I cannot believe it, but school starts next week. I really can’t believe that my daughter is starting middle school. Middle. School. How did we get here?
With school starting, and all the new things middle school brings, plus having a newly minted second grader, I’m expecting time to become a premium around here. Considering school lunches around here look completely gross, I have to buckle down and pack lunches too.
Which means I need to super plan. And, since I love to share and get opinions, I’m going to post my meal plans here every Saturday. Luck you!
Sunday – Breakfast for supper most likely, since I’ll be busy getting SO MANY SCHOOL SUPPLIES ready to go, making sure obstinate children take their baths, and get to bed at a decent hour.
Monday – I have the day off, because there was no way in happy hour I was going to miss the first day of 6th grade. Since I have the day off, I plan to make spaghetti for supper. My spaghetti is my own recipe, so I have no link to it. For lunch, the kids will have ham subs, sliced cucumbers, strawberries, and a cookie. For snack, I’m packing them each an apple because they are finally in at the farmer’s market and they are soooo delicious.
Tuesday – I’m altering one of my favorite recipes for supper on Tuesday. I love Mississippi Roast, but it’s amazing when adapted for Beef Stew. Oh mama. I follow the Mississippi Roast recipe but add sliced onions, red potatoes, and big chunks of carrot. I plan to serve it over rice and have roasted asparagus on the side. For lunch, I will have left over spaghetti, while the kids will have a salad with cucumber, carrot, olives, cheese, and diced ham. On the side they will have crackers and a cookie. Snack will be blueberries and strawberries.
Wednesday – For supper, we’ll have a family favorite. The kids love sauerkraut and weenies and we haven’t had it in awhile. I was thinking of having latkes on the side. My grandmother used to make something similar all the time and, stupid me, didn’t get her recipe before she died. So I found a recipe and will wing it. She didn’t put chives on them, but it sounds so delicious I’m going to do it anyway. Opinion sought: to make it gluten free should I use gf flour or gf panko? It calls for matzo meal and I don’t really know what the consistency of that is. Lunch for me will, hopefully, be leftover Mississippi Beef Stew! The kids will have ham subs again, with grapes (grape tomatoes for the girl), and crackers. Snack will be black olives and cheese sticks.
Thursday – For supper, we’ll eat at my aunt’s house. For lunch, since I loooove Chipotle so much, I’m going to wing it and try to recreate a veggie burrito bowl (with my own spin on it). I’ll use brown rice, black beans, roasted corn, lettuce, cheese, guacamole, cilantro, tomato, and grilled onions. I’ll make this for my daughter as well, but my son will have leftover hot dogs from the sauerkraut, mandarin oranges, pretzels, and cheese sticks. For snack, they’ll get cheese crackers.
Friday – I typically eat out on Friday with everyone from work. The kids will get ham kebabs (sliced ham, cheese, and bread on a stick), carrots, celery, and ranch for dipping, and a cookie. For snack I’ll probably send sliced cucumbers and grape tomatoes for the girl and a yogurt for the boy.
Saturday – Do this all over again!
Let’s hope making this list will help me stay organized, focuses, and get it done quickly! How do you plan for the week?
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