Our first week using a Monthly Menu Plan

In my last post, I mentioned that we are going to be trying out monthly shops every second month.  Well, in order to do this, Minion Dad and I sat down and worked out our menu plan for the month, including a baking list.

Our menu for last week was:

Monday:  Banana, Blueberry & Weetbix Smoothies –  it was my shopping day, and on shopping days there’s no cooking!

Tuesday:  Open Hot Dogs with Tomato, Onion, Bacon and Mushroom – these were supposed to be just ‘normal’ hot dogs, but the buns split when we toasted them, so they became ‘Open Hot Dogs’ instead!

Wednesday: Chicken Cacciatore – from scratch, but the recipe I found needs tweaking a bit, so if anyone is willing to share an easy and delicious recipe, I’m open to ideas!

Thursday: Gourmet Tomato Soup – I spent this day at the Mater Children’s Cardiology Unit at the Pulmonary Hypertension Clinic for our oldest Minion (he has a rare heart/lung condition and if you would like to know more, here’s my blog about our families journey called ‘Saving Jules’), so Minion Dad made up his delicious Gourmet Tomato Soup for dinner; my folks picked us up from the hospital (after a very long day) and drove us home and of course we invited them to stay.  This fed 4 Minion Adults and 4 Minion Kids, with enough left over for my folks to take home for their lunch the next day!

Friday:  Homemade Hamburgers – Friday night is movie night, so Minion Dad and I decided that Friday dinners would be ‘take-away style’ meals.  Very easy to make yourself and much cheaper than buying them!

Saturday:  Roast Pork and veges – I bought a 2.4kg Rolled Pork Roast (sadly, crackling is nigh on impossible with a Rolled Pork Roast, so despite being absolutely delicious, we did feel that something special was missing that night!) on special for $18.79, so not only was this for dinner it was also made into Toasted Pork, Gravy and Cheese sandwiches for lunch on Sunday, and then for the kids lunches today.  There’s still about 1/3 left, so that will be frozen for pasta later in the month.

Sunday:  Tuna, Rice & Veges – so easy, especially if you have a rice cooker.  We cook up enough rice for all of us, steam some frozen beans, peas and corn and mix it all up with a tin of flavoured tuna!  It’s delicious and the Minion Kids love choosing their own flavoured tuna, which is a huge bonus because we never hear  “But I don’t like that”!

For snacks for all of us, I baked 5 Cup Slice, Banana Bread, Muesli Bars and Rice Bubble Squares.

I think we did well for our first week . . . now I have to go, ‘cause Minion Dad is trying to steal my avo on toast!

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