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    Quote Originally Posted by calimomx2 View Post
    I would love to figure out how to be successful at menu planning but I'm not! I never stick to a plan. I guess if I just list meals we could have each week and make sure I have what I need to do those meals that would work. Putting a meal to a specific day has never worked for me, something always comes up and messes up the plan!
    that's pretty much a menu plan. I write it down for a certain day but hardly every follow. I have a weeks worth of meals planned and the ingredients I need, that is a huge time/money saver.
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    Alright starting us off here!

    1st- pizza day
    2- dirty rice
    3- L/O
    4- butter chicken cp
    5- l/o
    6- Hubbard squash soup with bacon
    7- l/o
    8- sloppy joes in cp, tato wedges
    9- sesame chicken
    10- l/o
    11- breakfast for dinner
    12-tuna cassarole
    13- l/o
    14- white chicken chili
    15- l/o
    16- spicy shrimp pasta
    17- steaks for DH bday
    18- cheesy chicken and rice casserole
    19- l/o
    20- grilled cheese and tomato soup
    21- enchiladas rice and beans
    22- l/o
    23- manicotti bake
    24- l/o
    25- hamburgers or salmon packets
    26-fajitas (fm)
    27- l/o
    28- BBQ pulled pork w/ potato salad
    29- l/o
    30- perogies bake?
    31- l/o

    I'm doing a lot of cook for two nights dinner if you can't tell. Got a busy busy January!

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    Quote Originally Posted by calimomx2 View Post
    I would love to figure out how to be successful at menu planning but I'm not! I never stick to a plan. I guess if I just list meals we could have each week and make sure I have what I need to do those meals that would work. Putting a meal to a specific day has never worked for me, something always comes up and messes up the plan!
    I was like this too, for the longest time. For me, it helped to look ahead on the calendar (I know most of my meetings, kids' activities, etc. well in advance) and then plan my menu around those things. On the nights I know DH will be working late or that we have only an hour or so between arriving home and running to other activities, I know I'll be making something in the crockpot that will be ready as soon as we're home or we'll be eating something quick like sandwiches. On nights where we don't have anything planned, I'll know I can make something a little more labor-intensive. I always have some back-up plans...frozen chicken nuggets/patties and french fries, a frozen pizza, homemade burritos that have been frozen, cereal, etc. for those nights when we just aren't terribly hungry or unexpected things come up. I also build leftovers into our menu regularly to keep waste to a minimum and to make sure we have a variety of things to choose from on those "everyone fend for yourselves" nights!

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    This is what I have come up with so far, will see how I do. All meals are served with veggies and fruit.

    31- stew and rice
    1st- fondue, this is our New years eve dinner
    2nd cornish game hens, baked potatoes, veg
    3rd spagetti, garlic bread, mine is zucchini squash
    4th game hen pot pie
    5th meat loaf, roasted taters, veg
    6th ham pineapple casserole
    7th burrittos
    8th hot dogs, mac & cheese, veg
    9th salsbury steak, mashed potaooes, veg
    10th pulled pork sandwiches, fries, veg
    11th cranberry chicken, rice, veg
    12th cheeseburger noodle casserole
    13th goulash
    14th fish fillets, chicken nuggets, mac & cheese, ( I eat the fish) veg
    15th homemade pizza
    16th chili, veg

    My freezers are full so have no room to cook double, sigh, will have to work on that!
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    Do you have a good salisbury steak recipe, Pinetree? Inquiring minds want to know.

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    What else is in ham pineapple casserole? I have a lot of ham to use up....thank you.

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    Pineapple Ham casserole
    1 can 20oz pineapple tidbits
    drain, reserve 1/2 c juice

    Large bowl combine
    1/2 c mayonaise, full fat
    1 t. salt ( I dont put this in)
    1 t. mustard
    1/4 t pepper
    reserved juice
    Mix well then fold in
    3c cooked rice
    2c cubed ham
    1c. chopped green pepper ( I omit)
    11/2 c shredded swiss cheese, I use cheddar.
    1/3 c. chopped onion.

    transfer to 2 qt baking dish cover
    Bake 350* for 30 minutes
    makes 6 servings.
    I double this and bake in a 9x13 pan.

    My family adores this, I think it came from yankeemom


    SD. the salbury steaks are from cricketlegs
    Salibury staek
    4-6 hamburger patties
    1 T steak seasoning, she uses I think monteral? I use open season from Cabela's, pecan honey made by open season, low salt

    1/2 c chopped inion
    1/4 c flour
    11/2c beef broth
    pepper to taste

    Assembly to freeze
    Sprinkle patties with seasonong, freeze w/ wax paper between each one. Add last 4 ingred. in container w/ lid and freeze

    To cook
    spray slow cooker with non stick spray
    add meat patties
    shake broth mixture pour over patties.

