Sunday, June 24, 2012

Menu Plan June 25-29

Summer is finally here! In the summer I would like to think we follow a similar routine as we do during the school year, but it just doesn't happen. I am fine with that! I love the more relaxed feel and the easy going attitude everyone has. I don't need to have routine every single day. By the end of the summer I will be itching to get back into it. But for now I am going to enjoy the lazy days of summer.

I still need to plan meals though and I still need to shop for all the ingredients for those meal. I might just freeze my meats or sometimes have the meal for lunch and have leftovers for dinner. Either way if I gave up on meal planning I know we would eat less healthy foods and so would the kids. Do you keep meal planning in the summer? Do you meal plan at all?

Monday: Shrimp Quesadillas

I know I won't follow this recipe exactly but it has inspired me to try some shrimp quesadillas of my own!

Recipe and photo from Witty in the City

Tuesday: Island Grilled Chicken

Recipe and photo from Amee's Savory Dish

Wednesday: Chipotle Mango BBQ Salad

You may have noticed I am slightly addicted to Iowa Girl Eats....she just has very similar taste to me and I seem to like most if not all of her recipes! Here is another one!

Recipe and photo from Iowa Girl Eats

Thursday: Lasagna Flat Bread

Recipe and photo from Plain Chicken

Friday: Rotisserie Chicken

This is not really a meal recipe, but I want to give this a try. I will then have cooked chicken for all weekend to make salads, wraps and other quick and easy meals during the busy weekend!

Recipe and photo from Busy Mommy

Monday, June 11, 2012

Menu plan June 11-15

Phew! These weekends full of fun and parties are great, but so exhausting!! I normally plan my meals and go shopping on the weekend, but lately with all the fun, I have been doing so on Monday! Yikes!

I love summer food though. Last week we got our first share of vegetables and fruit. The strawberries were to die for. I was going to make all of these great things with them and maybe even freeze some, but they we so good we just ate them, ALL! Maybe this week! I got a bunch of Japanese turnips. I peeled them, boiled them and mashed them like potatoes. With a little butter, salt and pepper they were delicious and went great with our steaks!

This week's meals are so good I am drooling...I hope you try some out! :)

Monday: Open Faced Caprese Sandwiches

Recipe and photo from Iowa Girl Eats

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken Quinoa Salad

Recipe and photo from Iowa Girl Eats

Wednesday: Crispy Southwestern Chicken Warps

Recipe and photo from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Thursday: Grilled Buffalo Chicken

Recipe and photo from Plain Chicken

Friday: Meatballs with Fresh Ricotta

Recipe and photo from Framed Cooks

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Menu Plan June 4- June 8

This year we have purchased a fruit and veggie share from a farm in East Otto called Native Offerings. They are an organic farm and I am so excited to pick up our first items this week. I am really looking forward to using the first strawberries of the year in this awesome strawberry salad. I also look forward to finding new and exciting ways to use all the fruit and vegetables we get and, of course, sharing them with you! :)

Monday: Chicken Basil Burgers

Photo and recipe from Framed Cooks

Tuesday: Strawberry Chicken Balsamic Salad

Photo and recipe from Closet Cooking

Wednesday: Taco Salad 
This is a bit of a twist on a traditional taco salad by adding mango to the mix! YUMMY!

Recipe and photo from Whole Living

Thursday: Real Popcorn Chicken
How fun! The kids will love this!

Recipe and photo from Parents Magazine

Friday: Grilled steak and potatoes

Recipe and photo from Parents Magazine