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#1 of 12 Old 10-31-2010, 01:18 PM - Thread Starter
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4-8 out of town
9-tomato soup, panini's
10-stir fry
11-fish sandwiches, veggie, fries
13-prime rib roast

14-fried potatoes and onions
17-stew, biscuits
20-fish, veggie, pasta
21-penne with vodka sauce, bread, veggie

25-typical Thanksgiving food
27-fish sandwiches, fries
28-turkey pot pie

30-french toast

We eat at my mom's once a week so that's why there are days missing. I don't plan breakfast or lunch, it's usually whatever's fast or leftovers.

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#2 of 12 Old 10-31-2010, 05:43 PM
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Ooh, ooh! I actually have meals planned, but I don't date them. We just make whatever's on the list that seems most do-able at the time. Everything is mostly seasonal, mostly organic, mostly local, and mostly veg*n

Here goes:

Sauteed chard, tomatotes, garbanzos on rice or with bread
Ethiopian soup and Teff Biscuits
Eggplant Stew
Vegan Sausage, mashed tatoes and onion gravy
Tempeh Burgers on homemade sliced bread or buns with:
Baked Onion Rings
Herbed Potato Soup in bread bowl
Potato Soup w/ Chard Dumplings
Dal Soup with pita
Baba Ganoush, salad stuffed pita, rice
Eggplant with garbanzo batter, spaghetti squash, marinara (pseudo eggplant parmigiana)
Savory walnut-green bean mixture, either bread, biscuits, or rice (probably will eat several times at it is a fav and we have lotsa green beans)
Quesadillas w/ rice and beans, salsa (also a repeater)
BBQ tempeh pizza w/ squash and eggplant mixture yum (probably several variations of this)
Mashedy tatoes, gravy, corn, falafel (will make a big batch o falafel to fill in on protein for other meals, too)
Spaghetti squash with butter, walnut gravy, or marinara sauce
Stuffed butternut squash then recycled into:
Butternut squash soup
Spicy grilled tempeh, squash, rice
Scrambled tofu and toast
Black bean and pumpkin soup
Black bean burgers
Bow-tie pasta with feta and cubed squash (pumpkin, winter, or butternut)
salad, salad, salad every meal (our CSA had a bumper crop of late greens!)

This is our super-frugal meal list using up our pre-paid CSA and winter storage food; we will probably only have to buy cheese and maybe eggs if we want more easy/quick snacks and breakfast dinners. All other ingredients we have "in stock".

We eat lots of leftovers, so I don't feel the need to plan a full-on cooked from scratch meal for every night. I just make really big batches and then freeze, recycle, or eat the next day.

We make our own no-knead bread and use that for buns, pita, pizza, and sandwich slices (thank you Five Minute Artisan Bread!)---we got a 50# bag o flour and just re-mix a double batch of dough when we run out!

Also on the batch cooking agenda: canning focaccia-type bell pepper spread and pickled red peppers, massive amounts of pumpkin processing for two-cup portions in the freezer, (hopefully) making some large amounts of pasta for the freezer (or dry? not sure, never dried/frozen it before as we always eat it right away), big batches of frozen "veggie hash"---lightly battered eggplant/squash/okra mix as a quick go-to for breakfasts or meal sides.

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Here is our November:

Leftover Minestrone Soup
Pancakes w/Apple Butter
Taco Salad
Baked Tilapia, Green Beans, Rice
Spaghetti & Meatballs
Southwestern Egg Rolls
Oven Fried Chicken, Corn, Baked Potatoes
Brazilian Rice and Beans
Chicken Caesar Salad
Chicken Chow Mein over Rice
Pepperoni Pan Pizza
Salmon Salad Sandwiches
Make Ahead French Toast Casserole, Sausage
White Bean & Ham Soup
Chicken Curry Over Rice
Sarah's Cabbage Soup
Lassagna w/ Meat Sauce
Salmon Salad Sandwiches
Chicken Enchiladas .
Meatloaf, Broccoli & Carrots, Salad
Chef Salad
General Tso's Chicken
Salmon Salad Sandwiches
Turkey Soup

