Menu Plan Monday – Sleeping in on Sunday Mornings

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on April 25, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

Do you have any “weekly meal traditions” or meals that you have the same time every week?

For instance, for as long as Steve and I have been married, we have had pancakes for Sunday morning breakfast before church. We rarely deviate from this plan.  I have even started making up the dry part of the pancake mix, placing it into a large plastic ziploc and writing the wet ingredients on the bag (more details on that concept here)…so that Steve can make up the batter while I catch a few more ZZZs on Sunday mornings! I should mention he is an excellent pancake flipper. And a morning person.

(I am so NOT a morning person.  Ever since becoming a mother. I used to be a morning person.  I used to work 1st shift in the hospital and I loved the drive in, as the roads were calm and quiet. But now. I chase after ever possible minute in the morning, hoping to get back to sleep! No. Longer. A. Morning. Person. ZZZzzzzzz.)

While the Sunday morning breakfast tradition will continue as usual, our Sunday lunch and dinner traditions will be changing.  During the winter months, we eat tuna sandwiches for a quick lunch after church, followed by leftovers for Sunday evening dinner.

But…it’s grilling time now!

So our Sunday weekly meal traditions, from now until November, will be leftovers for lunch and grilling burgers for dinner!

I love having “weekly meal traditions” on the weekends, giving me time to “rest” from the week’s kitchen activity.

Monday - Slow Cooker Salsa Chicken

Tuesday – Lettuce Burger Wraps

Wednesday – Grilled Chicken (Split breasts on sale for $.99/lb…a GREAT price!)

Thursday –  Shepherd’s Pie with Chicken

Friday – Breakfast for Dinner

SaturdayTacos, Chips and Salsa

Sunday - Grill Burgers

I will post the recipes each night after I make the meal. If you see a meal you are interested in, please check back for the recipe later in the week!

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

familyofthree April 25, 2010 at 9:26 pm

I just have to tell you that I recently tried your balsamic roast recipe and had to make it again today! It’s YUMMY! :) I find that the leftovers are even better though… *grin* DH liked it on a sub roll w/ a little cheese melted over the top. :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 25, 2010 at 9:53 pm


Oh…I love that leftovers idea! And so glad you enjoyed it…it’s one of our faves too!


kim April 25, 2010 at 10:22 pm

I do have a weekly meal plan that is a tradition for our family and they can usually always count on it.
Monday is Pasta of some kind, spagetti, ravioli, etc…
Tuesday is usually Taco Tuesday but sometimes changes up by enchiladas or burritos.
Wednesday is Whatever Wednesday. If you can find it you can eat it!
Thursdy I always cook some type of chicken
Friday is something fun! Homemade pizza, chili dogs you get the idea.
Saturday and Sundays we also BBQ pretty much year round ( live in California) Sunday is always a big dinner!
This just helps me plan meals and grocery shop within a budget.
We have a family of 7 of all ages, 16,14,13,8 and 2 my and Dad’s age is a secret!!!
I realy enjoy looking at all your recipes and great ideas. Thanks for all the inspiration!

Kim K.


Jaime April 26, 2010 at 1:29 pm


Kim, I like your ideas! The hardest part of meal planning for me is deciding what to make. I keep trying new things, my husband says I never make the same thing twice. Once I started doing Taco Tuesdays (which also for us includes burritos, fajitas, and enchiladas), I have had a load off my mind. I have been trying to wrack my brain for other easy to remember dinners, so I will start whatever Wednesdays and Fun Fridays as well.


mohammad April 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

periodic meal traditions are great

I make raviolis once a month (it’d be more if I had a pasta machine!), and it’s great because I can use whatever is in season to fill them!


Susie's Homemade April 26, 2010 at 9:47 am

Sleeping on the weekends and cleaning day on Mondays is our family traditions:-)


Mother Chaos April 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

We have a set breakfast menu when school is in session: Muffins on Monday (mix dry and wet the night before – makes for fast and easy finishing the next morning!), Toast, Bacon and Eggs on Tues/Thurs (bacon cooked on Sunday morning, again to make things go faster), Waffles on Wednesday (the most popular day of the week), and cereal on Friday.

Nobody whines about wanting something else, I’m not standing in the kitchen going, “Ummmmmmmmm…” when we’re cramped for time, and they get a good hot breakfast most days. I can even sneak some wheat germ into their waffles when they aren’t looking. :)


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom April 26, 2010 at 6:03 pm

@Mother Chaos,

I’m loving the alliteration of Muffins on Monday and Waffles on Wednesday! Hmmm….


Starving Student Survivor April 26, 2010 at 6:06 pm

Funny! Being a mom has actually made me more of a morning person than I used to be, although I’m still working on it. It’s certainly made me a lighter sleeper. No alarm clock can compare with the sound of kids in the morning (or the middle of the night, as the case may be).


Becky L. April 26, 2010 at 10:29 pm

Our weekly tradition on Sunday is spaghetti after church. It’s a quick meal to make. It started when I had to work Sunday afternoons. My hubby started making it cuz I didn’t like cooking then cleaning up and going to work. I’ve not been working on Sunday for years but we still have spaghetti, and even serve it to friends who we invite over. Sometimes if it’s a big group, like this Sunday, I cooked up the ground beef the night before and spaghetti sauce, added some spices…..put in fridge and was so yummy the next day!


Candi April 27, 2010 at 3:43 pm

We’re going to try more grilling this summer. I mean the “I” part of “we”, not the hubby part of “we”. I’m going to try your Stuffed Burger recipe you posted last week. It sounds delicious! I can’t wait. And we currently have tuna fish salad sandwiches every Sunday too…my husband’s family tradition, something I carried on from his momma. It works good, been almost 12 years of Tuna on Sunday, almost every Sunday. :)


Ezekiel's Garden April 27, 2010 at 9:43 pm

We started doing this to streamline menu planning for me.

It does sometimes need tweaking. For example, my son has a 4-H Dog Club meeting every Tuesday that requires easy prep and cleanup – so it’s now crockpot Tuesday, instead of what it was before.

Mexican Monday
Crockpot Tuesday
Mediterranean Wednesday (Greek, Lebanese, anything Middle Eastern)
Asian Thursday (Chinese, Japanese, Thai, etc.)
Italian Friday

The weekends are somewhat loosey goosey. We do a lot of breakfast for supper, leftovers, pizza, etc.


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