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It’s been a while since I’ve posted a menu!

I no longer plan specific meals for specific days.  Instead, I make a list of meals and make them all on the weekend at the beginning of the week, or whenever I have time during the week.  Most often, I’ll prepare a couple meals at the same time.  It’s nice to come home from work and have food already prepared.  I’ve even started cooking breakfast foods (several days worth) the night before, because there isn’t much time for cooking in the morning.

We eat from the prepared dishes that are available in the fridge, sometimes eating the same thing each night and sometimes alternating.  It feels a bit like having a restaurant, since we have choices.  Each week, I usually make one or two soups/stews.  They feed for several meals.  Lunches are usually leftovers with a salad or a very large salad with meat and corn.

Meals for the Week of March 16:

  • pasta with ground sausage, salad
  • chili (Lots of veggies!)
  • chicken fajitas with onions, bell peppers, and avocado
  • beef taco salad and crunchy tacos with lettuce, tomato, etc.

Additional Meals that we might have:

  • tilapia with brown rice and broccoli
  • chicken fried rice (with leftover rice)
  • sausage slices with broccoli, green beans, and corn

Check out orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas!

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I have another week of menus planned based on the Food Nanny plan.  Some of the recipes are from the Food Nanny cookbook.  I think building my way up from 5 planned meals a week is still better than planning 7 meals and not getting them cooked!

Menu Plan for the Week of May 14:

Family Traditions – Cumin Pork Roast, sweet potatoes, steamed broccoli

Comfort Food – Chicken fajita soup

Italian – Whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs, carrots

Mexican – Taco salad

Grill Night – Steak salad

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I actually have a menu for dinner this week.  It stems from eating out way too much last week.  We want to try to eat at home as much as possible this week.

I planned the menu with a blank Food Nanny menu plan and Food Nanny theme nights.  Some of the meals are from or based on recipes in the Food Nanny cookbook.  I planned meals for 5 days this week as a way of getting back into the swing of things.  I haven’t done much in the way of meal planning or cooking for a while.

Menu for the Week of May 7:

Family Traditions – beef roast with veggies (sweet potatoes, carrots, onions, zucchini, green bell pepper)

Italian – whole wheat pasta with ground beef meat sauce, green beans

Fish – salmon, brown rice (or quinoa), steamed broccoli

Mexican – chicken quesadillas with bell pepper, onion, sour cream, and avocado

Grill Night – pan fried sausages, green beans, corn

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This is a continuance of the two week menu I made for the weeks of March 21 and March 28.  Each day of the week has a theme, such as pizza on Fridays.  Check out The Food Nanny for blank shopping lists, theme day recipes, and blank menus.

Menu for the Week of March 28:

Sunday – Traditions:  Ham steak, potatoes, carrot slices, bread

Monday – Comfort Food:  All-in-one-dish Hamburger Casserole, bread

Tuesday – Italian:  Chicken noodle soup, bread

Wednesday – Fish:  Paprika Tilapia, brown rice, mixed vegetables

Thursday – Boxed Meals:  Mac and Cheese, turkey sausage, peas

Friday – Pizza: Whole wheat pizza with chicken and mushrooms

Saturday – Leftovers

For more menu plans, go to Org Junkie.

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In an effort to try ideas from The Food Nanny, I’ve been trying to plan a menu and shop for two weeks at a time.  To help, you have theme nights, such as Italian food on Tuesdays and pizza on Fridays.

I’m posting my two weeks of menus separately, but I did shop for the both weeks in one shopping trip this weekend.

On Thursdays, I have a grad school class out of town (every week) and on Saturdays, we eat leftovers.

Menu for the Week of March 21:

Sunday – Traditions:  Turkey Biscuit Bake

Monday – Comfort Food:  Chunky Chicken Chili, bread

Tuesday – Italian:  3-Cheese Lasagna, carrots, bread

Wednesday – Fish:  Paprika Tilapia, brown rice, mixed vegetables

Thursday – Boxed Meals:  Hamburger Helper, canned biscuits

Friday – Pizza:  Pepperoni whole wheat pizza with mushrooms

Saturday – Leftovers

Please note on the menu picture above, I initially wrote the incorrect dates.

At the bottom of the menu, I have listed that I want to make salad with avocado, smoothies, and kolaches with turkey sausage.  These are not dinner items, but I wanted to include them so that I would get the appropriate ingredients on my grocery list.

For more menu plans, go to Org Junkie.

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Hooray!  I finally did a menu again!  It’s been so long!  I made a list of meals for the week and went shopping for the ingredients.  I even planned out weekly breakfasts!

Dinners for the Week of November 8:

Sunday – pork roast, potatoes, green beans, frozen veggies (steamed)

Monday – Hamburger Helper w/ mushrooms, rolls, salad

Tuesday – chicken breasts w/ cream of mushroom soup, brown rice w/ lemon (cooked w/ bouillon), salad

Wednesday – turkey sausage, Mac & Cheese, raw carrots, frozen veggies (steamed)

Thursday – grad school night – fend for yourself

 

Breakfasts:

Sunday – cereal, fruit, milk

Monday – Kashi waffles w/ peanut butter, juice

Tuesday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Wednesday – fruit bread (pumpkin bread this week), yogurt, milk or juice

Thursday – oatmeal w/ raisins, juice

Friday – bagel w/ peanut butter, milk

Saturday – pancakes, eggs, milk

 

For more menu ideas, go to Org Junkie.

