Working on My Weekly Menu Plans

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.