I love to plan our new dinners weekly and this year we’re starting off with a new creative way to meal plan by creating a weekly menu theme.
Happy New Year! Are you ready to get organized this new year? Here’s to a brand new year full of wonderful family meal times together. Noel’s Family Meal Ideas is helping you and your family save money, time and eat better this year. In my house, life is shared in the kitchen and around the table over delicious homemade recipes that I grew up to love and ones I created and will hopefully be passed down to our children.
Noel’s Family Meal Ideas
The table is where we stay close to one another. It’s where we define ourselves by the food we eat and the wonderful stories we tell, as we pass around our plates around the table. A family meal is all about sharing. It’s not about getting dressed up, or serving fancy food. It’s a chance to step back in our busy everyday lives, everyday worries and focus on what really matters.
Weekly Menu Theme
I love to plan our new dinners weekly and this year we’re starting off with a new creative way to meal plan. We’re starting off our week with:
Sunday Suppers (Dinner Around The Table)
This is one night of the week you really shouldn’t miss gathering around the table for dinner. Sunday Suppers start the week off with a fresh new and positive look at the week ahead.
Slow Cooker Mondays
This year, I won’t be cooking without my new crock pot. We’re creating some new savory slow cooked meals on Slow Cooker Mondays. We’re starting off the new year with a savory 5-Spice Beef slowly cooked and served over a fluffy bed of white rice.
If that’s not enough to get your mouth watering, then stick around for Italian Tuesdays where we’ll serve up dishes like Chicken in Lemon Creme with Penne; the theme meal ideas are endless with Italian night.
Mix It Up Wednesdays
Mix It Up Wednesdays will feature meals from everyday family entrees. Like these tasty dishes- Stuffed Zucchini and Red Bell Peppers, Garlic and Citrus Chicken, to easy carefree dishes like Tomato Soup with Pancetta, Sub Sandwiches, Scramblewiches, and many more entrees your family will love.
Casserole/Comfort Food Thursdays
As we move to the end of the week, we’ll go back in time and remember those meals we grew up loving with Casserole/Comfort Food Thursdays.
You’ll definitely remember growing up with these favorites – Baked Macaroni and Cheese, Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf Patties with Pan Gravy, Stuffing-Topped Pork Chops, Country-Fried Steak with Milk Gravy, and Beef Stroganoff.
Family Nights – Kid Food Night Friday
Come Friday, you’ll be ready to kick off the weekend with Family Nights and have a Kid Food Night Friday. There’s a fun new twist on pizza with BBQ Sloppy Chicken Pan Pizza. Have a taco bar with Turkey Tacos and a board game night and serve up Tuna with Everything-but-the-Kitchen-sink.
Saturday Grill Night
Grilling doesn’t have to be just in the summer. Relax, kick back and enjoy your weekend with Saturday Grill Night. Serving up dishes like Chili Dog Bacon Cheeseburgers, Brats and Peppers, Spiced Grilled Chicken and Veggie Pockets and Rosemary Garlic Grilled Pork Chops.
Of course we’ll make room for those leftover nights where we eat from the pantry (your pantry, fridge and freezer). The recipes are flexible and nearly foolproof, so you never have to worry about making everything perfect.
Hopefully the recipes I share with you’ll find yourselves remembering old family traditions of good food and family togetherness. And perhaps it will inspire your family to create new family traditions of your own.
Photo by Jannis Brandt