Monday, June 21, 2010

Menu Planning

When the kids were little, and not in school.  I was a menu planner.  I would sit down and plan out two weeks of meals and make one shopping list and go and spend 3 hours at the grocery store and stock up for the next two weeks and only have to stop by to pick up milk, bread, and bananna's in between those big trips.

The kids are older, they are busier with school and playdates and other stuff and I haven't consistently menu planned in a long time.

I'm trying to get back into the habit though.  I don't know if I can get organized enough to shop only once every two weeks again, but I can at least get organized so I know what is for dinner each day and what cooking/baking I'm planning on doing each day of the week.

Here's this week's menu:

Monday: Lasagna (leftover from Sunday night), salad, corn, and garlic bread.
Tuesday: Bake cakes for birthday parties later in the week and freeze them.  Dinner- grilled chicken, rolls, corn on the cob, baked beans.
Wednesday: Decorate cake for Angela's party.  Dinner- mac and cheese and chicken nuggets for kids.  Sandwich for me. (have an early YW activity I'll be leaving the house at 5pm for)
Thursday: Fajita's, and cheese Quesadilla's
Friday: Decorate cake for Ashley's party. Make Bread with Cami.  Dinner:  Hamburgers and Hot Dogs.  Potato Salad.
Saturday: Ashley's party- Party Food and Pizza.


  1. I started menu planning at the begining of the year. I do 2 weeks worth of meals (because thats how long husbands pay period is) so each payday-ish I hit the grocery store and costco. Of course I inevitable have to go to the store for SOMETHING in between, but at leastis cuts back.

    recently I changed things up a little. I have been just making a list of the meals we will eat in the next two weeks, rather than planning it by day. That way, we can have what we feel like eating (or what I feel like making) instead of what the calendar says. And at the end of the 2 weeks- I can see what meals are left (like if we went out to eat one night or whatever) and carry them over to the next week!

  2. Megan that's a great way to do it! :)

    I forgot that I needed to let my 5 year old choose her birthday dinner... so what was planned for tonight is being pushed aside for what she decides on. :)

  3. I need to get back into meal planning,it saves money and time!Thanks for the post!