Mandie's Dinner Diner

June 7, 2013

Summer Meals – Themes Take the Thinking Out of It!

Filed under: Uncategorized — ruralmomof3 @ 6:38 am

STOP!  Wait!  Before you run to McDonald’s on the way to ball practice or grab a hot dog once you get there, stop and spend a little time planning ahead and you’ll save money and enjoy what you’re eating so much more! 

My girlfriend emailed the other day and asked me to come up with a day of the week theme for her to help her not have to think so hard about what to prepare for meals.  This is what I came up with:

Soup Sunday Sunday’s are busy here. . . . We are blessed in that we attend church only a couple miles away from our house but we do not get home from there until at least 11:30.  Those of you who don’t get home until after noon, really feel the hunger pains I’m sure!  Soup that comes in cans from the store heats up in minutes.  Homemade soup can be prepared (minus any pasta) before you leave for church and left on simmer or in the crock pot until you return home.  Side this with a grilled cheese sandwich and some canned fruit!
 
Munchy Monday – Monday’s can be a little hectic so why not plan for hand held meals on Mondays!  Think about the things you find in the appetizer section of a buffet table: fresh fruit and dip, veggie trays, meat and cheese platters, chips and salsa, etc.  Prep these foods a few days in advance so you can just retrieve them from the refrigerator on Manic Monday. Example: the day you get home from grocery shopping: peel, cut up, etc before you put the fresh stuff away.  Then you do not have to think about it again!
 
Taco Tuesday – This is a no brainer, but you can think outside the box. . . . Look at the broader menu of Mexican Night:  Burritos, Enchiladas, Taco Salad, and of course Tacos.
 
What’s new Wednesday – Find a new recipe you’ve been wanting to try.  The key here is to plan ahead for this.  Do not wait until Wednesday, you won’t have the ingredients you need.  Find these recipes before you go shopping, make sure you get everything, and then leave the recipe on the refrigerator (or a note with the name of cookbook and page number) for easy finding.
 
Thankful Thursday–  Look in your refrigerator and pantry.  Pull out the leftovers or the items that have been there a while.  Thank God for the blessing of excess food and eat!
 
Few Friday – Oftentimes on Friday we want to get the meal done and over with so we can get on with the weekend.  Use as few ingredients as possible or dirty up as few pots and pans as possible! Crockpots with a crock pot liner will work great for Few Friday!  What about making a casserole on the stove top (not the oven) by cooking the meat, draining the fat, and adding your other ingredients right in the skillet you fried the hamburger in!  Or grilling burgers outside and serving them with a pickle and canned fruit.
 
Spaghetti Saturday – Another no brainer but, again, think in the broader sense here.  Saturday is pasta day!  Fettuccini w/ grilled chicken and broccoli, Macaroni n Cheese with Ham and peas, Spaghetti and meatballs w garlic toast, Beef and noodles
 
It’s really all in thinking a few days ahead! (easier said than done, I know. . . you should count the McDonalds receipts in my purse) Post the themes on your refrigerator where you can refer to them as needed!  Enjoy!
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