Meal Planning

I know, how much can we talk about meal planning?  I have broached this subject on more than on occasion.  However, it seems there is a new trend in meal planning.  Not sure if it is really a trend, but it sure seems like it in my world!

I keep reading blogs about meal planning for more than just dinner.  At first, I thought, what?  Plan more meals – ugh!!  But then, I thought about it and realized how much I hate standing in the kitchen in the morning and hearing “what is for breakfast?”  Really, I hate when I do not know what it for any meal I have to serve to my family. 

I know I only have 4 children, and many of the blogs I have read lately have more like 7-10, and so planning all their meals makes more sense, but with these hungry boys I am thinking it could really work for me too!

 

So I am compiling healthy recipes, and trying to plan the week out on Sundays.  It takes the guess work out of the way, it helps me make sure I have ingredients I need, and it helps me get out of the rut I can easily fall into, of making eggs every day, a different way.  The other good thing to this is that our chickens are not laying nearly as well as they were this spring, so we have many less eggs!!

This morning we enjoyed Baked Oatmeal and Apple Sauce bread.  I have leftovers of both to offer for a mid-morning snack, if there is a request made.  The kids enjoyed both and I think, really liked two new breakfast options.

Some other items on the agenda to come:

Baked French Toast

Giant Breakfast Cookies

Egg Muffins

Steel Cut Oats in the Crock Pot

Homemade Granola

Bumpy Cakes ( AKA Dutch Baby, Dutch Puff, etc)

Burritos

Smoothies

Banana Bread

Blueberry Muffins

Blender Waffles/Pancakes

Pancake Sausage Muffins (we liked these)

I hope we can stick with meal planning and work lunch and breakfast into the schedule to help me out!!  So far, so good!  We have enjoyed looking for some new, healthy recipes so that we are not wondering what to eat every morning!!

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