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Meal Planning

“What’s for dinner?”

The question I dreaded hearing from Hubs.  For some reason, I could never find a recipe for “I don’t know” or “whatever you want.”

Years ago, as in B.C. (before children), I used to plan our menu.  Then, for whatever reason, I stopped.  I’m certain it had nothing to do with having two under two, or whatever.  But, now I need to start again.  The kids are older, and eat the same foods that we eat.  I know the benefits family menu planning.   I know we waste less, use what we have, and don’t buy what we don’t need when we use a menu.  Aside from being severely Sanguine, there is really no reason why I don’t use a menu.  So, I am determined to start doing it again.  I had a few false starts on my own (shrugs), so I finally asked Hubs for help.  Last week, we created a family menu for dinner, and actually stuck to it.  For the most part.  Weekends are a toss up, because we sometimes like to go out.  So, we moved those meals further down the calendar.

meal planningThis is week two, and once again, we have a menu plan for the week.

So, what’s on our menu?

Monday- Teriyaki chicken and egg rolls
Tuesday- Chicken sandwiches and salad
Wednesday- Leftovers
Thursday- Scrambled eggs, fruit pizza
Friday- Cranberry chicken and salad
Saturday- Tomato soup, grilled cheese
Sunday- Taco salad

Yes.  There is a lot of salad on there.  Hubs and I both need to lose weight.  We are also starting back our calorie counting.

Of course, nothing is set in stone, and we could move things around like we did this last weekend, but it’s a start.

As I said, I am Sanguine, so I will need Hubs help to keep it up.   That, or a Menu Planning for Dummies book.

I have seen menu plans on several other sites, and plan to check them out for more ideas.  Perhaps once I get this down pat, I can start planning for lunches with the kids.

So you do a meal plan (menu)?  If so, do you do it weekly, or monthly, or what?

Would love your insights!

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About Virginia

Hi there! My name is Virginia, and I am the author/owner of That Bald Chick. I am a Christian, wife, mother of three, full time homemaker, homeschooler, and ministry volunteer in addition to being a blogger. In my free time *cough* I enjoy reading, writing, taking walks with my family, and listening to music.

Comments

  1. I really do need to meal plan more often. I’m horrible at this. BTW, I LOVE tomato soup and grilled cheese!

  2. It’s a great way to save money, so I wish I did a better job with it.

  3. I would love a meal planning for dummies book

  4. Teriyaki chicken and eggrolls sound SO good – do you make it from scratch? If so, would you mind sharing the recipe with me?? My youngest loves eggrolls!

    Have a wonderful week!

    Sherry

    ps I go back and forth with menu planning – but I always come back to it when I see how disorganized I am without it!

    • Sherry, I am using La Choy Creations for the Teriyaki chicken, and the egg rolls are store bought, too. I typically do something EASY on Mondays, because we volunteer at a community pantry and I am usually exhausted by dinner time.

  5. That’s an area I really need to work on!!

  6. I need to start doing this!

  7. I need a meal planning for dummies book too. LOL I always make sure I have staples in the house that I can use to throw a quick dinner together, but I rarely plan a meal ahead of time unless it’s a special occasion!

  8. sounds like you got it all planned out. I fly by the seat of my fridge most days and don’t have a clue of what I’m cooking until I go shopping and see what’s on sale

  9. With my new job, I really need to start meal planning. It would save me on much needed time. 🙂

  10. I get tired of having to be the one to come up with what is for dinner. When he asks me, I ask him what does he want. I get the same answer. “Whatever you feel like cooking.”

  11. I have started meal planning this new year. I am finding it so much easier already with both shopping and knowing what I am going to have. It definitely makes dinner less stressful

  12. Daphne Sellers says:

    I try to plan ahead for the week. I usually grocery shop on Friday night or Sat. I have the hardest time remembering to thaw meat from the freezer and refuse to microwave it to thaw it! My friend from work cooks all day on her Sat or Sun for the next week!

  13. I wish I could do meal planning, but thus far, I have failed miserably at it. One thing I’ll make sure of if I try again is to build leftovers into it. That always screwed things up for me in the past. I love leftovers, but I forgot to plan on them.

  14. Ugh. I used to be so good at meal planning but now my husband works crazy hours so I find myself planning at dinner time. Its so much more stressful that way. I really need to get back to meal planning.

  15. Looks like you have a really yummy menu!

  16. We eat at such odd times that meal planning is a pain. Theres just some things that dont ‘hold’ well if we are running behind. I thaw meat and work around that. I need to plan more but the ‘whatever you want’ just slays me.

  17. We have loved meal planning. Looks like you have a fabulous line up this week

  18. April Decheine says:

    Tonight is left overs, we grilled steak last night so tonight we are having a grilled steak salad and baked potatoes!

  19. I really need to plan more. I have about 20 meals I rotate through. I need to get more creative!

  20. I totally need to start meal planning.

  21. I so need to get more organized when it comes to meal planning. I spend way too much money because I’m so last minute (which means more take out). Thanks.

  22. this is something I absolutely need to start doing.