Menu Plan Monday

I realized this week that not having a menu planned really had put my nutrition on the back burner (not that it was that great in the first place).

So this week I’m looking at some other menus and trying to put together something that’s easy and has enough leftover’s for lunch the next day. I’ve come to realize that there are too many days that my kids aren’t eating enough at school, and come home starving. I think I can do better with taste and nutrition when it comes to lunch that the school does, by far.

So in no particular order these are some meals I’ll be cooking this week. I don’t have a particular day, because here it always gets changed anyways.

  • A large batch of grilled chicken to be used for salads, fajitas and much more.
  • Homemade Pizza and Calzones
  • Pot Roast with carrots and potatoes
  • Cheeseburger Boat with homemade bread
  • Potato Soup with crusty homemade bread
  • Vegetarian Night with roasted Brussels sprouts, carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, and anything else the kids may choose that’s a veggie (or fruit)
  • Spaghetti with homemade cheesy garlic bread

Now to get all of these recipes into my iPhone so that I don’t forget anything when I’m shopping. (LOVE this app btw!) MealBoard – Meal and Grocery Planner – Ray Bernardo MealBoard - Meal and Grocery Planner - Ray Bernardo

Menu Plan Monday: Getting a Grip

Getting my menu plan together this week is such a blessing. I’ve been eating differently, so its hard to get my menu down on paper. Learning to eat differently, has really changed my weekly meals a lot lately and here I’m going to try to share my plan with you.

Breakfast for the week: Kashi cereal, granola, smoothies, almond milk.

Snacks: Almonds, dried cherries, Kashi granola bars, apples and oranges

  • Monday: Chicken Stir Fry with lots of veggies
  • Tuesday: Roasted Turkey Breast
  • Wednesday: Leftovers
  • Thursday: 13 Bean (or however many) Soup
  • Friday: Spinach Raviolli
  • Saturday: Beef Stir Fry with veggies.
  • Sunday:Grilled Chicken (with extra for the week) with grilled veggies

For more ideas for your week, check out Orgjunkie.

Menu Plan Monday

I’m changing my eating habits, slowly but surely. Last week I had real cheese and bacon and still came in under my calorie goal! Yay!

For the most part my kids were not eating at home last week, so this week may be a bit more challenging. As my fitness level changes, along with my weight my calorie goals for the day will be changing too. Lately I’ve been burning anywhere from 300-500 calories a day. That really changes what I eat. So this is a vague plan for the week that will be tweaked as I go.

  • Monday: Grilled hamburger, (no bun) salad, brown rice
  • Tuesday: Veggie Soup, homemade bread
  • Wednesday: Baked Chicken and Green Beans, brown rice
  • Thursday: Grilled Chicken, Salad, Kid’s choice of Veggies
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza

Curious as to how I’m doing in my healthy journey to weight loss? Check Heather and I out at Eat, Sweat, Lose.

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Menu Plan Monday

This week is starting out pretty busy. I hope to use one of my best friends to help out this week, my Crockpot!
crock pot

I’m certainly waiting on our days to cool off a bit. September in the 90’s in very normal, but it doesn’t mean that I don’t still dream of real Fall weather.

So what’s going on this week? Cheer practice, Piano, doctor’s appointment and Zone Super Fling Boogie! (We will be doing major decluttering in Flylady’s zones starting today in the Master Suite.)

So on to the Menu…I know that’s why you are here but check out my current giveaways too which will be going up this morning!

  • Monday: Chicken and Dumplings
  • Tuesday: Marlboro Man’s Sandwiches
  • Wednesday: Grilled Chicken, veggies
  • Thursday: Red Beans
  • Friday: 15 Bean Soup
  • Saturday: Grilled Chicken
  • Sunday: Leftovers

In addition to these dinner items this week, I will be making sourdough artesian bread, homemade granola bars, and mini pizzas. I hope to share pictures and recipes next Monday, so don’t forget to subscribe to my feed so you don’t miss out!

