January 7, 2014

Menu Planning

I, like many others, menu plan.  I don’t love doing it.Many Waters January Menu Plan 2  I do it because I hate trying to figure out what to eat everyday and it helps us save money.  I was planning for every two weeks.  The two week plan would end and I’d put off making another and I’d have to scrounge for food.  Which I can do but don’t love that either.  

I decided to try something different for 2014.  I’m going to plan a month at a time.  I’ll shop every two weeks.  I’m hoping that making that mid-month shopping list will be much easier since I already have the meals planned out.  I’m planning on keeping the monthly lists and there is a very real possibility we’ll eat almost the same menu next year.  That would be a dream…to just be able to copy the previous year’s menu and add a few new recipes through out the month.  I really hope this works!Many Waters January Menu Plan

Here’s what we’re eating for January.

3rd: Beef Faitijas

4th: Rice and Beans

5th: Homemade Hamburger Helper

6th: Buffalo Chicken Soup

7th: Cattle Drive Casserole

8th: Chicken & Rice Casserole 

9th: Slow Cooker Ranch Pork Chops & Potatoes with a veggie

10-13th- At a friend’s wedding (no cooking, YAY!)

14th Chicken Yakisoba

15th: Beef Stew

16th: Baked Chicken, Homemade Rice-A-Roni, veggie

17th: Tacos

18th: Homemade Pho

19th: Lasagna (mom cooks)

20th Zuppa Tuscana (The Man cooks)

21st: Crockpot Beef & Noodles  Many Waters Beef & Noodles

22nd: Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup

23rd: Cream Cheese Chicken

24th: Cheesy Chipotle Chicken Rice Bowl

25th: Roasted Tomato Basil Soup & Grilled Cheese Sandwiches (mom cooks)

26th: Spaghetti Carbonara

27th: Steak, Baked Potato & veggie (The Man cooks)

28th: Pasta with Sausage, Kale & Beans

29th: Cashew Chicken with Rice

30th: Crockpot French Dip Sandwiches with chips & veggie sticks

31st: Crockpot Lasagna Soup

What are you eating?


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  1. I'm going to start meal planning for 2 weeks starting this weekend. Planning for a whole month scares me a bit :) I may use some of these yummy recipes!

  2. I usually menu plan for two weeks at a time so planning for a whole month is a little scary to me too!

    I hope you enjoy any recipes you use:) Happy Meal Planning!

  3. Wow, I have a heard time doing a menu plan for the week, let along a whole month! This is amazing. Thanks for sharing your ideas. Visiting via WinedDownWednesday (I'm # 81).

  4. Have you made the crock pot lasagna before? I'm hesitant to try it but if it really tastes good and isn't a disaster to assemble or clean up I may give it a shot.

  5. The lasagna that my mom is making will be baked in the oven. The Crockpot Lasagna Soup is outstanding. I've made it 4 or 5 times now and it's a new family favorite!

  6. I don't like menu planning but I love not having to try and figure out what to have for dinner right before dinner time and not having to run out to the store last minute haha

  7. I haven't tried meal planning before and it sounds like a pain to do. We usually figure out what to eat based on what we have available in the house.

  8. I admire your motivation! I don't know why, but just the idea of menu planning exhausts me. I have no issues eating healthy and working out regularly, but ask me to plan dinner even a few nights in advanced and my anxiety levels would rise dramatically! I'm sure I spend too much at the grocery store! Well, maybe one day my mind will change!

  9. I don't enjoy the actual menu planning but I LOVE having it done. I love that I don't have to think about once it's done! It's not set in stone and I move things around as I need to and that helps:)

  10. We used to do that. We've found that this helps us save money:) It's really not that hard, I just don't love the the doing it. I do love having it done!

  11. I actually think that doing a month at a time will be easier than doing it more often. At least I'll won't have to do it as often, which makes me happy:)


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