ate days a week
We're always looking for fun ways to spice up our cooking routines. If you eat at home a lot, getting new ideas can sometimes inspire you to try out new recipes. Or the massive amount of options available can overwhelm you so that you end up making the same thing over and over.
Here's something we've been playing with to provide a little structure but at the same time give us plenty of opportunities for creativity. We have a certain theme for each day of the week and try to cook meals, particularly dinner, keeping the day's theme in mind. This helps us narrow down the realm of possibilities, but also keeps us looking for fresh ways to liven up our meals.
Once you get the concept you can play with it to suit your own needs and tastes. We'll give you a couple of examples of the thematic approach and provide a few dish ideas that fit within the context so you'll be able to create a weekly schedule of your own with ease.
Caesar salad with tapenade covered garlic bread crostini
#1 Weekly Meal Plan
Monday - Meatless
e.g., Pasta Primavera, big green salad or minestrone soup and crusty garlic bread
Tuesday - Global Cuisine
e.g. Greek lemon chicken with roasted vegetables, peasant salad, tzatziki and pita bread
Wednesday - One Pot
e.g., Cassoulet, arugula and spinach salad, crescent rolls with sweet butter
Leftover spaghetti turned into a yummy casserole.
Thursday - Leftovers
e.g., Reheat or re-treat whatever's left in the fridge, such as lemon chicken tacos, pasta-veggie frittata or cassoulet over toast
Friday - 30-minute Meals
e.g., Shrimp stir fry over quinoa or broiled Tilapia with couscous and green beans with lemon and garlic
Saturday - Company's Coming
e.g., Rib roast with parmesan mustard crust, Yorkshire Pudding, sauteed brussel sprouts and watercress salad with mandarin oranges
Sunday - Family Style
e.g., Oven-fried chicken or grilled bbq ribs, crispy kale chips, smashed sweet potatoes and thyme, cornbread muffins with honey butter
#2 Weekly Menu Plan
Monday - Breakfast for Dinner
e.g., Huevos rancheros, breakfast pizza, vegetable and cheese frittata, bacon and cheese waffles or corned beef hash
Tuesday - Crock Pot or Casserole
e.g., Hunters stew, fully-loaded baked potato soup or turkey chili
Wednesday - 5-Ingredients or Less
e.g., Easy garlic chicken with roasted cauliflower and lettuce wedge salad
Thursday - Flexitarian
e.g., Lasagna made half with meat and half with veggies, allowing for choice
Friday - DIY Bar
e.g., Taco or nachos bar, pizza or pasta bar, hot dog or burger bar, baked potato bar, salad bar, where various toppings are available for each person to choose their own selections - top it all off with an ice cream or frozen yogurt sundae bar!
Saturday - Favorites and Requests
e.g. Take a request for somebody's favorite, whether chicken pot pie, mac & cheese, tuna casserole or coq au vin, pork medallions in sherry cream sauce, Steak Diane or stuffed cornish game hens
Sunday - It's a Wrap or Bun for All
e.g., Sandwich that's a meal such as a veal parmesan sandwich, chicken caesar wrap, gyros, oyster po-boy, croque monsieur, or lobster roll
We hope this gives you some fun ideas and stimulates your creativity. Let us know what you come up with and we'll send you a comfy long-sleeved PoshPorts t-shirt!