Menu Plan for the Week – The Four Boys Edition

I had almost forgotten about this Blueberry Coffeecake recipe. It was perfect for breakfast this morning before we headed out to church. (I baked it last night so that it would be ready to serve!)


This week, we decided to get our four boys into the kitchen for some more intense cooking experiences. They each get to take one full day, and have full responsibility for planning, cooking, and clean-up. That’s not to say that they won’t have help and guidance. But the majority of the work is up to them. It’s been lots of fun helping them plan their meals! They really had to give thought to their plans so that they would make the menu balanced throughout the day. I believe I should do this more often!

Later this week, I’ll share some pictures and tell you how it’s been going. 

Sunday, April 21
Blueberry coffee cake
Scrambled egg sandwiches, apples, baby carrots
Huddle at our friend’s house

Monday, April 22 – Asa’s day
Breakfast cake muffins, fruit
Chicken nuggets, homemade french fries, peas

Tuesday, April 23 – Elias’ day
French toast, fruit
Homemade corndogs, pears, plums
Hamburger cream cheese dip, veggie yet to be determined, key lime pie

Wednesday, April 24 – Justus’ day
Chocolate chocolate chip muffins, fruit
Pasta alfredo, steamed broccoli and carrots
Chicken fried steak strips, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans

Thursday, April 25 – Malachi’s day
Breakfast cookies, fruit
Calzones, baby carrots
Lasagna, tossed salad, death by chocolate

Friday, April 26
Peanut butter honey toast, oranges
Meat and cheese burritos, tomatoes, fresh pineapple
Easy noodle stir fry with chicken, broccoli, carrots, asparagus, and zucchini

Saturday, April 27
Scrambled eggs, fruit-kefir smoothies
Grilled salmon, baked potatoes, green beans, tossed salad

Stay tuned to see how the boys do with executing their menu plans!! :)


  1. says

    I LOVE the idea of having your kiddos plan and execute meals! And I will be baking up a batch of that yummy coffeecake for breakfast tomorrow! THANKS!!


  2. Ashley says

    Aww that’s a great idea!! My 3 year old really loves to help cook in the kitchen!! It’s great to see other kids enjoying cooking REAL FOOD!


  3. says

    Great idea on the boys planning the meals. I’ve been working with my 9.5 yr old on kitchen skills. I’m hoping to have him start planning and executing a dinner a week.


  4. Joy says

    Yes, you can definitely see a “kid-friendly” tendency in the menus planned for this week!(-: Chicken nuggets, corn dogs, french fries,… but what a good idea to involve them in the planning/preparation in anticipation of the day when they are all out on their own!


  5. Marie in Montana says


    I just wanted to let you know that I ordered your Oh For Real book and your Ebook course and I enjoyed them so much but more importantly I have learned so much from them. I have made at least 10 recipes so far from the book and found them to be excellent and simple. I will be buying more of your books as time goes on. Your website is one of the few that I always check when I have a question. Thanks for providing such a valuable resource. I just wanted you to know how much I appreciate all the time,effort and love you put into the site and books.
    Keep the Faith,


  6. Birdie says

    Bravo Laura! I KNOW your boys will appreciate your efforts when they are on their own, having to make their own meals 8-) I hope they are blessed with wives that are as special as you are.
    I agree with Marie in Montana. You share the top spot with another very special family.


  7. Susan F. says

    As a wife I must say God bless you for showing your boys that they can do great things in the kitchen too. My mother-in-law did not encourage her boys to cook or clean up after a meal.
    :( She’d pick up before they were even finished with their meals so they took for granted that they didn’t need to clean up after they went on their own ways. Poor hubby can not cook anything other than pasta and ready oven meals. So I thank you for your future daughter-in-laws sakes!!


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