Posted by: mmstanger | June 28, 2010

Menu Mondays: Seeking Cold Dinner and Quick Prep Ideas

Hoorah!  We have had a working computer back for a week or more now, after a virus and a hard drive failure.  Still, I have been so busy with the kids, preparing for baby and other stuff that I had yet to post again until today with Menu Monday.  As I do, I think about how I am particularly partial to “Cold Dinner” and “Quick Prep” ideas lately.  between the heat and my burgeoning belly, these are a Godsend.  So, the following is subject to change pending my mood and your shared ideas. 🙂  Thanks!

This week’s Breakfast Choices will be:

  • Various Fresh, Defrosted and Canned Fruits
  • Ice Cream with Raspberries (only because Nina beat me out to the kitchen today and decided that was an ideal breakfast.  I conceded, because, hey, it had fruit!)
  • Zucchini, Pineapple or Banana Muffins from Luke and Nina’s muffin making madness last week.  (They kept asking me to make muffins, so I froze the extras for quick breakfasts)
  • Zucchini, Pineapple, Apple or Banana Waffles and Toppings (to Sneak the Produce In)
  • Zucchini, Pineapple, Apple or Banana Pancakes and Toppings
  • Toast and Toppings
  • Hot Grains (oatmeal, polenta, etc.) if the weather ever cools

Lunch Choices will include:

  • Any Variety of Leftovers for Daddy’s work lunches
  • Build-a-Roll Up (peanut butter, almond butter, cheeses, egg salad, vegetables, fruit slices, tomatoes, hummus, bean spread etc.)
  • Nut Butter and Add In Sandwiches (cheese, fruit or veggie slices, etc. sandwiches
  • Yogurt with Toppings
  • Finger Food Frenzy (beans, cheese, buts, crackers, shelling peas, etc.)
  • Toasted Cheese and Sides
  • Picnic Lunch (breads, spreads, fruit, finger foods, cheese, etc.)

Dinner Choices will include:

  • Build-a-Taco-Bite (sauce, chips, cheese, beans, scrambled burger, cut up vegetables, etc.)
  • Top-Your-Pasta Night (pasta, feta, mozzarella, sauce, olive oil, steamed veggies, tuna, etc.)
  • Fresh from the Local Farm Eggs Night (scrambled eggs or baked omelet with muffins or toast and green beans or spinach)
  • Asian Inspired Night (rice, edamame, Asian-prep vegetables, miso soup perhaps)
  • Breakfast for Dinner Night (kids’ choice of waffles, French toast or pancakes with fruit and other toppings)
  • Fridge Forage Night ( it is inevitable that one night a week, at least, I get super lazy and we just forage the fridge, freezer and cupboards for leftovers and easy prep dishes)
  • Cold Dinner Night (not sure what this will be yet, but with the heat, we are beginning to have no-cooking dinners of late)
  • Bonfire Cookout Night – an annual tradition of the 3rd of July at my sister’s, replete with a ton of traditional BBQ foods, birthday cake for sis and sis-in-law, fruit and fun, followed by fireworks and bonfire).  We’ll likely bring a tomato salad among other things

Treat and Snack Choices will include:

  • cashews
  • crackers and cheese
  • crackers and nut butters
  • fruit (slices, diced, defrosted, blended)
  • smoothies
  • ice cream
  • pretzels
  • leftover pasta made into quick salads
  • “pig”  (the kids random name for the failed attempt at making homemade sorbet that we froze and they lvoed for its pink color – basically food processed frozen bananas and strawberries with a bit of water, frozen and then scraped to enjoy, almost like Italian ice)

I’d love to hear your comments or get your links for no-cook meals (particularly veggie ones, as I am veg even if the rest of my family is not) and favorite picnic and summer cook out/BBQ/potluck recipes – the “whole”er, healthier, yet more appealing to young, picky eaters the better.  Also, with Baby on the way very, very soon, I always welcome tips for easy, quick prep, yet “whole” foods meals, as well as Breastfeeding Mama Healthy Recipes.  Thanks!

To see others’ menu plans, check out the links at I’m an Organizing Junkie.  And, as always, please remember to use the Categories on the right, not the links below to access similar posts in this blog.  The ones below could take you who knows where…


  1. what a well planned out menu! I’m impressed. We all need a food forage night 🙂

  2. Thanks for stopping by and for those links regarding autism. Yes, we have three kids with autism issues in the family. And the “cooking ball” DOES get dropped more than we’d like it too 🙂 Sometimes the best laid out plans go by the wayside. Thanks for the compliment though. Have a great week!


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