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OK, moving on.
Here’s our menu for the week. I have a shiny new laptop with a shiny new word program, so I got to make it all fancy. Hopefully this will work!
I also have a blank version of the menu here.
A few words of explanation:
I’ve color coded each day of the week with the Steiner-indicated color of the day (scroll down and you can see the chart). I’ll admit I don’t do a whole lot with this in my menu planning. Kara over at Rockin’ Granola does an awesome job incorporating them into her daily meal rhythm though. Eventually I would like to have tablecloths and/or napkins in the color of the day, but I honestly don’t foresee me making a huge deal out of this.
Under each day of the week you’ll see I listed the grain of the day, which Carrie over at Parenting Passageway explains here. I do try to work each day’s grain into the meal plan not because I believe the grain corresponding with the day has any sort of special power, but because I believe it is healthy to eat a wide variety of foods, including grains. No one in my family seems to have gluten issues, so using the grains of the day as a guideline works well for us.
You’ll see in this week’s plan that most recipes say “NB” next to them. This means that the recipes are in my March notebook. I tend to stick with one or two cookbooks each week when I do my planning to help keep things simple.
Also in the interest of keeping things simple, I’m not always great at writing out sides. I tend to buy a bunch of veggies and then just winging it. Possibly this is not the best way to go about things.
“Kids cook” means the kids cook. OK, usually I help. And the “theme” meal has something to do with what we’re learning usually. This week, for example, we’re making a Renaissance meal.
A cabinet snack means the kids can help themselves to whatever we have upstairs in the cupboards, fridge, fruit table, or snack bin. Generally though, I plan snacks. Otherwise they would just graze until their stomachs exploded.
You’ll also note that I put in any feast or festival days we’re celebrating. I also add in anything that makes the day out of the ordinary, like our field trip to the candy factory tomorrow.
Finally, I put in any kitchen tasks I need to do. I try to split my heavy kitchen work between Monday and Wednesday. We’ve been moving into a more whole foods diet, which is yummy but kind of labor intensive.
Feel free to download the menu form. I’d love to hear how you plan your meals!
ETA: I am trying to figure out how to embed the PDF right here on the page, but I am too tired. Goodnight!