This weekend I think I finally hit my stride in making a plan to menu plan. It does take some time to sit down and review what you have on hand to make a menu, review recipes to see what needs to be added to the grocery list, and then finish up the grocery list. I did my planning session during Saturday’s naptime so I could get a couple of little things on Sunday and be ready to start the week with the majority of the ingredients needed for the week. I’m using my binder of favorite recipes or Pinterest most often.
So far the menu planning is helping me feel less stressed about dinner time, especially since I am adding in at least one or two crock-pot meals for the week. It’s also started to trim my grocery bill for the week by about $25. Next up is to start clearing through some back-up in the pantry and freezer so hopefully I can increase our savings even more.
Up on this week’s plan…
Monday~ new Mexican Chicken in the Crock-Pot…I’m winging it so if it’s good, a recipe will follow
Tuesday~ Lentil Soup and Salad. Daddy is away so I get to test out some meatless meals to see if they are hearty enough for his return.
Wednesday~ Chicken Sausage and Pasta
Thursday~ Easy Chicken Curry. I’ve made this two times before and some very picky eaters LOVED it.
Friday~ Fried Haddock Sandwiches. My little man turns ONE on Friday, so he may get something special.
What are you cooking this week?
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About Emily Roach
Green Boston mom of three young children. Focused on family nutrition, wholesome recipes, and an eco-friendly lifestyle.