Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 31/15

Menu Plan Monday for the week of Aug 31/15. Recipe links and menu planning inspiration!!

Hi everyone! Here we are at the end of August and school starts for us today!  Boo!  For those that have been back for awhile now how are you settling in?  Is having a meal plan helping with the chaotic days?  Menu planning is more important now than ever.  With school back in and after school activities picking up speed, it’s so easy to just do drive through for dinner.  BUT with a menu plan you can stay one step ahead of your busy days by figuring out easy simple realistic meals to make in advance.

Kids and Menu Planning:

I just have to tell you how proud I am of my daughter.  As you know she left for University at the beginning of the summer and she loves texting me pictures of the yummy meals she is making.  She is even menu planning and grocery shopping the sales!!! I started menu planning when my daughter was 8 years old and now she’s 18.  She has watched and participated in menu planning from the beginning and eventually took over a large amount of the household dinner cooking.  I just want to encourage you to hang in there moms.  Let your kids be involved, I know it’s so hard when they are little, but your perseverance will pay off.  Let them plan dinner one night a week, let them look through recipe books, give them little jobs while you are making dinner like washing veggies or grating cheese.  It is so worth it especially when they can assume more of the responsibility in their teen years. The day will come when they’ll be cooking you dinner from start to finish, sweet!

My Pretty Fridge:

So last week I shared a silly post titled 3 Odd Things That Make Me Ridiculously Happy and many of you loved my pretty fridge and wanted to do your own too, whoot!  That makes me so happy.  It’s so easy to do, just pick up any placements (mine are from Walmart) and if necessary trim to fit.  Fun right?

fancy fridge 1

My Weekly Menu Plan:

Monday:  Paleo Pancakes (first day of school needs to be easy!)

Tuesday:  Spicy Lemon Paprika Chicken Thighs served with broccoli

Wednesday:  Taco Salad with Creamy Cilantro Dressing

Thursday: Leftover buffet

Friday: Pizza Party Friday Night! and for me Paleo Coconut Shrimp

Saturday:  Pork and Apple Meatloaf

Sunday: YOYO (you’re on your own!)

Have a wonderful week everyone!!


Menu Plan Guidelines, banner selections and recipe helpers are here.

More family favorite recipes here.

Don’t forget to join our growing Menu Plan Monday Facebook Page!!

My favorite menu planning resource:

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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7 Responses to Menu Plan Monday ~ Aug 31/15

  1. 1
    Diane Balch says

    Wonderful to hear about your daughter meal planning. I hope it rubs off on my kids too.

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    Tina says

    Thank so much for hosting. I could not agree more about having your kids help and be involved in the kitchen. My 3 teenagers love being in the kitchen. They take turns preparing one of our meals during the week. They have always helped even when they were really little and it would have been faster and easier to just do things myself.

  3. 3
    Janet says

    Loved reading about how your daughter is menu planning and cooking her meals. That is great! Hope it’s a great first day of school for everyone.

  4. 4
    Tara says

    You have taught your daughter so well. Great menus for this week thank you for the inspiration.

  5. 5
    Stephanie R says

    I love your fridge! I have an olderish fridge and I hate the way it looks inside, I have totally got to give this a try.

  6. 6
    Steven says

    Meal planning has been my single most important productivity booster of the last 6 months. I highly recommend it!

  7. 7
    Jo-Anna says

    I can’t believe you have a daughter in university! And I love the idea of getting the kids in on meal planning – I really need to start doing this!


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