This was a great month of eating. We began with Super Bowl Sunday leftovers, had a dinner at grandma’s house, and then Valentine’s Day dinner with pureed beets and arugula salad. Next, we hosted our dinner group with a fancy dinner and then had our kids’ school auction. Our lives revolve around food, don’t they?
Monthly Meal Plan
Meal planning saves money, minimizes food waste, and ensures healthy, home cooked meals for the upcoming week. Meal planning is my frame work or agenda of what home cooked meals we’re going to have for the upcoming week. It only takes about 10 minutes to meal plan and involves a quick view of the week ahead and checking to see what staples I already have at home in the refrigerator, in the pantry, and the freezer. Once the meal plan is made, then I make a grocery list of what items are needed.
With weekly meal planning, there’s an efficient plan of cooking for the week, I know what nights we’re having leftovers and I can keep track of what nights my kids are scheduled to cook – and clean up! By eating at home, we’re able to avoid unhealthy, processed foods. If we have a plan, we eat healthier at home – skipping fast food restaurants.
Weekly meal plan from Monday, February 3, 2014 to Sunday, February 9, 2014
Monday: leftovers (from Super Bowl Sunday) and coleslaw with a kick
Tuesday: fish, brown rice,
green salad oven roasted broccoli (my son made dinner this night)
Wednesday: Grandma’s house for dinner – thanks, Mom!!
Thursday: split pea soup
Friday: leftovers – split pea soup
Saturday: whole wheat pasta with shrimp scampi and green salad (my daughter made dinner this night)
Sunday: leftovers – whole wheat pasta with shrimp scampi and a bigger green salad!
Weekly meal plan from Monday, February 10, 2014 to Sunday, February 16, 2014
Monday: pan seared cod, quinoa and green salad
Tuesday: sauteed ground pork and cabbage with onions and garlic
Wednesday: leftovers – sauteed pork and cabbage served over rice with a green salad
Thursday: oven roasted spiced chicken with roasted onions and potatoes
Friday: Valentine’s Day pureed beets over pasta served with arugula salad (coupon from Earthbound Farm – yes!)
Saturday: neighborhood dinner group, kids drove (the 17yo got his driver’s license!) themselves to Little Big Burger
Sunday: leftovers – beet puree pasta with arugula salad
Weekly meal plan from Monday, February 17, 2014 to Sunday, February 23, 2014
Monday: roasted chicken with oven roasted cauliflower and green salad
Tuesday: chicken (from last night), pinto beans and brown rice in bowl or on burrito with fresh salsa
Indian spiced lentils with pork pasta with sauteed green peppers, onions and mushrooms
Thursday: pan seared salmon, quinoa and
green salad corn
Friday: split pea soup with carrots (from freezer) served with garlic cheese bread
Saturday: leftovers – split pea soup with carrots and garlic cheese bread
Sunday: barley, quinoa, chia and bean “meat” loaf served with steamed corn
Weekly meal plan from Monday, February 24, 2014 to Sunday, March 2, 2014
Monday: pan seared fish, farro and
vegetable green salad
Tuesday: sauteed white beans and sage, served over farro
Wednesday: oven roasted chicken and
sauteed kale roasted asparagus (my son made dinner this night)
Thursday: leftover chicken, beans and brown rice served with shredded cheddar and salsa
Friday: chicken noodle soup with vegetables and farro
Saturday: attended kids’ school auction
Sunday: ratatouille served on quinoa (my daughter made dinner this night)
What’s for dinner at your house? Are you a write it out on paper meal planner? Or are you an app meal planner?
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