Creative Commons License photo credit: love♡janine

Menu Plan Monday: Calender

I know a few weeks back I said that I would not be doing my menu here anymore. Well a girl has the right to change her mind right? 😛

This week I’m excited, I ordered a new calender! I know, do you get that same feeling that I do when a new calender is in your hands? I always feel like “this is THE week to get organized for a new year!” I know, its August but school has already started way down here in the south.

I’m a big calender kinda girl. No not a calender girl. Ok, so I am a “big” girl, plus sized girl and….never mind. I like my calenders huge! I want somewhere to write everything. You know I’ve used the Flylady calender for years, but this year I’m changing.

Wanna know why? This one has a spot for my menu on EACH DAY! I know, amazing right?! I’ve added a little pic here so you can go get one yourself, you know you want one! I got mine with change left over from 15.00 in Amazon credit (yep from SwagBucks!) and that’s with shipping. Can’t beat the price! I’ll let you know how much I LOVE it after I’ve had time to play with it.

I know, you came here for my menu…I’m getting to that! lol! I just had to share my great find.

  • Monday: Red Beans and Sausage
  • Tuesday: Grilled Chicken Salad
  • Wednesday: Anything Goes
  • Thursday: Pioneer Woman’s husband’s Favorite Sandwich
  • Friday: Homemade Pizza
  • Saturday: Roast Beast with homemade Mac n Cheese
  • Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings

Family Foodies and more!

I have a new gig!

Well I’ve been blogging at Family Foodies for about 2 months now, but in a couple weeks if all goes well I’ll be the new editor! Yippee!

What does this mean for Polka Spot Farm? Well instead of posting foodie type posts here like my Menu for Menu Plan Monday, it will be moved to Family Foodies. All of my old recipes and menus will stay here on this blog, but a lot of the new things will go to Family Foodies. I will be concentrating more on homemaking here at Polka Spot Farm, like I had originally intended.

Eat Sweat Lose

If you’ve missed it, I’m also blogging at Eat Sweat Lose with a great chick named Heather. This blog is about our weight loss journey. Check us out on Tuesday and Thursdays for our weigh-in’s. I know that all of the great food we had this weekend has me at a gain instead of a loss…but lets just see what the scale says for me on Tuesday’s

I’m also still blogging monthly at Sensational Divas Review. This group is full of ladies that I’m very close to, and most of them have great personal blogs.

When its all written out like this, I seem kind of busy don’t I?! That’s 4 blogs so far…what’s going to be next?! Just keep reading to see!

I hope that you will join me in my new ventures and leave lots of comments! lol I’ll be happy to see some familiar faces over at these other blogs.

Menu Plan Monday

This week my husband is home, and we already have enough food to feed an army! Not sure why he cooked so much on the grill this weekend but it keeps me from having to cook this week, well except a lot of sides. What’s your favorite sides for grilled chicken?

Monday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Tuesday: Fried Chicken (at mom’s!)

Wednesday: Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Thursday: Honey Mustard Chicken Salad

Friday: Homemade Pizza for 7

Saturday: Smoked Ham and sides

Sunday: Chicken and Dumplings

Next week we’ll be starting our Stay at Home Summer Camp. I can’t wait to share what I have in store! I’ll be bringing you great tips throughout the week so don’t forget to subscribe.

Menu Plan Monday

For the next 2 weeks, I’ll be planning my menu around 1 or 2 people. My goal is to put some meals in the freezer for the summer. With some great finds at a local store, I’m now the new owner of a 14 cup Cuisinart food processor, a 4 cup Cuisinart food processor and a few J. A. Henckles knives! I got a great deal on them (under $50 one has a scratch, only 3 knives with the set, and I’m missing a couple blades), and I’m so excited!

I”ll definitely be at the farmers market this week looking for fresh tomatoes, I’m in a great need of salsa this week. Some things I will be doubling to freeze, other things I’ll only be using as a freezer meal, I’ll mark which ones are which.

