Some people make their formula specific to the day of the week. My work schedule varies far too much for me to do that so I only really have Sunday set as a specific type of meal. All the other days are sorted out according to what we have going on that week. Here is what I came up with for my menu "formula":
Sunday: I always try to make a nice meal on Sunday. This is usually a roast beef dinner, roast chicken, lasagna, or a ham.
Monday: Sunday leftover meal. The amount of meat that we get from a roast, chicken or ham is always way too much for my family of 3. I like to use the leftover meat in a "new" way on Monday night.
The rest of the week is split up into a pasta night, a chicken night, a salmon night, a red meat meal and one easy meal.
I am going to share the meals on my Master Menu. Honestly, I just trade out side dishes most of the time and call it a new meal. I am that boring. Whatever gets you through the work night suppers, right?
Chicken, Salmon or Pork Chops with:
Lasagna or Lasagna Roll-Ups
Pasta and Sauce (Meat Sauce, vegetable sauce, or meatballs)
Sweet and Sour Meatballs (Hubby's specialty)
Stir Fry (chicken, pork or shrimp)
Beef on a Bun
Breakfast Supper (Pancakes and eggs)
All together my master menu has 25 meals. I do my best to match up what is on sale that week, what we have on hand and what we have planned that week. I always do my big meal for Sunday supper, as I often have lots of time after church on Sunday to spend time in the kitchen. Work night meals tend to be easier meals, as I don't always have a lot of time or energy those evenings.
Do you have a Master Menu? Do you follow a menu formula? I would love to hear all about it!