December Meal Planning

Ah, December. This lovely month we’re currently in has a history of kicking me in the tail. It’s just so BUSY with all the Christmas shows and events and special activities. We have family come into town which is SO fun, but it also means we try to cram a lot into the time we have. Add in C’s Christmas Eve birthday– and the family and friend parties that go along with that– and it gets to be a LOT.

 

Last month, I attempted to cook for an entire month all at once. We ate well and my life was EASY. (Well, except for the wild shop/cook/bake craziness at the front end of the month, but then it was a cakewalk.) I did learn a few things, however:

  • My family will happily eat certain things every week.
  • My family is NOT happy about eating other certain things overly frequently.
  • I need to make bigger batches of pizza dough.
  • My husband missed some of “my” recipes– some of our old standbys around here.
  • Even though cooking a pot of oatmeal in the morning is easy-peasy and, arguably, quicker than assembling individual packets… my kids loved having their own packets. In this season, it’s worth the extra minutes just for their joy.
  • Cooking a month’s meals upfront really DOES free up time throughout the month and eases my burden on those busy days. I don’t think it’ll be an “every month” thing for me but, for this chaotic one, it seemed like a good plan again.

 

So, with all that learned, here’s what we’re eating for the month. (Just breakfast and dinner are listed for most days. Leftovers and random bits will fill in the lunches.)

 

1: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches, Italian Wedding Soup & Breadsticks

2: Breakfast Burritos, Sunday Supper @ B&P’s

3: Oatmeal (Blueberry Creme or Brown Sugar Raisin– kids’ choice); Poor Man’s Chicken Parmesan, Spaghetti, & Green Beans

4: Strawberry Wheat Muffins & Fruit, Manicotti (<– cover recipe of Jessica’s cookbook)

5: Lemon Almond Granola & Yogurt, Homemade Spaghettios w/ Meatballs & Broccoli

6: Oatmeal & Milk, Burgers & Applesauce

7: Banana Pumpkin Smoothies & Toast, Pizza

8: Pancakes & Applesauce, Carnitas Soft Tacos (I actually assembled these in kits for the first time ever.)

9: Ham, Egg, & Cheese English Muffin Sandwiches, Sunday Supper

10: Oatmeal & Milk; Spaghetti & Meatballs, Broccoli

11: Strawberry Wheat Muffins & Fruit, Burgers & Baked Beans

12: Oatmeal & Milk, Poor Man’s Chicken Parm Sandwiches on Garlic Bread & Green Beans

13: Oatmeal, Italian Spiced Cheesewiches & Carrot Sticks

14: Strawberry Cuke Vanilla Smoothies & Toast, Pizza

15: Cinn. Rolls, Sausage Links, & Fruit; Angelhair w/ Garlic & Oil, Gr. Beans

16: Breakfast Burritos, Sunday Supper

17: Oatmeal & Milk, Carnitas Soft Tacos

18: Strawberry Wheat Muffins & Fruit, Poor Man’s Chicken Parmesan w/ Tortellini & Green Beans

19: Oatmeal & Milk, Burgers & Applesauce

20: Strawberry Muffins & Fruit, Italian Spiced Cheesewiches & Carrots

21: Banana Pumpkin Smoothies, Pizza

22: Bacon, Egg, & Cheese Sandwiches & Fruit, Homemade Spaghettios w/ Meatballs & Broccoli

23: Ham & Cheese English Muffin Sandwiches, C’s family birthday dinner: Ham, Mac & Cheese, Dark Pink Jello, Sweet Potato Fries, Broccoli, Cake

24: (Christmas Eve and my daughter’s actual birthday!) Cheerios, Yogurt, & Grape Juice; Cheese Pizza & Grapes; Christmas Eve dinner at my sister’s house

25: Cereal & Juice by the tree, Scr. Eggs w/ Cheese & Cinnamon Rolls, Ham & Cheese Sandwiches on Kaiser Rolls w/ a relish tray

26: Lemon Almond Granola & Applesauce, Poor Man’s Chicken Parm. Sandwiches on buns & Gr. Beans

27: Oatmeal & Milk, Homemade Spahettios w/ Meatballs & Broccoli

28: Strawberry Cuke Vanilla Smoothies & Toast, Pizza

29: Pancakes, Ham, & Fruit; Burgers & Baked Beans

30: Scr. Eggs, Toast, & Fruit; Sunday Supper

31: Oatmeal & Milk, Manicotti

 

I gotta say– I’m feeling pretty well-organized! Now if I could just figure out how to remember to EAT while I’m doing all that cooking…

linked to Menu Plan Monday 

 

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