Thursday, November 20, 2008

Weekend Meal Ideas

I am definitely better at planning my weekly meals than I used to be! I do not like to stress about what we are going to have for dinner, so making a weekly plan has definitely helped me in this area! However, something that had been hard for me to plan is the meals that we will eat for the weekend.

I don't seem to have as much time to cook during a Saturday as I do during the week (and by time, I mean about 45 minutes). Leftovers is something that could always work, but sometimes, we don't have any. We seem to be busy on the weekends, so I am on an exploration to find meal ideas that are quick, easy and healthy (if possible).

So far, one thought is pizza - either frozen or homemade. Sometimes I do not have time to make the dough, so frozen works fine for us.

What do you typically make as a weekend meal? Do you have some ideas for my list?


The Gang's All Here! said...

I tend toward crock pot meals, soups, chilis, and stews, etc. on the weekends. Often these are done utilizing extras from meals I've made during the week but not always. Another of our stand-bys on the weekend is spaghetti - the kids think it's a treat and it has to be one of the easiest meals ever!

We used to be in the opposite circumstance, with more time at home on Saturdays. Then I would make fancier or more experimental foods that required more prep time. It was my way to chill out and relax on the weekend.

But now that I've got a baby at home, I tend to leave my hard-to-do projects or errands for the weekend. The crock pot has saved my hands for more interesting stuff especially when prepping for a "game day" meal!

Hands-Free Heart said...

We do simple meals such as grilled cheese, scrambled egg sandwiches, or tuna melts with a side of some mixed veggies or a simple salad (lettuce, dressing and whatever else is in our veggie drawer-tomatoes and cucumbers are a fav, but not always there this time of year).

We also love Morningstar Garden Veggie burgers. I never liked veggie burgers till I tried these as a sample at BJs about 5 years ago. They are so moist and do not taste real veggie-like! I put them in a dry heated frying pan, flip once after a couple of minutes and they're done. We just eat them on bread with cheese, ketchup and mustard. Fuzzy-Wuzzy just eats it as finger food, with cheese melted on it. No sandwich for him... he might then have the bread with a little butter or jelly.

Trish @ Another Piece of the Puzzle said...

I am really bad at meal planning, but my hubby and I actually sat down tonight to figure out what to serve his family when they come up for the parade.

We decided on meatball subs and baked macaroni and cheese (actually your BIL's recipe, which we got from him many years ago!).

Classic MaMa said...

Spaghetti. We almost always have spaghetti on a Saturday. I do make my own quick kind of sauce, but usually this meal is fairly quick and makes everybody happy. It's even better when I have some left over bread from the day before and a good salad.