I did not have a menu plan last week. It is not that I did not post one, I just didn't do one. I never really took the time or energy to do it. And boy do I regret it! I am not a very creative person who can just decide what to cook in an instant and without having a menu to go by, I was lost! I also had no motivation to cook as I couldn't really think of much (though a couple nights did turn out really well!) TO make. So even though the idea of making a menu at 11 pm on a Sunday night (hey, I'll take my computer time when I can get it!) does not exactly sound like fun to me, I know that my week will go much smoother if I make a menu. It will also allow me to do any prep work before, oh, 4:30. Why is it that the only meals I can think on the spur-of-the-moment to cook revolve around dried beans?
choices of smoothies, eggs, soaked oatmeal, toast
curried chickpeas (how long have I been planning on these??)
black bean burgers (making extra to freeze)
baked potatoes with broccoli and cheese
pinto beans and cornbread
My meals this week have a big focus on meatless meals. Not only is this (generally!) much less expensive, but I am also trying to be more diligent on eating meat sparingly. While that can mean different amounts to different people, I am aiming for one meat (including poultry but not fish) dinner a week, two at the most (breakfasts and lunch are not very meat based right now as it is). While I know many wives with husbands that scoff at the idea of not having a big hunk of meat on the dinner table, I am very fortunate to have a husband who is perfectly content eating a meatless meal. Actually, he would probably be content eating a bowl of pinto beans and cornbread every night. :)
For more menu ideas, check out Org Junkie.