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My Menu Planning Method
My menu planning is fairly simple. I love to cook, though I don’t love to spend a lot of time planning. I decided to spend a bit more time planning in order to try new recipes and encourage my children to try new foods.
- Look at the calendar for the following week. Wednesday night is always Venturing night for my oldest son, and always spaghetti and meatballs. If there’s something earlier than 6 on the calendar, I serve leftovers that night otherwise, I plan on starting dinner early.
- Look at the fridge for leftovers from the current week and vegetables that need using up. I check the meat drawers in the freezer in case my husband has used something over the weekend that I thought was still there.
- Sit down with my husband to talk about meal ideas. He loves to cook, and he likes to be included in the meal planning process. We also talk about kitchen food prep jobs that need to be done like making more breadcrumbs.
- Using my 3 x 7 weekly menu plan, I write out the plan in pencil and include notes for food prep, recipe locations, and removing food from the freezer. I always schedule at least one leftover night during the week. If the fridge remains crowded with food, I will change the plan during the week and have an additional leftover night. Usually, I just need to cook a meat for the new leftover night.
Meal Planning Made Easy: Weekly Menu 1.18.16
Baked Chicken Parmesan | New South Charm
3 Cheese White Lasagna | It is a Keeper
Easy Chicken Fried Rice | Feeding Big
Baked Marinated Pork Chops | A Life in Balance
Clean out the fridge before you go food shopping this weekend. Also make a note of leftovers to use for lunch next week.
Crustless Spinach and Feta Quiche | A Day in Candiland
Honey Lime Salmon | Jonesin’ for Taste
Easy Skillet Apple Pie | Written Reality
Easy Valentine’s Day Candy | A Life in Balance
Side Dish Recipes
Apple Cranberry Slaw
Roasted Asparagus with Balsamic Vinegar
Acorn Squash in Crockpot
Baked Brown Rice
Gingery Broccoli Slaw Saute
Cabbage Sauteed in Bacon Grease
Gingered Carrot Coins
Spicy Peanut Corn
Coconut Green Bean Casserole
Roasted Green Beans
Sauteed Kale and Bok Choy
Kale and Garlic Sauteed in Lard
Sauteed Kale and Bok Choy
Mashed Sweet Potatoes
Mozzarella, Tomato and Zucchini
Peppers, Onions, and Mushrooms
Paprika Potato and Beans
Quinoa Cooked in Carrot Juice
Sauteed Leek and Kale Stems
Sauteed Mixed Veggies
Simple Shredded Veggie Side Dish
Quick Spanish Rice
Warm Pesto Eggplant, Red Pepper, and Corn salad with Goat Cheese
Spinach and Onions
Gluten-Free Creamed Spinach
Roasted Summer Squash Rounds
Simple Roasted Tomatoes
Zucchini Side Dish
Zucchini and Tomato Side Dish
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