Meal planning can be a daunting task, especially if you’re new at it. I’m by no means an expert in it, but I do know what works for me. Here are some of my tips for meal planning.
- Shop your pantry first. See what you already have on hand to plan meals with. Plan what you can with it, and then start filling in the gaps.
- Pinterest is your friend. If you haven’t already, sign up for Pinterest. There are so many recipes to choose from you could probably go the whole year and never repeat a recipe.
- Choose recipes with foods and ingredients you already use and keep on hand. Not only does this reduce the stress of meal planning, it’s money saving too. The more new ingredients you need to buy, the higher your grocery bill will be. Keep it limited to the things you already use. Though I admit, I do like trying new things, so I’ll look for recipes that have only 1 or 2 ingredients I don’t normally use. Sometimes I like the new ingredients enough to make it/them a regular.
- Keep a binder with your favorite recipes. Keep your favorite recipes in a binder and before long, meal planning will be as simple as choosing what recipes you want to use.
- Don’t stress! If it’s too overwhelming to plan 1 month at time for you, do 1 or 2 weeks instead and work up from there. Or maybe you only have the time to plan 1 or 2 weeks. Great! Don’t stress over it. Meal planning is so helpful, but not if it causes you stress.
I’m always looking for new ways to improve my meal planning. If you have a tip, I’d love to see it. Leave a comment for me below.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Photo Courtesy of Better than Burgers
Monday – Chicken & Rice (my own attempt, not following a recipe)
Tuesday – Chicken Tenders and Mac & Cheese (special meal for our son, who starts his first day of home school this day)
Wednesday – Tostada’s (vegetarian style)
Thursday – French Bread Pizza
Friday – Fish Sandwiches, Salad
Saturday – Salads (Chicken, eggs, beans, cheese + veggies)
Sunday – Crock Pot Chicken Cordon Bleu – Click picture for link to recipe
Tonight – Spinach Lasagna Rolls
Tuesday: Crockpot Chicken Taco’s -Recipe from Chocolate Therapy
Wednesday: Store bought frozen Lasagna, Salad, Green Giant Cheesy Veggies
Thursday: Hamburger Spaghetti
Friday: Breakfast (roasted potatoes, eggs, turkey sausage)
Saturday: Costco Pizza
Sunday: Taco Salad (Tortilla Bowls + Taco fixings)
It is Monday yet again, and I never seem prepared for it. I do however have my meal plan ready for the week, so at least I don’t need to think about that. Here are our eats for this week . . . . .
Monday – Chicken Cacciatore – Recipe from Skinnytaste
Tuesday – BLT’s, Bush’s Grillin’ beans
Wednesday – Salisbury steak (premade from store), salad, corn
Thursday – Meatloaf, salad, green beans – Recipe from Recipe Tips
Friday – Beans and cornbread
Saturday – Homemade tostada’s – refried beans made from previous nights leftover beans
Sunday – Baked Chicken Parmesan, green beans, corn – Recipe from Skinnytaste
Today instead of Meaningful Monday, I’m posting my meal plan for this week. I hope it gives you some great idea’s 🙂
Monday – Leftover chili over baked potatoes
Tuesday – Baked Ranch Chicken, green beans, salad
Wednesday – Store bought frozen lasagna, salad, garlic bread
Thursday – Worlds Best Chicken, ranch carrots (mix small bag baby carrots, 1 tbsp oil, dry ranch dressing, roast at 400 for 15 – 20 minutes), mashed potatoes
Friday – Stuffed Pepper Soup, white rice
Saturday – Shepherds Pie – using leftover mashed potatoes from Thursday
Sunday – Lazy Cabbage