Monday, June 13, 2011

Summer Menu Planning

I find summer menu planning hard. It's hot. I don't really want to cook come late afternoon. I don't really want to eat come late afternoon. The swimming pool beckons us until closing time at 6. But, by then, everyone is a crazy starving mess (except me, it seems, cause when it's hot, I'd just as soon pass on eating). My almost-5 year old (can't believe he's so big!) has really blossomed into a big boy this year. And, with that, he EATS. He used to be happy with a few bits of nothing thrown at him. We joked for years that he survived on air and chocolate milk. But, now? The boy wants a meal, as do his two younger brothers.

I'm only at the beginning of my motherhood journey, and now I totally get why so many empty-nesters spend the first several years eating out 5 nights a week. This every day thing gets to you!

But, hey, maybe it's just summer talking. And, I can totally conquer this!! cause, really, what's my other option? So, this week's plan is to find as many make-ahead, cool, foods as possible. We'll see if it works, and I can get back in the game.

Friday--chicken taco salads with black beans and corn (really good!)
Saturday--leftovers (lunch), hamburgers (supper)
Sunday--hummus (lunch), take-out burritos and sno-cones (supper)
Monday--Thai red chicken curry, rice
Tuesday-- hamburger steaks with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, chard
Wednesday--pasta with basil, walnuts, and maybe something else?, salad
Thursday--Savannah red rice, salad

As always, I'm linked to Menu Plan Monday at Orgjunkie with lots and lots and lots of other bloggers.


Dawn said...

I hear you on not wanting to eat when it's hot. I grill a lot in the summer to avoid heating the kitchen.

hidden art of homemaking said...

LOL and now you have found a real golden nugget to hold onto when the empty nest arrives all too soon...and you want to cry all the time...but...YOU WON'T HAVE TO COOK EVERY SINGLE DAY!!!!!!! hooray.and that will make you is sometimes hard to remember to enjoy the journey when your job is just so CONSTANT!!! you are doing an incredible job..I love you bunches..

Laura Lowe said...

Your blog title caught my eye at Menu Plan Monday! I know what you mean about coming in from the pool and needing to cook. My solution is to cook for 2 days at a time so that we can have leftovers the second day. Hope you'll visit me at!