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#1 of 40 Old 03-28-2008, 04:04 PM - Thread Starter
 
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April's next week, folks! Has anyone started thinking about meal plans?

Here's what we have left for March:

MARCH
28 – frozen pizza, corn, salad
29 – chicken & tortilla dumplings, green beans, boiled okra, biscuits
30 – fried rice & garlic bread
31 – mushroom & red onion quesadillas, chips with homemade guacamole

And what I've planned for April so far:

APRIL
1 – Cincinnati chili, salad
2 – leftovers
3 – spicy chicken legs, mashed potatoes, green beans, crescent rolls
4 – lasagna, corn, salad
5 – out
6 – pot roast with carrots & onions, salad
7 – grilled cheese with Portabella mushrooms, homemade tomato soup
8 – crispy chicken tacos, refried black beans
9 – leftovers
10 – honey mustard chicken, stewed squash, salad, blue cheese rolls
11 – sloppy joes, baked sweet potato fries
12 – leftovers
13 – homemade pizza, salad
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During April I'm going to try to feed my family out of the pantry. I haven't been doing a very good job of sticking to my menus when I plan the entire month in advance, so this month I'm going to try planning one week at a time. I'll stop at the grocery store on Thursdays so I can combine trips.

Lindsay, I like your blog. Your kids are so sweet!

Saturday 3-29
Breakfast: eggs and fruit
Lunch: Crab cakes and asparagus
snack: popcorn
Supper: sub sandwiches

Sunday 3-30
Breakfast: oatmeal with raisins
Lunch: Herb Roasted Pork Tenderloin and paremsan green beans
Snack: crackers and cheese slices
Supper: pizza with pineapple

Monday 3-31
Breakfast: cereal with milk, fruit
Lunch: PBJ, carrot, apple, cashews
Snack: peanut butter and crackers
Supper: chili and cornbread

Tuesday 3-1
Breakfast: waffles, fruit
Lunch: PBJ, carrot, grapes, cookies
Snack: crackers and cheese slices, nuts
Supper: Beef stroganoff, broccoli

Wednesday 3-2
Breakfast: cereal with milk, fruit
Lunch: sandwich/leftovers, carrot, apple, cheese slices
Snack: carrots and apples with peanut butter
Supper: Fajitas- steak, onion, peppers, WW tortillas

Thursday 3-3
Breakfast: waffles, fruit
Lunch: PBJ, carrot, apple, cookie
Snack: popcorn
Supper: Baked beans, bulgar (broccoli?)

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Lindsay, I like your blog. Your kids are so sweet!
Aw, thanks! Your kids are pretty darn cute, too.
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Ok I got mine redone trying to use what I've already got in the cupboards and freezers.

1-chili dogs, fries
2-tacos
3-potato pancakes, fruit, eggs
4-roast
5-bbq roast beef sandwiches, potatoes
6-hamburgers, salad
8-filet mignon, shrimp, salad, baked potato (dh's bday request)
9-steak sandwiches, fries
11-salmon cakes, stir fried veggies, rice
12-steak fajitas, rice, beans
13-chicken nuggets, fries
15-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
16-grilled chicken, veggie, rice
18-baked potatoes
19-steak, salad, potatoes
20-pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
22-paella
23-spaghetti, french bread, corn
25-leftovers
26-scallops, shrimp, salad, pasta
27-Marlboro Man sandwiches, roasted potatoes and onions
29-fried potatoes and ham
30-baked tilapia, veggie, pasta

Breakfasts are cereal, waffles, french toast, pancakes or bagels. I make and freeze waffles and french toast on weekends. Lunches are leftovers or sandwiches.
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Saturday: Soup and chicken burgers

Sunday: Pancakes

Monday: Smoked sausage, rice, green pepper, and tomato mix

Tuesday: MahiMahi with hoemmade glaze and french fries

Wednesday: Pasta with feta and cherry tomatoes

Thursday: Parmesan chicken and rice

Friday: Out to eat!

Once again, I am only meal-planning one week at a time. I might try two weeks next time!
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I think this is what are are going to try this week.

Cobb Sandwiches
Tialpia w/ zucchini & onions
Crab Bisque
BBQ Jelly Chicken, Corn, Green Beans
Orange Marmelade Chicken, Rice, Zucchini
Macaroni Salad

subject to chanage though, I don't go shopping until Wed probably

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This is what I have so far.

