Thursday, March 19, 2009

5 Week Spring/Summer Menu Plan

Well, the seasons are changing and that means the kids would like to see a different menu plan. We're getting great fruit and veggies from the farmer's market now and will hopefully get many nice things from our new garden this year. With the warmer temps, we will be adding grilling to the rotation and drop the soups and stews. No one wants a nice hot soup when you're already nice and hot.LOL Here's the new menus and I hope they help.



Week 1



Breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner, dessert



Pancakes and fruit, egg salad and carrots and cucumbers w/dip, apples and peanutbutter, Taco stuff, popsicles/fudgesicles



Muffins and fruit, homemade bread, fruit and cheese, chips, spaghetti pie and salad, fruit pie



Granola bars, mac and cheese, steamed carrots, apple sauce, yogurt, hamburgers/hotdogs, potato wedges, salad, milkshakes



eggs and sausage, biscuits, leftover burgers/dogs, cheese and fruit, cream cheese and crackers, sauteed chicken, noodles, steamed veggies, popsicle/fudgesicle



muffins and fruit, tortilla pizza and applesauce, rice cakes and yogurt, kabab's, rice, grilled veggie, brownies



pancakes and fruit, leftovers or ramen w/peas, pudding and whipped cream, tilapia/salmon, rice, steamed veggies, popcorn



eggs and cheese, tortillas, subs, chips and pickles, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, heavenly chicken, rolls, fresh greenbeans, icecream





Week 2



Pancakes and fruit, tuna salad-carrots and cucumber sticks w/dip, apples and peanut butter, taco pie, pop/fudge



muffins and fruit, homemade bread-fruit and cheese, chips, pizza and salad, fruit pie



granola bars and fruit, mac and cheese-steamed broccoli, fruit cup, yogurt, potato bar w/broccoli, cheese and ham, milkshakes



eggs and bacon w/fruit, chicken nuggets-french fries and peas, cheese and crackers, grilled chicken, noodles and corn, pop/fudge



muffins and fruit, pizza and applesauce, rice cakes and yogurt, chicken salad, brownies



pancakes and fruit, leftovers or grilled cheese/PBJ's, jello, shepard's pie, popcorn



eggs, bacon, and toast, subs, chips, and pickle, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, salisbury steak, corn and greenbeans, mashed potatoes, ice cream



Week 3





Pancakes and fruit, chicken salad sandwiches-veggies and dip, apples and peanutbutter, fahitas w/cheese and sour cream, popsicle/fudgesicles

eggs and sausage, homemade bread-fruit and cheese, chips, garlic-butter pasta and salad, fruit parfaits

granola bars and smoothies, blackbeans and rice-veggie tray w/dip, yogurt, BBQ chicken-rice and steamed veggies, rice crispie treats

eggs and biscuits, chicken nuggets-fries and fruit, cheese and crackers, chili and cornbread, cobbler

muffins and fruit, frozen pizza and applesauce, ricecakes and yogurt, porkchops-noodles, greenbeans and applesauce, dessert pizza

pancakes and fruit, leftovers or ramen w/peas, jello, hotdogs and hamburgers w/fries and salad, brownies

smoothies and leftover baked goods, subs w/chips and pickles, fishy crackers, pretzels and m&m's, oriental peppersteak w/rice, ice cream sandwiches

Week 4

pancakes and fruit, egg salad sandwiches, veggies w/dip, apples w/dip, nachos, pop/fudge

eggs and sausage, homemade bread w/cheese and fruit, chips and salsa, lasanga-breadsticks and salad, fruit parfaits

granola bars and smoothies, mac and cheese-fruit cups, yogurt, sloppy joes w/rice and greenbeans, rice crispie treats

eggs and toast, chicken nuggets or shrimp w/fries and fruit, cheese and crackers, blackbeans and rice w/salad and breadsticks, cobbler

muffins and fruit, tortilla pizza w/apples, smoothies, grilled steak w/corn and potato wedges, dessert pizza

pancakes and fruit, meatball subs and chips, veggie tray, steak salad, brownies

smoothies and leftover baked goods, ramen w/peas, fishy crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, fried chicken, mashed potatoes and corn/greenbeans, ice cream sandwiches

Week 5

pancakes and fruit, tuna salad w/veggies and dip, apples and peanutbutter, burritos, pop/fudge

eggs and bacon, bread w/peanutbutter and fruit, chips and salsa, baked ziti w/salad, parfaits

french toast and fruit, blackbeans and rice w/veggie tray, yogurt, tuna noodle casserole w/fresh greenbeans, milkshakes

eggs and biscuits, chicken nuggets w/fries and fruit, p-nut butter crackers, hash w/steamed veggies, rice crispie treats

muffins and fruit, frozen pizza and applesauce, smoothies, breakfast for dinner (pancakes, sausage, fruit salad), brownie

coffeecake and juice, meatball subs w/chips, veggie tray, bbq pork w/noodles and greenbeans, popcorn

smoothies and leftover baked goods, garlic butter pasta w/veggies, crackers, pretzels, and m&m's, meatloaf w/mashed potatoes and beans and corn, ice cream

Some differences in the winter verses the summer menu...

1. I realized that the littles did not do well with a sweet treat for a snack. I've moved those to dessert and made healthier choices for during the day.

2. I eliminated the cold cereals. We don't have any early morning appts anymore and cereal NEVER lasted until lunch.

3. My kids prefer pancakes every single day.LOL I've moved it to twice a week. Hopefully that'll keep them happy.

4. We now have two that can't have dairy products-me and Sophia. I've adjusted the menu to include food for us when the others are having pizza or cheesy stuff. It's not listed here, but it's on the main plan.

5. I've tried to add in more fruit and veggies. They are cheap this time of year and I want us to be thoroughly sick of them come wintertime.LOL

Well, I guess that's it. I'm still working on the grocery lists but hope to be done with it by the weekend. So far, we're on week 2 and it's working nicely. Let me know if any of you have questions.

Blessings,





3 comments:

Wild Homeschool Family said...

My middles (as opposed to littles as guess they're not so little anymore!) don't do well with sweet treats either. If it's with a healthy meal it makes a difference alone sends them spinning. Last week we had to make baked goodies for girl scouts and i made cake mix cookies since i needed QUICK. Well my kids begged me to make some for them too and I gave in. Bad plan, Colin and Tristan were near enough swinging from the rafters for the next two hours. LOL

Lisa in Jax said...

LOL! You know the problem well then. That's what kept happening to me so I stopped making the snacks but then the littles were starved by dinner. Now we have good snacks and they are much better and happier.lol

De'Etta @ Choosing Joy said...

Well done, friend. I've decided to focus on eating freezer/pantry food and get more organized in Japan. LOL