Special Thanks to Cindy’s Porch for meal calendars and menu ideas.

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Menu Plan Monday

I’m writing this post on Sunday, and I’ve already got half of what I had planned to make prepared.  I’ve had to add more items to my menu this week.  Lately, I’ve been planning my menu, cooking half of it, and stopping by the store for ready-made food.  To be honest, I did a few sushi runs last week, which led to making my own sushi, but that’s another story.  Here is my menu, including the items I made earlier this afternoon (meatloaf and cheeseburgers).  I may add additional dishes, such as chicken noodle soup or chicken pot pie.  Lately, it’s been cook-what-you feel-like, spur-of-the-moment after getting home from work.
Menu for the week of March 30:

  • Spaghetti with ground beef
  • Garlic breadsticks
  • Salad (From my garden!!!!)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Turkey/beef meatloaf
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Salad
  • Bun-less cheeseburgers
  • Veggies
  • Salad
  • Pan-fried ham slices
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Veggies
  • Salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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Menu Plan Monday

This week, my goal is to eat meals from my home food storage.  I want each meal to be made from items I already have in my pantry and freezer.  I also want many of the meals to be ones that my husband can get started on while I’m at work on days that I have to work late.  Last week, for example, my sweet husband got the chicken in the oven, and I was able to immediately get chicken noodle soup started once I got home.  He saved me the step of pre-cooking the chicken.
Menu for the week of March 9:

  • Spaghetti with ground beef
  • Garlic breadsticks
  • Salad (From my garden!!!!)
  • Fresh fruit
  • Chicken pot pie
  • Steamed vegetables with garlic powder
  • Salad
  • Fresh fruit
  • Breaded tilapia
  • Mac & cheese
  • Raw carrots
  • Salad
  • Cumin-Rubbed Pork Roast
  • Potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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Menu Plan Monday

I’ve been doing better at shopping.  I try to buy on sale in bulk, so I’m not purchasing as much.  I’ll be able to start taking a bit of leaf lettuce from my garden this week, which will begin the gradual cut-back on money spent on veggies at the grocery store.  At Costco this past week, I purchased 10 pounds of chicken and 5 pounds of ground beef.  I won’t need to purchase those again for at least a month.  A very sweet friend gave me a box of Kashi TLC granola bars that she didn’t need, so I’m blessed from not having to purchase those this month either!
It’s been two months since I started my sticky note menu calendar, so I’m back to my favorite meals!!!  Remember, I write complete meals on sticky notes that are color-coded by type of meat (pink – beef, orange – poultry, blue – seafood, green – pork).  After I prepare a meal, if I liked it, I move the sticky note two months ahead on my calendar.

Menu for the week of March 2:

  • Meatloaf
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Onions & Mushrooms
  • Salad
  • Apple Slices
  • Mac & Cheese
  • Turkey Sausage
  • Glazed Carrots
  • Salad
  • Spicy Shrimp
  • Brown Rice
  • Veggies
  • Salad
  • Cumin-Rubbed Pork Roast
  • Potatoes
  • Veggies
  • Salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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Menu Plan Monday

At HEB today, I found myself continuously putting back items as I worked to stick within my budget.  When I checked out, the price was a few dollars more than I had estimated.  After stepping aside with my receipt, I noticed that two items were marked higher than I thought they had been.  I walked back through the store (big store), confirmed my prices, took my receipt to a friendly manager, and was given $1.60 back.  It may not seem like much to some, put today, it added up for me.

Another funny thing happened at the grocery store.  I was set to get a pork tenderloin.  Before I could get it (last one), a lady got to it first.  Serves me right for looking at the pork roasts first!

Of course, I was happy that many of the items on my grocery list were on sale today!

Menu for the week of February 22:

  • Beef stew with potatoes, onions, and carrots
  • Salad
  • Rolls/biscuits
  • Creamy chicken and vegetables with corn, green beans, and carrots
  • Salad
  • Biscuits/noodles/rice
  • Dijon-crusted fish
  • brown rice
  • zucchini
  • salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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Menu Plan Monday

We’re still cooking at home on weeknights!  I’ve started doing more HEB deals, where you buy one item and get something free.  This week, I bought two kinds of lunchmeat and got bread and cheese slices free.  When I bought mayo, I got BBQ sauce free.  Fun!

Check back each day this week for posts about Valentine’s Day, gardening, and organizing my freezer once and for all!

Menu for the week of February 16:

  • Chicken fajitas with onions, bell peppers, cheese, sour cream, and tortillas
  • eat leftover chicken as quesadillas and salad w/ chicken
  • Pork chop packets w/ onion and bell pepper
  • rice
  • salad
  • Spaghetti w/ ground beef (company)
  • garlic breadsticks
  • salad
  • fresh fruit
  • Dijon-crusted fish
  • brown rice
  • zucchini
  • salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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Menu Plan Monday

Menu for the week of February 9:

  • Semi-Homemade Crockpot Beef Stew
  • French Bread
  • Salad
  • Reynold’s Chicken Pot Pie
  • Salad
  • Light & Tasty Marinated Pork Roast
  • Roasted Potatoes
  • Raw Carrots
  • Mandarins
  • Salad
  • Paprika Tilapia/Breaded Tilapia
  • Potatoes
  • Salad

For more menu ideas, go to orgjunkie.com.

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