I have adopted the "cook once, eat twice...or more" strategy. This strategy is so simple, yet so filling! For example. This week I will buy a whole chicken and roast or boil it. This gives me chicken for more than one meal for my family. I can purchase a whole chicken for half the price of chicken breasts for 1-2 meals! If hubby requests something different, then I can shred the chicken, place it in a freezer bag with a little stock, and freeze it for another day. I like to do this with other things I cook as well. (as you will see this week) Aly, the oldest, is extremely picky. So I know that she will not eat most of what I fix, but with each meal, I try to fix something she likes as well or I will modify hers. For instance, on chalupa night, I will fix her a quesadilla. Macy, the youngest, will eat anything I put in front of her. Ha!
On my menu, you will see "or Salmon Cakes" I always have pantry meals available should hubby want something totally different on a specific night, I run low on time, or I have failed to go to the grocery store for the next week. Pantry meals are meals that I have on hand at any given time in my pantry or freezer. I also double and freeze a lot of my meals, so those are on hand as well. On average, I keep our 3 favorite meals frozen in the freezer (chicken rotel, pizza casserole, and baked spaghetti), also ingredients to make potato soup, salmon cakes, and a few others. It is great to have these handy for those days you are just "feeling something different".
Also, on Saturdays, my husband usually takes us out to eat, unless he has a particularly rough week at work and just wants to relax at home. I look forward to these date nights. 99.9% of the time we eat out at our favorite local Mexican Restaurant.
Also, my menu strategy changes from week to week as well. We have the girls every other week. So the weeks it is just Tony and I, I do not cook nearly as much. For instance, we normally go out to eat on Wednesdays to eat chicken wings. :)
Here is my menu for this week: We have our "favorite" meals, so I tend to fix those at least twice a month. You will also notice, my dinners are cost effective. Very important!
Monday: (grocery store day so I do not like to "cook") After going grocery shopping, I am "fooded" out! lol.
We will have turkey, swiss, and mushroom paninis with ranch and cucumbers
Tuesday: Roast chicken, crock pot pintos and greenbeans
Wednesday: Chalupas (using pintos for refried beans) with lots of veggies on top
Thursday: Chicken Fried Rice
Friday: Leftovers, or if I don't have leftovers, Salmon cakes with greenbeans and mashed potatoes
Saturday: Family date night or Chili (hubby's request)
Sunday: Dirtbike racing Sunday afternoon, so Chili if I don't fix it Saturday, or sandwiches. (I will freeze any
That's how it is done in the Deal house. :) Like I said, I slack
This post is linked to Time-Warp Wife!