25~pizza or leftovers
26~sloppy joes, fries, and edamame
27~Thai Peanut Chicken
28~pork roast, cheesy stuffing cups, carrots
29~chicken?, cous cous, baked asparagus
30~spaghetti
31~tacos

1~grilled teriyaki chicken , parm. potatoes, broccoli
2~Easy Baked Ravioli and salad
3~french toast
4~Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Chicken served over rice
5~Honey Spice-Rubbed Pork Tenderloin, roasted red potatoes, carrots
6~fettuccine alfredo
7~grilled cheese and tomato soup
8~mini meatloaves??
9~pancakes
10~maple-mustard glazed chicken, Sweet & White Potato Spears, veggies
11~midwest chowder
12~chicken manicotti
13~leftovers
14~Beef Burrito Skillet
15~Orange BBQ Chicken with Grilled Vegetables
16~One-Pan Roast Pork with Parmesan Fries
17~
18~leftovers
19~Creamy Bow-Tie Pasta with Chicken and Broccoli

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A work in progress....

Tuesday April 1
~Barbecued Pulled Pork on Burger Buns, corn, apple slices

Wednesday April 2
~Italian Meatloaf with Fresh Basil and Provolone, sweet potato fries, Brussels sprouts

Thursday April 3
~Broccoli Quiche, roasted cauliflower

Friday April 4
~pizza delivery

Saturday April 5
What we had planned~Firecracker Salmon, rice, Escarole and Beans, green peas for the kids
What we actually ate~Mashed Potato Soup (using leftovers from the freezer), green beans

Sunday April 6
What we had planned~roast chicken, mashed potatoes, broccoli
What we actually ate~Firecracker Salmon, leftover Mashed Potato Soup, asparagus

Monday April 7
What we had planned~Chicken Hot Pie w/ Flaky Butter Pie Crust
What we actually ate~I can't remember but we were away from home all day so it must have been easy

Tuesday April 8
What we had planned~homemade chicken noodle soup, grilled cheese w/ bacon, salad
What we actually ate~canned chicken noodle soup, salad (due to sick child)

Wednesday April 9
What we had planned~lasagna roll-ups, salad, fruit
What we actually ate~I can't remember (due to sick child)

Thursday April 10
What we had planned~Kartoffelpuffer with sour cream, sauteed cabbage, applesauce
What we actually ate~I can't remember (due to sick child)

Friday April 11
What we had planned~away from home for birthday party
What we actually ate~take out subs (due to another sick child)

Saturday April 12
What we had planned~tacos, slow cooker refried beans, salad
What we actually ate~leftover subs (due to sick child)

Sunday April 13
Dinner Plan~fend for yourself (we're on the mend so the plan should get back on track this week)

Monday April 14
Dinner Plan~spinach lasagna roll-ups, garlic bread, cauliflower, fruit

Tuesday April 15
Dinner Plan~Pork Souvlaki on homemade pitas w/tzatziki, lettuce, tomato, red onion, cucumber, feta

Wednesday April 16
Dinner Plan~Kartoffelpuffer with sour cream, sauteed cabbage, applesauce

Thursday April 17
Dinner Plan~chicken, onion & bell pepper quesadillas on homemade whole wheat tortillas, slow cooker refried beans, salad

Friday April 18
What we had planned~barbecued chicken, corn, use up any leftovers
What we actually ate~ fast food

Saturday April 19
What we had planned~chicken w/gravy & biscuits, green beans
What we actually ate~ate with family

Sunday April 20
Dinner Plan~grilled marinated chicken, sauteed cabbage, corn, Greek pasta salad

Monday April 21
Dinner Plan~Lemon Garlic Tilapia, Health Nut Rice, broccoli, salad Tuesday April 22
Dinner Plan~Roasted Butternut Squash with Asian Noodles
Wednesday April 23
Dinner Plan~Cream of Asparagus Soup (using asparagus ends I have been saving in the freezer), paninis, salad

Thursday April 24
Dinner Plan~

Friday April 25
Dinner Plan~

Saturday April 26
Dinner Plan~


Other recipes I might make this month:
Escarole and Beans
Chicken Hot Pie w/ Flaky Butter Pie Crust

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I've been lurking for a while now and have finally started to dabble with meal planning. So far, I notice it makes food preparation so much easier when you have the ingredients and what to cook settled. I'm not sure how it's going to effect our food bill but I'm hoping that it goes down! DH and I are quite particular with what we eat - lots of fresh produce, DH likes low fat, no cream sauces. We have a new baby so I need things that are relatively quick and easy to prepare since I'm often interrupted with tending to her..OR recipes that can be done piecemail, LOL! I'm starting to freeze left overs so we have some dinners frozen again.

