Monday, October 11, 2010

My Menu Planning Method

Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry
Last week I shared tons of menu planning resources with you, so this week, I wanted to share my method for menu planning (not rocket science here!).

Step 1: Look online (Southern Savers, baby!) to see what is on sale at my local stores. I particularly look to see what meat/fresh produce is on sale, and then I can plan our main meals around those items (or meat that I have stocked in the freezer).

Step 2: Peruse my recipe binder and recently bookmarked online recipes to put my menu together. As I decide on each recipe, I write down any needed ingredients on my grocery list. Sometimes I plan our meals using themed nights, such as crockpot dinner, mexican, asian, a "new" recipe, vegetarian night, etc! Pizza night is a staple. :D This week I am trying two new recipes--Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole and Hashbrown Casserole. I typically make very few casseroles, so I'm curious to see what we think about these.

Step 3: Go grocery shopping! Don't forget your list. :)

Step 4: Relax, because the guesswork is taken out of dinner time for the rest of the week! Sweet.

Here's my plan for this week:
(Three chicken meals because I have too much chicken in my freezer)

Breakfasts: Yogurt, cold cereal, toast
Lunches: Leftovers, Salads

Dinners by Weeknight:
Monday--Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry (carried over from last week)
Tuesday--Mexican Lasagna (new recipe!) with Salad
Wednesday--Chicken and Brown Rice Casserole (crockpot recipe also carried over from previous week) with Hashbrown Casserole and Carrots
Thursday--Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (busy night)
Friday--Pizza Night...finally bought feta cheese to try a feta cheese and spinach pizza. :D
Saturday--Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Breasts with Spinach Souffle

Happy menu planning, all! I'm linked to Menu Planning Monday. :)

P.S. Stay tuned...Later today I'm sharing my momma's AWESOME chili recipe (which we ate TONS of last week)!


  1. I'm just working on my menuplan for this week! Your plan sounds delicious! Love Amelie

  2. Looks delish! I'm kind of excited about your recipe binder. I love me some organization tools. I do.

  3. Looks like a great week! I plan like this with the exception of cooking for the entire month. I just use the items I purchased the previous month and plan my menu around that. Sometimes we have variations, but not often. :)

  4. Hey there mama--would you mind heading over to my place and see if you wanted to participate in my new feature? Make It Happen Monday. It's where anyone can go ahead and leave their to-do list in the commenting section. I'm dying to know what yours is!

  5. grilled cheese and tomato soup. yum!


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