Menu Plan Monday – Valentine’s Week! – Frugal Novice

Menu Plan Monday – Valentine’s Week!

Menu Plan Monday

There’s nothing to make you feel romantic for Valentine’s Day like coming down with the flu. It’s Sunday night and I’m sitting here feeling miserable but completely unable to fall asleep, so I figured I’d work on my Menu Plan Monday post. See how committed I am to you all? :)

So, today – we went to church and I started feeling tired, but figured it was just from having a busy week and a late night last night. As the day wore on, I just started feeling worse and worse, but figured I just had a cold… until the leg aching started and it sunk in that this is probably the flu. Brian has been absolutely wonderful and took over dinner, laundry, bedtime with the boys, and grocery shopping. I love that man!

On to this week’s meal plan… it’s a little up in the air for Monday, but here’s what we have planned:

Monday: The boys are going to have a Valentine’s Day picnic in the living room, complete with heart-shaped PB&J and Cheetos (their favorite chips that they very rarely get) and Oreo’s. Fine dining toddler/preschooler style. Once they go to bed we had planned to cook chicken with risotto & then chocolate mousse for dessert. We’ll see if that ends up happening (if it does, Brian will have to do the cooking) or if we have to save it for another night.

Tuesday: Pizza! I am reviewing this pizza book this week, and we’re going to try a new homemade crust and a spinach pesto recipe. We’ll make a cheese pizza for the boys just in case, but this new recipe sounds really good! Check back Wednesday for the recipes we use.

Wednesday: Chicken fajitas (grilled on our indoor grill/panini press) with tortilla chips & homemade salsa.

Thursday: Baked ziti & green beans. I am sure that our way of making it is not at all legitimately baked ziti, but we like it a lot and it’s a quick dinner. I cook the meat in a skillet, adding minced garlic, Italian seasoning and some red pepper flakes. I drain the meat and add the sauce, letting it simmer on low while the pasta cooks to box directions. Then I drain the pasta and mix it with the sauce, pour it in a casserole dish, top it with mozzarella & parmesan, and bake until the cheese is melted.

Friday: Leftovers of either fajitas or baked ziti.

Saturday: Eat out! We’re not going out on Tuesday like we normally do, so we’ll probably go to Jason’s Deli.

Hope you all have a great week and stay healthy!


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  • Crystal @ Simply Being Mommy February 14, 2011 at 9:53 am

    I’ll be over on Wednesday ;) I love Mexican food.

    I hope you get to feeling better soon.

    • Christi February 14, 2011 at 5:17 pm

      I’m the same way, Crystal – I think I could live on Mexican food alone!

  • blueviolet @ A Nut in a Nutshell February 14, 2011 at 9:57 am

    I just love that you’re doing a picnic today! That sounds like so much fun!

  • Kelly February 14, 2011 at 11:07 am

    That pizza recipe sounds really good!

    • Christi February 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Doesn’t it? I love pesto but have never made it with spinach so I’m curious how it’ll turn out.

  • Ket February 14, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Wow, the picnic idea IS really cool. I might have to fly that by my kids for next year..,.

    • Christi February 14, 2011 at 5:14 pm

      Thanks! :) It’s nice and easy, but it’s something different so it makes it fun (in theory, haha!)

  • Shop with Me Mama February 14, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Very creative and sooo organized!!!!

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  • Rachel February 15, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    Oooo — can’t wait for the Spinach Pesto recipe.