Menu Plan Monday- The First Week of Lent 2014


In my last post I mentioned that one of the things I wanted to get back to was Menu Plan Monday posts. I did menu planning consistently for quite a while and loved how much easier it made my life. I completely fell off the menu planning bandwagon and I have to say I’ve missed it. Having a plan means we eat better, I am less stressed and we eat earlier, before the kids have a chance to start their “I’m-starving-feed-me-Seymore” fits! One of my favorite resources for menu planning is I’m An Organizing Junkie. Laura has a great resource over there for all things organizing (an area I regularly struggle at in my life.) She has been the host of Menu Plan Monday for years and it regularly gets 100s of link ups each week. Not sure what to make for dinner? Surely you can get some inspiration there.

Saturday mom and I decided to do a big shop. We try to do this every couple of months and really get the freezer and pantry stocked up. Having a stocked freezer and pantry definitely makes menu planning easier for me. Some prefer to sit down with the weekly sales fliers and plan their menu based on what’s on sale. I think either way is fine. I’ve done it both ways. I prefer planning out of my stocked personal “store” but that’s just me! On our big shopping trip this month we hit up GFS, one of my favorite places. We stocked up on 20 pounds of fresh chicken breasts, 20 pounds of ground beef, a pork loin that mom cut into 3 pork roasts, 6 pounds of bacon (3 for the freezer, 3 pre-cooked), lots of frozen veggies and lots of cooking and baking ingredients (oil, sugars, soup bases, etc.) We also hit up Walmart to stock up on items that we don’t need in bulk (smaller can of veggies that don’t feed 30 people!!), fresh fruits and veggies and milk, etc. I sat down this morning and came up with a plan for the week taking into account that this week begins Lent so we have 2 days of abstaining from meat.

So, without further ado, here is our meal plan for this week.

Sunday: Baked Potato Soup (Stevens’ aunts’ recipe and our favorite! I’ll try to do a post on this soup because it is awesome!), Biscuits

Monday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs, Rice, Steamed Broccoli

Tuesday: Fat/Pancake Tuesday!! Chocolate chip pancakes, Bacon, Fresh Fruit

Wednesday: Ash Wednesday Corn Chowder (NO bacon-a new to us recipes. I’ll let you know how we like it.), Rolls

Thursday: Chicken Alfredo with Veggies

Friday: Parmesan Crusted Tilapia, Baked Potatoes, Steamed Mixed Veggies

Saturday: KENYA!! (The first country in Our Around The World Table Travel series-more information to come!)

So that’s what we are eating this week. How about you? Anything on our menu that looks good to you? What are you making this week?

6 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday- The First Week of Lent 2014

    • Hi Wendy! Thanks for stopping by! Our menu from Kenya this weekend will actually be a dish that includes meat to kick off a week of learning more about Kenya because it is highlighted by CRS Rice Bowl this year. We will be beginning an adventure around the world, cooking one meal from each country following inspiration from the site Global Table Adventure. I figured we’d incorporate the CRS countries first. My plan is cook a larger meal from each country highlighted on Saturday, spend the week talking about and praying for that country and then making the meatless dish highlighted in the pamphlet for that country on Friday. At least that’s the plan right now! lol-we’ll see how it comes together! I hope you’ll check back and see how it goes and what we do for the other countries. I’ll be posting more about Kenya later this week and what we’ll be making! Have a blessed week!

    • Thanks for stopping by Janeen! The meals from a different country was inspired by the site Global Table Adventure. If you’ve never checked it out it’s amazing! She cooked a meal from every country around the world. It took 3 and a half years. She totally inspires me! I chose Kenya first since they are one of the countries being highlighted by Catholic Relief Services Operation Rice Bowl this Lent. I hope you’ll stop by and check out what we eat!! Have a wonderful week!

  1. I was unaware of Menu Planning Monday. What a great idea! That’s one band wagon I have been FAILING to get on, even though I know it will make my life SO much easier.

    However, I do have one dinner planned. Tuesday is Nutella crepes and jambalaya for a Neww Orleans style Fat Tuesday! Sweet and spicy is where it’s at! 🙂

    • Mmmm…that sounds delicious Jenn! I love Cajun/creole food…New Orleans is one of my favorite places in the world! You should check out Menu Plan Monday…so many great menus with lots of inspiration every week! Thanks for stopping by and saying hi!

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