This Week's Menu Plan: Feb 10th to 16th

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by Robin

A few weeks ago we asked our readers what they would like to see more of on the ol' Frugal Family Times.  One thing we heard over and over: Menu Plans.  While we've planned our evening meals every week for the last few years, we haven't ever shared them here...until today!   

What's on our Menu this week:

Sunday: "Sauce Chicken" (aka Chicken Stew with Curry Sauce) served with cous cous

Monday: Ikea Hack meatballs with broccoli and rice (We're making extra rice for a "Planned Over" later in the week.)

Tuesday: Pancake Tuesday!  Simple Blueberry Banana Pancakes with bacon (a rare treat)

Wednesday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce (with our LGB Helper) and garlic bread using 5 Minute Bread

Thursday: Kids Pizza Chefs

Friday: Peachiest Pork Chops with Low-fat Fried Rice (rice "Planned Over" from Monday)

Saturday: having company - will plan this meal after chatting with them about their preferences

This week's Lunch Box Baking:  Irene's Banana Bread (with a few Deititian-tweaks - I can't help myself) ~ Recipe coming soon!

I'll be linking up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com.  Check out this weekly link-up for many, many more menu plan ideas!

What's on your Menu Plan for the week?  Are you as excited as I am to serve pancakes on Tuesday?


  1. I love when others share menu plans- this is my achilles heel. Even though meals go much smoother when I plan them, I hate doing it.
    Last week, I asked my kids to decide- I laid out our meal magnets (like a master list) and they selected what they would like to have. I shopped for all I needed and all went so smoothly that I will ask them to do it each week. My daughter (who is 13) even balanced it out so that we didn't have any meat/protein type two days in a row.
    It was excellent- I get some kinda mental block even though I have all the tools for planning- worrying about family preferences and keeping everyone happy usually stalls my efforts.
    And I am excited about pancakes on Tues. I'm thinking of making Scottish pancakes (super thin) with a squeeze of lemon juice and sprinkled with icing sugar. (I'm the only one in my family that doesn't like sky-high thick & puffy pancakes, so this version serves me well.
    Any tips on buying a budget-friendly electric griddle? I did a bit of looking on line but couldn't find a decent price & good review.

    1. I didn't make a solid commitment into menu planning until very recently. Without a hint of exaggeration, we say, "Menu planning has changed our lives." It truly has! It quite honestly takes us 5 minutes to do with our Menu Plan Board.

      As far as the electric griddle - we are partial to our Griddler - I know it seems expensive, but we've had ours for about 6 years and we expect we'll have it a lot longer than that! An investment - so much better than buying a cheap one and replacing every couple of years.

      Thanks for your comment, cred! :)

    2. Okay, now I feel like a bit of a dork b/c I read your griddler review and giveaway~ but I didn't retain any of that info because until recently I wasn't in the market for one. I was 'making do' with my cast iron pans and waffle iron.
      Using a single pan for breakfast (especially pancakes) is a challenge and recently I made homemade tortillas but couldn't make them big enough in the cast iron pans. Got me thinking about looking into griddles.
      I'm not much for too many kitchen appliances (except my waffle iron- earns it's keep) and the notion of a large griddle doesn't fit with my storage options. But the griddler seems awesome- foldable, washable, versatile (flat/grill/waffle)- I could justify adding another small appliance since it could replace my waffle iron.
      Will have to add it to my budget- I have no problem spending on quality. Thanks for the tip.

  2. I love having breakfast for dinner! My teens ask for it all the time.

    1. My kids are breakfast for dinner fans, too! So quick and easy and pleasing. Thanks for visiting, Christine!


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