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Thread: 2015 Menu Planning Challenge
12-30-2014, 12:57 PM #16
Hi everyone, so far I have only planned my menu until my son leaves to go back to college. He wanted some of his favorite meals before he has to become his own cook again
1/1-homemade pulled bbq pork, collards, black eye peas, and cornbread
1/3 his choice of restaurant- within reason- to celebrate his birthday
1/4 beef roast in crockpot with veggies and rice
1/6 chicken salsa burritos with nachos
1/7 sausage, potato, and kale soup
1/8 homemade alfredo pizza
1/10 cube steak with gravy in crockpot over rice, veggie
1/11 shrimp with pesto noodles, garlic bread
1/12 whatever son leaves in the fridge for leftovers--- he leaves to go back to college
12-30-2014, 01:56 PM #17
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Today I planned the menu for the entire month of January. Now I am going to track it daily to determine how well we followed the plan, how well the plan used what is in the pantry/freezer and the impact on the grocery budget. Additionally I want to see how well the plan fit into my families schedules and needs. Did it help us to eat healthier, waste less food, spend less and stress less?
12-31-2014, 12:03 AM #18
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I finally got my menu plan figured out for the next two weeks. (YEAH! Two out of four weeks planned!) Here's what I have planned:
1 - Sage-seasoned pork chops w/ dill potatoes
2 - Dirty Rice
3 - Marlboro Man Sandwiches w/ homemade fries (yep, it's a Pioneer Woman recipe!)
4 - Pioneer Woman's Chicken Pot Pie
5 - Spaghetti w/ meat sauce
6 - Worcestershire chicken w/ rice
7 - Homemade pizza
8 - Chuck roast and mashed potatoes
9 - Grilled cheese sandwiches and tomato soup
10 - Eat out
11 - Beans (in the crock pot)
12 - Sloppy Joes w/ homemade fries
13 - Enchiladas
14 - Cavatini & garlic bread
15 - Find your own supper/leftovers
16 - Beans and noodles
17 - Lomein and cashew chicken
LOTS of make-your-own-takeout this month! I also always have hot dogs, mac & cheese (I do still buy this rather than make it myself), cereal, homemade waffles and pancakes (in the freezer), etc. on-hand in the event something unexpected comes up.
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01-02-2015, 05:43 PM #19
~I'm in. I planned 2/3 of our dinners last year. There was some procrastination time between planning as well as over-cooking which resulted in leftovers or this-and-that-use up-meals.
I plan for a month at a time also. It's just easier and we get a lot of variety that way. Still haven't planned for this month(apart from a full baked ham dinner on NYD). Still eating LO. Will need to have a plan in place next week when we all go back to work.
I plan with this structure:
Sunday- family favorite meal, sometimes have meat
Monday-soup and bread, salad if we have fixins, meatless
Tuesday-casserole or pasta, salad, meatless
Wednesday-family favorite like nuggets and mac & cheese, always have meat
Thursday-LO or breakfast for dinner, sometimes have meat
Friday- homemade pizza, salad, sometimes have meat
Saturday- burger/dogs/fish/veggies on the grill
Last edited by nuisance26; 01-05-2015 at 03:14 PM.
01-02-2015, 11:35 PM #20
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So we've already had an unexpected meal come up when friends invited us over for supper last night. When that happens I usually just shift that meal to the next night's, but sometimes I just move it later in the month. As it was, I did the former with tonight's meal.
So my month has an extra meal in it somewhere down the line!
01-05-2015, 03:13 PM #21
meatless chili and biscuits
mac & cheese, broccoli, roasted basil tomatoes
buffalo chicken tenders, baked potatoes, creamed spinach
cheese, mushroom & hawaiian pizzas
grilled steak, Quorn chicken salad, German potato salad sans bacon, crudites
black bean & rice empanandas, corn pudding
potato onion soup, popovers, garden salad
faux-fil-a chicken and vegan nuggets, white rice and mushroom gravy, marinated cukes
Breakfast for dinner
cheese, veggie pizzas
beef and black bean burgers, pasta salad, crudites
egg rolls, sweet & sour sauce, rice, mandarins, snow peas
minestrone w/parm, french bread
pinto and rice jalepeno enchiladas, guacamole
lasagna, pasta & meatballs, breadsticks, garden salad
Cheese and white pizza
beef and bean burgers, grilled fries, garden salad
turkey & gravy with puff dumplings, veg & gravy with puff dumplings, corn, carrot salad
french onion soup w/swiss, french bread, apple dumplings
spinach mini-strata, bbq baked beans, biscuits
turkey drumsticks, stuffing, green beans almondine, sweet potatoes or rutabega
breakfast for dinner
cheese pizza, pepperoni bread, veg stromboli
grilled pork chops and shrimp, fruit salad, veggie pancakes
01-05-2015, 08:28 PM #22
We have already changed the menu here and its just the beginning of the month. It's all good though. My son wanted chicken parm and garlic cheese bread so we had that on the 4TH and leftovers tonight. I'll just put the roast later in the menu somewhere. Its easy to make those kinds of changes when the food is already in the house. Have a great evening!
