Sunday, February 20, 2011

Menu Planning

First off, the mommy of two of Simon's adorable little friends asked me about my menu planning. I was thinking about participating in Menu Plan Monday, so I decided to go ahead and show you my menu and how I plan it.

Here are the basics. I go to the store on Saturday or Sunday. I have a list of any pantry staples that need to be replenished, but nothing apart from that. I buy what is cheap and on sale - enough meat, veggies, and fruit to last the week. When I get home, I look at what I have purchased and make my menu. I don't like to go to more than one store, so I typically shop at Aldi one week (stocking up on frozen veg and fruit) and Publix the next week for a greater variety of fresh produce.

Next, I plan my meals around my schedule. This week I have to work late on Thursday, so I have planned a crock pot dinner. However, I am flexible. If I am running late tomorrow, I will not take the time to make chicken curry - I will switch it with Wednesday's easier meal.

You will not see side dishes on my menu plan. I always have salad greens, fresh vegetables, and frozen vegetables. If I am short on time, I throw some greens in a bowl or steam a veg in the microwave.  If I have time, I will make a more elaborate side dish on the spur of the moment. But, the main dish always comes first.

As far as points, I try to plan for 4-8 points for dinner. I like 4-5 for breakfast, 4-5 for lunch, and then several left over for snacking. I eat six times a day - three meals and three snacks- so I need to space out my points.

Now that I am done going on and on and on...here is the menu for this week:

Sunday
tofu and vegetable stir fry

Monday
chicken curry
saffron rice

Tuesday
pork roast

Wednesday
eggs with vegetarian chorizo

Thursday
spicy split peas

Friday
tuna a la king

Saturday
(I am having guests)
beef and vegetable stew
cheese quesadillas
dark chocolate no bake cookies

At the risk of this post being forever long (too late) here is a menu of recipes already posted here or self explanatory if you are looking for some inspiration for the week.

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday
sandwich night - low carb wraps with fat free cheese and lean meat

Friday
eat out - keep it as healthy as you can
(personal favorite - local, Ahart's Pizza Garden; chain, Wendy's (salad and small chili- yum!))

Saturday
Make Rotisserie Chicken to use next week


I hope this is helpful! If you are making your menu for the week, I would love to know what you have planned. 


12 comments:

  1. Great tips. Your menu sounds delicious. I try to plan slow cooker meals for busy nights also.

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  2. Angela, this menu sounds great. it's interesting to read how people plan their week of meals. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. Great suggestions, but with me, I do not need a menu. I seldom cook anymore and go to grocery store maybe once a month. I get everything I need to last for awhile. When you live alone, life is different. So happy you stopped by for a visit.

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  4. Wow! This menu looks great, I haven't planned mine yet so would love to follow this.

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  5. blimey... that's dedication! good luck and keep us posted x

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  6. Great ideas Angela; sometimes that is what a need; ideas and inspiration to cook. Thank you for joining me.
    Rita

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  7. Awesome menu plan, great idea,

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  8. Your menu sounds wonderfully varied. I shoot for 5-6 points during the day (brothy, vegetable soup, oatmeal, fruit) and then splurge for dinner. Wish I was as organized as you.

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  9. gosh. you got me motivated to make a weekly meal plan. thanks sista :)

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  10. Lovley menus! Thank you for sharing tips on how to shop and plan :)

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Thanks for your comments!