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Meal Plans - March

post #1 of 49
Thread Starter 
What is everyone planning to finish up February and on into March? There are so few of us posting now I guess we can use one thread for the month even if we post our weekly plans!

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post #2 of 49
I think I have all of March planned so I'll go ahead and post all of mine.

25-dinner at my mom's
26-breakfast
27-chorizos and coleslaw
28-dinner at my dad's
29-leftovers

1-ginger chicken, rice, veggies
2-meatballs, mashed potatoes, corn
4-fritatta
5-burrito casserole, corn
7-blt's
8-hamburger rolls, mashed potatoes, green beans
9-homemade pizza
11-salmon, roasted potatoes, rice
12-chicken & dumplings, veggie
14-taco rice, beans
15-homemade chicken strips, fries
16-pork sandwiches, potatoes, salad
18-clam linguine, salad
19-bbq chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw
21-steak sandwiches, fries, salad
22-taco soup, quesadillas
23-cowpies, mashed potatoes, corn
25-steak and onion sandwiches, roasted potatoes
26-fried potatoes and onions
27-not sure, its my son's bday and he hasn't requested anything yet
28-sloppy joes, green beans
29-General tso's chicken, fried shrimp
30-tortilla soup, quesadillas
post #3 of 49
Thread Starter 
Well I haven't assigned specific days to things this week except for tonight. Here are our choices:
tonight - BBQ chicken, mashed sweet potatoes, corn on the cobb
- quesadillas, refried black beans
- stroganoff with egg noodles, broccoli
- veggie & rotini soup
- sloppy joes, peas
- saucy honey mustard chicken, broccoli, carrots

i'm making a peach crumble with frozen yogurt for desert one night
and lunches are leftovers. breakfast varies between oatmeal, eggs/toast, pancakes, and always with fruit
post #4 of 49
I don't have specific nights planned either, but we have these meals on hand.

Tonight-
Rotisserie chicken
yellow rice
baked beans

The rest of the week:
leftover green chile and pork stew, rice, muffins
Ground turkey tacos, chips, salsa,
Sloppy joes, mac and cheese, corn
Homemade beef soup, corn muffins
Chicken and sausage gumbo, white rice
Oven-Fried pork chops, homemade augratin potatoes or mashed sweet potatoes, sauteed cabbage, green beans

I will be making double of some of these to put in the freezer for later meals.

Dawn
post #5 of 49
I have totally been slacking.

tonight: king ranch chicken
Tues: Chicken and Dumplings
Wed: lasagna
Thurs: chicken quesadillas or burritos
Fri: hamburgers
Sat: shepherds pie

I'm also making a big pot of pinto beans at some point this week
post #6 of 49
mbtmom2000 can you share your green chile pork stew recipe? I've got a 'few' lbs of green in my freezer
post #7 of 49
Oooh I'm making shepheard's pie one night with parsnip topping!

I"ve gotta make out the rest of the week still
post #8 of 49
I don't assign specific nights, either. Lunches are leftovers.

Last night, we had Tamale pie from the Veg Mothers Cookbook with roasted broc and green salad. Other meals I have planned:

-Pot pie (either using fake chicken or chickpeas)
-Tofu scramble with potatoes o'brien
-Thai style pumpkin soup
-Lentil soup
-Black bean tacos
-Spaghetti
post #9 of 49
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Originally Posted by texaspeach View Post
mbtmom2000 can you share your green chile pork stew recipe? I've got a 'few' lbs of green in my freezer
http://www.astray.com/recipes/?show=...%20pork%20stew)

I base my recipe on this one--

This time, I used canned tomatoes (14oz) instead of fresh since that is what I had on hand.

Dawn
post #10 of 49
I'll update as I go.

Wed~turkey cutlets, mashed potatoes, edemame
Thurs.~pork steak, rice, carrots
Fri~tacos

1~almond chicken dijon, rice, veggies
2~turkey breasts, corn casserole, potatoes
3~chips and salsa, quesadillas
4~BBQ crispy chicken melts, baked potatoes, carrots
5~homemade mac 'n cheese
6~leftovers
7~fettuccini alfredo w/ chicken and broccoli
8~lasagna toss
9~grilled teriyaki chicken, rice, veggies
10~pork roast, potatoes, carrots
11~goulash
12~sausage & tomato rigatoni
13~pancakes
14~maple-mustard glazed chicken ,potatoes, veggies
15~?
16~?
17~?
18~?
19~?
20~tacos
21~?
22~french toast
23~?
24~chicken manicotti
25~?
26~?
27~?
28~?
29~leftovers or pancakes
30-5~out of town
post #11 of 49
Shut up... you guys plan for a whole month!?! I just began meal planning and am so proud of myself for doing a week at a time!

