Sunday, September 20, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Last week was not so good. I still managed to get some meals on the table and didn't have to make (too many) extra grocery trips, but I found myself running around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to keep things organized. It all started with having a bad start to the week. If I don't take some time on Saturday or Sunday to sit down and really think about the upcoming week and all that it entails (not just food prep but life prep as well) I find myself out of balance all week. And that is exactly what happened last week. I threw a meal plan together without really thinking and it did not work. I made some half hearted plans for school and work, and it just did not go well. I need to plan!

This week, I can already tell things will go better. The meals have been carefully planned. The groceries have been purchased. The soup has been made. The bread has been baked. The daily to-do lists (complete with checklists) have been compiled. Week, I'm ready for you! So, enough with that, let's get on with it! Despite the not so organized week, I still have a few recipes to share.

What's been going on in Lucy's Kitchen?

Diced and Stewed Tomatoes
Blueberry Zucchini MuffinsBBQ Chicken Pizza (sadly, without a photo of a pizza but with a photo of something even better)

I did make soup this week for Soups On. Unfortunately, however, it was disgusting. Alas, no recipe is posted. Please, friends, I beg of you, next time you see something like "Cream of Celery" soup show up on my menu plan, please, talk me out of it. Friends don't let friends make nasty soup. Don't worry though, I have already made this week's soup and I do believe I have redeemed myself. Let's just say if you love homemade soup, you wish you were in my kitchen right now.

Meatball Subs**
Potato Chips

Me - Out for a friend's birthday
FD - Ham and Perogy Casserole (with mushrooms and peas)** - eat half/freeze half

Coconut Shrimp** (FNCCC #4)
Sweet Potato Fries**
Roasted Broccoli

Grilled Salmon**
Lemon Broccoli
Brown Rice
Apple Crisp**

Crockpot Chicken Cordon Bleu
Brussel Sprouts**
Apple-y carrots

Pork Chops
Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Green Beans

Leftovers and/or sandwiches

Soups On - Sweet Potato Soup**

Bread - simple white bread**

Blueberry Zucchini Muffins
Baked Eggs**

Sweet Potato Soup**

Chili Soybeans (um, where have you been all my life? I am in love with these things)
Blueberry Zucchini Muffins

As always, recipes will come on Lucy's Kitchen.

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Lindsey Carver said...

aaaahahahahaha! I love the quote "friends don't let friends make nasty soup". One of these days you will inspire me to actually plan a menu and cook!

Annie said...

i also wish to some day actually plan a weekly menu, it's the best idea ever and probably saves time and money :)

off to investigate some of your recipes! my fiance says i cook the same things every week ;)

SnoWhite said...

did you say sweet potato soup?!?!?

you have just made my heart flutter. I'm on such a sweet potato kick right now (made sweet potato waffles this morning)... I wish I was in your kitchen right now (and this week for that matter, you have such a great menu!).

glad your week is already off to such a great start :) blessings, my friend.

Brittany Ann said...

I read your first paragraph, and before continuing on, you confirmed my worst fears for the upcoming week. I got so caught up in a book I'm reading that I rushed through the grocery store without proper planning. I had a sneaking suscipion I'd pay. Now, I know I definitely will!

Jackie said...

Sounds like you already are having a better start to this week--hopefully the rest goes just as smoothly for you! The shortbread looks SO fabulous!

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New England Girl said...

I hope this week is a smooth one for you! Those blueberry zucchini muffins look fantastic! I need to try some of those. :)

Naturally Caffeinated Family said...

I really want to meal plan more! this is great=) can't wait to check out your recipes, they look and sound yuuummy!

Brooke said...

last month i was terrible about sticking to my meal plan, but this monthy i'm writing on the calendar what the plan is in pencil, and what we actually have in pen. so far its going well.

Nastassia said...

I noticed you had mashed potatoes on your list for Friday. May I suggest a really easy recipe that uses cream cheese in the mashed potatoes to make them nice and creamy? If you click on my name you'll see the recipe :)

Taryn said...

I understand what you mean about feeling behind all week. I really need to come up with a better system. Sigh.

Glad you are doing better though!

darnold23 said...

Come post your favorite crock pot recipe at Crock Pot Wednesday on