken crazy. Anyway, I crock-potted both the chickens today with a major twist of lemon; I am so excited about it!! I am freezing the bones to make my first organic chicken broth too, as soon as I build up enough vegetable scraps. Tonight we ate chicken with rolls, a green salad, and some leftover rice. I will shred the rest of the chicken for…
- Chicken Enchiladas: Jonathan told me yesterday that he was getting burned out on soups lately. We had Chili Sunday, Lentil Soup Monday, Chicken & Potato Soup Tuesday, my dad’s Bean Soup Wednesday, and more leftover Chicken & Potato Soup Thursday. Point taken. I have been going crazy using our homemade broth that I haven’t done many real “dishes” lately, meaning the last month or two. So the next few weeks I am going to try to incorporate some older standards. That will be easier now that we have lots of leftover chicken from crock-potting the two chickens. The enchiladas will at least last us two dinners and some lunches for the hubs.
- Chicken Taquitos: We haven’t had these for months, and it sounds so good! I was at a Mexican restaurant today, and I really wanted to get some then, but I didn’t think the deep-fried part would agree with me, so I got cheese-less enchiladas. Baked taquitos sound much more appealing! This should also last us two dinners and a lunch or two for Jonathan.
- Crock-pot Pork Roast: Today I bought a pork roast at WinCo for $1.98/lb. I’ll crock-pot it for this Sunday, and then have…
- Shredded Pork Burritos for a quick leftover dinner another night.
- Crock-pot Ham: I got a ham around Christmastime, so the night before we have dinner guests in (maybe in two Sundays), I will throw it in the crock-pot to have it ready for a Sunday Supper. This will give us lots of leftovers and will give us the fixings to make…
- Ham Soup: Even though we had an abundance of soup this past week I am sure in another week and a half or so JSarr will be excited to have more soup. This should last us at least two days, providing a few lunches for JSarr, also.
- Ham Hot Pockets: I posted this at Christmastime because people typically eat a lot of ham then, but we haven’t had them in months. I kept wanting to have them, but we kept using the ham for other things.
- Lentils: I am experimenting more with lentils, so I’ll see how we incorporate them in the next couple of weeks.
- Cauliflower: I have a head of cauliflower, so I will roast it and have it as is or make it into a soup.
- I also would like to experiment with some crock-pot Thai and Sweet and Sour dishes.
Dessert Items for the Next Two Weeks:
- Chocolate Nut Clusters and 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups: Time to stock the freezer and fridge with Chocolate Nut Clusters and 3 Ingredient Peanut Butter Cups. The ingredients for these have been out on my stove top since Wednesday waiting for me to make them-oops! Lord willing, tomorrow!
- Chocolate Chip Cookies (with a secret ingredient), D-F, Egg-Free, G-F: We haven’t made cookies here in a long time, especially since I went egg-free and dairy-free in September/October. I need to make some dairy-free, egg-free cookies to have on hand.
I think I may be less verbose in the next Semi-Monthly Menu Musings. Maybe I’ll just write a list. Would that be easier to view like what I did for my Christmas and Thanksgiving Menu Ideas? Regardless for me I think writing this down will cause me to be more efficient (Lord willing:)! Is there a more helpful format that you would prefer? May be the pictures need to be a bit bigger? I’d appreciate any feedback.
Do you menu plan? What are you planning to make in the next couple of weeks? I’d love to hear!! See other menu plans here.
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