In order to help with our budget, I have been trying to get better at menu planning. This week I am doing pretty good. As tempting as it was to go out to eat last night since the hubby wasn't home, we didn't. I have tried some new recipes this week for my family. They are not at all shy about giving me feedback. I need to tweak a few things in the new recipes when trying it again. They ate what I fixed, but would have like it better had I "made it a little less ranch flavored". My family did have some raves about the from scratch whole wheat soft dinner rolls I made. Those I didn't think turned out well, but they LOVED them.
I love Pinterest because that is where I get a lot of recipes. Also, I will just google search and pin to my boards. I had to start a new board on stuff that we like, so I don't have to search through the hundred or so pins on my regular food board. I need to split my food board into categories. I have already put cakes and cupcakes in their own board along with cookies having their own board. I love to bake. I find it very soothing. My husband and daughter are quite the picky eaters on way different things. Like pasta...my husband will not touch the stuff. E is getting tired of rice, but doesn't like potatoes (not my kid!). Neither are big on vegetables. I will pretty much eat anything. I try to eat healthier now. My only food aversions are: nuts, peanut butter (husbands fav), cheese, bananas, and pretty much any breakfast food. There are some foods that I have texture issues with, but will eat if necessary (since I do the cooking I don't mind fixing myself a different meal).
My menu plan this week, was this:
Monday: Breakfast - chocolate chip oatmeal muffins Dinner: Shepard's Pie (must tweak onions and peppers)
Tuesday: Breakfast - muffins Dinner: Bacon Chicken Ranch (cut back on the ranch seasoning)
Wednesday: Breakfast - muffins (my kid really likes these) Dinner: out
Thursday: Breakfast - the last of the muffins or cereal Dinner: leftovers
Friday: Breakfast - donuts (yay Donut Friday) Dinner: sausage and peppers and chicken alfredo
Weekends are usually up in the air because of all the various activities.
I found the recipe for muffins here.
Bacon Chicken Ranch here. Crockpot recipe!!
Shepard's Pie here.
I will get better about taking/posting pictures of food.
I want to do a whole separate post on the rolls. Really, I just want excuse to make them again.
Did I also mention I made triple chocolate brownies and strawberry cake batter rice krispy treats for an orchestra fundraiser? What can I say...I love cooking/baking!!
I'm ready to plan my menu for next week...