Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Pre-Baby Menu Plan

The countdown is on! 2 weeks until the due date and we are getting really excited! Maybe not ready, but excited. I figure if we have diapers and folks lined up to take the kids, we are good to go, and those two things are covered. On Friday I ventured out with my four kids to hit the gym (trying to keep my ankles from swelling by being in the pool a couple times a week) and then to the grocery store and Sam's Club. Because of a big purchase we made before Christmas getting the Sam's membership made sense, but let me tell you, I MUCH prefer Costco, but I'll save that for another post. Anyway, after that exhausting day out we are pretty well stocked in the pantry, fridge and freezer. I don't feel I have lots of energy to do much freezer cooking this time, but we'll see. So here's what I'm planning to cook for my family in the days before our baby arrives.

Dinners & Weekend Lunches
Big sub sandwich, chips, fruit
Runzas (bread pockets filled with ground beef/onion/cabbage), fries, apples (4 extra meals to the freezer)
Corned beef, red potatoes, apples (I've actually already fixed this and let's just say I will never be buying corned beef again...not a fan!)
Potluck at church - shredded salsa chicken, cilantro lime rice
Chicken wraps, tortilla chips, smoothies (x2)
Olive Garden inspired pasta e fagioli, garlic cheese bread
Goulash, green salad
Cheesy chicken, brown rice, steamed mixed vegetables
Chili & cornbread, fruit salad
Chicken pot pie
Vegetable beef stew, whole wheat biscuits
Chicken soup w/homemade noodles, fruit salad
Homemade pizza, veggie sticks (x2-3)
Carmelized garlic chicken, green beans, red potatoes
Date night in - we've got a great Outback coupon we'll use for take-out
Family night - coupons for free kids meals and it'll be nice to make it an outing since it might be a while before we have the chance again

Weekday Lunches

Grilled turkey cheese sandwiches, fruit
Snack lunch - meat, cheese, crackers, fruit, veggies
Quesadillas, green smoothies

Breakfast Items
steel-cut oats w/berries
cold cereal
yogurt parfaits
scrambled eggs
hashbrown casserole with eggs, cheese, sausage
English muffin bread w/fruit spread
cranberry scones w/orange glaze

Snacks, Sweets & Treats
oatmeal blueberry bars
chocolate chip cookies - made by our 9 y.o. for a Cub Scout requirement
homemade salsa & chips
whatever else might satisfy the cravings of this pregnant mom...if we have the right ingredients on hand

Here's hoping this menu plan will last us through the birth of our baby girl. Though with my track record, I'm not exactly holding my breath that she'll be here on the due date.


thehomespunheart said...

{Gasp!} Are you that close already? I know you are as prepared as possible and trust all will go well!

PS: Once was enough for corned beef for us too - not fans here either! :)

Stephanie said...

I look forward to your Costco vs Sam's post. We don't have a membership to either one, but I have considered it. It would probably make more sense if our family was a little bigger than just Tim and I (and 3 dogs).

I hope you stay comfortable and enjoy these last few days before your new little girl comes... but I am excited to meet her :)

Miss G said...

I love Runzas but have never made them. Fun!

We prefer costco too. Kelly