In an effort to get back into menu planning (and to quit being lazy!) I am going to start sharing my menus on the blog! lucky you :)
Ever since we moved to Texas I have started menu planning. For years it never even crossed my mind to do so. I would head to the grocery store sans a list and just buy the same things every time. When it came time to make dinner (I cook every night), I would dig through the kitchen cabinents and pull something together. Man was that exhausting!
Because my husband gets paid just once a month, I plan the entire month at once. I also do just a few major shopping trip at the beginning of the month, freeze a lot of stuff and make just a couple more trips throughout the month to pick up produce, other perishables and snacks.
[one month's worth of food]
Well, lately I've gotten away from my planning and boy have I noticed a difference in our financials! We have been really good about going over budget lately and it all thanks to a lack of planning. Its amazing how much money you don't spend when you plan ahead. And you don't even need coupons! (although they can help)
Here is the plan for this week. Check back for next week's plan, next week. I have linked to recipes online. Others come from magazines I've collected over the years and cookbooks that I love or recipes I made up on my own.
Monday- Ina Garten's Mexican Chicken Soup the best chicken tortilla soup I've ever had, and I'm very picky
Tuesday- Kale and White Bean Soup This is by far my favorite kale recipe. I usually add shredded chicken, altho it delicious without it too!
Wednesday- Confetti Chicken Pasta This one is new to us, but it looks good
Thursday- Shrimp Boil Kabobs with Orzo Pasta Salad
Friday- Spinach Tortellini and Veggies with homemade Kale and Spinach Pesto my own personal creation
Saturday- BBQ Shredded Pork in the Crockpot Sanwiches with Fried Potatoes and Coleslaw
Sunday- Orange Chicken with Fried Rice
Having trouble planning a menu?
I highly recommend Pinterest. I do suggest, however, to read the comments under the recipes. They often have great reviews and/or tips to make the meal even better!
Foodgawker is one of my favorite sites because it's organized by photo!
Looking for Vegan or Vegetarian?
Check out Fat Free Vegan or Whole Family Fare