Wednesday, January 30, 2013

February Meal Plan...


After much trial and error, I have discovered that doing a monthly meal plan works best for me.

  • I only have to sit down once to create a meal plan - not four or five times.
  • I have an idea of what we're doing the entire month which works out perfect for a busy schedule.
  • I can shop ahead - if I plan on making chicken alfredo, chicken enchiladas & grilled chicken in a month I can look for larger packs of chicken, which are often less per pound than smaller packs. 
  • I like to shop every two weeks and knowing what my plans for the month are help me stock up when things are on sale.
I use a calendar for my meal plan - I like to be able to see each day on the calendar and I enter what we are having for dinner as well as any activities going on that day.  And I always write in pencil because I usually end up changing at least a couple of days during the month.

Here's what my February looks like:

Cheesy chicken vermicelli & steamed broccoli 
Chili & salad
Tortellini w/marinara, salad, bread
BLT's & fruit
Chicken enchiladas & salad
Meatloaf, mashed potatoes, broccoli
Baked potato bar & fruit
Homemade macaroni and cheese
Salmon, rice, grilled red, green & yellow peppers
Chicken sausage, veggie tray
Baked Ziti, salad, bread

Pretty basic stuff this month due to sports schedules.  On those nights I like to have quick & easy options that I can serve in shifts.  A couple of those days I will make sandwiches (usually grilled cheese or tuna).

For breakfasts I do cereal or oatmeal during the week and eggs on weekends.  Lunches for LM & me are sandwiches.  My husband eats lunch out most days at business lunches.  





1 comment:

Cari Baumbach said...

I used to use a calendar for my meal planning. Then I made weekly sheets to put all of my meals on. Now I'm back to using a notebook planner I have leftover from teaching. I keep all of my plans in it and it's easy to go back through previous weeks and months to get ideas of what to make. Your menu sounds great this month.

Cari @ Reach For The Star Berries
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