I'm pleased with how well we stuck to our meal plan last month. I have only been monthly meal planning for a little over a year and this is only the second month in that time that we have successfully avoided spending extra money on quick easy dinners that we hadn't planned into the menu. I recently started a blog and I posted my monthly meal plan there. Throughout the month, as I made recipes from the meal plan I would post the recipes and link back to them on the meal plan. I think that doing that has actually helped me stay a bit more accountable for some reason. I haven't gotten all of last months recipes up yet, but I like doing it so I will work my way through putting up the rest of them. It's a lot of fun and I am planning to continue it again this month. I posted November's plan there earlier today, hopefully as I make the recipes and post them it will help me stick to our plan. It saves a lot of money to plan ahead instead of eating out.

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This is my first month of meal planning. I didn't plan weekends, as that is usually pizza/out to dinner/at my moms. I'm only planning dinner, as DH takes leftovers to work and it's just me and DD during the day.

4-French toast/sausage
5-Meatloaf/roasted cauliflower/cooked carrots
8-Butter & leek ribeyes/crash hot potatoes/Italian beans
9-Roasted chicken/corn/biscuits/applesauce
10-tortilla soup/salad
11-Chicken fried rice/cashew broccoli
12-Rice & Beans/California medley
15-Chili/corn bread/pasta salad with peas
16-Cincinnati chili or Taco Salads (DH isn't a Cincinnati chili fan)
17-Pasta Primavera
18-Lentil Soup/grilled cheese sandwiches/baked apples
22-Chicken Parmesan/cavatelli/garlic bread
23-Croque Monsier/loaded baked potatoes
29-Ina Garten's Mac & Cheese/sugar snap peas
30-Beef Ravioli with sauce/Italian broccoli

I REALLY hope I can stick to this!!!!

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I have never planned meals before. I have a 15 months old baby and making diner has been a headache. I recently started to follow Mothering on Twitter and when I saw that the Nov. Meal plan was up I thought that it would be great to give it a try.

We usually eat out on Fridays and I only planned for diners and one diner per week-end. I didn't put the actual dates and I am taking into account the fact that Thanksgiving is this month:

Chicken Pot Pie
Stir Fry with Chicken
Chicken Curry Over Rice
Baked Fish, Green Beans, Rice
Pasta with Pesto Sauce
Meatloaf/roasted cauliflower/cooked carrots
Lentil Soup/grilled cheese sandwiches
Chicken Parmesan, Baked potato
Raviolis with meat sauce
Chicken Milanesa with Mashed Potatoes
Stuffed Cabbage
Lamb with Olives
Cream of Broccoli Soup
Pumpkin Soup
Tortilla de Papa
Brocolli Casserole

I hope I stick to it!!
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This is my first monthly meal plan (I've done weekly meal plans for the last several months and am hoping monthly meal plans will reduce the stress of large weekly grocery trips).

1-Alphabet veggie soup from freezer
2-Cabbage and potato pierogi w/ sour cream
3-Sweet potato Kibbeh from freezer with yogurt and fattoush
4-Nori rolls with rice, carrots, avocado, cucumbers, baked tofu
5-Mushroom, bell pepper, pineapple and tofu teriyaki stirfry w/ white rice
6-Chickpea and spinach curry from freezer with rice, potato samosas and mango chutney
7-Tacos (shells, rice, pinto beans, ground beef, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, avocado and salsa)
8-Sandwiches with fresh local bread and various veggies, olives
9-Pizza and salad
10-Chili from freezer with bread and butter
11-Rice pilaf, red lentils, fattoush
12-Baked fish, tempeh, roasted potatoes, steamed broccoli and salad
13-Popcorn and fruit
15-Rice and hemp seed burgers (from freezer) with potato salad and green salad w/ mustard maple dressing
16-Red lentil curry, white rice, samosas from freezer and mango chutney
17-Smoked tofu and baby spinach sandwiches
18-Potato pancakes, braised red cabbage, sour cream and apple sauce
19-Broccoli almond sweet and sour tofu with rice
20-Popcorn and fruit
21-Rice pilaf, red lentils, fattoush
22-Pizza and salad
23-Chickpea romesco from freezer with rice and sauteed greens
24-Thanksgiving at family - bringing pumpkin baked ziti with caramalized onions and sage breadcrumb topping
25-Dinner out with the kids
26-Popcorn and fruit
27-Thanksgiving at family II - bringing green bean casserole and pie
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I have to grocery shop twice a month to fit into our budget, so I only do half a month at a time. Here's what we've got so far this month:

