Monday, January 4, 2010
2009 was all about just keeping everyone alive and healthy, but not necessarily in shape. In 2010, both Dana and I are trying to get more exercise. He needs it for hunting and for his knees, I need it to get back in to my pants!
Growing up my best friend's mom always had the menu plan posted on the fridge. I loved seeing that Tuesday was pot roast, Thursday spaghetti and knowing that it was Swedish Meatball night on Friday when I was spending the night. Most of her meals were on a budget and cooked in the crock pot too. I know that my week goes so much better when I'm following a menu plan, but I struggle to create one. In theory it's not hard. You look at what you have on hand, write down what you want to eat for the week, and make a list of what you need to pick up. I some how look at that menu planning sheet (I have a nice magnetic pad from Betty Crocker) and break out into a cold sweat. What should we eat? I might get 2 days filled in, and never get further. But I'm going to make the effort to plan a lot more.
And on that note, with my lack of planning, dinner is often a rushed $5 pepperoni pizza. That's it, no veggies although I'd like to add some, the boys are crying to be fed and Kaia and Mo are vying for my attention, and I'm exhausted. So with my planning there will be more fruit and veggies on our menu. Even if it's just carrot and celery sticks, I'm going to try to have veggies with every dinner, and pack them into lunches.
I hope all of these efforts will make for a happier, less stressed Kihn home. Do you have any plans for the new year?
So now for this week's menu:
Beef and Veggie Stir Fry, Rice, Egg roll
Sloppy joes, Broccoli with cheese
Beef Enchiladas with green sauce, fresh veggies with ranch for dipping
Sausage smothered in red cabbage and mashed potatoes
Homemade Lasagna (sauce will cook in crock pot all day) and salad
Up in the air. My sister in law's Birthday is on Thursday, so we may have dinner some time this weekend.
Easy Huevos Rancheros