Now that I’ve automated the kids clothes and laundry for the season, I turned my sights toward food. However, if the title didn’t tip you off, these menu selections will NOT be inspiring. (For you confused city slickers, “whop biscuits” are refrigerator canned biscuits. I use the generic “jumbo” ones from Aldi. The regular size are just hockey pucks.)
This summer meal plan post will be following the illustrious guidelines set out in THIS POST.
- Plan easy, lame stuff.
- Just shy of “not poison.”
- No ovens.
- Helps kid cooks waste time.
- Kids plan it too.
Here’s the close-up:
Breakfast recipes*: Served with a side of meat or eggs, unless the bread has lots of extra eggs
Monkey Bread: jumbo whop biscuits torn up and mixed with something else (like chopped up frozen sausage patties and cheese), cooked in the toaster oven.
Biscuit: FLAKY jumbo whop biscuits (variety is the spice of life, no?) in the toaster oven, fried egg or frozen sausage inside.
Waffle: Bake mix, usually with lots of extra eggs so the kids don’t have to eat a separate protein. Butter and honey on top.
Pancake: Same here, no waffle iron.
Muffin: Same here, with muffin pan and frozen blueberries. Turns them gray. Mmmmm….
Saturday: Jeff is in charge, so it’s usually McDonalds on his way back from fishing.
Sunday: Grammy is in charge, so it’s eggs, bacon, fruit, coffee, yogurt…love Grammy.
*Grown-ups with diet restrictions eat eggs or meat or aren’t hungry yet.
Lunch recipes*(Served with sliced vegetables and ranch or salad on the side, if I remember):
Mini pizza: flattened jumbo whop biscuits, pizza sauce, cheese, pepperoni, toaster oven
Taco pocket: REALLY jumbo flat whop biscuits, taco meat, cheese, folded over and sealed, toaster oven.
PB balls: peanut butter, honey, dry milk until clay-like consistency is achieved.
Roll-up: some deli meat or peanut butter rolled up in a tortilla
Dogs: nitrate-free hot dogs, bun, microwave
Saturday Jeff: usually Lenny’s subs
Sunday Grammy: whatever lovely thing she cooks
*Grown-ups with diet restrictions eat leftovers or weird frozen vegetable with impromptu sauce concoction, or nuts/nut butter and fruit.
Dinner* (Served with frozen veg or salad or veggies blended in sauce, if I remember):
Mexican night: stove top tacos, toaster oven enchiladas, microwave nachos, burritos, crockpot nacho meatloaf and the like
Italian night: crockpot lasagna, spaghetti, and the like
Slow cooker night: Not that everything else wasn’t cooked in a slow cooker, or that we aren’t eating Mexican this night too, but this is often the grown-up dinner of the week since we have kid-friendly leftovers.
Burger Night: Self-explanatory
Breakfast Night or Eat out: Self-explanatory
Jeff and friend: Grill out steaks
Sunday Grammy: Whatever she cooks
*Grown-ups with diet restrictions eat entree or sauce without bread and cheese, reserved before kid concoction is assembled and cooked. Instead of chips, Jeff does pork rinds and I do peanuts.
Fruit, generic wheat thins, nuts, peanut butter on a spoon, some kind of store-bought bar, or yogurt
Time Saving Tip:
Most of our meals involve chicken or ground meat. Whichever is the first night for that meat, cook it ALL for the week. Like tonight, I made 5lbs of ground meat, put two big cans of sauce in a bowl and added enough meat and seasonings to turn it into spaghetti sauce. The rest of the meat I seasoned with impromptu taco seasoning. Tomorrow night is nacho meatloaf sloppy joes in pitas. I’m almost already done.
Here’s a picture of mine. I made it when I thought I would use bake mix for the whop biscuits. Ah, laziness. So, when you see “biscuit mix” think BISCUITS and MIX. I use the same list every week and just fill in whatever few things I need for the dinners.