I'm only going a week at a time so far but this is what I have for the week since I'm going shopping today:

Monday - Leeky Linguine with Shrimp, asparagus and bread http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes...p/article.html

Tuesday - Meatloaf (we make ours with buffalo), mashed potatoes and corn http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/re...cipe_id=393434

Wednesday - Veggie Chili over rice http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Insanel...li/Detail.aspx

Thursday - Roasted Cod with mushrooms http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes...e/article.html

Friday - Tacos

Saturday - Freezer soup for lunch and dinner - husband cooks

Sunday - Sandwiches for lunch (dh likes tomato sandwiches and I do grilled ham and cheese melts) Broccoli Quiche http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Easy-Br...he/Detail.aspx

Oops, I forgot to post last week but I did follow my meal planning and this week here is what I have:

Monday 4/14 - spaghetti squash with cauliflower sauce

15th - White bean soup with potato pancakes

16th - Bean and Lentil loaf

17th Mexican Lasagne

18th - Budgeted dinner out with friends (and picking up some organic beef!)

19th - Dinner party at a friend's house

20th - Left overs
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tonight-polenta slices baked in tomato sauce with chicken sausage and fontina and cheddar

th-pork chops, broccoli/sesame stir fry, couscous
fri-omelets, homemade hashbrowns
sat-lentil and couscous (use leftovers) salad, blts
sun-baked chicken, homemade stuffing, zucchini/squash sautee
mon-egg salad sandwiches, fruit salad, any leftover lentil salad
tues-chicken (use leftovers) fried rice

that's all I got so far!

lunches will be leftovers. But actually, I'm thinking of switching around and making lunch the bigger meal and dinner be leftovers and snacks. I don't like feeling so full in the evening as it gets warmer weather...
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Ok so I tried to do this last week and had little luck.I ended up useing what I bought for other things.


So here goes!

SAt~ Chick,ziti,broccli. G bread.
Sun~Ham steaks,carrots,potatos or rice?
Mon~raviolli,salad,garilc bread
Tues~Breakfast dinner (dh at work- kid choice!)
Weds~pot roast or beef stew.?
Thurs~Breakfast dinner/? any leftovers.
Fri~Homemade whole wheat pizza!

Lunches will be any left overs,pb+j. grilled cheese. and pastrami I bought last week and froze cuz we didn't eat it within 2 days of buying.

Doing what I can to make better choices every day!
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Once again, I am only planning for a week

Sunday: Roasted vegetables with couscous
Monday: Cuban style black beans and rice
Tuesday: MahiMahi and green beans
Wednesday: Chicken soup with black beans, corn, and tomatoes
Thursday: Forbidden Rice
Friday: Date night -- Out to eat
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Breakfasts are fruit, eggs, toast or oatmeal w/ nuts and a banana.

Today - Orange lime carrot and cabbage slaw w/ toasted pumpkin seeds, garbonzo bean and avocado tacos, spanish rice

Monday - Lunch - taco salads w/ leftover taco fillings, salsa, sour cream, baby greens, crunched up left over taco shells
Dinner - Enchilada Polenta Pie (veg crock pot recipe), leftover slaw and spanish rice

Tuesday -
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - Cincinati Chili (veg), salad

Wednesday -
Lunch - leftovers w/ bread - kinda sloppy joe-ish
Dinner - Veggie Jambalaya (veg crock pot recipe), brown rice

Thursday -
Lunch - leftovers
Dinner - HM Pizza w/ spinach, olives and mushrooms, salad

Friday -
Lunch - leftovers or PB&J
Dinner - salmon burgers w/ green goddess topping, broccoli, brown rice, salad

Saturday - Date night - I'm crossing my fingers for sushi!
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OK this is our week:

Monday - BBQ Chicken, Corn, leftover veggies from last night (lima beans & carrots)
Tuesday - Quiche (probably spinach & bacon)
Wednesday - Chicken Cream Cheese Lasagna
Thursday - Bacon & Turkey melts
Friday - Red Beans & Rice (vegetarian)
Saturday - Spaghetti (vegetarian)
Sunday - Impossibly Easy Chicken 'n Broccoli Pie

Lunches are leftovers or turkey sandwiches.
Breakfast varies - oatmeal, blueberry pancakes, eggs, toast, etc.

