There are some great things about blogs, the best being that it brings me in contact with many wonderful women who are somewhere along the path I am walking as a wife and mother. In a recent Tuesday Topic, we were discussing feeding our large families. Becky was kind enough to type up her monthly menu and let me share it with you. She has 13 children, with nine still at home. On Sundays all of her children and grandchildren gather together for dinner – my dream for the future. This is what she sent to me:
One on the Mom’s on your blog mentioned wanting to see our monthly menu chart, so this is it. I do substitute different meals sometimes, but generally we stick fairly close to this. We have 5 children playing soccer right now, so sometimes I shake up the day of the week a meal is served to match a quicker meal with a busier day of the week. I’ll say up front that there is nothing too exciting here :-), but they are meals that most all of my children will eat. I buy large quantities of hamburger when I find a good price, and cook it all up at once, then freeze it in meal size amounts. Then any meal requiring cooked hamburger is very quick to put together. I do the same with chicken. I have only put the main dish of each meal. We almost always have some sort of bread, and fruit, vegetables or both with our meals.
Breakfasts: These are the same rotation each week.
Mon. – Oatmeal
Tues. – Hash brown potatoes with ham and cheese on top
Wed. – Scrambled eggs
Fri. – Peanut butter muffins
Sat. – Pancakes
Sun. – Cereal
Lunch: These are the same rotation each week with a few substitutions thrown in here or there.
Mon. – Tacos
Tues. – Tuna sandwiches or Mac and Cheese
Weds. Peanut butter sandwiches
Thurs. – Burritos or nachos
Fri. – Turkey or ham sandwiches
Sat. – Leftovers or sandwiches
Sun. – Mac and cheese or something else simple, as we always have a big meal for Sunday evening dinner
Dinner: These rotate on a monthly basis
Mon. – Chili
Tues – Spaghetti
Weds – Chicken burritos – this filling I make in a large batch and freeze in meal size containers
Thurs – Chinese chicken and rice
Fri – Twisters – burrito shell with chicken chunks, lettuce, tomatoes, green pepper, a little mayo, sprinkling of pepper, and bar-b-que sauce.
Sat – Hamburgers
Sun – Crock pot bar-b-que chicken, potato casserole
Mon – Calico beans – crock pot
Tues – Beef potato bake
Weds – Lasagna
Thurs – Beef stew
Fri – Tuna pile-up – cooked rice topped with tuna, shredded carrots, green peppers, pineapple, and thinned cream of chicken soup, or a homemade version which is what we use, if I have time to make it.
Sat. – Homemade pizza
Sun – Roast, potatoes and gravy
Mon. – Taco soup – crock pot
Tues. – Spaghetti
Weds. – Baked potato bar
Thurs. – Tuna rice casserole
Fri. – Twisters
Sat. – Hamburgers
Sun. – Dad’s hearty fried rice
Mon. – Potato soup – crock pot
Tues. – Hamburger rice casserole
Weds. – Chicken enchilada casserole – the filling for this is made in triple amount, and then frozen for future use
Thurs. – Hamburger stroganoff – simple version or regular stroganoff.
Fri. – Chicken pile-up – same as Tuna pile-up, only with chicken chunks instead of tuna
Sat. – Homemade pizza
Sun. – Salisbury steak using hamburger patties , baked potatoes
This would have been even more fun if we were sitting around my family room sipping coffee, watching our kids play, and talking about menu ideas, but this is pretty good too!
A very special thank you to Becky. If you have menu ideas or recipes to share, I hope to have a page devoted to this topic on my “new and improved” blog – one of these days. Please email them to me at:
Also, if you have anything to add to the current Tuesday Topic about educating newly adopted older children, please send it my way.
Learning along with you,
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