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A menu plan for the first week of school

Today has been strangely quiet at ButterscotchSundae headquarters, because today for the first time ever in the history of Pete he is at school. He was homeschooled for kindergarten through third grade, and I kind of figured that trend would continue. I’ve always told the kids they could try going to school if they ever wanted to, though, and about a month ago he said he wanted to go. He was a little nervous this morning, and I’m still a lot nervous right now. I’ve been tracking his schedule all day (he’s in music class right now), and I’m counting the hours til I can pick him up and hear all about his day. I hope it was wonderful.

Monday: Crispy Garlic Chicken
This is one of those dishes that’s always delicious but is rarely ever on our table because I keep forgetting about it. Welcome back, Crispy Garlic Chicken.

Tuesday: Spaghetti and Meatballs
I made this last week, too. No such thing as too much spaghetti and meatballs.

Wednesday: Cheeseburgers
I figure cheeseburgers will be a good way to celebrate the boy’s first Wednesday of the school year.

Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
Maybe I’ll make hashbrowns this week.

Friday: Pizza

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

A brief summary of the last month and also a menu plan

Since last we spoke, I have discovered the joys of roasted strawberries and fallen into the trap of stress-eating about issues both international and domestic, Poppy has appeared in a kids’ performance of “Macbeth,” soccer season has recommenced, and Pete has decided to give public school a go. So it’s been a pretty eventful month.

Here’s what we’ll be eating this week.

Monday: Fast food
Welcome back, soccer season.

Tuesday: Poppy’s choice
We’ll be going out to celebrate Poppy’s 12th birthday!

Wednesday: Steak fajitas
We have tacos almost every week. We’re basically just having fancy tacos this time.

Thursday: Chicken Jalfrezi
Wikipedia tells me Jalfrezi is an “Indian Chinese stir-fry” invented by the British Raj as a way to use leftovers. I picked up the simmer sauce at the grocery store because it didn’t contain any cream.

Friday: There’s a 90 percent chance we’ll eat out again.

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.

A menu plan and a Sunday dinner conundrum

As our guest list has grown and my diet has constricted, planning our Sunday night dinner has begun to look like a lateral thinking math quiz.

If Nichole cannot eat dairy and is avoiding gluten, her sister-in-law is a vegetarian, her father-in-law is diabetic and her daughter only eats beige foods, what can Nichole make for Sunday night dinner?

The answer has thus far often been Curries, Big Salad or Tacos. I’m trying to find some more options, though, so I’ve been saving recipes that look promising to my Sunday Night Dinner pinterest board. I’m planning to try Huevos Rancheros from Cookie and Kate and Sweet Potato Black Bean Burgers from The Minimalist Baker sometime soon.

The rest of our week somewhat less restrictive, since I’m the only one with dietary restrictions. Here’s what we’re having this week:

Monday: ???
We were supposed to have chicken sausages this evening, but the chicken sausages didn’t make it into the house when we got home from the grocery store. They spent a whole 90-degree day in the back of the car, so I opted to toss them into the trash. If I get back to the grocery store today I’ll replace them. Otherwise we’ll have Breakfast For Dinner!

Tuesday: Chicken salad sandwiches
We may go to Chicken Salad Chick, unless I decide to try to replicate one of their crazy-delicious recipes.

Wednesday: Orange-Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry
I didn’t realize how much chicken I had on the menu this week until I started typing this.

Thursday: Cheeseburgers
A very windy day conspired with a tent in our backyard a few months ago, and they took out my grill. I haven’t ordered the replacement parts to fix it yet, so we’ll be having oven-roasted burgers.

Friday: Pizza
The soy-cheese pizza I had last week was a poor substitute. This week I’m going to try making a cheese-free pizza with roasted veggies. Wish me luck.

Do you have any favorite meals for the difficult dinner party?

Hungry for more? Check out the Menu Plan Monday linkup at OrgJunkie.