Thursday, January 31, 2013

Week of Jan 27th Meals

 If you're in a rut maybe some of these ideas from our meals this week can help you out!!! We've cut out our afternoon snack now and noticed that the bigger lunches help keep these homeschoolers full and they are more apt to eat their dinners, go figure! 

Monday 1/28
Lunch: Homemade Beef and Vegetable Soup
Dinner: Crispy Chicken and Veggies

Tuesday 1/29
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs/Oranges
Lunch: Hoagies/Apple Slices
Dinner: Spinach Quiche/Salad

Wednesday 1/30
Breakfast: Yogurt and Granola
Lunch: Cheese Quesadillas/Spinach/ Orange Slices

Thursday 1/31
Breakfast: Eggs and Toast
Lunch:Leftover Chili
Dinner: Sausage and Kale over Noodles

Friday 2/10
Breakfast: Eggs and Bacon
Lunch: Turkey and Ham Hoagies
Dinner: Beef Tacos

Monday, January 21, 2013

This Week's Meals

The Lentil Soup we will be making together on Thursday goes with the lesson from the MY FATHER'S WORLD CURRICULUM about Jacob and Esau... 

Monday 1/21
Lunch: Homemade Mushroom Pizza
Dinner: Italian Sausage and Kale w/Fettuccine

Tuesday 1/22
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs/Oranges
Lunch: Hoagies/Apple Slices
Dinner: Skillet Chicken Thighs with Tomatoes/Rice/Salad

Wednesday 1/23
Breakfast: Oatmeal/Orange Slices
Lunch: Sandwiches/Blueberries
Dinner: Sloppy Joes/Green Beans/Salad

Thursday 1/24
Breakfast: Egg Sandwiches
Lunch: Lentil Stew 
Dinner: Chicken Tacos/Corn/Salad

Friday 1/25
Breakfast: Pancakes/Apple Slices
Lunch: Leftover Tacos
Dinner: Beef and Veggie Soup/Bread

Monday, January 14, 2013

This week's meals! Since we homeschool, I like to make enough to have leftovers for lunches, just heat them up and you're ready to go!! Also- Monday is backwards day in our homeschool this week. Soooo, the kids were allowed their dessert BEFORE meals and we even had dinner for breakfast!

Monday 1/14 (BACKWARDS DAY!!!)
BreakfastTurkey Burgers/Peas/Watermelon
Lunch: PB & J
Dinner: Quiche

Tuesday 1/15
Breakfast: Oatmeal/Apples
Lunch: Turkey and Ham Sandwiches/Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Stuffed Peppers/Salad

Wednesday 1/16
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs/Toast
Lunch: Tuna Melts
DinnerBeef Stew/Salad/Rolls

Thursday 1/17
Breakfast: Egg Sandwiches
Lunch: Leftover Beef Stew
Dinner: Chicken Casserole/Corn/Salad

Friday 1/18
Breakfast: Pancakes/Apple Slices
Lunch: Leftover Chicken Casserole
Dinner: Country Fried Steak/Baked Potatoes/ Pan Roasted Zucchini

Monday, January 7, 2013

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Sunday, January 6, 2013

Week of 1/6/13 Meals

This week's meals! 

Monday 1/7
Breakfast: Oatmeal
Lunch: Leftover Tacos
Dinner: Baked Chicken Leg Quarters/Sweet Mashed Potatoes/Green Beans

Tuesday 1/8
Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs and Toast
Lunch: Turkey and Ham Sandwiches/Carrot Sticks
Dinner: Homemade Broccoli & Cheese Calzones/Salad

Wednesday 1/9
Breakfast: Vanilla Yogurt & Granola
Lunch: Chicken Quesadillas
Dinner: Chili/Salad

Thursday 1/10
Breakfast: Egg Sandwiches
Lunch: PB & J and Apple Slices
Dinner: Pork Chops/Homemade Sweet Potato Perogies/Green Beans

Friday 1/11
Breakfast: French Toast
Lunch: Leftover Pork with Veggies
Dinner: Meatloaf/Sauteed Zucchini/Salad

Friday, January 4, 2013

Why I Don't

Over the next few months I plan to humor you with a little series entitled, WHY I DON'T. There are several things that our family has chosen not to do that may seem to be a tad against the grain. Everyone has there own things. For some, it may be personal or religious conviction. For others it may simply be personal preference. Whatever the reason or motive, mostly all of the items that will be addressed are things that I used to integrate into my daily life but have actively chosen to avoid, at least for the time being.....

First in the series..... 

~WHY I DON'T: Have a Microwave in my kitchen

Stay tuned to find out why!!!!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Plan Ahead

Meal Planning. Charts. Schedules. Lists. Planned Grocery Trips. Unplanned Grocery Runs. We all know the drill. Meals don't "just happen," and food does not magically "appear" on the table in front of us. Unfortunately, that is not what the "fast food" concept in America has taught us. Tired after a long day at work? Just stop by your local supermarket and pick up a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Running late for a doctor's appointment with the kids? No problem, I'm pretty sure there is a Wendy's drive-thru on the way. Too tired and stressed to cook tonight? That's why the local pizza delivery number is on speed dial! Don't get me wrong, I enjoy eating meals out. As a family we enjoy going out for our birthday or for a treat once in a while. But I've heard it said, "what one generation does in moderation, the next will do in excess." We need to be careful how we treat eating out at restaurants because when we do, we are not only feeding our families bellies but molding behavioral patterns for a lifetime. If we teach our kids to order off the dollar menu simply because we can, what are they learning from this experience? Do they see it as a treat for "once in a while," or do they view it as a lifestyle. We need to teach them the difference between a luxury and necessity, and to be honest, no matter how many salads McDonald's offers, I want my children to understand that spending money at a fast food restaurant is a splurge, not the norm.

This is why meal planning is key. Even if it is just a week in advance. Setting aside money, time to organize meals and time to shop is all part of it. I try to plan each meal and snacks. There was a time when I would just plan dinner, but as a homeschooling mom, I am responsible for three meals a day for these kids. I try to make it fun by switching it up and getting the kids involved. I love having my kids help me in the kitchen. I know at times it can be frustrating to have many little hands getting into everything but the Bible says to "train up a child in the way he should go," and I firmly believe that this includes teaching our children how to prepare food for themselves!

Stay tuned as I want to keep you updated on some of my weekly meal planning ideas for our family.....