Nowadays I am of a whole different mindset. My menus are not set in stone, but I have a loose we’ll eat these meals this week plan and we have benefited in so many ways.
- I can plan our meals around our activities and toss something in the crock pot or plan a super-easy meal on the days we are busy. It makes it much less tempting to order a pizza or grab take-out if I know there is something delicious waiting for me at home.
- We save money because if I have planned what we will eat that week we don’t let things go bad- that broccoli won’t rot in the back of the crisper.
- We can plan our meals around what is on sale and which produce is in season.
- With a menu plan we can either plan to use the leftovers for other meals or lunches and make sure they don’t get wasted.
- I can make sure we’re getting a pretty good balance of nutritious foods and if we are lacking in something one night make it up on another.
- You can have your foods prepared early in the week ie: cube up chicken you will need for the stir fry or marinate the fajita meat before freezing.
- If I am running late someone else can get the meal started if they know what we are having.
- You save money by only buying the things you need when you are at the market. No tossing things in willy-nilly then hoping you can use them before they expire.
- I don’t end up with a big hunk of meat and no clue what sides to make with it.
- It helps with our overall goal of being more organized and my mind is not cluttered up with what do I want for dinner? I dunno what do you want? Then we usually end up getting takeout because we didn’t bother to defrost anything in time.
Our sample dinner menu for this week: You can find more of our menu plans here.
- Slow cooker pulled pork BBQ on buns w/coleslaw, watermelon
- Turkey, mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (Kyra is in the mood for a mini- Thanksgiving.)
- Hot dogs on buns w/ whatever fixings anyone wants, baked chips, watermelon
- Turkey tetrazzini w/ lots of vegs, salad
- Hard & soft tacos w/ all the fixings
- Breakfast for dinner- overnight French toast, berries
- Roasted veg & cheese Panini’s with homemade turkey noodle soup
If you don’t already plan your menus I hope this inspires you to give it a try. It really is worth it and once you do it a few times it is a very quick and easy project.
Posted by Sherry of Loon-atics In The Kitchen
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