Menu Plan For the Week of Jan. 31


Last week the food turned out to be a little different than I had planned, but that’s ok.  I love having a plan.  If I choose to change it, no big deal, I allow myself to do that.  On days when I’m in a hurry, stressed, or have to delegate the cooking–the plan is in place and all of the ingredients are on hand.  When we ended up having some of our very best friends breeze in unexpectedly from out of town, I quickly thawed some salmon and–you guessed it–Rob barbecued it up for us.  Yum.

When the family dinner turned into 24 people, my sister and I thawed more meat, which Rob and Ron barbecued, she did about 10 lbs of twice-baked potatoes, and I made 2 dozen eggs into deviled eggs, and I plus-sized the berry crisp I was making.  My sister pulled out all rolls in her freezer, plus bought a couple more packs. We had assorted rolls.  My aunt brought a huge salad.

One more interesting thing I ended up cooking was a recipe for lettuce wraps done in the style of P.F. Chang’s.  I used ground turkey, water chestnuts, and some other things.  I bought some gluten-free hoisin sauce.  They turned out really good, but were rather expensive because the hoisin sauce was so high-priced–over $4 for the bottle.   The recipe used 1/2 of the bottle. If I am comparing the price of making them to buying them from the restaurant, of course they were less expensive.  I will probably make them one more time to use the rest of the sauce, but save them for a special treat, instead of a regular addition to our menu plan.

So, here’s the menu for this week.

Sunday night:  nachos or leftovers

Monday: hamburgers

Tuesday: Spaghetti

Wednesday:  tamale pies (homemade and frozen for some time)

Thursday: Lovana will cook –her choice

Friday:  Pizza

Saturday:  Leftovers or soup

Sunday dinner:  Sister–ham, Aunt–salad, Me–small quinoa salad (found a bag that needs using), potato salad or more deviled eggs (chickens going crazy right now), dessert (possibly crisp again, depending on what berries or fruit I find as I keep going through freezers)

Veggies will be canned green beans, frozen cauliflower or broccoli, green salad, squash, corn, and carrots.  There is always canned fruit to add.

4 thoughts on “Menu Plan For the Week of Jan. 31”

  1. It must be wonderful to have so much family nearby! That’s something I always missed. Sounds like a wonderful meal, for winging it! You certainly have some treasures in that freezer of yours! Have a pleasant week.

    1. It is good to have family nearby. However, I’d say that over 1/2 of the guests were friends yesterday, not family, who joined us for the family dinner. I cannot tell you how much I appreciated my sister’s hospitality in inviting our friends over to her house when they decided to visit us at the new church we have been attending. I didn’t feel free to invite them, since it wasn’t my house, but she immediately invited them once she realized they were coming to church. There were also several friends of her children and ours. It could have been a 3-ring circus, but it turned out very well. Everyone pitched in to clean up afterwards, the children played nicely, and the adults all visited…a good day.

  2. Sounds like a very simple meal week this week, Becky. Is Lovana enjoying the new responsibility of making one meal a week?

    1. She seems to be getting into the whole idea. I’m glad. We spent 12 years doing cooking 4H with her, and she won many cooking contests at the fair over the years, so I’m glad to see it put to practical use now!

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