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I just found this one, all completed, on Family Fun. I'm very tempted to just go with it.
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Thursday 4-10
Supper: Enchiladas (use leftover chicken & cheese, plus beans, onion), salad

Friday 4-11
Supper: Greek Pork Pitas, salad

Saturday 4-12
Lunch: Sub Sandwiches, carrots, apples
Supper: Ranch Steak Wrap, broccoli

Sunday 4-13
Lunch: eggs, pancakes with fruit
Supper: Pizza with pineapple

Monday 4-12
Lunch: Boca Burger/ Chikn patty, mixed veggies
Supper: Leftovers (kids eat at end of season bowling party)

Tuesday 4-13
Supper: Chickpea Curry with rice, salad

Wednesday 4-14
Supper: Tacos

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This week

Saturday: MahiMahi with fresh green beans
Sunday: Homemade clam chowder
Monday: Smoked sausage, rice, tomato, green pepper mix
Tuesday: Artichoke and Basil sandwich
Wednesday: Salad and jasmine rice patties
Thursday: Cilantro crusted chicken and steamed vegetables
Friday: Out to eat
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This week (I have deviated from the original plan, surprise surprise!):

Sunday, April 13
Creamy Italian crockpot chicken
Rice
Lima beans
Boiled okra
Rolls

Monday, April 14
leftovers

Tuesday, April 15
Frozen pizza
Corn
Spinach salad

Wednesday, April 16
Crunchy beef tacos
Amy's Organic Refried Black Beans
Tortilla chips with salsa

Thursday, April 17
Roast with carrots, onions & potatoes
Homemade bread

Friday, April 18
Fried eggs
Sausage
Toast with strawberry preserves

Saturday, April 19
L: leftover roast sandwiches
D: out

This is my last week working outside the home, so I am looking forward to cooking better, healthier meals as a SAHM.
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Wow we got all messed up last week. We unexpectedly went out of town and that threw everything off. So some meals this week are ones that were planned for last week.

Here is the coming week:

Sunday - Chicken & Dressing in the crockpot, Mashed potatoes, green beans
Monday - Farmer's Strata, Peas
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Impossibly Easy Chicken n Broccoli Pie, Salad
Thursday - Veggie Spaghetti, Salad, Rolls
Friday - Sloppy Joes, Carrots
Saturday - Honey Glazed Chicken, Peas, Roasted herbed potatoes
Sunday - Country Ham & Macaroni Casserole, Leftover veggies

Lunches are leftovers or turkey sandwiches.
Breakfast varies - oatmeal, blueberry pancakes, eggs, toast, etc.

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Ok I got mine redone trying to use what I've already got in the cupboards and freezers.

1-chili dogs, fries
2-tacos
3-potato pancakes, fruit, eggs
4-roast
5-bbq roast beef sandwiches, potatoes
6-hamburgers, salad
8-filet mignon, shrimp, salad, baked potato (dh's bday request)
9-steak sandwiches, fries
11-salmon cakes, stir fried veggies, rice
12-steak fajitas, rice, beans
13-chicken nuggets, fries
15-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
16-grilled chicken, veggie, rice
18-baked potatoes
19-steak, salad, potatoes
20-pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
22-paella
23-spaghetti, french bread, corn
25-leftovers
26-scallops, shrimp, salad, pasta
27-Marlboro Man sandwiches, roasted potatoes and onions
29-fried potatoes and ham
30-baked tilapia, veggie, pasta

Breakfasts are cereal, waffles, french toast, pancakes or bagels. I make and freeze waffles and french toast on weekends. Lunches are leftovers or sandwiches.
What are Marlboro Man Sandwiches?

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every time I come to this thread, I get so hungry! LOL
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LOL me too Karaboo!

And the marlboro man sandwiches are on the pioneer woman's blog. I don't have the link right now but I think its thepioneerwomancooks.com or something similar.

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LOL me too Karaboo!

And the marlboro man sandwiches are on the pioneer woman's blog. I don't have the link right now but I think its thepioneerwomancooks.com or something similar.
Thank you!

