Monday Meal Plan #4

Monday Meal Plan

Hey, look at that… it’s Monday again! How did that happen so quickly?

Weekend Recap

I hope you had a wonderful weekend. My weekend felt like a bit of a blur. Friday evening, my daughter had her first hip hop dance class. She took ballet for several years, but this summer announced that she’s “a sporty girl now”, and wanted to try something else. She started out slowly during the first class, but by the end of the class she had really warmed up and was strutting her stuff. I think she’s really going to enjoy this class.

She was supposed to have her first fall gymnastics class on Saturday morning, but we had to hit the road early to get to my sister’s house outside Boston, for my nephew’s fourth birthday party. The drive is roughly four hours each way, so I spent a significant amount of the weekend sitting in the car. I used my time to get in some naps, and to read Columbine, which I started about a week ago. (You can see my full fall reading list here.)

The party was a lot of fun, and I always enjoy catching up with my sister in-person. (Now that we both have families, it’s so much harder to schedule visits.) I also got to see my parents, and got in some snuggles with my younger (seven months) nephew, who will be having surgery this week. Please send lots of positive thoughts his way!

The Week Ahead

Life gets just a bit more complex for my family this week, as I’m returning to my (very) part-time job at a college, after a four-month summer break. I work two days a week, although I may add a third day as our office gets busier. I feel silly saying this, since there are lots of mothers who work full-time and have more kids than I do, but life at my house feels much more chaotic on my work days, and I always experience a brief period of readjustment when I go back in the fall.

With that in mind, here’s what’s on my dinner meal plan this week:

  • Monday: (Brownie pick-up at 5:00) Baked ziti with salad (I’m going to add some Italian sausage to the sauce.)
  • Tuesday: (First day back at work!) Leftover baked ziti with frozen peas
  • Wednesday: Slow cooker beef brisket with roasted carrots and parsnips
  • Thursday: (Work) Leftover brisket and roasted veggies
  • Friday: (Home from dance class at 6:30) Cheese quesadillas and 7-layer dip
  • Saturday: Leftovers
  • Sunday: Garden vegetable lasagna soup w/ bread

What’s for dinner at your house this week?

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Author: My Upstate Life

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19 thoughts on “Monday Meal Plan #4”

  1. My husband and I are both teachers and I totally understand the readjustment struggle in the fall.
    This sounds like a great menu! I’m definitely going to check out the garden vegetable lasagna soup.

  2. Nice job with the planning! I love using my slow cooker and counting on left overs. I love 7-layer dip, and it sounds just right for a Friday night. Sounds like your daughter may have found a home in the hip-hop class.

  3. I think chaos is chaos no matter what’s going on in our lives. Schedule changes are always a bit of a challenge. We had a couple of unexpected things here this week which sent me through the drive thru for dinner because that’s the only way we’d be eating! I love your menu plan. That slowcooker brisket sounds especially amazing!

    1. There’s no shame in the occasional drive-thru run. 🙂 The brisket was great!! I’ll definitely make it again.

  4. Lately our lives have been exceedingly busy too. I work part-time outside the home, and the hours are not always the same, so it’s hard to work around it for meals. My kids both work, and so most of the time my husband and I are the only ones home for the meal. So we make double or triple the recipe and eat it on and off for the week, then eat up all the leftovers on one day, to clean out the fridge!

    This week we had BLTs 2 nights in a row with accompanying salads and side, then last night we made soup with breadsticks and we will have that for the next few days, adding a salad here and there.

    I never thought it would be so hard to cook for 2, but I’m used to cooking for 4. This way our cleanup is much less on the days we have leftovers! LOL

  5. I love eating or re purposing leftovers! Great Meal Plan!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 favorite Things on Thursday. My blog was down last week but it’s up and running again. I hope you can find time to stop by and share some more this week! Pinned!

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