It’s always good to have a plan, especially when staring at the still-stuffed pantry and freezers wondering what on earth is in there?! I made a quick grocery run for essentials last week, but we’re trying to use what we have this month. Not a trying task, really, when we keep a cow in our freezer…
Last week’s pantry fun came in the discovery of half a bag of fresh cranberries and two partial bags of chocolate chips. Cranberry Chocolate Chip muffins, anyone? So yummy!
Keeping meals simple this week, with a big emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies. The comfort foods of winter are fabulous, but not at the expense of essential vitamins and minerals to ward off this seasonal influenza garbage that is the talk of the nation. Plus, as my good fortune would have it, our kids prefer fresh fruits and veggies over any prepared fruit and veggies. Win!
If you find yourself staring in the fridge at 5:00 with little people biting your ankles, may I encourage you to make a menu plan? It doesn’t have to be strict, and you can use any of several methods. Having a plan, any plan, might just prevent a number of financial, time, and sanity woes.
Sunday, January 13
- cereal for early risers
- homemade waffles with blueberry topping, scrambled eggs with sausage
- seven layer dip with tortilla chips, popcorn, fresh fruit and veggies
- fried eggs, homemade hashbrowns (X2)
- scrambled eggs with cheese, toast or cinnamon rolls
- granola or oatmeal with raisins (X2)
- white chicken chili, veggie tray with dip, mom’s cinnamon rolls (I’m making them for a friend who had surgery, so we may as well enjoy some, too!)
- loaded tostadas or taco salad, fruit
- egg fried rice, veggie tray with dip, fruit
- baked potato bar (chili and cheese, broccoli and cheese), fruit
- cheeseburger pizza and (you guessed it!) fresh fruits and veggies
Saturday, January 19 ~ Basketball chaos today, so we’ll start strong and end scrounging from whatever is left in the fridge.
- sausage/egg breakfast pitas, fruit
- leftovers, ballgame snacks, eat on the road
Do you find it harder to eat fresh fruits and veggies during the winter? How do you get the job done?