Sunday, January 25, 2009

Menu Plan Monday - Success

Another week of following the plan. Another week of getting it right. Wahoo!

Now that we have been menu planning for several months, I can say that it has helped us immensely in keeping our food costs down (since we are buying based on sales and coupons), lowered our entertainment costs (since we are not getting carryout several times a week), has allowed us to enjoy each others company (since we sit down for meals now that we are not eating on the run) and removed some of the stress surrounding answer to the dreaded question..."What are we eating for breakfast/lunch/dinner?"

So to all those who do not yet menu plan, the time is now to get on board. Start small, plan one or two dinners a week. Make sure to include family favorites as well as new recipes that have similar ingredients. There are many great sites that will allow you to input main ingredients and then will give you a list of recipes using those ingredients.,, are some of my favorites. For a picky eater like me, this is a great way to slowly expand my horizons.

Well, after all that, I suppose I should get to our menu plan for this week. I still haven't gotten caught up on blogging all the recipes I have already made, so again, we are going back to some of our favorite recipes.

Sunday: Out for dinner (Our realtor is hosting an Open House from 1 to 3, so no time to cook before Mr. Gooch goes to work.)
Monday: Barbacoa Beef in the crockpot for tacos and Chipotle style basmati rice
Tuesday: Forage in the Fridge (FITF)
Wednesday: Lasagna
Thursday: FITF
Friday: Salmon with Lime Lake Shore Drive Seasoning Marinade
Saturday: Tri-tip steaks with Sweet Mesquite Marinade

Sides for all dinners to include a side salad, veggie and starch (if a starch isn't already in the main dish)

Breakfasts will be cereal, muffins, scones or yogurt with homemade granola.

Lunches will be bagels with chicken salad, chicken pita pockets, as well as other things from the fridge and freezer.

Make sure to visit to see what others have planned for their week's menu.

Print this post



blogger templates 3 columns | Make Money Online