“Never Again Ask What’s for Dinner” Meal Plan Update
Anyone who’s ever been in charge of figuring out what to feed their family has felt dread (or rage?) when the question is asked: “What’s for dinner?”
Back in 2019, I couldn’t take hearing the question every day anymore, so I came up with the “Never Again Ask What’s for Dinner” Weekly Meal Plan. The meal plan is still the same, but schedule changes and a need for variety has forced me to “generalize” the meal for the day. Meaning, the kids know what the theme of the day is, but not exactly will end up on their plate.
My April workshop is all about menus and meal planning, so I wanted to do a little update. You can read the original post here. We still use the same concept: each day gets a theme. But over time and with the addition of our kids sports, we’ve had to tweak our recipes a little bit to compensate for staggered arrival times from said sports.
Weekly Meal Plan
- Monday: This meal started out as Meatballs, but tends to turn into an Italian pasta dish with ground beef or sausage. A one pot pasta can be left out for the late arrivers and cleaned up very easily.
- Tuesday: Of course it’s Taco’s! Some days with a little twist like burrito bowls. Again, simple Ingredients can be prepared early, plates made, and left in the fridge.
- Wednesday: Breakfast for dinner has morphed into waffles. Usually high protein and the leftovers turn into lunch for school the next day. Two birds, one stone.
- Thursday: We still have a chicken dish, but I’ve been trying to move to a lighter, cleaner, and less complicated meal. As the weather warms, David will start grilling and that opens all kinds of doors for what we eat.
- Friday: Always homemade pizza. No changes here, ever. I look forward to Friday nights because we are all home and hanging out watching David throw his dough. I’ll have to video this and share, he’s a show off.
- Saturday: Steak day! Depending on the season, we will either make a braised short ribs or a roast. It doesn’t matter the recipe, the kids know it’s steak of some sort.
- Sunday: In winter, soup. For summer, it’s salad. For our carnivore and veggie resistant son, it’s whatever leftover meat meal he can get his hands on.
When we first adopted this plan, the menu was the same for months and we had no complaints from the peanut gallery. However, we needed to change things up to add variety or accommodate for busy schedules. Nevertheless, the essence of the plan is still in place, but the decision on exactly what will be prepared changes from week to week.
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