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    Default 2012 Menu Planning Challenge

    Nuisance 26 got us started on this challenge in 2011 so I thought I'd kick it off in 2012!

    Post your weekly or monthly menus here. Planning ahead can alleviate dinnertime stress and add to your overall yearly $$ savings. Additionally, posting ideas here can be a fantastic source of culinary inspiration for others! What other reasons do you have for planning your menus ahead of time?

    Good luck and I can't wait to see what you're planning to make!

    P.S. Can this be started as a sticky? Thanks!

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    Meals for w/e 1/7/2012

    Monday - taco casserole
    Tuesday - beef soup
    Wednesday - roast
    Thursday - hamburgers
    Friday - ffy

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    Monday 1/2/12 will be my first meal of the new year at home. I have everything on hand and will plan and buy for the rest of the week then.

    Hamburger vegetable soup with Low-carb pasta.

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    For Jan. 1-7 (and these are just dinners):
    ~ Turkey w/ stuffing, mashed potatoes & veggies
    ~ Orange Chicken Curry w/ salad**
    ~ Spaghetti w/ homemade bread
    ~ Beans & Rice
    ~ Chili & cinnamon rolls
    ~ Fried rice w/ shrimp**
    ~ Eat out

    ** indicates a new recipe that I'll post for my 2012 Try New Recipes Challenge.

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    Trying to work ahead as much as possible in preparation for the new baby. So, for week #2, January 8-14, our dinner menu will be:
    ~ Hamburger Cabbage Casserole w/ crescent rolls**
    ~ Parmesan Chicken w/ veggies**
    ~ Pasta Puttanesca w/ homemade bread
    ~ Beefy Mac**
    ~ Leftovers
    ~ Eat out (my son's birthday)
    ~ Philly steak sandwiches w/ peppers and onions

    ** indicates new recipes I intend to try for the 2012 Try New Recipe Challenge.

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    Mine actually starts Friday, 12/30 and runs in to the new year...

    Friday - Pizza with a box crust from the pantry (need to use it up)

    Saturday - New Year's Eve
    Buffalo Wings
    Celery and Blue Cheese
    Ranch Spinach Dip with Crackers and/or Celery

    Sunday - New Year's Day
    Lunch - Black Eyed Peas, Cornbread (cooked the peas yesterday and they're in the freezer)

    (Not enough room in either freezer for all the wings so I have to do a back to back preparation)

    Dinner - Sweet Soy Wings, Devilled Eggs, Cucumber Salad, leftover Dip from yesterday

    Monday - Biscuits, Sausage Gravy, leftover Devilled Eggs and Cucumber Salad

    Tuesday - Spaghetti with Italian Sausage, Garlic Bread, Salad

    Wednesday - Mexican Chicken, Yellow Rice, Salad, Dressing of Salsa with a little Sour Cream stirred in

    Thursday - usually leftover night but I have some Green Peppers that will need to be used up so...Stuffed Peppers with Ground Turkey, leftover Yellow Rice, Green Beans

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    Okay this I really need to do...

    1st Week of the Year

    1-1 - Chicken & Potato Bake
    1-2 - Spaghetti with garlic bread
    1-3 - Hot Dogs & Mac N Cheese (Kid's Choice Night)
    1-4 - Pork Chops & Green Beans
    1-5 - Breakfast for Dinner (Pancakes & Ham)
    1-6 - Ham Quiche
    1-7 - Tuna Caserole

    New Year's eve is up the air as of yet, we'll see it will probably be a potluck with my cousin and I. I'm sure I can find something here to make but I need a head count for dinner first.

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    I'm in, back soon to post menus

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    I plan Friday thru Thursday

    So my menu is
    Dec 30 Super - Drip/Dip beef sandwiches

    Dec 31 Party foods
    Lunch sandwiches
    Dinner homemade Apple bees boneless Buffalo wings knock offs served with Bleu cheese dip and fresh veggies
    Night party foods ( pizza rolls, bottle soda, floats, mac and cheese bites, cheese sticks, and little smokies)

    Jan 1 Lunch grilled cheese sandwiches with tomato soup
    New Years beans and rice for supper

    Jan 2 lunch topped nachos
    dinner Enchiladas

    Jan 3 beef stew
    Jan 4 home made Egg mc muffin night
    Jan5 Mustard artichoke chicken over rice

    Lunches not listed are sandwiches or leftovers I only pan lunches if everyone is scheduled to be home.

    Veggies and fruit are served even if not listed.
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    I need to get in on this one too. Living on 1 income is hard enough but since the hubby is home every day he can start dinner for me before I get home. This will help me stretch the grocery money... will be back later to post my menu..

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    ~Thanks for getting this going! I totally dropped the ball with this mid-year. I blame the stress of knowing we were going to have to move out of state. Suddenly, food planning seemed a lot less important than planning a move, a new home, what to take, how to sell this house and how to leave my family behind.
    But I feel like we have a good plan going now for all that and I want to get back in this challenge.
    Dinners around here have been a bit lack-luster for a couple of months. I'm dealing with a meat sensitivity issue. Every few years I go through periods where I can't eat meat. Even handling it freaks me out. So it's tricky trying to make uncomplicated meals that will please everyone.
    I absolutely must start planning again so that I can have my vegetarian stuff and the rest of the clan can have their meat. I also need to use up the couple months' food supply in the pantry and freezer since we won't be taking the food with us across country.
    I'm going to print a calendar to use for planning in January.~

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    Definitely in again. Didn't always post my weekly menus, but followed them pretty well last year. Will start when we've defrosted the freezer.

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    I've been menu planning for years, I usually plan for a week.

    Th- goulash, green beans, garlic toast
    F- eggs, sausage, pancakes
    S- creamy chicken enchiladas*, hm mexican rice, LO coconut pie
    S- ham, blackeye peas, sweet potatoes, corn, ambrosia salad, rolls, hot fudge brownie sundaes
    M- turkey noodle soup*
    T-hamburgers, fries, corn on the cob
    W-LO's

    *new recipe
    Terry

    Jan grocery 129.57/275.00
    Jan coupon 1.00
    YTD grocery
    YTD coupon


    New Recipe 1/24
    Items repurposed
    Twenty wishes 0/20

    as of 1-11

    Personal challenge, 5 A Day
    put away, throw away, give away
    at least 5 items a day

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    I am in!!! Here is my list for the first week of 2012

    Sunday-crockpot chicken parmesan*
    Monday- Bacon Parmesan Pasta*
    Tuesday-Crockpot Brats with fresh potato wedges
    Wednesday- Sheppard's Pie
    Thursday-Spaghetti and homemade garlic bread
    Friday- homemade personal pizzas
    * indicates new recipies for the week
    I didn't include desserts in this week

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    I am in here my menu for 1-7
    Chilie & crackers,cake

    White beans,fried potatoes,cabbage and corn muffins

    Vegetable soup corn muffins and peach cobbler

    meat loaf, green beans,& cream potatoes

    Bacon,hash browns,egg,and biscuit

    Peas and carrots,mac and cheese,apple sauce and graham crackers

    chicken and steamed vegetables

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