Fall Menus

Fall Menus

I’ve been inspired recently to get back into menu planning. I’ve done it in the past, and I loosely did it this summer. But with the fall season upon us—you know the season that seems to pick up the pace a bit—I am trying to put forth a greater effort to plan things out. (Not only meals, but also chores, laundry, calendar items, including saying no to things … You get the drift.)
In addition to dinner menus, I also am going to try, for the first time, creating breakfast and lunch menus, too. I’ve noticed that cold cereal is served on too many mornings, and with school, that can’t be good for concentration. Packing lunches, too, can put me into a rut. So, I think this might be a good thing (as Martha says =) for me to try.
My breakfast and lunch menus are weekly, but I will repeat them for two weeks in a row. I have created two dinner menus so far, and I will create two more. Then, hopefully I can rotate a complete month of meals for the autumn months ahead. (I’m thinking September-November.)
I am hoping this will create less stress in the kitchen, as well as too many trips to a fast-food restaurant, because I wasn’t prepared …
Fall Menu, Part I
:: Breakfast ::
Sunday: cold cereal & fruit
Monday: oatmeal
Tuesday: pancakes & sausage
Wednesday: protein shakes & barley bars or muffins
Thursday: french toast/waffles & yogurt
Friday: breakfast sticks & fruit
Saturday: pancakes & sausage (double/freeze for Tuesday)
:: Lunch ::
Sunday: french toast/waffles (double for Thursday)
Monday: bento box idea (found here)
Tuesday: bagels with cream cheese
Wednesday: lunch box muffins
Thursday: pizza (bake the night before)
Friday: bagels with Laughing Cow
Saturday: macaroni & cheese
:: Dinner ::
Week 1:
Sunday: retro tuna; chips; veggies with dip
Monday: chili & corn bread
Tuesday: spaghetti & meatballs
Wednesday: “cigar” tortillas
Thursday: tacos
Friday: chicken skillet
Saturday: turkey with stuffing & gravy; pumpkin cheesecake bars
Week 2:
Sunday: slow-cooker lasagna
Monday: cheesy chicken, broccoli, rice
Tuesday: tacos
Wednesday: apple pancake souffle & bacon
Thursday: cheeseburger macaroni & broccoli
Friday: leftovers &/or sandwiches
Saturday: hamburger-stuffed potatoes; brownies with ice cream
Inspirational Resources:
IRL friend, Angie
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9 thoughts on “Fall Menus

  1. Sarah, I KNOW that having a menu creates less stress in the kitchen, and in life in general. I LOVE having an answer to the "What's for dinner?" question. Plus, now that the girls can read, when I say, "Start getting lunch ready," all they have to do is look at the posted menu on the refrigerator. And I also KNOW we spend less money on food with a menu. We do like you — we have a standard breakfast and lunch menu that doesn't change. Dinners I typically plan each week based on what is on sale at the grocery store, but I have a list of options so I don't have to start from scratch. I also double things to freeze.

    Good luck with your new menus! And enjoy the less stress!

  2. Now I'm hungry after reading this food stuff. I better go eat a good breakfast or I'll continually stuff bad junk into my mouth (meals are better than snacking, in my case).

  3. Wow! You are amazing!! I feel so accomplished when I plan suppers ahead of time…It helps so much to know what I'm making early in the day, versus, it's 5pm, what should I make?

    I'm so impressed with the breakfast and lunch thing though, great job!!

    I was going to refer you to "Bless us O Lord" but see you referred to her already!!

  4. Good for you! I have an amazing crock pot apple cinnamon oatmeal recipe. I know you like oatmeal, but when I saw it on your menu, I was reminded. I can get the recipe to you if you want. You prepare it the night before and then let it bake overnight and when you wake up in the morning you'll LOVE the smell of the simmering oatmeal. It's a "stick to your ribs" breakfast. I've also made it in the morning and let it cook during the day for a Friday dinner. Let me know if you want the recipe!

  5. Barbara, I just made the breakfast sticks for the first time yesterday … They're in one of the Sneaky Chef cookbooks. It's her take on bacon, egg and cheese-type sandwiches. They're hard to explain, but they're like a homemade breakfast bar of sorts [oatmeal, a flour blend with wheat germ, cheese, you can add ham … they also have pureed beans in them (sneaky!) but you'd never know!] My kids liked them, except one. But then today she said she did like them, so I'll try them again later this week … I can send you the recipe, if you want to give them a try. Has your son tried protein shakes for breakfast? They're so easy and you can get a lot of flavors and/or put fruit in them, too. Good luck!

    Molly, I'd like the oatmeal recipe. Please send it to me when you have the chance. I found one in a magazine that you cook overnight, but it calls for steel oats, and I forgot to get them when I was at the grocery store!

  6. somewhere around here I have a large poster board with 5 weeks of menus (3 meals plus 2 snacks each day). I used to faithfully rotate through that menu and it worked beautifully. We've had some necessary dietary changes (no dairy for 3 kids, for example) so I abandoned the menu.

    You've inspired me to find the poster and recreate one that fits how we have to eat now. Thanks! 🙂

  7. love this!!! I plan two weeks at a time as well, and a) it makes things a whole lot less stressful, and b) it makes grocery shopping a whole lot cheaper!!

    good to connect again! i had lost you for a while there!

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