Mini Graduation Party Menu and Weekly Meal Planning June 4-9, 2012

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Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

My Weekly Meal Plan

Were you a worried there wasn’t going to be a weekly meal plan? The craziness from the weekend has finally settled down around here. Last Friday was the big day…Victoria graduated from high school. Wow, how time goes by so quickly. Needless to say we’re extremely proud of her and she a wonderful addition to the world out there. So many possibilities. The weekend ended with our first visit to Sunset magazine headquarters in Menlo Park for Sunset Celebration Weekend. We found lots of ideas for some backyard projects this summer.

The younger kids are out of school tomorrow so I thought it might be kind of fun to have a “mini” graduation, end of school party for them. Nothing too fancy, just kid-friendly and fun. I know lots of people start searching for ideas on graduation party menus, so I thought I’d share some of my ideas with you.

  • Mexican Taco Bar ~ Serve spicy ground beef in a crock pot, and put the cold items (lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, salsa, olives, onions) in bowls floating on ice to keep them cool.  Arrange the hard and/or soft taco shells in a Mexican serving bowl or basket. Or serve taco chips.
  • Hoagie or Sandwich Bar: everyone assembles their own sandwiches. Have a variety of meats and cheeses to be sliced and served as needed.
  • Veggie Tray with a variety of fresh veggies and dip
  • Fresh fruit and vanilla wafers with fruit dip
  • Chips, Peanuts, Popcorn and Cracker Jacks
  • Lemonade, Fruit Juice and Soda
  • Cake and Cookies

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Breakfasts Just because school is out doesn’t mean breakfast won’t happen. Kids still need to get  off to a good start with high-quality, low-fat breakfasts. If you’re in a time crunch and you’re morning is a rush, plan your breakfast the night before. These recipe ideas will be posted throughout the week: Cinnamon Roll Pancakes,  French Toast Egg-in-a-Hole, Scrambled Eggs with Ham and Apple, Whole-grain toast or a bagel with strawberry jam and a piece of fresh fruit, maybe some Whole-Wheat Buttermilk biscuits with nonfat yogurt, low-fat cottage cheese, or skim milk with fresh fruit.

Lunches are usually a bit more flexible, but this week we’ll start off with a Deli Style Pasta Salad, Egg Salad Sandwiches, Green Garden Salad.

Snacks Apple-Cheese Snacks, Munchy Crunchy Granola, Raw Veggies Snacks

In addition to our weekly menu, we have a baking day on a weekly basis. Every Sunday afternoon, we will rotate through restocking some nutritious snacks and baked goods, such as granola, protein bars, granola bars, muffins, and/or biscuits  for various meals.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week)

Sunday: Pasta with Red Sauce, Steamed Broccoli and Fresh Baked Bread

Monday: Club Wraps, Fresh Fruit, Carrot Sticks

Tuesday: Bean Burritos, Yellow Rice, Black Beans, Chips and Salsa

Wednesday: Sausage-and-Scrambled Egg Pizza, Fresh Fruit

Thursday: Ranch Noodles with Ham

Friday: Sloppy Joe Squares, Iceberg lettuce wedges with cherry tomatoes

Saturday: Upside-Down Pizza Casserole, Garden salad

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Weekly Meal Plan and Shopping List

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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About noelskitchen

Noel is a CEO and Mother of 4 who can be found blogging from her home office, who's passionate about family, nutrition, fitness and supporting others reach their health & fitness goals. Noel uses her blog to share about simple, healthy recipes, nutrition tips, walking, workouts and a little sprinkle of life! She created Noel's Kitchen Tips teaching families how to make budget friendly meal and healthy recipes. She's blessed to have the opportunity to be able to teach busy moms and families how to use food and cooking as a means of bringing family meal times back to the table and stay fit.

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