Greetings faithful visitors! My humble apologies for the long hiatus from menu-posting. The last few months have been crazy busy, but hopefully, I am finding my new routine (til things change again... hah).

As a reminder (for myself, mostly), here is the basic plan I'm trying to stick to as I think up this week's menu.

  • 4 Breakfasts
  • 3 Side Dishes
  • 1 Dinner, tripled; extra 2 meals will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Batch of Sauce, Fermented Food or Prepared Ingredient (i.e. tomato sauce, shredded potatoes, dried fruit) to supplement Quick and Easy Meals
  • 1 Breakfast-for-Dinner
  • 1 Dessert, doubled; extra dessert will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Batch of Snack Food for sack lunches or traveling



Breakfast
  • Tuesday: Crcokpot Oatmeal and Apples
  • Wednesday: Rice with milk and honey, and fruit

 
 
I didn't get all of last week's recipes done since we had a busy week, and the kids had dinner and/or snacks at evening VBS so I didn't feel the need to cook so much. Hubby smoked a bunch of ribs on Saturday so I've been coasting on those leftovers, along with the last of the Pasta Fazool and Chilis Rellenos (for breakfast!) I'll be finishing up last week's menu and adding a couple of new recipes if necessary.

 
 
I'm trying to get back into my routine of menu planning and crockpot cooking this week. Yesterday I was perusing several blogs for inspiration and motivation, and came across The Busy Cook's pyramid, a fantastic menu planning resource from Menus4Moms. It includes freezer cooking, multi-meal cooking, quick and simple recipes, and more. 

Based on that pyramid, here's the plan I've come up with for the next week:

  • 5 Breakfasts
  • 1 Dinner, tripled; extra 2 meals will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Weekend Dinner, for 2 additional meals of Remade Leftovers
  • 1 Large Batch of Sauce, Fermented Food or Prepared Ingredient (i.e. tomato sauce, shredded potatoes, dried fruit) to supplement Quick and Easy Meals
  • 1 Breakfast-for-Dinner
  • 1 Dessert, doubled; extra dessert will add to Freezer Cooking inventory
  • 1 Large Batch of Snack Food for sack lunches or traveling