June 1, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: June 1st

Did you see what I said there?  JUNE 1st!  Its June people!  Time to freak out.  Its the last week of school for us and I am not, I repeat, I am not prepared for it at all.  I mean, the sleeping in and staying up late part yes, but the breakfast, lunch and dinners at home.  Not to mention the snacks. And the "I'm bored", "There's nothing to eat" and "Its so hot outside" comments that get stuck on replay every summer.

OK, that's not quite where I had planned things to go today.  Its Monday and so that means its Menu time.  And I actually have one this week.  Unlike last week where we just kinda ate whatever was left in the house and somehow survived a whole week without grocery shopping.  I'm calling it the pre-summer purge.  You know. Gotta clear out the shelves and make room for all the summer foods.  Yup, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

So about this menu.  It was an early Sunday.  David had to work, so I didn't get to sleep in.  But I was pleasantly surprised when he brought home breakfast.  Until it turned out to be all wrong and not what we had ordered. That set up the rest of the day.  David went to work, the boys were grumpy and I angry cleaned and finished up my grocery list.

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Why does it have to be such a process for me to figure out 4 or 5 meals?  Suggestions from the guys are like pulling teeth.  The little one has the same request every time.  Chicken and rice or Rosy Poyo aka Arroz con Pollo. But thats about it. And I have zero appetite so like I said, its a whole process.  It looks a little something like this.  Find a handful of recipes that I haven't made in a while.  Write down ingredients.  Decide which ones sound better or work better with that weeks budget.  Then move it all over to the final draft or the grocery list. Am I the only one who does this?  I like my list organized by section of the store.  Produce, Meat, Isles, Dairy and others.  This is what I ended up with.

Grilled Skirt Steak with shrimp avocado salad and Corn

Arroz con Pollo with beans and tortillas

Homemade Burgers and fries.

Chicken Quarters with mashed potatoes and Cesar salad.

And of course, leftovers in between.

Come next week, I see a lot of super easy and quick meals.  We usually end up at the pool or hanging out with friends and I just make things we can throw together real quick before or after. And we grill.  A lot. I'm so excited. I love my grill. I need a new one, but I'm a little attached to the one I have now.  It was my gift from David when we bought our house.  It still does its job, its just not in perfect shape anymore.  Sounds a little like me!


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