Menu Plan Monday

Did everyone have a nice Mother’s Day?   We’re not big into the “Hallmark holidays,” but I had one request — a day off from the kitchen.  And sure nuff, I barely lifted a finger yesterday.  My kids convinced my husband to bring me breakfast in bed, so I lay in bed and read The Omnivore’s Dilemma* while my husband brewed coffee and poured me a bowl of granola (my request; it’s my favorite, and besides, I thought a warm breakfast might be pushing my luck).  It was a nice, leisurely start to the day.

After church we went to one of our favorite local restaurants where, surprisingly, there was an open table, Mother’s Day and all.  I had requested a dining experience that did NOT include a buffet.  Buffet + 3 kids = not a relaxing Mother’s Day.  (Yes, I realize that I said I had one request, and now I’m up to 3.  It’s a woman’s prerogative…)  It was great, and I even splurged on dessert – Bourbon Pecan Pie a la mode.  YUM.

Then I came home and napped all afternoon, so I can pretty much say that Mother’s Day doesn’t get much better than that.  How about you?  Did you get to relax and rejuvenate?

* * *

So now it’s Monday, and I’m faced with an empty breadbox and a menu plan to make and a grocery list to make and a grocery shopping extravaganza to accomplish and 152 errands to run to get ready to go out of town for the weekend.  It’s gonna be a light week on the menu planning front because I’ll be trying to get the house in order.  But without further ado, here you go:

MONDAY: lasagna, salad
(I actually made this on Saturday, so it’s all ready to pop in the oven!)

TUESDAY: buffalo chicken dip with tortilla chips and raw veggies
(what can I say, it’s baseball game night and I need something easy and fast)

WEDNESDAY: spaghetti and meatballs
(sauce is leftover from lasagna, meatballs are the ready-made from Trader Joes)

THURSDAY: pot roast, potatoes, carrots

FRIDAY: I’m officially on vaca! WOOT!!!

This post is linked up with 5 Minutes For Mom’s Mother’s Day carnival as well as Menu Plan Monday at Organizing Junkie and Mindful Menus at Chive Talkin’.

Mindful Menus

Join the Conversation

9 thoughts on “Menu Plan Monday

  1. JoLynne! I was just about to do the Amazon widget for my blog. I always thought yours was so cool. Store v. widget, would love to hear your thoughts.

    Also, I’ve been on the wait list for the Omnivore’s Dilemma at our library and can’t wait to read it. I hope that you have already picked up and read Food Rules, it’s right up your alley and has made a big difference with me.

    1. Omnivore’s Dilemma seriously should be required reading for every American. It’s insanely well written and informative, and I believe, fair. I understand so much more about our food system now, and the problem with the govt regulating small farmers w/ the same standards as the industrial farms. It’s sickening b/c that entire way of life is being threatened, and that’s so wrong.

      *gingerly steps off soapbox*

      I have been meaning to read Food Rules, although I’m not sure it will be any new info. Still, I love Pollan’s succinct and entertaining way of summing things up.

  2. What a nice MD you had!

    I also have lasagna on my menu as it will provide more than one meal for my extra busy week. The Buffalo Chicken Dip sounds yummy! What brand tortilla chips do you buy?

    1. I’m a huge fan of Garden of Eatin’s black corn tortilla chips. They use no GMO corn. I buy the big bags at Wegmans, and stock up when they’re on sale.

  3. I’m so glad I stopped by. (Glad you had such a nice Mother’s Day.) I have been struggling with grocery shopping and meal planning lately. This post reminded me- it doesn’t have to be hard. I’m gonna make my meal plan today.

  4. Sounds like your Mother’s day was wonderful. It was a little hectic for us as our kid’s high school thinks Mother’s day weekend is the perfect weekend to have grad. And seeing our son graduated, well, you get the idea. LOL. So instead of napping I spent Mother’s day afternoon trying to find my son a grad gift which I didn’t have time to get up to that point.

    I can’t believe you haven’t read “Food Rules”. But you probably do know everything in there already. I read it in one sitting. Very simply laid out. One rule per page with most being self explanatory.

Want More?

Jo-Lynne Shane on Instagram

Click an image below.

Follow @jolynneshane