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Meal Planning: So, What’s For Breakfast?

Posted By Jessica Fisher On November 9, 2009 @ 12:23 am In Home Management,Meal Planning | 6 Comments

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My children are always hungry, veritable hobbits, I tell you. And so, I have to stay a few steps ahead of them or I will spend all my days in the kitchen. Last week I planned out a month of dinners [5] and followed it up with a 2-Day Cooking Bash [6] to fill the freezer with said dinners. It’s been so nice not to have to think — or cook, especially as I came down with some respiratory grunge which has left me unable to yell at speak with my family. Being sick makes me extra thankful for all last week’s hard work.

Here’s the balance of our month:

8. Grilled Tri-Tip*, Baked Potatoes, Green Salad
9. B-day Dinner! Sauerkraut and SpareRibs [7], Boiled Potatoes, Bday Cake
10. Baked Chicken [8], Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Steamed Broccoli
11. Carnitas Soft Tacos [9], Guacamole [10], Beans [11] and Rice [12]
12. Taco Soup [13], Indian Shuck Bread [14], Green Salad
13. Pizza [15] and ChiChi’s Salad [16]
14. B-Day Dinner! Lasagna [17], Pasta w/ Sausages [18], Foccaccia, Green Salad
15. Bernie’s Grilled Chicken*, Grilled Veggies, Salad, Quick Seasoned Rice [19]
16. Roast Chicken [20], Garlic Potatoes, Green Beans
17. Summer Rolls [21] – no, it’s not summer – but these are easy and delicious!
18. Tacos
19. Beans and Rice [22]
20. Pizza [15] and ChiChi’s Salad [23]
21. Pasta w/ Red Sauce [24], Green Salad, Garlic Bread
22. Hamburgers on Homemade Buns [25] and French Fries, Veggies and Dip
23. Potstickers w/ Dipping Sauces*, Rice, Broccoli
24. BLTs, Potato Salad [26]
25. Pasta w/ Meat Sauce*, Corn Muffins [27], Green Salad
26. THANKSGIVING w/ the Grandparents
27. at the G’parents
28. at the G’parents
29. Shredded Beef Enchiladas*, Beans [11] and Rice [12], Green Salad
30. Chicken Stir-fry w/ Sauteed Rice Cakes* (an experiment w/ Asian ingredients)

And so the next question, which my 12 year-old asks every night at bedtime is,

So, What’s for Breakfast?
It may seem odd to plan for breakfast. Like, what kind of OCD Mother are you that you have a meal plan for the mornings? I never said I was normal. But, I know what works. I’ve done this for several years and it helps us.

  • I have a plan for the mornings after the baby’s been up all night and I’m exhausted.
  • I have a plan for the mornings when everyone is up at one time, before the sun, before the coffee kicks in.
  • I have a plan to mix things up and vary our meals so that we don’t eat bargain cereal every morning.

Most weeks, we have the same thing on Mondays, and the same thing on Tuesdays, and the same thing…. you get the picture. I make seven different kinds of breakfast, sometimes varying it with sales or how “with-it” I am.  Sometimes, we have pie [28] for breakfast. But, this is the basic jist:

Sundays: Cinnamon Rolls [29] (make them Saturday night and bake them in the morning), fruit
Mondays: Oatmeal with Cooked Apples
Tuesdays: Eggs and Toast, sometimes with bacon or sausage
Wednesdays: Cold Cereal
Thursdays: Muffins [30], scones [31], or other baked goods and fresh fruit or smoothie
Fridays: This used to be waffle day until the waffle maker bit the dust, so now it’s Pancakes [4]
Saturdays: Chef’s choice

This pattern is a no-brainer for me. It provides variety for my family and guidance for me when I-can’t-think-straight-cause-everyone’s-clamoring-for-food-at-once.

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [32].


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[4] Multi-grain Blueberry Pancakes: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/multi-grain-blueberry-pancakes.html

[5] I planned out a month of dinners: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/meal-planning-planning-more-than-one.html

[6] a 2-Day Cooking Bash: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/freezer-cooking-day-2-end-result.html

[7] Sauerkraut and SpareRibs: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/08/recipe-swap-whats-in-your-crockpot.html

[8] Baked Chicken: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/good-cheap-eat-baked-chicken.html

[9] Carnitas Soft Tacos: http://www.blogger.com/%3Cdiv%20class=%22separator%22%20style=%22clear:%20both;%20text-align:%20center;%22%3E

[10] Guacamole: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/fresh-guacamole-its-fine-thing.html

[11] Beans: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/homemade-pintos.html

[12] Rice: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/04/ultimate-recipe-swap-mexican-food.html

[13] Taco Soup: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/06/frugal-food-taco-soup.html

[14] Indian Shuck Bread: http://susanbranch.com/cooking/fall%2709/indianshuckbread.html

[15] Pizza: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[16] ChiChi’s Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/chichis-italian-salad.html

[17] Lasagna: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/recipe-swap-in-kitchen-with-kids.html

[18] Pasta w/ Sausages: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/03/urs-pasta.html

[19] Quick Seasoned Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/09/quick-seasoned-rice.html

[20] Roast Chicken: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/good-cheap-eat-roast-chicken.html

[21] Summer Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/summer-rolls.html

[22] Beans and Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html

[23] ChiChi’s Salad: http://www.blogger.com/goog_1257106549375

[24] Pasta w/ Red Sauce: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/one-of-our-favorite-good-cheap-eats.html

[25] Homemade Buns: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/homemade-hot-dog-buns.html

[26] Potato Salad: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/summer-salad-triumvirate.html

[27] Corn Muffins: http://susanbranch.com/cooking/cornmeal_muffins.htm

[28] pie: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/11/slab-apple-pie-perfect-for-fall-perfect.html

[29] Cinnamon Rolls: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/whole-grain-cinnamon-rolls.html

[30] Muffins: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/mix-and-match-muffins.html

[31] scones: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/chocolate-strawberry-scones.html

[32] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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