Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – February 15 – 22

Busy Moms Weekly Meal Plan

I really had to rack my brain hard for recipes that I haven’t cooked in awhile this week. It was difficult for me to come up with my meal plan. Have you ever been at the point during the season when you just don’t/can’t wear the same clothes you have been wearing for the past 3 months? I am at this point with winter recipes right now. I am at the point where I want winter to pack up and move out to make way for spring. Even though I really do enjoy rich beef stew and homemade chicken soup, I can’t wait for the weather to warm up so I can break out the grill.

In the next few days, the temperature is going to go from 29 degrees to 40 degrees, so hopefully that will melt the 3 feet of snow on top of the grill and I can start it up. A girl can hope can’t she.

Until then…

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Shrimp and sausage jambalaya.

Monday:  Caribbean Black Bean Soup.

Tuesday:  Chicken Cacciatore.

Wednesday:  Leftovers

Thursday:   Crockpot Mexican Chicken with homemade guacamole.

Friday:   Homemade Takeout. Stir Fried Singapore Noodles with Garlic Ginger Sauce.

Saturday:  Chili with homemade cornbread.

Question: What are you looking forward to cooking on the grill this spring?


Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – February 9 – 15

Busy Moms Weekly Meal PlanThis week on Friday, couples will rush out to restaurants to have a hurried meal while they are packed into every square inch of a restaurant because it is Valentine’s Day.  Many restaurants will create menus with more expensive prices, since they know couple will come no matter what.  My husband and I love to go out to dinner but when restaurants are over crowded like this, we just don’t enjoy our meal.  We find that we have a much better time if we go out either the week before or the week after Valentine’s Day.  The restaurants are so much calmer then and you do feel like people are waiting to give your table to the next couple.

So instead of going out, we celebrate Valentine’s Day at home.  On Friday, I plan on putting the kids to bed early (we shall see how that goes) and making a special dinner for just the two of us.  On the menu is broiled salmon with sauteed spinach.  Salmon + a bottle of wine + my husband = a perfect night!

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Chicken Fajitas with a Yellow Rice.

Meatless Monday:  Vegan Chili.

Tuesday:   Leftovers.

Wednesday:  Sauteed Lemon Chicken with spaghetti and asparagus. 

Thursday:   Crock Pot French Dip Sandwiches with Caramelized Onions.

Friday:   Valentine’s Day Dinner, Broiled Salmon with sauteed spinach.

Saturday:  Hamburgers with homemade coleslaw.

Question:  How do you celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – February 2 – 8

Busy Moms Weekly Meal Plan Feb 2 - 8Do you ever feel like all you do is eat chicken for dinner?

I feel like chicken is always on the menu in my house.  It is really hard for me to come up with beef recipes during the winter months.  During the summer a burger or steak on the grill tastes so good. But for some reason, steak cooked on the stove or in the broiler doesn’t taste as good.  It might be because every time I cook steak inside of the house, the entire house fills up with black with smoke.  Oops. 

The week I found a recipe for steak tips looks so yummy.  I think that there is only a small chance of having to call the fire department to tell them to ignore any alarms from our house when make it for dinner.

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Pizza and Baked Buffalo Chicken Wings.  Super bowl baby!

Monday:  Cream of Broccoli Soup.

Tuesday:   Crock Pot Chicken Taco Chili.

Wednesday:  Steak Tips with Peppered Mushroom Gravy.

Thursday:   Leftovers.  I always have leftovers after making the crock pot chicken taco chili.  You could use the leftovers to make chicken tacos  served with rice and refried beans.

Friday:   Roasted chicken, with potatoes, carrots, and fennel.

Saturday:  Out to dinner.

Question: What is your favorite beef recipe to cook in the winter?  I am always looking for ideas.

Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – January 26 – February

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For the past couple of weeks, my grocery bills have been a little out of control.  Each week I try to spend between $200 and $225 to feed our family of 5.  Sometimes this seems like an impossible task for me to accomplish.  Last week, when I went shopping we were out of pretty much everything and I spent $300 at the grocery store.  To stay within my monthly food budget, this week I am going to try and only spend $150.  I plan on accomplishing this by using meat I have frozen and only buy the fresh produce we eat during the week.

After reading my meal plan below you might think that this mommy has gone a wee bit crazy with the crockpot cooking thing.  : )  My work week is going to be pretty crazy.  I have a very tight deadline and I am not going to be able to get home before 5:30 to cook dinner any of the nights this week.  The only way to get dinners on the table for my family is to take full advantage of my crockpot.

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Out to dinner.

Monday:  Crockpot potato soup with chicken sandwiches. 

Tuesday:   Spinach meatballs with homemade crockpot tomato sauce over pasta.

Wednesday:  Meatball sandwiches with french fries.

Thursday:   Crockpot pulled pork with pineapples and coleslaw.

Friday:   Leftovers.

Saturday:  Budget friendly creamy tomato and spinach pasta.

What do you do to stay within your monthly grocery budget?

Busy Mom’s Weekly Menu Plan – January 19-25

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Planning a weekly menu plan each week may seem like a daunting task.  But it doesn’t have to be that hard.  Here are the steps that I use to plan my menu plan for the week.

1.  The first thing I do is sit down and look at our family’s schedule for the week.  I take note of which nights my husband is at work (dinner is usually very simple these nights).  I also look to see which nights we have other things to do.  On a busy night, I usually will make dinner in my crock pot so it is all ready to go the minute I walk in the door.

2.  Usually I try to figure out what we haven’t eaten in a while.  Every week I try to make 1 new recipe.  Dinner at home sure gets boring if you eat the same thing every week.

3.  After I decide on the recipes that I want to make, I will look around the kitchen to see what ingredients that I already have and what is missing.

4.  I make my list and off to the grocery store I go!

Here is what I plan on making for dinner this week:

Sunday:  Chicken Stir-fry over rice.

Monday:  Chicken Marsala over pasta with fresh sauteed spinach

Tuesday:  Slow Cooker Turkey with mashed potatoes and brussel sprouts.

Wednesday:  Busy busy night!  Leftovers for dinner

Thursday:   Crockpot Honey Garlic Chicken over white rice with green beans.

Friday:   Buffalo Chicken Tenders

Saturday:  Take-Out Pizza

How do you create your weekly meal plan?