I've only recently started meal planning- up until recently we bought whatever looked good at the store then ended up throwing half of it out when it went bad (produce and such) while the other half (dried goods) just started stockpiling in the pantry. At meal time I wouldn't know what to fix and more often than not we just ended up going out to eat!
: Now we're only eating out once a week or so, eating better and spending much less money!
I plan for 5 meals a week figuring that we'll probably go out once and eat leftovers once also. We also usually do one quick convienance meal each week- usually some sort of Annie's skillet meal type thing...
-Salmon patties on whole grain buns, mixed greens salad, baked sweet potatoes.
-Tomato soup and grilled cheese.
-Chicken tacos with all the fixings, and a cornbread based caserole that doesn't have a name (but I got the recipe from this board at least a year ago and its now one of our favorites- if anyone wants it I'll find the thread
-Sloppy joes made with veggie crumbles on whole wheat bread, twice baked potatoes.
-Annie's meal (a healthier version of tuna helper) with a bag of frozen peas mixed in and a green salad.
-Baked ziti made with homemade tomato sauce and whole wheat pasta, and focaccia bread smeared with yummy roasted garlic and dipped in olive oil.
-Grilled wild salmon with steamed brocalli and sesame noodles.
-Swiss steak (cubed steak, peas, carrots, and tomatoes) with brown rice.
-Homemade vegetable beef soup (made from a leftover pot roast), cornbread.
-Another Annie's meal with a salad.