01-06-2015, 12:06 PM #23
I'm trying to get better at menu planning. It's difficult to plan too far ahead with travel/sports schedules. Here is my menu for January 1-11.
1. Hoppin' John, cornbread
2. acorn squash soup, tamales
4. zesty pot roast, parmesan potatoes, roasted carrots
5. shepherds pot roast pies, salad
6. beef & orzo soup, salad
7. chicken nuggets, fries, vegetables
8. turkey burgers, mac & cheese, salad
9. slow cooker chicken and gravy, stuffing, frozen veggies
10. meatloaf, sweet potato fries, frozen vegetables
01-10-2015, 07:56 PM #24
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The flexibility of this meal plan has been my saving grace this first full week. We've avoided eating out (except one evening where my family wanted to use up some gift cards they'd received for Book It and Christmas) and because some unexpected things came up a couple of evenings, I was able to shift a few meals to alternate nights! Makes life SO much easier!
01-10-2015, 10:10 PM #25
Changed tomorrow's meal plan from leftovers to shredded barbecue pork.
1/11: Shredded barbecue pork sandwiches
1/13: dijon drumsticks in crockpot, rice, frozen veggies
1/14: turkey lemon soup, grilled cheese
1/15: chicken tenders, fries, frozen veggies
1/16: tacos, salad
1/17: pierogi bake, green beans, salad
1/18: spaghetti bolognese, garlic bread, green beans
1/19: greek stuffed peppers, salad
1/20: chili, rolls, salad
1/21: lasagna, garlic bread, veggies
1/22: fish, baked potato, veggies
1/23: chicken tenders, fries, veggies
1/24: hot dogs, baked beans, salad
1/25: breakfast for dinner
1/26: smoked turkey enchiladas, salad
01-25-2015, 09:29 PM #26
Back in the saddle with a new life, new location, new stores. Still trying to get my footing but here's what's up the next few days…
Tonight - Sunday - Brew Pub Pork Chops, Macaroni Salad, Collard Greens
Monday - Italian Cube Steak, Side of Pasta, Salad, Bachi Rolls
Tuesday - Sour Cream Chicken Casserole with Stove Top, Frozen Veg
Wednesday - Smoked Sausage, Sauerkraut, French Fries
Thursday - L/O or Heat and Eat
Friday - Pizza (probably frozen)
01-27-2015, 08:52 AM #27
well I identified 41 basics we all like for monthly cooking. I think I will stick mostly w/ tried and true fav. I love seeing what everyone eats because it gives me great ideas for specials. I think I will make chicken noodle soup today. I have a lot of chicken breast right now.
I promise to get a weekly-monthly menu going.
01-27-2015, 08:55 AM #28
MADH-I did crescent rolls pizzas. I was using L.O. from Christmas. Take 2 triangles and fold in 1/2 squishing it together and flattening. I just topped them separate but they baked together. You do need a fork as the crust is flaky and soft. Dh is still raving on them.lol
01-30-2015, 04:02 PM #29
I blew my menu plan for January because I didn't feel well so some of my days will be rotated back into the schedule for February. Since it's just me and my husband I think I will do weekly schedules instead of monthly. Maybe my focus will be better. I'll post once I see what's already in the pantry and freezer.
Have a great weekend.
01-30-2015, 06:23 PM #30
made a party plan size Stouffers' lasagna for dinner yesterday and L.O. tonight w/ garlic bread
Tomorrow I need to do the chicken soup. Got all the veg chopped.
Hope to finalize the Feb. menu then. I been fartin' around w/ budgets all day.
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