Welcome back guys! Today I am starting with a new approach to Meal Plan Monday. Aside from my usual posting, I will be posting what new recipe’s I find to put on my meal plan and what mine looks like through the week.
This may not happen every week but I plan to incorporate it a few times throughout the month. I think the way I meal plan is unusual. I am the type of person to get bored with the same old things all of the time. Too much chicken, too much beef, way too much shrimp just makes my mind go crazy. Since I have been married, we have only eaten the same meals twice a handful of times-I can count on my fingers-My taste buds are weird. I wonder why that is?
Anyway, when I meal plan I usually do it for the month. I don’t schedule specific meals for the day and I shop biweekly. The first thing I try to do is figure out how many times a week I cook, what activities we have going on so I know not to make a time extensive meal that day and consider different themes. The themes are optional. I throw them in randomly.
I cook four times a week and throw in an easy meal like pizza, sandwiches, fajita’s or nuggets for days we unexpectedly eat the whole meal and nothing is left-which is often. So one day a month I search about 16-20 meal options through my cookbooks or on Pinterest, write them on a list and pick biweekly which one’s will go work for me that coming week. So I look for 8 crock pot meals for Sundays and Wednesday’s, four pasta meals for Tuesday’s , four one pot meals, and a few casserole’s. That way I can pick from my list for the month and shop how I need. Here’s what it looks like for us.
Sunday– Our big meal day. I know Monday’s are rough for me to start with and Sunday’s are days we relax and do nothing so I usually plan a casserole or crock pot meal. Something that won’t hinder our time as a family.
Monday– Our leftover day. This gives me more time to spend with the kiddos and kick off our weekly routine for bed and homework.
Tuesday– This day is one of the easy meal days because my hubby works late so usually a pasta meal or one pot meal will do. (We are pasta people!)
Wednesday– We have clubs at church and school so during the winter I do soup and salad/sandwiches and in the summer lots of veggie casseroles like tuna stuffed tomatoes. In the summer though, this is another big meal day where we eat and play outside as a family. I use my crock pot frequently for this day.
Thursday– This is a leftover day usually during the summer but in the winter months it’s a night we relax and play games as a family or take a trip out for the night. I try to do theme nights (pumpkin family night, valentine date, bowling at home etc..) on this day because we are all home early.
Friday– Our travel day. My boys are usually doing weekend visits so my hubby and I will eat out. When the boys are home we do a one pot meal, homemade chicken nuggets, cauliflower pizza, zucchini boats or whatever else is easy.
Saturday– I usually cook a super healthy meal this day or make Chinese.
So that does it. Lately I’ve been trying to stick to meal themed nights like crock pot night, soup night, pasta night, freezer meal night, international food night, Paleo night and the like. I try to mix it up often. I also meal plan our breakfast, snacks and dessert for the month. It’s a lot of work but a few hours one day for a lot less hassle the rest of the month is worth it to me.
Here’s what’s on our meal plan for this week.
Sunday– Garlic Parmesan Chicken Lasagna bake via Pinch of Yum (I can vouch for this now, it wast tasty. I doubled the sauce with less milk, ditched the poultry seasoning using 1/2 tsp basil instead and two tsp of salt)
Tuesday- Southwest Chicken Wraps via Mel’s Kitchen Cafe
Wednesday– Parmesan Corn Chowder via My MIL
Friday– Broccoli Beef Stir Fry via Center Cut Cook
Sunday– Balsamic Roasted Pork Loin via Allrecipes
There you have it all my meals for this week. Stay tuned for how I plan to survive meal time with a newborn and three hungry young men.
How do you meal plan?