Menu Planning ~ 15 Meals

By August 21, 2009 June 27th, 2010 Cooking, Menu Planning, Monthly Menu Plan

BBQ Meatballs

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 Pot Pie

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

Tuna Casserole

Be sure to visit The Happy Housewife for more great menu plan ideas and Money Saving Mom for Super Savings Saturday.

And you can see my Monthly Plans here…

April ~ May ~ June ~ July ~ August



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