Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Menu Plan

Starting the week off with a menu plan really goes a long way to reducing mealtime stress the rest of the week.  I know that when I grocery shop, I will shop more efficiently because I know what ingredients I need, and I know that I won't be staring into the fridge playing a rousing game of "What should I make tonight?" while hungry kiddos collapse around me.  Win win win.  I always start the week by menu planning on Monday, making a grocery list as I go.  Grocery shopping is on Tuesday for me, setting me up for success for the week.

Monday (vegan)
Breakfast: cranberry orange muffins
Lunch: beef burgers, grilled veggies, fruit salad
Dinner: lentil sniffle soup, spinach salad with balsamic berries, rosemary cornbread

Tuesday (pork)
Breakfast: cream of buckwheat
Lunch: sniffle soup
Dinner: crock pot pulled pork, peas, spiced peaches

Wednesday (fish)
Breakfast: pork sausage, roasted sweet potatoes
Lunch: pulled pork OR lettuce ham wrap
Dinner: pan seared cod with cilantro vinaigrette, roasted cauliflower and carrots, strawberries

Thursday (turkey)
Breakfast: zucchini muffins and green smoothie
Lunch: sunbutter and jelly sandwich
Dinner: herb roasted turkey breast, green beans with caramelized shallots, stovetop apples

Friday (beef)
Breakfast: turkey sausage, harvest saute
Lunch: lettuce turkey wrap
Dinner: pepper steak stir-fry over quinoa, cherry applesauce

Saturday (vegan)
Breakfast: sunbutter muffins
Lunch: beef burgers
Dinner: ratatouille over quinoa pasta, peas

Sunday (pork)
Breakfast: cinnamon rolls
Lunch: leftovers
Dinner: ham, herb roasted potatoes, orange peel broccoli

As always, the protein source is what our rotation diet is planned around.  Protein starts at dinner, and wraps around to breakfast and lunch the following day.  All fruits and veggies are subject to change depending on what is available at the market, and what the weekly specials are, but those will be loosely rotated as well.

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