January 4, 2016

Weekly Meal Planning, Jan. 4 - Jan. 18, 2016

I have been seriously slacking in the meal planning department. Planning out the week's dinners was a habit I got into to help us save money and to make dinners easier to make. Really, there are a whole host of reasons to meal plan. The past few months, though, I've been having to defrost meat last minute, scramble to dig through the freezer to find something to make and have had way too many, "what the heck am I going to cook?!" moments. With the new year, I'm getting back to planning out dinners. I'm figuring if I don't have to do it weekly, I may have more success. Planning a month won't work for me as I shop based on what's on sale and what we need to use up. That month plan would get changed too often to make it worth it. Instead, I'm going to go with planning two weeks at a time. I'll share what I've come up with to give you some ideas of what to add to your own menu.

All the dinners I want to be healthy, frugal and easy to cook. I'm working on eating healthier and weight loss this year, we need to watch the budget and I just don't have time for complicated dishes. No time, plus it's impossible to cook anything that's too time consuming with M2 getting into everything, creating unsafe situations, and B needing attention. Fish and salads are going to be incorporated into our diet more. WalMart has big bags of single portion frozen salmon that help me stay on budget. The expensive non-frozen kind is out of my league for now. In the pantry right now, I have potatoes and cans of beans that need to be used up so those are going to feature the next two weeks. Saturdays I make big dinners with plenty of leftovers to send to work with A for lunches and/or to freeze just in case there's a day he doesn't have a fresh lunch readily available to take.


1/4 Mixed greens salad
1/5 Pork chops with mixed veggies and baked potatoes
1/6 Spaghetti
1/7 Herb crusted salmon with green beans and white rice
1/8 Herb chicken thighs with corn and baked potatoes
1/9 Turkey and three bean chili
1/10 Hamburgers (no buns) with roasted potatoes and carrots
1/11 Slow cooked beef roast with rolls and green beans
1/12 Spaghetti with meat sauce (using leftover meat from the roast)
1/13 Marinated salmon with mixed veggies
1/14 Mixed greens salad
1/15 BBQ chicken thighs with baked potatoes and broccoli
1/16 Not Your Usual Black Beans and Rice
1/17 Leftovers
1/18 Veggie variety with quinoa

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  1. We always do good planning dinners for a few weeks, then we fall off the wagon! We are back into it right now.. :)

  2. Hopefully, we'll both stick to it this time! :)


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