Friday, February 8, 2008

Need Some New Menu Ideas?


So often I have the hardest time coming up with variety in what I feed my family. I get so tired of fixing the same things over and over, and I'm sure they get just as tired of eating the same things over and over!

I'm also on a journey to feeding us healthier, but none of us are very big veggie eaters. Corn, potatoes, green beans, the occasional salad, and that's about it. So I'm working on small baby steps to switch us over to healthier versions of our favorites while slowly and gradually introducing new things. At the same time, I have to find ways to do this without spending a fortune. Can it be done? As of right now I'm not completely convinced it can, but I'm willing to give it a try.

I know there have to be other moms out there who battle these same things, so I thought I'd share our menu for the week. (My menu this week started today, Friday, because I just went to the grocery store yesterday.) I try to give the kids milk one to two times a day, water with AT LEAST one to two meals/snacks a day (they drink it on their own throughout the day as well), and juice one to two times a day.

If you see anything you'd like the recipe for just let me know and I'll be more than happy to type it up. Many of them are Weight Watchers recipes, so even though they may not sound healthy, they aren't nearly as bad as they look.

Friday:
Breakfast- Blueberry Muffins, Grapes
Snack- Apples
Lunch- Grilled cheese and soup
Snack- Pretzels
Dinner- Homemade Pizza (our weekly Friday night tradition)

Saturday:
Breakfast- Crockpot Breakfast
Snack- (we'll be at the kid's Upward Basketball games)
Lunch- Easy Cheese Steaks
Snack- Fish Crackers
Dinner- Lipton Burgers, Tator Tots

Sunday:
Breakfast- Sausage Biscuits
Snack- (we'll be at church)
Lunch- Roast w/potatoes and carrots, Dinner Rolls
Snack- not needed due to big lunch
Dinner- cereal, sandwiches, leftovers, etc.

Monday:
Breakfast- Eggs, Bacon, Toast
Snack- String Cheese
Lunch- Sausage & Cheese Wraps
Snack- Fish Crackers (our kids would eat a whole box of these every day if we'd let them)
Dinner- Old Fashion Beef Stew

Tuesday:
Breakfast- Oatmeal & Toast
Snack- Raisins or Pineapple Chunks
Lunch- Crescent Cheese Dogs
Snack- Peanut Butter Toast w/ Apple Slices
Dinner- Manwich BBQ Drummettes, Baked Beans, Corn-on-the-Cob

Wednesday:
Breakfast- Waffles
Snack- Tortilla Chips w/Cheese
Lunch- Personal Pizzas
Snack- Popcorn
Dinner- Busy Day Crockpot Chicken & Rice

Thursday:
Breakfast- Cereal
Snack- Oranges
Lunch- Hamburger Nests, Baked Potatoes
Snack- Pretzels
Dinner- Ham, Cream Corn, Mashed Potatoes, Dinner Rolls

2 comments:

Shannon said...

What is a crockpot breakfast? I'm all about the crockpot! If it is something easy and yummy, would you mind sharing? Thanks!

Blessings,
Shannon

Tricia said...

That looks good Christy!

I have this little sandwich maker thing that I got at Wal-mart. It can make 2 sandwiches at a time (makes them into triangles). My kids LOVE this. They often make their own grilled cheese sandwiches it in. You can also stick corn or flout tortillas in it. I have been known to make egg sandwiches in it too, although that takes longer and makes a bit of a mess.

Anyway, I'm all for getting the kids to be as self sufficient as possible and even my Ann (8) can use this thing. It was cheep, maybe $12.

(Sir D can make some yummy gourmet corn tortilla melt things with speciality cheese, a little crumbled bacon thrown in and an avocado slice on top)

Now I need to go make lunch, I've made myself hungry!

:o)