Why is it that something as simple as menu planning can make such a huge difference in how the week flows? Last week I never got around to it, and ended up going to the store without a complete list just so we'd have lunch to take to park day.
Planning my menu for the week forces me to look at the big picture -- our planned activities, my budget, what's already in the fridge -- so I know how to make the most of our CSA produce, and where I need to fit in shopping and baking.
And it's so nice to be able to look at my list on the fridge in the morning and know just what to make for dinner that night. Or, to know that I actually remembered to take the chicken out of the freezer!
This week's menu:
Granola (make more on Thursday)
Scrambled eggs and toast
Spinach salad w/roasted beets, mandarins and walnuts
Monday -- Salmon w/ sauteed carrots and swiss chard, apple crisp.
SOAK RED BEANS
Tuesday -- Minestrone soup, multigrain soda bread -- deliver half to friends w/new baby
Wednesday -- Roast chicken w/potatoes, carrots and onions
Thursday -- BBQ chicken pizza
Bake cookies, make pizza dough
Lunch/playdate: Fritatta w/bacon and swiss chard
Dinner for kids: chicken corn chowder
Saturday -- Dinner with friends (find out what to bring!)
Sunday -- Lentil soup
Head over to Laura's blog to see more great menus!