these are so helpful for me, I am not having to think of dinner off the top of my head. We eat with foods we have here and when I plan ahead the evenings seem a little less rushed and full of cleaning and cooking and dealing with kids at the end of a long day.
I tend to make a list of dinners and a list lunch and breakfast ideas for the week and then work off it as my week starts to develop. Some weeks I can tell you what we will have each day and other weeks I don't decide till that morning what I am going to make. But, I find it really helps to have a list of dinners for the week. And since I do quite a bit of breakfast "prep", making breakfast quick in the morning - knowing what I am planning on helps alot in the evenings too when I want to get things started.
I have toyed with the idea of main dish themes for each day of the week - Like "Meatless Mondays", "Vegetarian Tuesdays", "Beans on Wednesday" .......... or Chicken on Wednesday, Beef on Thursday, Fish on Friday, Soup on Saturday............. you get the idea. But, I never really seem to stick with it. And depending on our week we sometimes have more of one thing - like chicken or refried beans cause I make up enough for a couple different meals.
So, right now I am sticking with my rather generic lists. :-)
Lat week I wrote down what we had, thought I would share and over the next couple weeks I will try and share some of the recipes as well.
B: yougurt & leftover biscuits and gravy
D: smothered bean and cheese burritos with green chilies sauce and homemade tortillas
B: pasta & toast
B: eggs w/ gravy and tortillas
L: pasta/chips & homemade guacamole
D: Talapia and roasted potatoes
B: yogurt muesli
L: cheese crackers and apples
D: cream cheese chicken and l/o roasted potatoes
B: French toast
D: Cabbage soup and homemade bread
B: yogurt/breakfast burritos
D: Red Beans and Rice w/ Italian Sausage
B: Eggs w/ green chili sauce
D: Salmon w/ rice & cauliflower
Now, off to work on next week's list!
(We're having leftovers tonight......... your choice of cabbage soup, rice, cauliflower, red beans and rice and whatever else I might find!)