How was your first full week of 2011? Ours was BUSY, but good! I’m feeling a whole lot better now because we spent some time this weekend getting the house more organized – and when I’m organized, I’m a happier person!
We didn’t make any official resolutions this year, but we – like many people, I’m sure – are trying to be better about our budget. We want to be better about saving, and we have improvements on the house to make that we need to set money aside for. Because of that, we’re trying to be consistently good about cooking more and eating out less, and menu planning has taken on even more importance. Here’s our menu plan for the week:
Monday: Blue cheese burgers – we got spinach to put on the burgers too and I think it’ll be a nice flavor profile. The boys actually don’t care for burgers too much but if we crumble up the meat they’ll eat it. I love making our own burgers at home because I know exactly what’s in them. I recently read an article about what all is in fast-food burgers and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to get a fast-food burger again! At HEB I buy the all-natural angus beef that is ground in the store daily. We’re having our burgers with fries & raw veggies to snack on.
Tuesday: We’re eating at Pizza Inn – I recently found out they have free kids’ meals on Tuesdays too, and I have a pass for a free adult buffet too!
Wednesday: Sour Cream Chicken from Food on the Table. We’re serving it over egg noodles and will have green beans plus spinach salad to go along with it.
Thursday: BBQ chicken pizza – an old favorite from Food on the Table.
Friday: Yet another Food on the Table recipe – Asian Beef & Pepper Saute. It’s supposed to be spicy and it sounds really good! I’ve never used chile paste before, either, and am looking forward to giving it a try.
Saturday: Leftover buffet! I got this idea from orgjunkie.com and think it’s a fun way to make leftovers seem a little less boring. This way there are options and the fridge gets cleared out for the next week.
Have a GREAT week, everyone!