Recipe For A Simple Life

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A Return to Menu Planning

It’s been a while, but I’m going to try to start menu planning again.   We’ve been “winging it” for most of the summer because we’ve been so busy with the kids’ summer sports schedule.  Now that our summer sports schedule has slowed down we won’t need to include cold sandwiches (to be eaten in the car or in the bleachers) twice a week.

I was thinking about the way we eat as I sat down to plan out the week today.  We’ve really changed a lot in the past year with the way I cook and the foods we eat.  A year ago we ate meat almost every day, now we can easily go almost a whole week without it.  It’s been good for us.  We aren’t vegetarian by any means and never will be since we love a good burger, but we’ve found that there are healthier and cheaper alternatives to red meat.  We’ve also gotten away from boxed and canned foods, which I feel really good about.  I’ve even started trying to cook without always using a recipe and had some pleasant results.

Last week I took advantage of the great produce sales at Aldi and snapped up some cheap veggies that I’ll be using in this week’s menu. –

Sunday:  Black Bean & Mushroom Burgers, Fried Rice, Cucumber Slices

Monday:  Ring Bologna, Fried Potatoes, Baby Carrots

Tuesday:  Chicken Taco Bowls, Lettuce Salad

Wednesday:  Spinach Berry Salad, Summer Sausage, Broccoli & Cauliflower with dip

Thursday:  French Toast, Scrambled Eggs, Applesause

Friday:  Veggie Stir Fry, Brown Rice, Fruit

Saturday:  Leftovers from earlier in the week

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