    Cook on low for 6-8 hours.
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    for the first week

    fri- pork loin, glazed carrots, black-eyed peas, potatoes, cranberry sauce, crescent rolls
    sat- smoked sausage over rice, veggie, cottage cheese, egg rolls
    sun- chicken spaghetti, veggie, salad, garlic bread
    mon- potato soup
    tue- crescent chili dogs, tator tots
    wed- LO's
    thur- breakfast

    I may change days and sometimes I have more LO's than planned so something from this week would be moved to next week.

    Oh, and the best thing, the only items I need to purchase to complete this menu is salad, tator tots and hot dogs.
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    pinetree- Oops I mean when I said cook for two dinners is I cook enough so we eat that night, take to lunch and then eat it for L/O the next night. I just won't have time to cook separate meals!

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    Rai, LOL, and here i thought you had a freezer full of another months dinners!! giggle, well at least you have enought for lunches Etc! WTG!
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    I have a ? When you ladies make the monthly menu plans, do you actually have that meal on that day or is it just a plan of what you could make? I thought I would do a weekly plan to start using what i already have. But even then I sometimes don't feel like eating what i have planned. I need to be less wishy washy and stick with my menu plan so I dont waste food.

    Your lists have given me ideas for meals that I would not have thought of. Thanks

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    earlybird) you can do either way. Some people list meals for a month because they have most of the staples and can move it around accordingly. In my house we don't generally get "in the mood" for a certain thing, so we eat it day by day! I keep mine down to a science in what's happening that day, can I prep it the night before, can we eat leftovers of it the night after and do I need fresh ingredients and when I am shopping for those.

    If I go shopping and buy fresh veg/ stuff for a meal on thurs and don't do that meal until the following wed there is a chance my stuff won't be good anymore as I usually shop bi-weekly. If that happens all I'm doing is lighting dollar bills on fire, and that trumps any "in the mood" feelings I'm having!

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    Wow! You all are doing well so far! Here is my plan for the first 10 days of the month (only suppers as for breakfasts and lunches we'll usually eat from my large homemade stash of waffles and/or pancakes or we'll work leftovers into our lunch options) and we'll be adding in some veggies and fruits with the meals:
    1 - Chili (using beans I cooked in the crockpot two nights ago--I always bulk cook beans)
    2 - Pasta Puttanesca (a Rachael Ray recipe that is one of DH's favorites)
    3 - Noodles and beef
    4 - *Chicken Cacciatore (a new recipe I'll be using for my try new recipes challenge)
    5 - Tacos and quesadillas (I try not to make two meals but DH and I like our taco meat spicier than the kids can handle so I make the quesadillas for them)
    6 - *Italian Sausage Rigatoni Bake (another new recipe for my challenge)
    7 - Leftovers
    8 - Homemade Pizza
    9 - Sausage & Onion Sub Sandwiches
    10 - Roasted chicken with veggies

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    Lots of good ideas here!

    Fri: Ham, mashed potatoes/gravy, candied yams, green beans, hot rolls
    Sat: Hoppin John (ham, rice, black-eyed peas)

    Also on the menu, not sure of the day:
    Italian meatballs, spaghetti?
    Sloppy Joes
    HM Chicken noodle soup
    ? Ham, scrambled eggs, toast
    Shrimp (dh's special recipe)
    Roast chicken, dressing, mashed potatoes/gravy

    Breakfasts:
    Oatmeal/cinnamon/flax, green tea with ginger and lemon
    Oatmeal English muffins, choco-peanut butter
    Scrambled eggs/cheese/onions

    Lunches:
    usually l/o's
    chicken salad sammies on croissants
    fried egg sammie

    Snacks:
    More of the same LOL

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    Thank you Pinetrees, that is a good recipe. I have plenty of ham, rice, potatoes and shred cheese.

    I will be getting some ground turkey at the store tomorrow. We have several days of leftovers to use.
    1/1 had leftover pork w/ BBQ sauce and homemade buns, leftover vegs, mashed potatoes
    1/2 leftover ham & mushroom quiche. Parsley salad (me) and leftover or canned veg, roll
    1/3 chili & mac w/ ground turkey and peppers & tomatoes from freezer

    other days: leftover ham stew & make cornbread, pineapple ham casserole, tortilla fish fillets (frozen), pumpkin parmesan soup & rolls. Italian sausage w/ onions & peppers over polenta, orzo w/ parmesan, pine nuts & parsley. That gives me something to work with.

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