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Okay here is this weeks menu:

Monday: Leftover sheeskabobs(sp?) tossed into alfredo served over linguine.
Tuesday: Grilled hamburgers, oven fries, corn
Wednesday: Baked fish and parmesan couscous with spinach
Thursday: Grilled chicken skewers with peanut dipping sauce ,brocolli
Friday: spagetti,corn,garlic bread
Saturday: crockpot pinto beans(only I will eat these probably ) ,corn bread
Sunday: Chicken and brocolli stir fry with homemade eggrolls

Breakfast: english muffins with macadamia butter, egg sanwiches, green smoothies, cereal, OAMC breakfast burritos

Lunch: left overs, turkey sandwiches, left overs

Snacks: banana bread, oamc pizza rolls, brownies, hummus and carrots, popcorn
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This week:

Sunday (last night)- Tuscan chicken "chili", salad, corn bread

Monday: Roast chicken in soy sauce, bread, broccoli

Tuesday: Ds has performance so we're having a pizza party before the show

Wednesday: Ground turkey stroganoff, green beans and carrots

Thursday: Tostadas made with crock pot beans from the freezer

Friday: Red beans and rice with sausage, bread, salad and melon

Saturday: Hamburgers on the grill, potato salad, and fruit salad

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Ok I've redone mine yet again. I'm going to try shopping once a week instead of every 2 weeks and see if that saves me some money from the little trips for bread that end up costing me $45.

15-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, corn
16-spaghetti, garlic bread, salad
17-baked tilapia, stir fried veggies, roasted potatoes
18-baked potatoes
19-steak, salad, something else
20-pork chops, mashed potatoes, green beans
22-paninis, roasted potatoes
23-tacos
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I hate meal planning, you guys have just made it 1000 times easier .. i hope you dont mind if i steal some of your ideas
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Mon14
l-avocado/chickpea salad, meats and cheeses, triscuits, carrot sticks (I love snacky lunches!)
d-omelets with asparagus and feta and red onion with leftover avocado/chickpea salad on the side

Tues15
l-orzo with leftover steak/feta/black olives/asparagus/peas
d-fish (for DH and DD), corn/zucchini/red onion relish, sliced potatoes baked with parmesan and pepper

Wed16
l-leftovers
d-black bean burritos, zuch/corn/red onion relish, spanish rice, sliced avocado

Thur17
l-white bean and dill salad, soba noodles with green onions
d-polenta baked with chicken sausage, cheese and broccoli

Fri18
l-leftover burritos and rice
d-BBQ/Movie Night (DD chooses)
hotdogs (I love Hebrew nationals!), homemade relish, red potato salad

Sat19
l-leftover hot dogs stir-fried with onions, potato salad leftovers
d-leftover polenta bake

Sun 20
l-any leftovers (clean out fridge)
d-lemon/shallot risotto, sauteed broccoli rabe with mushrooms

Mon21
l-omelets with leftover rabe, add feta
d-carrot soup, leftover risotto

Tues22
l-soup leftovers, cheese toasts
d-tilapia (for DD and DH), green beans, tater tots

Wed23 (hubby gone on biz trip til Mon28)
l-risotto leftovers (me), goat cheese and pita (DD)
d-omelets and salad

Th24
l-bean soup
d-pasta with olives and zucchini

Fri25
l-out
d-MOVIE NIGHT
cheese pizzas and spinach salad

Sat26
l-cheeses, meats, fruit, baguette
d-leftover pasta

Sun27
l-?
d-?

Mon28 (DH returns around dinnertime)
l-?
d-chicken breasts with bacon/mush/cream sauce over linguine, spinach salad, fresh rolls

Tues29
l-veggie soup, grilled cheese
d-omelets, broccoli salad

Wed30
l-leftover chicken and pasta
d-kebabs (chicken and veggies) on grill, parmesan potatoes, tzatziki

Note: this weekend may change cuz DH's sis may come to visit.
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I'm getting started on meal planning. I started one today, after going through my pantry and realizing that I always forgot what I have, so buy more, so at the moment I have disproportionate amounts of a few items.

I'm enjoying this meal planning thing, and plan to implement some other people's ideas into the way I do things, especially courtenay_e's. Very good ideas all around. I'll be back and post about my plan when I get it in a good place.
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