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#31 of 53 Old 01-13-2009, 07:39 PM
 
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Again, I'm just buying ingredients for five meals and posting the meal list on the fridge.

1. spaghetti bolognese, broccoli/feta salad with pine nuts
2. pork tenderloin, lemony couscous with chickpeas, green beans with shallots and almonds
3. crock pot potato soup topped with green onions and pancetta, cheese biscuits, green salad
4. lentil soup, corncakes, zucchini "sticks"
5. tofu fried rice with cashews, gyoza (frozen from Trader Joe's)
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tonight- homemade hummus avo and cheddar sandwhiches with steam carrots
wed-potato veg chili gratin with steam spin
th- lo mein
fri-fried rice miso soup
sat lunch- picnic -greek veg wrap with tastaki sauce
sat dinner-out of town pizza place
sun- soup and bread from the freezer roasted garlic
mon- chick'n pie with biscut topping

tues is our csa veg pickup so some of this is subject to change based on what is on the lst

black bean burgers and veg
zuke soup with ricotta or zuke hashbrown casserole
tamale pie
salmon stew
ricotta souffle and salad
beans and rice or burrito

i feel like i got to get in the real meal cooking now because in march it will go on hiatus for a while....with things like beans and rice and scrambled eggs- but i have a hankering for beans and rice now and have eaten it twice this week for lunch already.

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i'd love your zucchini soup with ricotta recipe!
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To those of you who plan out so far in advance...how do you do it? I used to know how to do it, I would plan out a month in advance, but now it's all I can do to come up with a meal plan by Tuesday of the week I'm planning! Do you have specific days for soup or Mexican or casserole or whatever? I'm thinking about just making a different kind of soup every day for dinner. Some days we could have rice with it, other days some kind of potatoes or tortilla chips...yeah, I'm thinking this could work! At least through the winter.
I gather a list of the meals I make regularly (or that were on last season's meal plan) that we're not yet sick of! Then I look for recipes I noted in magazines/cookbooks as things I'd really like to try. I add them all to the list. I count up how many that makes and then start organizing them into weeks. A few are special event dishes like Valentine's day. I do "soup day" and "pasta day" and "do this on a Wednesday when the sitter is here bc it's more labor intensive" meals. I also try to balance not more than one mock meat dinner a week (don't want to do too much soy, but it is easy and yummy). And not more than 1 quorn mock meat a week (same reason). Then I shuffle stuff around a bit.

I don't stick to this strictly either. I shop for a week at a time, mostly. I also want to build up a freezer stash, so I make a extra 1-2 times a week to freeze some. But I switch, say, Monday's planned meal with Thursday's if one is more "company-friendly" and we're having company that night. And if I start having too many leftovers we won't eat as lunches, I'll adjust that week as needed, knock a planned meal or two off the plan.

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To those of you who plan out so far in advance...how do you do it? I used to know how to do it, I would plan out a month in advance, but now it's all I can do to come up with a meal plan by Tuesday of the week I'm planning! Do you have specific days for soup or Mexican or casserole or whatever?
I keep a calendar on the fridge and we write down something if it sounds good. Mostly I come up with meals from stuff I have in the freezer or cupboards. Most weekends I do a pot of soup for lunches, and I do the bigger meals on weekends. Alot of roasts or just more involved stuff. Alot of the weekend meals get turned into something else later in the week. Like in a few weeks, I'm going to cook a pork roast and then another night have ceasar pork sandwiches and bbq pork sandwiches.
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I gather a list of the meals I make regularly (or that were on last season's meal plan) that we're not yet sick of! Then I look for recipes I noted in magazines/cookbooks as things I'd really like to try. I add them all to the list. I count up how many that makes and then start organizing them into weeks. A few are special event dishes like Valentine's day. I do "soup day" and "pasta day" and "do this on a Wednesday when the sitter is here bc it's more labor intensive" meals. I also try to balance not more than one mock meat dinner a week (don't want to do too much soy, but it is easy and yummy). And not more than 1 quorn mock meat a week (same reason). Then I shuffle stuff around a bit.

I don't stick to this strictly either. I shop for a week at a time, mostly. I also want to build up a freezer stash, so I make a extra 1-2 times a week to freeze some. But I switch, say, Monday's planned meal with Thursday's if one is more "company-friendly" and we're having company that night. And if I start having too many leftovers we won't eat as lunches, I'll adjust that week as needed, knock a planned meal or two off the plan.

This is pretty much how I've taken to doing meal planning. I make recipes I know we like, favs and then throw in some new ones. Just gotta get down the shopping part and the using up whatever is in the pantry part, lol.

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Yeah, I guess that's all how I do it, too, I was just hoping for something...magical. I really really hate the planning part, but it sure is easier to know ahead of time what I'm making, especially because I cook with dried beans pretty much every day.

