Meal Planning

I’ve decided to try to add another element of organization to my life in the form of planning meals ahead of time.  So far, I’ve done pretty well in utilizing what we have to make balanced, affordable meals.  However, I can definitely see the benefits of planning meals for the week, instead of just for the day. With the help of such websites as Hillbilly Housewife, I sat down a few days ago, and planned out meals for the next couple of weeks (until the next big grocery shopping day).  On Tuesdays & Thursdays (and some weekends), Calvin is home for lunch, so I planned lunches for those days.  Otherwise, Gen & I just eat leftovers.  

Here is this week’s plan:
Breakfast Options:
Pancakes/Waffles w/Peanut Butter
Eggs (sparingly)
Homemade Muffins/Scones
Fruit & Yogurt Smoothies
Homemade Granola
Dinner: Red Potato & Spinach Omelettes, Leftover Cornbread, Grapes
Sunday (Road Trip)
Lunch: Cheese & Lettuce Sandwiches, Carrot Sticks, Veggie Chips, Cookies, Ginger Ale
Dinner: Eating Out (Chinese)
Dinner: Curried Chicken and Brown Rice, with Crushed Pineapple, Peanuts, Chives, & Coconut
Lunch: Baked Russet Potatoes with Broccoli, Cheddar Cheese, Sunflower Seeds, and Homemade Ranch Dressing
Dinner: Homemade Pizza with Whole Wheat Crust, Topped with Sliced Turkey, Crushed Pineapple, Mozzarella, and Homemade Sauce, with a Green Salad & Cookies
Dinner:  Salmon Cakes with Rice and Stir-Fry Veggies
Lunch:  Chef Salad with Sliced Turkey, Sunflower Seeds, & Cheddar with Garlic Breadsticks (from other half of pizza dough from Tues.)
Dinner:  Skillet Mac & Cheese (using powdered milk), Green Beans
Dinner: Lentil Soup w/yogurt, Homemade Bread (add 1 cup Whole Wheat Flour)
Lunch: Turkey Wraps, Grapes (Hiking Day Trip)
Dinner: Leek Quiche, Corn
Lunch: Quesadillas with Homemade Spanish Rice and Yogurt, Grapes
Dinner: Spaghetti (made with TVP), Beets
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