The view from my front door. Yep, refrigerator in the living room. (And santa hat on the dining room floor. I have no idea.) That’s how we roll!
It’s been months since I posted a menu plan here. I have lots of excuses, but one of my goals is to get back to that this year, because so many of you have commented that it’s helpful. I feel you! Sometimes just figuring out what to eat is a mental block that trickles down to wasted time and money in hasty, last-minute decisions. If what we’re eating can trigger ideas for you and keep me a little more organized, well then it’s good for all of us!
I’m menu planning without a kitchen for the third week in a row. There is light at the end of this tunnel (another 2 weeks, maybe) and I’m certainly not complaining: friends, I have a laundry room! Yee-haw! (Also, I have a sink in the laundry room, which means I am not doing dishes in our bathtub while we’re without a kitchen. Whew!)
For now, though, that means I’m limited to a few key tools in our makeshift space: my microwave, toaster, electric skillet, and crockpot are the stars of this make-do show. Also, my mom. Goodness, she sent my dad with pizza, brown bag burritos, bierocks, a lasagna casserole, cookies, and my very favorite homemade brownies last week the day before we were snowed in. Proof that a mother’s work is never done!
Because of our circumstances, I’m working to keep us stocked up with easy, fresh snacks and meal sides: cheese, apples, oranges, grapefruit, bananas, carrots. And convenience foods are making an appearance much more than normal! The kids have been devouring string cheese, baby carrots, cereal, and individual (manager’s special) yogurt cups. Tis the season!
Here’s what I’m prepared to serve up this week.
- early breakfast ~ bananas and toast
- brunch ~ bacon and sausage links, french toast, fruit
- supper ~ veggie beef soup in the crockpot, mini poppy seed muffins (that mom brought to us yesterday; the woman doesn’t quit!)
Weekday Breakfast Options
- homemade granola (the last of it; I made a huge batch the day before we ripped the oven out)
- instant oatmeal (yep, the sugary fruity stuff from the store ~ kids are thrilled!)
- eggs (scrambled or fried) with toast or toasted bagels, fruit (I noticed I was feeling yucky a few days last week ~ we ran out of eggs! I need my eggs in the morning!)
Weekday Lunches ~ leftovers, sandwiches, fruit and veggies, cheese sticks, etc.
- sandwiches, chips, string cheese, apples, snacks (basketball game picnic)
- layered ham skillet, homemade applesauce (yay for my freezer stash!)
- cheeseburgers (on the skillet and with store buns; do what you gotta do!), carrots and ranch, fruit
- baked potatoes (in the microwave, making do) topped with chili beans and cheese (this is one of Miss 10′s favorite meals, believe it or not ~ I’ll probably do broccoli and cheese on mine)
- Hmmm, Valentine’s Day Friday ~ also a home game and my girls are cheering at halftime. We’ll figure out a way to eat and make the day special.
What are your favorite meals when your resources are limited? If this goes on much longer, I may need new ideas!