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September 20, 2010

And the Answer is....

We asked you what you thought we were doing in this post.

For the last few years we have had a menu plan for breakfast and supper. Last year we decided to make the plan one week at a time. This worked for awhile. The one who was in charge of meals for the week would write down a menu (usually the week before), make a grocery list and all was good. Well....a few weeks ago this system really fell apart. We were eating a lot more quick hamburger dishes and the other meat was being neglected. Because we butcher our own beef, I like to use it ALL up before we butcher another. One of the things that seem to be used up the slowest is the steak (I know, I know....pathetic :) But steak takes a little more time to prepare. It is much faster to thaw out some ground beef and make a casserole or something. Or throw a roast or chicken in the oven. But then we end up with a bunch of steak when our ground beef is used up.

So this week we  I decided that we should make up a menu plan once again. So on Saturday we poured over cookbook after cookbook and picked out some new recipes. By the time we were done it wouldn't have bothered us one bit if we didn't see another cookbook for awhile! What we came up with? A ton of  new recipes (6 weeks worth). So the agenda for the next 6 weeks is to try these recipes, weed out the rejects, mix in our old tried and true favorites and make our new menu plan! It took quite awhile to balance everything out. I like to use ground beef a couple times a week, chicken once a week (or every other week if we cook up 2 one week), farmer sausage every week or every other week, and steak OFTEN :) And so we don't have the same vegetable all the time (like corn:) we rotate between corn, carrots and peas. And to get our fresh veggies in we rotate between cabbage dishes, lettuce salad and raw veggies (carrots, broccoli, cucumbers, celery.....) We also have soup once a week with some kind of bread. For lunch everyday we have sandwiches.

So this weeks plan?
Supper-Beef Nacho Casserole, Bean Special & Lettuce Salad

Supper-Barbecue Chicken Texas Style, Mashed Potatoes, Corn, Coleslaw

Breakfast- Egg Dish or Yogurt
Supper- Quick Shepherds Pie, Coleslaw

Breakfast- Cereal
Supper- Beef Barley Soup, Bannock

Breakfast- Baked Oatmeal or Porridge
Supper- Fettucini Alfredo, Barbecued Farmer Sausage, Raw Veggies

Brunch-Waffles, Pancakes or Biscuits
Supper- Left Overs

Guess what you don't see this week? STEAK?!?!? That's because we had way too many chicken recipes to try. Don't worry ( I know you were!)....they will be often in the final menu plan :)


Stam House said...

sounds like fun and all looking yummy :-)

mommyx12 said...

Wonderfully sounding meals. I am amazed how much easier our family life flows when things are written down. So much easier to let the "paper" think for me!

Cinnamon said...

This must be on everyone's mind lately, making a menu :-) Thanks for sharing your menu. It does help to get ideas for mine :-)


jeremy and/or laura said...

Awesome! Here in Vietnam we menu plan almost daily since our fridge is not big enough to hold a lot of things and we have to see what the market has for sale... Not everything is always available. We also have to be prepared for when something is available but they simply won't sell it to us. Why, we never really know. Makes life interesting!

The Munck Family said...

Yum...sounds good!!!! It's that time of year to get serious, helps win the settling into winter. For some reason we tend to make quick meals in the warm months, I'm looking forward to soup and fall...and o course some visitors to share it with;)

Anonymous said...

All sounds so delicious. I'm sure there won't be many rejections knowing how well you girls cook!