How did your menu planning turn out last week? If you struggle with sticking to your plan, could it be your recipes are just a little too ambitious? I find that the times I don’t always stick to my menu plan are when the recipes I’ve selected are a little more work than I bargained for and I just can’t muster up the energy to cook them. Now I just always assume that I’m going to be tired come 4 or 5 o’clock and plan accordingly. In other words I need easy to throw together dishes with simple straight forward ingredients. I posted before about my recipe criteria. It really helps!
A few weeks back someone asked about what I do for sides on the days that I’ve just got a meat recipe listed. I don’t sweat the sides because I always make sure to have in my pantry potatoes and rice and in my freezer perogies and french fries. If I remember to throw them in on time, baked potatoes are super easy as is rice since I just throw it into the rice cooker and away it goes. For veggies, we alternate between frozen veggies, broccoli, or an assortment of raw. My family prefers them raw to cooked so I usually cut a bunch up every few days and leave them in the fridge ready to go. I really don’t get too fancy with my sides and wherever I can I just try to incorporate the veggies into the dish I’m cooking even if it’s not called for. For instance, zucchini and/or peppers added to most pasta dishes are yummy!
What are favorite sides in your house?
Our favorite recipe from last week was the Italian Sausage and Potato Roast. Now talk about an easy, healthy meal to prepare (I used turkey sausage), not to mention delicious! I love when you can just throw everything together in one pan like that and will definitely be making this one again and again.
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On our menu this week:
Monday: Made over Tater Tot Casserole
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew (family favorite!)
Wednesday: Saucy Mexican Chicken (I’ll add chopped peppers as well) served with rice
Thursday: Leftover buffet
Friday: Teriyaki Sandwiches (slow cooker)
Simple Supper Sunday
WHAT’S ON YOUR MENU THIS WEEK?
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