I have been planning our meals each month and making a calendar of meals, and date nights for several years now that it is a habit of mine to peruse my Pinterest Food Love board and my stash of recipes in my Recipe folder on my flash drive, and previously created menus in order to prepare the next months menu.
In this case, January 2014 Menu Plan.
Nothing new for 2014. I will still schedule date nights for Jeff and I in which the boys fend for themselves, while Jeff and I share a meal out to eat. Homemade Pizza is included each month and is also a Family Movie Night. Once a month I prepare a Breakfast to share with the Elevate volunteers on Sunday morning. Boy Scout campouts are scheduled. Small group desserts are planned. Because I work Mon-Thu, 2pm-12am, the boys are responsible for dinner on those nights so I must schedule meals according to their level of cooking expertise which is growing exponentially every day.
A big change this year is the occasional addition of Tacos on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. For some reason, eating left over tacos has become a chore for me and I haven't enjoyed them one time these last couple of months. So, I thought if I made them, and I ate them freshly made, not left over, I might enjoy them again.
A couple new recipes this month:
Tacos de Carnitas with homemade roasted Salsa Verde. Really looking forward to finally preparing this meal.
One Pouch Feast. A pouch of meat, potatoes, and vegetables, individually-wrapped for each person. Super easy and I can prepare ahead of time. The boys will just have to bake.
A new steak recipe, a new crockpot recipe, a new breakfast recipe for Elevate, and a couple of new desserts to try out on small group are all on tap for January.
We love our menu plans, and while they do at times get modified, and meals get moved around from one week to the next these plans have made life so much easier, with the added benefit of scheduled date nights.