I have been busy this weekend, so haven’t had time yet to figure out a menu plan for our family for the entire week. (You can look back at my archives of healthy Menu Plans for ideas for your family!) But here is what I plan to feed the YC Ladies Soccer Team this week. There will be between 30-40 at each meal.
Sunday Night: Roast, Carrots, Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Cream Cheese Corn*, Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls* with Butter, Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches
Monday Night: Crunchy Ranch Chicken**, Stir Fried Rice and Veggies (with broccoli and carrots), Grapes, Fudge Brownies with Fudge Frosting
Tuesday Night: Lasagna***, Italian Tossed Salad, Green Beans, Honey Whole Wheat Bread, Butterscotch Bars
Here’s a little play-by-play of what I was able to get done this weekend to get ahead.
On Friday evening, I put together four big lasagnas, plus one small “meat free” one and one small “gluten free” one. Here’s hoping I’m able to accomodate some of the special diets for the girls!
While prepping the lasagnas, I also got a double batch of Chocolate Chip Cookies going so that I could get the Ice Cream Sandwiches made the next day. Once the cookies cooled, I put them into the freezer so they wouldn’t melt the ice cream as I assembled them.
On Saturday morning, I made a huge pan of Crunchy Ranch Chicken and put it into the freezer. On Monday, I’ll spread them all out on big baking sheets and bake them. Having these ready ahead of time makes this meal so very easy!
I then grabbed the frozen cookies and put together the Ice Cream Sandwiches. I may have also eaten one of the cookies that had become deformed in the freezer. Hey, somebody had to do it.
Saturday night, I peeled eight pounds of carrots, cutting some up with broccoli to be ready for the Stir Fried Rice and Veggies, and leaving about six pounds for today’s roast.
As of right now (Sunday afternoon), the roast and carrots are cooking, 20 pounds of potatoes are peeled and waiting to be cooked, and the first double batch of homemade rolls is rising. Why yes, my kitchen is starting to smell good. :)
I’m planning to make some Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies and some Coconut Flour Muffins to treat the gluten free girls. I’ll do my best to continue to take pictures throughout the week of my food prep and buffet lines. I’m not always good at this since it does become rather hectic, but we’ll see how it goes!
*Both the Cream Cheese Corn and Homemade Whole Wheat Rolls recipes can be found in our Heavenly Homemaker’s Guide to Holiday Hospitality eBook.
**The Crunchy Ranch Chicken recipe can be found in our What To Do With the Chicken in Your Kitchen eBook.
***My Lasagna recipe is in our What To Do With the Cow in Your Kitchen eBook.
DaNelle Wolford says
Wow, Laura amazing! I’ve recently had to go gluten-free (I hope not forever though) so I know how much these girls will appreciate those gluten-free treats!
Beautiful food! One question, how is it that your cookies look normal, slightly thick, like a regular cookie, whereas mine look like they oozed all over the pan no matter what it seems I try. They never look like the lovely puffy yummy things you see in photos. I use butter, white wheat, unprocessed white, or a combo of the two. Nothing seems to matter. HELP!
Sounds like they need just a little more flour, maybe?
I just want to say that you inspire me feeding that many people. I hope to one day be able to do things like this! Right now it’s just a challenge to get my own family fed.
Jolene (Homespun Heritage) says
Thanks for posting! We host a bible study about every 6 weeks and we feed a lot of people and I appreciate the menu ideas.
You are an awesome mom and a spectacular cook! God bless all of your endeavors.
That is a heroic undertaking. I’m coming over.
You are welcome to come over any time! (And not just to help me with all these dirty dishes…) Praying for you as you begin your new school year. I know you’ll do a fantastic job!
Wow! How many fridges do you have/use?? everything looks great :)
I do have one extra fridge so that helps a ton!
Jennifer M. says
I’m always amazed at how much a lot mothers like yourself get so much done. I hope to be this way someday when my kids are older. It’s a little harder when you have four kids under the age of 5.
Kari Cop.... says
I love ya. That’s all. You don’t have time to read more than that this week with all the cooking and feeding and dishes! :-)
Wow! You are the ultimate queen of multi-tasking :) I love your ideas for feeding a crowd! My many nephews will love all of these recipes!
Laura, do you use your neighbors ovens?
For the meals that require more than one oven, we will be serving the food at our church fellowship hall. Works much better! :)
I just want to say how much I appreciate your posting of online deals. About two months ago you posted on the Tropical Traditions shortening deal for about $23 PLUS FREE SHIPPING. Well, never having tried this before, I ordered one bucket. Then I thought, “What if I like it and miss out on the great price?” So I ordered a second one. Let me tell you that this shortening makes the best pie crust that I’ve ever tasted and the best I’ve ever made at home. I wouldn’t normally use shortening because I thought all shortening was hydrogenated. Tropical Traditions proved me wrong and that is a great thing. I’ve yet to use my shortening for frying, as you do (maybe I’m trying to make it last longer). But the biscuit are awesome too and I’m excited I can now make them just as the recipe calls for. So thanks again for sharing the deals you find I really do appreciate you.
Linda Hayes says
You just plain amaze me — and thank God — inspire me. I love your blog!
Can I come to your house?
Karen Dee says
I’m making the cream cheese corn for a potluck at church Sunday!
The butterscotch bars convert to gf easily. I just changed the ww flour for my homemade mixture of gf flour (2 parts sorghum flour, 1 part tapioca starch, and 1 tsp guar gum).