Monday, July 28, 2008

Menu Plan Monday - Getting It All Organized!!

I love planning a weekly menu - it reduces my daily stress significantly! However, when Sunday afternoon rolls around and it's time for me to make my weekly plan... I stress. I love recipes. I love reading them, finding them, trying them. I have a bookmarked folder full of recipes to try that I found through MPM... not to mention all of the pages I have marked in my actual cookbooks... oh, and the ones on Whew. I've just overloaded myself with them all.

So, here's what I've done. I listed all of my family's favorites. I was astounded that I came up with over 20 meals (not even including the Fall soups and chowders)! I set up a calendar and tried to balance out each week with different meats/fishes/veggies. I assigned my crockpot/slow cook meals for Sunday so they will be ready when we return from worship services. Wednesday is an extremely fast supper because of evening bible study and Friday/Saturday are generally grill/smoker ideas to let Jeff get involved. I also left one day open for a new recipe to try.

This Sunday I sat down to make my grocery list and gather my coupons that corresponded with this week's meal plan and I was amazed at the LACK OF STRESS! I didn't even use the exact plan as there was a meal we didn't eat last week and just carried it over to replace one for this week. I was able to finish everything in record time and I know that I have a balanced week planned! I'm just so excited about this!

So, here's the plan I came up with for this week's rotation (all recipes are made dairy free at my house... if you have a question how I convert it, just let me know!):

Bow Tie Pasta & Sausage
Steamed Broccoli
Sliced Peaches


Chicken Sandwiches
sweet peas
mandarin oranges


Baked Taquitoes
Spanish Rice
Refried Beans
Black Beans


Sheppard's Pie
green beans
creamed corn
pear halves


Grilled Pork Loin
Steamed Broccoli
Sweet Potatoes
Broiled Asparagus
Baked Beans
corn bread


Baked Pork Chops
Pinto Beans
Honey Carrots
corn bread
mashed potatoes


Now that I have 5 weeks of menus planned, I may be on my way to shopping monthly? We'll have to see... :)

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Melissa said...

Good for you! I love planning my menus too!

Nowheymama said...

Very inspiring!

mom24 said...

Good job! I've done this with our allergy-free recipes but have managed to only get down to bi-weekly shopping. I just can't avoid going back for fresh fruits/veggies. They fill up one whole cart for just 2 weeks!
This is a great way to lower your stress - keep at it!