A Year Without the Grocery Store has a post up about their first week of quarantine and how to plan meals from storage food – Quarantine Week 1 Menu & Food Storage Recipe . Also check out Rural Revolution’s recipe for Beef and Mushroom Pie, resulting from a cleaning out the fridge moment.
So many of our lives have been turned upside down. Whether you are now homeschooling your kids – since many schools have been closed. Are you eating at home on a regular basis now when normally you would have gone out to eat one or two times during the week? Are you used to precooked or prepackaged meals? Each of these things can be so hard to navigate in their own, so what is one thing that we can do to make one of these things easier? Make a Menu!
So it’s hard to think about what to feed families during a crisis. And even for those of us who have a food storage menu set up, some of those meals might not sound appetizing at the moment. How do you go about making up a menu for while you’re in quarantine?
Principles for Making a Quarantine Menu
1) Start with what you already have
Are you like me? Do you buy food for a specific meal and at least once a week you don’t eat it? More than that, oftentimes, you don’t reschedule those meals for the next week? Yeah, me too! So when looking through my freezer, I found a lot of food that is easily incorporated into this week’s menu.
I have a fairly deep pantry that I’ve been developing over the course of several years. I built it using a food storage menu. When I started making this week’s menu though, I didn’t major on my food storage menu. I started with what I already have in my freezer.
(2) Eat “normal” foods as much as possible.
This is a really scary time for us as adults. California has already been given a “shelter in place” order. It’s been rumored that Illinois will be under the same order starting tomorrow. This can raise our anxiety level – and we’re adults! Imagine what it is like for your kids!
If you feed your kids normal foods, this will actually help them emotionally deal with this situation. The greater a level of “normal” you can give to your children, the better off they will be during this crisis.
Don’t think that introducing crazy, strange foods at a time like this will do anything good for their (or your) digestive system. Don’t think that your kids will all of a sudden eat canned asparagus if you never fed it to them before. The same goes for
(3) If you’re struggling, make a schedule.
I’m not talking about a menu. I’m talking about a dinner schedule from which to make your menu. A schedule might look like this.
- Monday – Mexican Dish
- Tuesday – Italian meal
- Wednesday – Oriental Dish
- Thursday – American/Casserole
- Friday – Soup
- Saturday – Pizza (either frozen or homemade)
- Sunday – Left Overs
OR maybe you’re “schedule” will look like this
- Monday – Beef
- Tuesday – Chicken
- Wednesday – Pork
- Thursday – Vegetarian
- Friday – Beef
- Saturday – Chicken
- Sunday – Pork
Then when you go to make a menu, you don’t have to stress too much because the hardest part is already set up for you!
My breakfast and lunch meals are almost always identical from week to week. This is how our breakfasts and lunches go in general. I plan on keeping it the same as MUCH as possible even in quarantine. I do know how to make bread, bagels, granola, biscuits, pizza, and cinnamon rolls, so I can keep that up even if I have to make it from scratch.
- Monday Breakfast – Oatmeal / Lunch – Grilled cheese
- Tuesday Breakfast – Bagels / Lunch – Beefaroni or soup
- Wednesday Breakfast – Homemade granola / Lunch – Sandwiches
- Thursday Breakfast – Eggs and bacon / Lunch – Mac and Cheese
- Friday Breakfast – Homemade Granola / Lunch – Pizza
- Saturday Breakfast – Biscuits and Gravy / Lunch – Get Your Own
- Sunday Breakfast – Cinnamon Rolls / Lunch – Meatballs
4.) Don’t hesitate to learn new things!
Making bread really isn’t hard!
And if you can make bread, you can make cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, and bagels. Making noodles is actually really easy too. These things are just time-consuming, but when you’re forced to be at home, it’s a great way to spend your time.
Making homemade granola is even easier to make, and then you have several days worth of breakfasts ready at once. One batch of our granola lasts us 2 weeks eating it twice each week.
My Menu for Quarantine Week 1
So here is an actual picture of my menu for this next week. It goes on my fridge today and will stay up. One of the reasons why I post it is so that I don’t get “What’s for breakfast, Mom?” ALL-THE-STINKING-TIME! I have one child who will finish dinner and go, “Hey, Mom! What’s for breakfast?”
The second reason that I post a menu is that my oldest daughter is responsible for breakfast every day. My middle daughter is responsible for lunches every day, and I’m responsible for dinner every day. This way, they don’t have to ask me what they should be making. They know because it’s listed.
So here’s my menu. Some of this will be from scratch. This week, I’ll make the cinnamon rolls from scratch, but we still have “canned” biscuits” to make things easier on my daughter. We still also have frozen pizzas, so we’ll do those instead of making those from scratch. In future weeks, these will eventually be made from scratch.
Food Storage Recipe – Homemade Granola
We double this recipe and it makes at least 4 breakfasts for a family of 7.
- 6 C Oats
- 1 C Nuts (we prefer pecans)
- 1 C Chocolate Chips
- 1 C Coconut (can be omitted)
- 1/2 C Cocoa powder
- 1 C Coconut oil
- 1 C Honey
- 1 T Vanilla
Grease a 9×13 two-inch deep casserole dish. Mix the oats, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, and cocoa powder together. In a saucepan melt the coconut oil and honey together. Once they are melted together, remove from heat and add vanilla. Pour the mixture over the oat mixture in the 9×13 dish, and stir thoroughly. Bake for 1 hour at 250.
Do you need help setting up a food storage menu? I have written a FREE 7-page Fast and Easy Food Storage Solution Guide to help you through the process.
What About You?
How are you setting up your menu for this time during quarantine? Do you feel like you’ve got a good handle on it? If you’re doing well, do you have any tips and tricks to share with the rest of our readers? I’d love to hear. Leave a comment below in the comments section so that we can all be better prepared.
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