Before my last blog post, I had never attempted to menu plan for longer than a week. These past few weeks following my 16 Days of Dairy and Egg Free Dinners! have been amazing. It’s been stress free for me. I don’t have to wonder what’s for dinner anymore.
Since I enjoyed planning and following a two week menu, I decided to do it again for July. I tried to menu plan around the meat in my freezer- hence the beef stew in July!
There are a few repeats from last month like the “Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken.” Wow. We thought that was AH-MAZING. And my “Mojo Pork Tenderloin” makes another appearance.
I try my hardest to vary our menu and try new recipes.
Here is my latest labor of love.
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July 2014 Menu
Tuesday (1st): BBQ Pork Sandwiches (Use leftover pork from June 30th menu), Oven Potato Wedges & Steamed Cauliflower
Wednesday (2nd): Homemade Shake and Bake Chicken, Baked Potatoes & Grilled Asparagus
Thursday (3rd): Italian Crockpot Chicken Soup (Use HyVee Italian Frozen Veggies)
Friday (4th): Grill Steaks, Baked Sweet Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini
Saturday (5th): No FPU/BBQ Chicken Pizza (Uses cooked chicken. Use half dough recipe. Sub Daiya mozzarella shreds and use nutritional yeast.)
Sunday (6th): Date Night (12th Anniversary!!!) Spaghetti or Pizza Leftovers
Monday (7th): Oven Roasted Teriyaki Chicken & Lemon Pasta with Spinach
Tuesday (8th): The BEST Crockpot Beef Stew & Homemade Biscuits
Wednesday (9th): Leftover Stew & Biscuits
Thursday (10th): Grilled Pork Chops & “Cheesy” Baked Cauliflower Poppers
Friday (11th): Crockpot Shredded BBQ Chicken Sandwiches, French Fries & Steamed Broccoli
Saturday (12th): Last FPU/Date Night. Leftovers
Sunday (13th): Mojo Pork Tenderloin, White Rice & Puerto Rican Style Black Beans
Monday (14th): Mojo Pork Tacos
Tuesday (15th): Veggie Nuggets, Fruit Salad & Homemade Biscuits (Make Homemade Parm Substitute)
Just a few notes. We have a weekly date night so SG and our sitter usually eat leftovers or spaghetti. Spaghetti is my fallback because it’s quick, easy, and yummy. I use frozen ground beef that I’ve already cooked, seasoned, and portioned. I like easy for date nights!
FPU means we have Financial Peace University. If you’ve never heard of it or have ever thought of taking the classes, I highly recommend it!
A few nights ago, I had one new recipe fail- the cauliflower tots. They wouldn’t stay together because I left out the cheese and added nutritional yeast. Instead I smushed them into muffin tins and we ate crumbly cauliflower “tot” kind of muffins. But the taste was good! Sometimes substitutions just don’t quite work out. And that’s okay.
Have you tried any of the recipes from my menus? Please share.