I am hoping that meal planning will help me cut costs of groceries, and help me organize my time better. Cooking in my house is a challenge b/c everyone likes different things. This is my first time on this forum, hoping to learn...
post #12 of 49
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Originally Posted by granolalight View Post
Shut up... you guys plan for a whole month!?! I just began meal planning and am so proud of myself for doing a week at a time!

I am hoping that meal planning will help me cut costs of groceries, and help me organize my time better. Cooking in my house is a challenge b/c everyone likes different things. This is my first time on this forum, hoping to learn...
I used to do two weeks at a time.. it's a pain. I start off making a list of things we like to eat - I've got it saved on the computer. Then I just pull from that list depending on what's on sale. of all the things it takes to run a household, I really dislike meal planning!
post #13 of 49
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Originally Posted by granolalight View Post
Shut up... you guys plan for a whole month!?! I just began meal planning and am so proud of myself for doing a week at a time!

I am hoping that meal planning will help me cut costs of groceries, and help me organize my time better. Cooking in my house is a challenge b/c everyone likes different things. This is my first time on this forum, hoping to learn...
DITTO THAT!!!!!!!!!!!!

i'm :
post #14 of 49
I did two weeks at a time for a long long time but now I've gone to monthly. Its just as easy and I can stock up on sale items even if I won't be using them for a few weeks.
post #15 of 49
For those of you who do a month at a time... did you start with one week? Two? I am new to this and the idea of doing a month at a time intimidates me.

Also, do you find that meal planning really cuts grocery costs?
post #16 of 49
It does keep my grocery bill lower. Otherwise I'd decide what sounded good for dinner, then end up stopping at the store every night and spending $30ish on stuff that looked good. Now I go once every 2 weeks and spend around $100 for a big trip. I still need to make one or two small trips for bread or veggies or fruit but I really do save alot.
post #17 of 49
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Originally Posted by Alyantavid View Post
It does keep my grocery bill lower. Otherwise I'd decide what sounded good for dinner, then end up stopping at the store every night and spending $30ish on stuff that looked good. Now I go once every 2 weeks and spend around $100 for a big trip. I still need to make one or two small trips for bread or veggies or fruit but I really do save alot.
No way! You spend $100 for a big trip every two weeks!?! How? I would say that we spend, on average, around $125-$150 per week. A big trip for us is closer to $200. Are we unusual? Or are you? Sounds like a topic for a new thread...

Part of my reason for beginning to be a meal planner is so that we can cut costs.
post #18 of 49
I started meal planning for a week at a time. It really has helped our grocery budget. I spend about $80-$100/week for our family of 5 plus 2 cats. I'm such a list person anyway so it's right up my alley.
post #19 of 49
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Originally Posted by my2girlz View Post
I started meal planning for a week at a time. It really has helped our grocery budget. I spend about $80-$100/week for our family of 5 plus 2 cats. I'm such a list person anyway so it's right up my alley.
How is it that I'm spending so much? Well, so much more than you?
post #20 of 49
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Are we unusual? Or are you? Sounds like a topic for a new thread...
I'm sure we are. We don't have to buy beef, we raise our own. I'm raising some pigs now that we'll butcher this summer for pork. I do buy some chicken but only on sale and rarely do I buy boneless skinless breasts because they're expensive. We get some organic produce from my mom's boyfriend who has an organic farm. That's mostly potatoes so we eat alot of potatoes.

I shop sales, stock up on something we use alot or if its on my meal plan for the next month. I cook most everything from scratch. On my plans, I don't usually pick a specific vegetable to go with a meal, I wait and buy whatever's on sale at the store. Most of my meals are fairly simple and quick and therefore don't have a ton of ingredients.

And that bill doesn't include diapers or rice milk which I have to get elsewhere, but I usually only spend $30ish for those every couple weeks.
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