Amee has been sharing her families weekly menu with you. I don’t have an exact menu, but I will share with you how I figure out what’s for dinner. I work part time so my dinner planning works with my schedule. On the days that I work (Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday) it is necessary to have a quick dinner. My almost three year old just stopped napping so he must be in bed at 7pm. I get home between 5:30 and 5:45 and my 15 month old is pretty much climbing my leg telling me he is hungry. So, I try to have dinner on the table at 6pm. Yep, that is 15 to 30 minutes to get the food prepared and on the table! Now, it doesn’t always happen, but I try.
On Sundays, I try to make a big meal that will provide leftovers for at least Monday. Yesterday we cooked up the chicken leg quarters I bought at Harris Teeter for .47¢/lb. We ate BBQ chicken, salt potatoes (brought some home from our vacation in New York) and pasta salad. I cooked an extra piece of chicken for Monday’s dinner.
I took advantage of the great sale at Harris Teeter last week and bought some of the Macaroni Grill pasta meal kits. While these are probably not the healthiest, they are tasty and easy to make. They are regularly around $5.99, a price I am not willing to pay. I got them for $2.99 which is reasonable. I diced up the chicken from Sunday, cooked carrots from our garden and popped the Pillsbury rolls (bought for about .24¢) in the oven. A meal the whole family enjoyed for under $5. Most importantly, I made my 6pm deadline!
What I do is plan my menu around what I bought that was on sale and what I have on hand. I also look at the family schedule and dedicate quick and easy meals for the three days I work. Cooking a little extra on the weekends helps me out too.
How does you family plan their meals? We would love to hear from you!