Dragon Slaying: menu planning and frenzy-less dinners

Last Saturday, I looked at all the ingredients I had already, the produce from Bountiful Baskets, my energy levels, and schedule and put together this menu for the next two weeks. It surprised me by taking all afternoon.
Monday, I went to the store and spent less on the two weeks groceries than I thought I would need. Since then, I’ve only gone to the store a couple of times for necessary items that I couldn’t have planned for and I’ve made dinner every night without stress (except on my birthday when we went out).

I may have finally beaten back the dragon of dinner time frenzy! I’m enjoying the switch :)

My menu: (starred items can be found in my mom’s cookbook)


  1. Chicken Fajitas*
  2. Tortilla soup
  3. Chicken gyros with tzatziki sauce and homemade pitas
  4. Hashbrown combo and eggs
  5. Hot dog stir fry*
  6. Peanut chicken*
  7. Mushroom stroganoff*
  8. Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  9. Sesame chicken
  10. Waffles (pinterest) and eggs
  11. Bacon, mushroom, honeydijon chicken and brown rice
  12. Mac and cheese with hot dogs
  13. hamburger and macaroni goulash

Breakfast: Cereal, Oatmeal, Eggs, Toast, Pancakes*, french toast*, orange juice, yogurt

Lunches: Leftovers, PBJ, Salad, Barley/lentils, boiled eggs, sandwiches, Burritos, Spinach, Fruit, Yogurt

Fruit, Whole wheat blueberry or Apple bran muffins, and Apple Peanut Butter snacks, Energy no-bake bites

If you’re looking for an easy way to start menu planning, my mom shared a handy template here :)

4 thoughts on “Dragon Slaying: menu planning and frenzy-less dinners

  1. Glad you have got something that works for you to make mealtimes that little bit easier :). Aren’t veg boxes great? We love our weekly delivery and the chance to try new stuff and be creative with whats in there.


  2. I tried to comment on your post about your bountiful basket but was having technical difficulty. If nobody has told you what your mystery item was, I believe it’s bok choy (Chinese cabbage). Here’s a yummy recipe that I like to make with it!

    Brown the following in a skillet with about 1/2 stick of butter:
    1 head of bok choy, chopped
    2 pkgs Ramen noodles, crumbled
    Slivered almonds
    Sesame seeds

    For the dressing, mix the following (it works well to put this in a container you can shake):
    1 C oil
    1 C sugar
    1/2 C vinegar (balsamic is delicious)
    2 Tbs soy sauce

    For best results, only mix as much salad and dressing as you will eat and keep the rest separate to keep things crunchy. :)


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