I have been reading and enjoying The Happy Housewife blog for quite awhile, recently she started a series about Menu Planning. I have menu planned for several years, actually even before I knew it was the “thing” to do.
Why should you meal plan? There are lots of reasons, the most important is to cut your grocery costs. I am a schedule person, I run my life on a schedule, being a fly by the seat of my pants just doesn’t work for me. When I have a menu plan, I can grocery shop much easier too. Some housewifes make their plan and just cook off that list each day, I like knowing what I am making ahead of time so that I don’t have to figure it out and so I can have meat defrosted. Occasionally with our busy schedule I have to switch things around, but I try to check the schedule for games etc. when making my plan.
When I originally started menu planning I came up with a list of 35 meals, I had Doug and the boys tell me 5 or 6 of their favorites. Then each month I print a calendar and just plug in the meals that work. I usually try to have 1 Mexican meal and 1 Italian meal each week.
For today, The Happy Housewife has challenged us to list out 15 meals. I enjoy visiting other blogs to see what they are cooking and quite often add their meals to my plan.
Here are 15 more ideas for you…
Appetizers ~ I usually make Sausage Cheese Balls, a dip of some kind, and Chicken Wings
Baked Potatoe Bar ~ Served with bacon bits, cheese, butter, brocoli
Chicken N’ Noodles ~ Served with Mashed Potatoes and a veggies
Chili ~ Served with Corn bread muffins
Creamed Chicken over Biscuits
Ham & Scalloped Potatoes ~ Great to use up leftover Holiday Ham
Lasagne ~ Served with Salad and Garlic Bread
BBQ Meatballs ~ Served with a veggie and sometimes Mac & Cheese
Meatloaf ~ I like making Mini Meatloaves, they cook faster and everyone can have their own
Shangai Wings ~ Recipe like Chili’s serves
Soup & Sandwich
Taco Ring ~ Served with chips and salsa
Taco Soup ~ Served with crushed chips, cheese and sour cream
And you can see my Monthly Plans here…