I've started telling my family, "You don't have to LOVE everything you eat, sometimes you just eat because you're hungry and maybe you'll love what we have tomorrow. Now eat!"

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Help with using up lasagna noodles. I have made the roll ups, veggie and traditional. Any ideas? I have like 4 boxes.

Meal PLan-
Sunday- eat at my parents
Monday-pancakes
Tuesday- pasta with butter sprinkle cheese, frozen veggie and salad
Weds- salad, turkey, stuffing, veggie
Thursday- non meat, fritata?
Friday- turkey veggie soup, rolls or biscuits, salad
Saturday- eat out?
Sunday- Turkey casserole
Monday- eggs, bacon, taters
Tuesday- turkey, gravy on toast, veggie
Weds- sandwiches, chips (need super easy meal cause we have plans)

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[QUOTE=brendon;13002965]Help with using up lasagna noodles. I have made the roll ups, veggie and traditional. Any ideas? I have like 4 boxes.
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i had a cheesy tuna casserole made out of them at a cooking club meeting, but i don't have the recipe.

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Here's ours for the rest of the month:

16 - blueberry pancakes, sausage
17 - chicken tortilla soup, cornbread
18 - leftovers
19 - sloppy joes, steamed broccoli, corn on the cob
20 - chicken enchiladas, black beans, tortilla chips & salsa
21 - leftovers
22 - out
23 - lasagna, green beans, salad, garlic bread
24 - leftovers
25 - chicken & dumplings, carrots, cornbread
26 - leftovers
27 - tacos, refried beans
28 - pot roast, roasted potatoes, lima beans, rolls
29 - out
30 - leftovers
31 - taco soup, cornbread

This plan will only require minimal grocery shopping for the rest of the month.
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i'd love your zucchini soup with ricotta recipe!
here is the link. i ripped it out of the mag, but am too lazy to type when the google works just fine. enjoy.
http://www.vegetariantimes.com/recipes/9220

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I've never posted to the Meal Plan threads but I always look to them for inspiration when doing mine. I made the leap today from planning two weeks at a time to a whole month, It only ended up being a couple more items on my list!: Im saving so much money by doing it that way..I had no idea. Im going to use the money I saved to buy some birth supply type things...ooooo or maybe a new wheat grinder.

I repeat some favorites that are cheap and my family would literally eat everyday, I am trying to keep our grocery costs down as low as they can possibly go. So I used Supercook.com and justbeanrecipes.com (Because I have alot of beans ) to do a sort of "pantry challenge" and see how far I could stretch what I already have. This is what I came up with:

THURSDAY
Potato Leek Soup
FRIDAY
Pizza
SATURDAY
French Toast and Bacon
SUNDAY
Roast Chicken and Potatoes
MONDAY
Minestrone and Garlic Bread
TUESDAY
Black Bean and Veggie Burritos
WEDNESDAY
Enchiladas
THURSDAY
Hot Chicken Wings
FRIDAY
Enchiladas
SATURDAY
Black Bean Soup
SUNDAY
Family Night
MONDAY
Tomato Soup W/grilled cheese
TUESDAY
Chicken Fajitas
WEDNESDAY
Secret Ingredient Noodle Soup
THURSDAY
Artichoke and Kidney Bean Paella
FRIDAY
3 Bean Bake
SATURDAY
Chickpeas in Lemon Sauce Over Rice
SUNDAY
Family Night
MONDAY
Sloppy Joes and Fries
TUESDAY
Barley and Lentil Soup
WEDNESDAY
Cheesy Butter Pasta
THURSDAY
Paninis
FRIDAY
Chili
SATURDAY
Enchiladas
SUNDAY
Family Night
MONDAY
Pizza
TUESDAY
Cheddar Potato Chowder
WEDNESDAY
Waffles and Bacon

Lunch is always leftovers/PB&J

Breakfasts:
Granola
Cinnamon Roll Bread
Rice Cereal
Yogurt Smoothies/Popscicles
Granola Bars
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I can only do one week at a time,but trying for a 2 week plan.

Sun: Stirfry,rice/soba noodle. Maybe crab ragoons?
Mon: Ham,potato,carrots,homemade bread.
tues: Taco salad,yellow rice,black beans.
Wed: Shepards pie or enchaladas ,(beef or chicken).
Thurs: Leftovers
Fri: Homemade pizza
Sat:?????



I plan to make the shepards pie and enchalads on Sunday so I can just pop them in the oven when they want them.

