Some of you know I try to plan out a menu for our dinners every week. I like to be organized, and if I don't have the menu planned, I don't do well cooking dinner on the fly. Usually meat is still frozen, I'm missing ingredients, etc. It does not make for a good afternoon if I don't know ahead of time what to make for dinner! I plan it out according to what I already have in the house, what activities we have going on each night, and what is on sale at the grocery store (or what I have found at the farmers market) that week. This also saves time not running to the grocery store more than once or twice-those little trips add up especially if you're working, running kids around, and all those other things that occupy our time in the afternoons.
I usually plan for 5 nights, trying to have it all planned by Sunday evening for the week ahead. We save the leftovers to eat for lunches. Sometimes I only make 4 and we have leftovers one night, depending on the size of the meal. We have also eaten half, then I freeze the remainder for another weeknight a week or two later. Soup is a good example of this. We eat it once, freeze the rest and it makes a quick heat up dinner on a busy night, rather than freezing individual portions.
This week on the menu:
Italian Quinoa Casserole with mixed green salad
White Chicken Chili
Chickpeas in Coconut Sauce with spinach
Healthy Chicken Stroganoff with peas
Grilled Steaks with Vegetable Kabobs and Pesto Gnocchi
If anyone wants the specific recipes, let me know and I would be happy to email them to you!