Monday: Grilled Fajita Chicken ( I will keep about a cup of this out for my dinner, and freeze the excess )

Tuesday: Chicken Noodle Soup (I will be making stock this day to freeze, and keeping a little out for my soup)

Wednesday: Ribeye Steaks (DH may or may not be home this day, if not I’ll slice his steak for salads and freeze)

Thursday: Smoked Spiraled Sliced Ham (I’ll eat a few slices of this for lunches and maybe dinner, the rest will be divided and frozen)

Friday: Carribean Style Pork Chops (I will be making the marinade, and freezing the entire package)

Saturday: Stuffed Buffalo Chicken (I’ll double this recipe and have one for dinner with friends, and one for the freezer)

Sunday: Roast Chicken with Red Potatoes (I’ll be slicing and dicing the leftovers for sandwiches and salads)

I also plan on making cinnamon rolls and dinner rolls as soon as I find a good recipe.

This week is dedicated to packing your freezer with great family meals. I’ll be bringing you great tips throughout the week so don’t forget to subscribe. Do you have any recipes that you would like to share that are great for the freezer? Maybe you have a great mix to keep in the pantry for muffins? Add a comment below, or contact me using the contact form and I’ll be happy to add a link to your site in an upcoming post this week. I’ll also be sharing things on our Facebook Page.

Menu Plan Monday

This week is gonna be one of those weeks where I try to keep busy. My husband is leaving on a plane this evening, and we don’t know how long he’ll be gone. I’m not looking forward to this one bit, but he needs the work.

I have a new project lined up for this week, its called Once a Week Cooking.

I’ve done once a month cooking (OAMC), well I never did it for the whole month because its soo overwhelming. I think that it took about 3 hours to do 5 meals last time, and then I was so proud of those meals, it took a couple months to actually decide that it was ok to eat them. Have you ever done this? That’s why I picked OAWC. I”ll let you know how it goes.

Stay at Home Summer Camp planning

One of the things that I want to start this week is working on a Summertime menu with Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (or supper for those in the south) and snacks. It will be a couple weeks before the kids are all here (or any kids are here after Friday), so I have a lot of time to plan for our Mess Hall for Stay at Home summer camp.

Monday: Pancakes with Bacon

Tuesday: Chicken and Dumplings (cause I keep getting sidetracked when I start to make them)

Wednesday: I’ll be taking a Chocolate Pound Cake to church.

Thursday: First Day Out of School! Yippee! Homemade Pizza! woohoo!

Friday: Its just me 🙁 I’ll prolly eat left overs.

Saturday: I need cooking for 1 recipes, anyone have any answers?

Sunday: Grilled Chicken Salad

Menu Plan Monday

This morning I woke up to a call that came 30 minutes before my alarm was scheduled to buzz. I really thought something was wrong. It was, but nothing that serious, just about a sick kid . That’s 2 kids in 2 days. Hubby and I were sick, but thought it was something different. Oh well, life goes on. That being said, I’m sure that we will have more kids sick this week and will plan on making a huge stock pot of chicken broth (which will be needed for Loaded Potato Soup also).

Thanks to my Facebook Friends for helping with my menu this week, I was totally lost when I woke up. Also a big thanks to Amy at MomAdvice for sharing this totally cool music streaming find, Stereo Mood. Uses moods to help pick appropriate music for your pleasure. Pretty cool, right! Ok, on with the show.

Monday: Chili, grilled cheese sandwiches
Tuesday: Homemade Pizza (I promise to share pictures and recipes this week, ok! – remind me if I don’t get them up Wednesday)
Wednesday: Chicken Parmesean, salad, homemade bread (from the pizza crust recipe too!)
Thursday: Grilled Chicken Salad with Loaded Potato Soup
Friday: Pork Tenderloin, steamed broccoli and homemade Mac N Cheese

For snacks this week: Granola Bars, Chocolate Chip Cream Cheese filled Chocolate Brownies (that’s a mouthfull!!), and gonna try these Giant Breakfast Cookies. (I will be reporting back on my culinary adventures this week)

Stick around by subscribing to my feed or Facebook “like” page I will be working on a Pantry List, Freezer list and Fridge list, to keep an idea of what we need to keep them well stocked. I’ll be sharing my forms! (yep I’m still compiling information on this, if you have a list that you would like to share, contact me)