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Well, I made most of the meal plan meals even though they got moved around due to a crazy busy week; need to move the chickpea pasta down on the "when to make" list. And we had a guest on Tuesday and another tonight. So the plan now is:

Sunday 1/18 Apple-walnut salad; sweet potato risotto; pound cake (from the freezer) with cherry (DD decided she didn't like them, so we have lots left) compote. :

Monday 1/19 White bean and avocado sandwiches
Tuesday 1/20 Barley soup
Wednesday 1/21 Eat out
Thursday 1/22 Chickpea pasta
Friday 1/23 Fajita wraps
Saturday 1/24 Quick Curry
Sunday 1/25 Vegetarian Baked beans

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I have never posted on this thread before as I was struggling with meal planning...this is my second week of actually planning the whole week...it is so exciting...

Monday: Crock pot chicken, potatoes, carrots
Tuesday: Pasta primavera with shrimp
Wednesday: Hot dogs and beans with salad
Thursday: Lentil stew with fresh bread
Friday: Take out

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19-fried potatoes and onions
20-fajitas, quesadillas
21-meatloaf, mashed potatoes
22-dinner at my mom's
23-breakfast - sausage, fried potatoes, eggs, toast
24-finger steaks, fries
25-pork roast, some sort of potato and a veggie
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I am stuck in a rut, and I keep making the same thing over and over. Winter is sucky. I get stuck on soups to keep us warm. I have been trying to make rice dishes, but it is way to carb-y for me, and we don't even like them that much. I am looking for a couple new and frugal recipes to try out with the food in my pantry.

That said, here is what I am making for the rest of the month:

19- L: chicken nuggets S: homemade pizza
20- L: vegan chili S: baked spaghetti and french bread
21- L: salad S: chicken enchiladas
22- L: leftover chili S: texas caviar and chips
23- L: black bean enchiladas S: veggie stir fry
24- L: leftover veggie stir fry S: minestrone
25- L: empanadas S: leftover minestrone
26- L: navy bean soup S: chicken quesidillas
27- L: biscuit pizzas S: pasta and peas
28- L: blackeyed peas and tortillas S: pancakes
29- L: homemade mac-n-cheese S: tacos
30- L: chicken nuggets S: sausage pizza
31- L: waffles S: mexican pasta

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Tonight- Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes
Tomorrow- Shepherd's Pie and rolls
Friday- Barbecue Chicken & Cornbread (DP's request), Ice cream sundaes for dessert with homemade whipped cream
Saturday- Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches (shredded leftover bbq chicken and leftover hamburger buns that I froze) green beans for DP, Spinach for me
Sunday- Lentil Soup

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So, ive decided that meal planning for an entire month is a little too overwhelming for me, lol. Maybe it was because this month was so scattered (we were supposed to be out of town for the last week, but stayed home instead), but i think I will stick to 10 to 14 days meal planning and see how that goes.

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25-pork roast, mashed potatoes, mixed veggies
26-pork ceasar sandwiches, roasted potatoes
27-spicy fish sandwiches, fries
28-tacos
29-dinner at my mom's
30-bbq pork sandwiches, chips, veggies
31-cowpies, mashed potatoes, corn
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I haven't posted here, but I've been pretty good about meal planning.

I have a notepad that sticks on the fridge and it has breakfast, lunch and dinner for each day of the week and an extra blank line. I can scratch things out and change them around easily enough. And if something is good, I pencil it in for the week after next.

This week:
Sunday - roast chicken pieces in lemon, olive oil and herbs with roasted potatoes and red pepper. It's a pampered chef recipe from the discontinued stoneware book.

Monday - was supposed to be keilbasa and cabbage soup but DH used the cabbage on Saturday. DH cooked steak, green beans and rice.

Tuesday: Crockpot curried chicken from "mealmakers" type place. I may change this since the schools are home and it looks like I'll be home.

Wednesday: meatloaf (I may cook that today).

Thursday - eat out or leftover night.

Friday - tacos.

Saturday - DH cooks.

I'm also pencilling in my lunches so I remember what leftovers we have to eat.

I even took a few minutes at a boring meeting to plan some meals this week. I can't believe what a difference it makes to actually write things down! It takes very little time - and makes a huge difference.

For me, it helped a lot to go "less formal" with the planning. I had downloaded some sheets that allowed for recipes and shopping lists but then I felt like I needed to find an hour to go through and do it all. The notepad on the fridge means I can write it whenever I walk on by.

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Monday: French Toast
Tuesday: The Lentil Soup that I didn't make Sunday and leftover cornbread
Wednesday: Salmon cakes, butter beans, Rolls
Thursday: Chicken Fried Rice
Friday: Chili
Saturday: Leftover swedish meatballs and noodles for DP 'cause I'm going out
Sunday: Irish Nachos

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Oh my goodness. You guys rock! I came to this thread b/c I want to start meal planning! Where do you all get your recipes from and how do you coordinate what to have each week...like according to ingredients that match up or leftovers from one meal going into another?
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