Working on My Weekly Menu Plans

October 11, 2010

So I mentioned yesterday how my goal for the week was to start getting back into the habit of making a weekly menu plan. It’s quite silly that I have slipped away from doing this because it’s such a great time and money saver.

The first thing I did was to see what I had on hand. My Organic Meats are being delivered this week so I am having to open up my deep freezer space for them. So I worked in quite a few bigger meat items into the menu with the plan of freezing up some meals that might be leftover. I do have the space for some meals in my regular freezer.

I then took a look at what I had in my stockpile. Next I made a list of the recipes I thought I could make with what I had. My missing ingredients became my shopping list for the week. This consisted mostly of produce items and then I added the hottest deals of the week to it.

I’m trying out a few new recipes this week and if they turn out, I’ll be posting them on the blog. As far as menu planning sheets, I just used some paper ones that I found in the dollar bins at Jewel awhile back. Here’s what they looked like:

Sunday – Tacos

Monday – Pulled Pork Sandwiches. Using half of the tenderloin to make Pork Tenderloin Sandwiches to Freeze. I’ll be sharing the Pulled Pork Sandwiches recipe in my Freezer Cooking series soon!

Tuesday – Rotisserie Chicken from the Grill and Homemade Stuffed Green Peppers (The peppers are pre-made and in my freezer.)

Wednesday – Homemade Chicken & Stars Soup and Homemade Bread. I found the recipe for the soup in a magazine. Fingers crossed that it turns out–and I’ll share it if it does! I’ll freeze any leftovers.

Thursday – Roast with carrots & potatoes

Friday – Shrimp & Pasta

Saturday – Leftovers (after a breakfast brunch)

Side dishes for meals are simple with veggies from the garden, fruit or yogurt.

Breakfasts are usually cereal, oatmeal, fruit/yogurt and “cheesy eggs” with bacon.

Lunches are also simple meals of sandwiches, pasta and leftovers.

I’m hoping that you are also going to make an attempt to keep a weekly menu plan. I’d love to hear if it saves you time and money, too.

Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie for other menu plans for more inspiration.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Karrie@happymoneysaver October 11, 2010 at 10:21 am

Life just seems so much easier when I make a dinner menu. I absolutely hate the dinner dash right before my husband gets home. I have found that a monthly menu works the best for my family. I have a free downloadable one on my site but I know there are many other places you can go for one too. I too have slipped out of the habit of menu plannig, so thanks for the reminder. Your right, it does save so much time and money! Thanks again Jaycie!

2 Teresa October 11, 2010 at 2:51 pm

Hi Jaycie;

Well I did create a weekly menu and I know on the hockey/karate practice nights I will rely on it. I blew on the first day though when we spontaneously had lunch out. :) (Shame on me!) Day 1 and I’m already moving things around!

3 coupongeek October 11, 2010 at 4:01 pm

I had to alter mine today because I was going to make pulled pork sandwiches in the crockpot and freeze pork tenderloin sandwiches from the other half of the tenderloin meat, as it was 5lbs total. Only the latter wouldn’t have been cooked. Obviously, I didn’t think it all the way through. :) (As you have to cook thawed frozen meat before you can refreeze it.) But it worked out. So far so good. So glad I still have meals I can freeze from it.

So glad you made one! This is fun to do together!

Jaycie

4 Jen G October 11, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Since getting married 3 years ago, I always have a dinner menu plan. After a long day at work, it is a relief to come home knowing what you are going to serve your family. Let’s face it, with 4 kids under the age of 12, eating out at a restaurant is far from relaxing and I avoid fast food and take out due to cost and health…so really the best choice is a home cooked meal. I just wish I was rich and had a private chef! I do a lot of crock pot and freezer cooking as well as Rachel Ray 20-minute meals during the weekdays. It takes planning, but is worth it.

5 coupongeek October 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Jen,

That’s so great that you’ve gone that long with a menu plan. I hope I can say that in 3 years! It’s something I really need to work on. I already have a better outlook on my week just knowing I don’t have to stress over what to make for supper. The whole process of making the plan probably took 30 minutes to an hour. I’m not sure. I got caught up in other things mid-stream. I agree. Worth every minute!

LOL…I think I’d hire a maid to clean and then have extra time to cook. I dread cleaning more than cooking. Maybe the maid could help with dishes, too. :)

I’m going to get in more crockpot cooking. So easy and makes the house smell wonderful!

Thanks so much for sharing! I love to hear others’ stories!

Jaycie

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