This week is going to be different! I sat down for an hour yesterday and planned it all out. For years, I had been trying to figure out the best way to rotate recipes so that we're not always eating the same thing. Nothing ever really worked, but I think I've found a way this time. Last evening we went to the store and bought all of the ingredients. Now I just have to figure out how to get the costs down. Here's what I planned:
Each night of the week is going to have a different "theme." I didn't assign certain days to the themes, because that's repetitive and boring. These are the themes:
Seafood night - This week we're going to have salmon, roasted red potatoes and asparagus.
Breakfast night - I love breakfast for dinner, don't you? I'll be making fried rice, which isn't typical breakfast food, but it works since I make it with scrambled eggs and bacon. I'll also be making lumpia, which is the Filipino equivalent of egg rolls only they're way more yummy.
Pasta night - Macaroni and blue cheese with bacon. Need I say more?
Soup and/or Salad, plus cheese night - We don't eat enough salad, so I put aside one night to make one. Since soup goes well with salad, some nights I may throw in a soup as well. We also love cheese around here, so we'll be eating some with crackers or bread. Last time we had three different kinds of goat cheese but honestly, I'd be happy with plain old cheddar. Really, you can't go wrong when there's cheese involved.
Protein night - Meat, tofu, fish, whatever. This week we're having chicken enchiladas.
Try a new recipe night - To keep things new and fresh, I will be attempting one new recipe a week. This week the challenge will be eggplant roll ups in tomato sauce.
Go out for dinner night - Because sometimes you just can't/don't feel like cooking. If I don't see anything in the house that I want to eat, we can go out for fast food or something similar once a week. This week though, we had hot dogs, Brazilian style (yum), so we don't have to go out.
So there you have it. Whatever we don't eat for dinner will be the next day's lunch. What about you? How do you go about planning your menu for the week?