One misconception many people have about meal planning is that you are stuck with what you plan and can’t react to what’s in season – or what’s on sale – at the market or grocery store. The solution to this is keep your plan loose. When I write down “vegetable” or “greens” on our weekly meal plan, while I’m shopping, I buy what’s in season because that’s usually what’s the least expensive item in the produce section.
Yesterday, I bought 2 giant heads of cabbage because they were .33 cents/pound. Sliced thin and sautéed or oven roasted, cabbage wasn’t on our weekly meal plan but now we’ll be enjoying it instead of the general “greens” that I had listed. By taking advantage of what was on sale and in season, I’m saving my family money and buying local produce. Wins all around!
Weekly Meal Plan
This meal plan is from Monday, October 29, 2012 to Sunday, November 4, 2012.
Monday: pinto beans and brown rice with fresh salsa
Tuesday: vegetarian chili (from freezer) and cornbread
Wednesday: fish, quinoa, vegetables
Thursday: chicken, quinoa, green salad
Friday: whole wheat pasta with clams and mussels and green salad
Saturday: mock Thanksgiving dinner – turkey, baked potatoes, cranberries and brussel sprouts
Sunday: mock Thanksgiving dinner (leftovers)
My son made dinner on Thursday and we doubled it to take a meal to our friends. My friend, Robin, had foot surgery and we had signed up to bring their family a meal. My daughter somehow didn’t write her name on a dinner but helped cook on Friday night and made cranberries for our dinner on Saturday.
We had a Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday night and enjoyed a Heritage Breed Turkey from Whole Foods. Since I agreed to a do a giveaway with Whole Foods, they gave me a turkey to enjoy. Who says blogging doesn’t pay? Thanks, Whole Foods! We enjoyed the turkey with our friends and had leftovers the next night (although not as many leftovers as you might imagine since there were several teenagers and the food went down quickly!)
A PDF version of our weekly meal planner is here: Dinner Menu if you make copies of it on both sides, you can get 4 weeks of meal plans with 1 sheet of paper.
What’s for dinner at your house?
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Confessions of a leftover food lover – that would be me!
How our freezer gets used – ways to organize and optimize