Baked penne, garlic bread
Chicken nuggets, homemade fries, veg
Mac & cheese, veg
Corn chowder
Chicken & broccoli
Chef's Salad
Pork chops & wilted spinach salad
Stir fry
Sloppy Joes, fries, veg
Pizza quesadillas

I'll post the second half after I figure it out...most likely at ten pm the night before I have to go grocery shopping!
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8- veggie burgers and salad
9-potato leek soup
11- stir fry over bown rice with tofu
12-bean burritos with fajita veggies
13-split pea soup, biscuits
14-african stew
15-falafel, veggie
16- lentil stew
17- homemade pizza, salad
18- taco night
19- l/o lentil stew with corn muffins
20- out
21- chili, salad
22- chili tofu dogs, salad
23- Pasta with veggie "meat" balls
24-Veggie curry over brown rice
25- Thanksgiving
26-Shepherds pie
27- Noodle soup, salad
28- Lasagna, salad
29- Pakora, tofu and rice
30- Thai curry soup
1- Burritos with fajita veggies
2- pasta with veggies and pesto sauce
3- Quesadillas, salad
4- Taco night
5- Black bean soup
6- Pot pie
7- Minestrone soup, bread
8- stir fry
9- Veggie burgers, salad
10- Homemade pizza, salad
11- Split pea soup

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Originally Posted by 3xMama View Post
I'll post the second half after I figure it out...most likely at ten pm the night before I have to go grocery shopping!
lol, this sounds like me!

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1. Chicken Stir-Fry

2. Grilled Chicken

3. Grilled Steak

4. Chili

5. Fish and Shrimp

8. Sloppy Joes

9. Nachos

10. BBQ pork

11. Chili Lime Chicken

12. Fish and Shrimp

15. Meatloaf

16. Pepper Steak

17. Pesto Chicken

18. Thanksgiving dinner

19. Fish and Shrimp

22. Lasagna

23. Coconut Chicken (new recipe for me! So excited to try!)

24. ??

25. Dinner with in-laws at Cracker Barrel

26. ??

29. ??

30. ??


I still need to fill in the blanks. Not feeling too creative at the moment.

Steph, DH Jason (1-1-11), DS Owen (10-3-03) and DS Kai (10-13-11)

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Dear lord I'd love to plan a month at a time, but I'm in a weird situation right now. My mom and I just started a food co-op and will be getting our first delivery of produce/meat and eggs on Dec. 14th. It's going to be enough for 2 weeks, so I'm going to only be able to plan 2 weeks at a time, because the produce box will be different every two weeks. So until then, I've been going to the grocery store like every few days. BLAH! I hate going, but then I forget something, and I'm like, dang. we're almost out of eggs (I cannot run out of eggs, it's my staple!). Oh, and I'm gluten intolerant, my son is sensitive to dairy and gluten and I can't eat any dishes that are mainly focused around tomato products or heavy on the carbs b/c I'm pregnant and sensitive! So, for the next 6-7 days or so(plans sometimes change and we go out or at a family member's house), here's my plan:



Homemade chicken tenders (breaded with almond flour)





breaded homemade wild shrimp and cocktail sauce


chebe rolls maybe?


Wild salmon


fried zucchini


chicken pot pie(made with almond flour biscuits)


pork chops

fried potatoes

sauteed veggies


roast w/horseradish

mashed potatoes

green beans




We'll have leftovers for lunch or turkey/ham sandwiches or rollups, avocado, fruit, salads etc.

breakfast is usually eggs/yogurt/fruit


Not sure what I'll be doing from the 4th on..It will depend on what meat I end up getting on Friday from my farmer.



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