My new weekly menu planning system - Mothering Forums

Forum Jump: 
 
Thread Tools
#1 of 5 Old 01-13-2010, 08:35 PM - Thread Starter
 
rhianna813's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oregon's green valley
Posts: 855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Ok I am taking the meal planning by the horns. To save money I plan my meals for 1 -2 weeks (at payday) and only buy food that goes with it, plus staples. But I hate the process of figuring out what to cook. If it doesn’t sound appetizing at the moment I nix it off the list. Which is silly. And this silliness leads to horrible procrastination.

So I am making 2 lists. One is a Common Meals list with foods listed by type (Italian, Mexican, Asian) and then sublisted by protein (chicken, beans, eggs). This can be updated constantly.

Next list is the actual Meal Planner with 6 dinners worth of premade selected meals and one day open for leftovers or eating on a relative's house. This was inspired by the Saving Dinners book.

To make the list I started each week with:

1 Mexican/ Beans
2 Italian
3 Beef
4 Soup
5 Chicken
6 Fish/Eggs
7 Leftovers

This gave me something go with when planning but I changed it around a lot as I went. Then I filled in actual meals for 6 weekly plans. Tried to keep the week diverse with easy to prepare, budget friendly and only one “spendy” dish. Right now I am focusing on Fall/Winter type foods and eventually will have something for Summer foods too.

Here is one sample week:

1 Bean burritoes - easy
2 Chicken alfredo with broccoli and pasta
3 Hamburgers with green salad - easy
4 Pork chops with grilled onions and green veggie
5 Minestrone soup with chicken – freeze extras
6 Salmon steaks with green veggie - spendy
7 Leftovers

The meals are not in order, so I can make whatever I want each night or what makes sense with our schedule.

I am SO hoping this makes things easier and I don’t somehow fight it once I start using it LOL

Rhianna
rhianna813 is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 of 5 Old 01-13-2010, 08:38 PM
 
treegardner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: America's Finest City
Posts: 560
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good luck. I could never get a good menu planning system down. I ended up subscribing to a menu planning site.

joy.giflurk.gif

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
treegardner is offline  
#3 of 5 Old 01-13-2010, 08:52 PM - Thread Starter
 
rhianna813's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Oregon's green valley
Posts: 855
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by treegardner View Post
Good luck. I could never get a good menu planning system down. I ended up subscribing to a menu planning site.
What service do you subscribe to? Is it free?

Thanks!

Rhianna
rhianna813 is offline  
#4 of 5 Old 01-14-2010, 12:50 PM
 
napless's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 655
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Good for you! That looks like a great system!
napless is offline  
#5 of 5 Old 01-17-2010, 05:22 AM
 
treegardner's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: America's Finest City
Posts: 560
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by rhianna813 View Post
What service do you subscribe to? Is it free?

Thanks!

Rhianna
It called Stolen Moments. No, it's not free. There are various plans, I pay $5.95 a month.

joy.giflurk.gif

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
treegardner is offline  
Reply

User Tag List

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page


Forum Jump: 

Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off