This week my husband has decide to stand up to the challenge of weekly meal planning and grocery shopping – tasks that usually fall on my “to-do” list. He was armed with our family Weekly Meal Planner, iPad and coffee and set out to make a meal plan that fit our schedule and would get my approval. (No small task).
After a little more than 1.5 hours of pure concentration, a menu was born! He even set up his own Pinterest account and pinned a few recipes. I give him credit for including both fish and vegetarian recipes in the mix. I am a little nervous as it seems to be a pretty aggressive menu with 7 different recipes – none of which we have made before.
Above is our completed menu. For those of you not accostomed to reading chicken scratch, I will translate the menu and link to the Pinterest recipes that we will be enjoying this week.
Monday: Grilled Thai Tenderloin Cutlets with squash.
Tuesday: Egg Salad Sandwiches with Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup
Wednesday: Vegetable Lasagna
Thursday: Broccoli and Cheese-Stuffed Tilapia with Rice and Salad
Friday: White Bean and Spinach Pizza
Saturday: OMG Chicken with frozen veggies
Sunday: Spinach Feta Turkey Burgers with Roasted Squash
After his marathon menu-planning session, he was off the the grocery store. He did luck out and only take one child (the other wanted to stay with me), but his timing couldn’t have been much worse! He was at the store at 10:30 a.m. on a Saturday, during a 2-day sale! Thankfully we already had a lot of the items we needed for the week, so his list was fairly short.
I didn’t hear any horror stories about the process, but I’ll keep you posted how the week goes! A few minor glitches that we discovered while putting groceries away are that we don’t have chicken or yogurt for the OMG Chicken on Saturday (kind of important ingredients in this 4-ingredient dish) and we are now the proud owners of 6, count them, 6 containers of cottage cheese! I guess I know what I’ll be eating for lunch this week!
What I realized after all of this is that my husband and I go about tasks very differently, but our intentions and end results are still the same. We both want to provide quality and delicious food to our family that will nourish us from the inside out. Efficiency isn’t everything. I’m really proud of his finished menu. Dietitian Approved!