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.

Creating Good Habits: Weekly Menu Planning

It seems like the weeks fly by and the good intentions of things that I wanted to get done are still not complete. I decided that each week, I’d share a “good habit” that I’m wanting to try to master in hopes that we can create them together.

One of the things that I really need to focus on right now is putting together a Weekly Menu Plan. It’s so amazing at how much money and time I save when I sit down and do this. I like when suppertime comes around and I’m not asking myself, “What should I make for supper?” but instead, that supper’s already defrosting or in the crockpot almost ready to be dished out.

There are several ways to create a menu plan but I’ve found the most savings by first seeing what I have on hand then checking sales ads for great deals and then finding recipes we like that use those items. The goal is to try to use the most items you have in your stockpile and needing the fewest things at the store. (Then you can use the remainder of your grocery budget on building up your stockpile with the best deals that week.)

My menu planning is going to be a little unique from Spring through Fall as I’m going to be basing it on what’s in season at the Farmer’s Markets. This is how I’m working Organic foods into our meal plans at the best price. Buying what’s in season, whether at the Farmer’s Markets or Grocery Stores, helps you save money and you tend to get really fresh veggies since most are just recently picked. I’m also finding some new foods that I’ve never tried and branching out into new recipes.

If you are looking for a great website to help you with Menu Planning, I recommend I’m an Organizing Junkie. Every Monday, she hosts a linky where several people will link up their menu plan and recipes. She also has Menu Planning Resources with several tools to get you started.

I’m hoping that you’ll join me this week in taking time to create a menu plan for the week. Love to hear your progress!