Menu Plan Monday #1

Once a week I sit down with my Hubby and kiddies, and sometimes even my suegro (father-in-law) to plan our menu for the coming week. (Read more about How I Plan My Weekly Menu here.) Those 10 to 15 minutes we take planning our menu each week make my life as a wife & mom so much easier. Not only does it save us money, because we only buy what we're going to need for the week, but it also saves me time since I already have what I need on hand and I don't have to spend any time at all wondering about what I'm going to make. Since menu planning is something I already do on a weekly basis, I thought it would be a great idea to share those menu plans here on the blog in hopes that it'll offer you some inspiration in planning your own weekly menu.

One thing about my weekly menu plan is that it doesn't always go according to plan. Things happen. Things like impromptu plans with friends and/or family, important graduation planning meetings that you just have to attend, or last-minute errands need to be run. But that's just life. So instead of sharing my menu plan for the upcoming week, which rarely goes according to plan, I'll be sharing our menu from the previous week of the foods we actually ate. I started to do something similar on YouTube with a couple of videos (What's for Dinner? Episodes 1 & 2), but I kept forgetting to film our daily meal. Posting our weekly menus here on the blog is much more doable for me. So without further ado, I present you with my very first Menu Plan Monday (hosted by Organized Junkie). Hope you like it. And don't forget to tune in next Monday for another installment.

Homemade Mexican Pizza & Hawaiian Pizza

Pollo Rostizado (Rotisserie Chicken) 

Mondays and I don't always get along. It was a crazy, hectic day for both Hubby and me, so it was just easier to pick up some take-out. 

Bistec Ranchero

Bistec Ranchero -

I had planned something totally diffferent for lunch, but being that it was the first of the month my suegro (father-in-law) insisted that we had to have something with meat (and not ham like I had planned). So I threw together this last-minute meal with some Mexican Rice on the side.

Cocido Rojo w/ Sopa de Fideo & Cooked Nopales (cactus paddles) 

Cocido Rojo -

Ham, Cheese & Broccoli Biscuit Empanadas (Recipe to be posted on Tuesday.)

Homemade Ham, Cheese & Broccoli Biscuit Empanadas -

Ceviche de Atun (tuna ceviche)

Ceviche de Atún (Tuna Ceviche) -

This was such a big hit two weeks ago, Hubby requested it for lunch again. It's quick, easy, and perfect for Lent Fridays.

Chicken Ceasar Salad

Hubby and the kiddies were at the ranch with the rest of the family cleaning up for our upcoming annual camping trip. I had work to do so I stayed home and ordered take-out. 

What's on the menu this week in your cocina


  1. What a great idea! These would be perfect with a bowl of soup.

  2. Hi Lauren! Thanks so much for visiting! I will definitely be visiting your blog to check our your Mexican Mondays.

  3. Thank you, Lisa! You are too sweet!

  4. I love me some cheese straws, but I'm especially loving this manchego-flavoured twist... I bet these would be delicious for a tapas-themed party!

  5. How good is manchego cheese! Looking forward to making these babies.

  6. I just discovered your blog! I love manchego cheese and when I saw the cheese straws...well, you have me convinced to give them a try! Love your blog. It was so much fun to will take me forever to prepare all of the recipes I pinned!