I find it time consuming to post my menu online. I type it out, add links, add photos, etc., etc. I think that's why I stopped posting online for two years. It takes what little energy I have to write out the menu in the first place. By the time I'm finished posting online, the satisfaction gained from planning a week's worth of menus has subsided.
After 6 years of being on chemo almost continuously with just a few months break here and there, I decided that my kids would get a home cooked meal whenever I can make it. It involves some creative planning but it's been working. I used to receive meals from friends but, fast forward 5.5 years, and that's a lot of meals. So, I cook when I have energy and store meals away when I don't. On the days I know I can't cook, I plan ahead and fill in the menu with some convenience items to avoid the last-minute McDonald's foray whenever possible. If we eat out, it's a planned dinner.
Our meals are far from elegant but my family loves my cooking. My girls have a healthy love of food and that's all I ask.
So, for the past two years, at my daughter's suggestion, I printed a monthly calendar in Word. I just filled in the blanks for each day of the month. Easy, peasy and fast. Anyway, I'll give this online menu planning a go and see how long I can keep this up.
Monday: Crockpot corny chili. Actually made this today before I posted my entry. My youngest daughter loved it although we both found it a bit too thin. I managed to thicken it with some tomato paste. Mind you, the finished product looked just like the photo. I'll be freezing half for another day's meal.
Tuesday: Eating from the freezer (I have a little bit of this and a little bit of that in the freezer. I think I'll cook it all up and call it dinner).
Wednesday: BBQ Burgers and fries (I'm hoping the rain lets up so we can have some end-of-season burgers on the BBQ. My kids and hubby love BBQ'd food
Thursday: Spaghetti with garlic bread. Depending upon my energy level, I may make a homemade sauce during the day. Gotta love that crockpot. In the ideal world, I'd love to make enough so that I can freeze a batch for another time.
Friday: Frozen pizza/leftovers - must have pizza on Fridays and I have 4 of them bought on sale sitting in the freezer right now
Saturday: Burritos (of course)
Sunday: This will depend upon whatever meat I can buy on sale tomorrow at the supermarket. I try to cook a nice Sunday meal each week. I'll update this link once I know what meat I purchase.
Well. Menu done. Not bad considering I'm on Day 13 of 14 of my chemo pills. This upcoming week is my off week for one set of chemo pills that I take so I hope I have more energy than I do now.
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