Audra Krell

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Menu Planning Monday

Menu_plan_monday Well last week went so well planning my one meal, that I’m going to take a big leap of faith and actually plan three meals.  This will be difficult, because our oldest son begins his All-Star baseball tournament this week, and his games are 45 minutes away, and they begin at 5:00.  Better plan for a lot of sandwiches!

Monday: BBQ Chicken/Hashbrown casserole.  This recipe is on the back of the Simply Potatoes Hashbrowns, which I always get on sale for $2.00. It’s easy and delicious.

Tuesday: Definitely sandwich time at the Ballpark. My kids seem to have an aversion to sandwiches, but they enjoy it when I buy "Shreds" in the produce aisle and put it with their meat, on some kind of special bread, like a french roll or whole grain roll.

Wednesday: Pasta night  We like to have Angel Hair with a very light red sauce, fresh corn on the cob and a green salad.  Great for hot summer nights.

I did discover, that when I planned my menu last week, it left me a lot more time to write and play with my boys.  So, I am hoping planning more than one meal this week will free up even more time.

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14 thoughts on “Menu Planning Monday

  1. Yea for you!!!! That’s the way to do it – start small, and eventually it will all come together.
    I know the routine all too well of baseball games at dinnertime. I feel ya! We used to do some kind of BBQ in the crock pot, and put it on hamburger rolls (the boys would gobble that up). Also, anything I put on sub-style rolls was always a hit.
    Have a great week!

  2. I’m new at menu planning too! And DO try the honey chicken kabobs – my family RAVED over them. (And it is truly rare when all 5 of us like the same thing) This time, I’m going to make twice as much and use the leftovers in either salads and/or sandwiches.

  3. I love those hashbrowns. I’m going to check out your recipe!

  4. Amazing what a special bread and cut of lettuce does to a ho-hum sandwich, isn’t it? Enjoy your evenings at the ballpark; we spend ours at the pool with swim team. Thanks for stopping by my blog today.

  5. Nice menu. I’ll have to check out the hashbrowns recipe. My kids like them.

  6. Whoohoo! All Star Baseball Tournament, congrats! Love baseball. Anyway, meals sound good! I have to plan out tonight for the week, should not be that hard, barebones family this week!
    FYI, watch for my new blog design coming this week, it is nicey nice!

  7. Your menu looks great! Don’t stress so much about the menu plan. It’s only a plan – it’s not a commandment. As a matter-of-fact – we’re having hot dogs tonight -my husband requested them [he rarely gives me food ideas]. I saw that same recipe on the back of the shredded hash browns and thought it looked pretty good myself.

  8. Sandwiches many different ways are definetly something I do during the summer. I’m going to have to try the hashbrown recipe as well!

  9. I want to encourage you to keep plugging away at making weekly menus. I’ve been doing this off and on for many years and when I make the effort to make a meal plan, my week always goes *so* much smoother. 🙂
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and commenting. I’m so glad I made so much broth. We’re all coming down with colds and it’s so nice to have healing chicken broth already made in my freezer.

  10. Sounds like a great start. I love menu planning, it does free up a lot of time and brain power too.

  11. Your plan looks great and I love the look of your blog!
    Thanks so much for stopping by my blog and have a great week.

  12. i love simple pasta dishes for warm, summer nights.

  13. The BBQ Chicken Hashbrown recipe sounds wonderful, but, alas, they can’t be had in this house! Thanks for stopping by my “kitchen” – I do have a lot of spices, but that’s what happens when virtually everything has to be made from scratch.
    Btw, I really think I prefer planning 3-4 days at a time. I haven’t prepared a whole week’s menu as planned yet!

  14. Thanks!
    You have simple meals which makes for low stress…which is always great! That’s great that your family will eat sandwiches, since they’re easy and cheap. 🙂

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