Monday, October 24, 2011

Menu Plan For The Week

I created a two week menu plan (here) last week, but need to update it. Our freezer is crazy full, so I need to work through our stockpile. I've recently started keeping an inventory of our freezer, and it's so helpful for meal planning. Why didn't I think of this sooner?!

Here's my plan for the week. Things from the freezer are bolded.
  • Monday - Tacos (meat from the freezer) for the kids & M. I think I'm going to have a big salad & use up a giant tub of spinach.
  • Tuesday - Barbecued chicken salads. (M barbecues 20 or so pounds of chicken every few months that we freeze & we use that for recipes & quick dinners.) Taco quesadillas for the kids.
  • Wednesday - Mahi Mahi (barbecued, if it's not raining. Pan-fried, if it is. And, it's Seattle, so it seems likely that we'll be making it inside :-)) + tomato paella
  • Thursday - Fiesta Chicken
  • Friday - Risotto with spinach + mahi mahi (if we have leftovers). I LOVE risotto.
  • Saturday - I'm having dinner with the family, and I'll be bringing this Italian Baked Chicken and Pastina.
  • Sunday - We may be going out. Our community center is having a Halloween party, and there will be dinner available. The dinner menu is "spooky" (i.e. meatballs dressed as eyes, bread sticks like fingers, etc) so my kids will definitely be wanting to eat there.
What's on your menu for the week? Any freezer organization tips?


  1. Can I come to your house for dinner?

    I always freeze things in 2, and single. So hubby can take a small thing with him to work or I can make a quick dinner for me or kids....and then I have a larger portion for all of us.

  2. Friday looks good for me, is that okay?

    When I started doing freezer stuff someone suggested keeping an inventory. I thought that was a fantastic idea but I, of course, never implemented it. But it sounds like it would be helpful.

  3. You are both invited over for dinner! I made the risotto last night (an attempt to use up a huge tub of Costco spinach that is going bad faster than expected) & it was AMAZING. I love risotto. :-) I find the stirring relaxing.

    The freezer inventory has been hugely helpful at discovering random bits of food that need to be incorporated, and to determine what we can use in the menu planning each week.

  4. Yum! Everything sounds delicious!! :)