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    Hi there.. I have read about this numerous times but have never done it. I would LOVE to start doing it and sticking to it. But I need some pointers....

    are there any sites that are dedicated to meal planning? like giving you the meal idea and then the items needed to cook? or even a weekly plan with a weekly list?

    Any help that I could get would be great.

    TIA!!

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    Have you looked at any of the threads about OAMC cooking here or on other sites? They can be pretty useful for menu planning. I generally start with what's in the freezer and the pantry and come up with my menus from there. I may end up with a few things to buy, but usually it's not too many.

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    what are your 7 best meals that you like to cook?

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    BTW - I generally post my weekly menus on my blog here at FV

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    Quote Originally Posted by ladykemma2 View Post
    what are your 7 best meals that you like to cook?
    ?me? you want the most frugal meals? the "Best" meals like company meals?


    the most frugal ones that the family enjoys -

    potato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, raw veggies/dip

    mock lobster, rice pilaf, buttered peas

    pot pie, salad

    fried rice, egg drop soup

    tuna burgers, homemade sweet potato fries, garlic green beans

    pizza (using left over veggies/meat), zucchini chips, salad

    swiss steak, baked potatoes, slaw

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    Thanks so much for the ideas and the links...I need all the help I can get...

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    Something I like to do is cook a whole chicken in the crockpot. The first night we'll have the chicken and sides. Then we'll use most of what's left in something like chicken quesadillas or fajitas. Then I use the bones and any meat that may still be left to make chicken soup. One bird, three meals.

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    rabel-

    this is what i do.

    i plan meals first around what is in the pantry, first.
    This is how my mind works:

    for example, this two-week i would plan this:
    1. buffalo style black eyed peas (for new years) canned collards, and jiffy corn muffins
    2. some kind of meal with chick peas
    3. deer meat meatloaf and curry potato salad, lonely cucumber sliced thin in viniagrette
    4. i need to use those aging, wrinkled, grape tomatoes, so poached eggs on whole wheat toast, and the grape tomatoes sauteed in butter on top
    5. open faced tuna sandwich on whole wheat toast, campbells tomato soup
    6. frozen meat spaghetti sauce in freezer with whole wheat noodles, green beans or salad
    7. something with bacon, like green salad with bacon or BLT with nice herbal lettuces (aregula, red leaf, spinach, dill, salad mix)
    8. taco bell style pintos and cheese, made with leftover bacon grease for flavor, refried beans frozen grated cheese, and rice. green salad.
    9. frozen bagels defrosted toasted with grey poupon and melted cheese, fresh avocado, herb lettuce mix, and aging tomatoes on top, an apple on the side
    10. something beef, canned green beans with bacon flavoring.
    11. chili made from beef leftovers, kidney beans and tomatoes in pantry, green salad
    12. split peas soup with oscar meyer bacon, green salad, artisan bread
    13. junk meal of queso with velveeta and rotel tomatoes, salsa, leftover unopened chips from holidays
    14. dining out

    i have potatoes that need to be eaten so would work in potatoes into the menu.


    so after i plan meals, then i make a list
    for this menu i need to purchase

    organic green herb salad mix that comes in the nice big box
    something beef
    chili powder
    2 packs of oscar meyer bacon
    avocado
    whole wheat penne pasta
    artisan bread
    milk
    fruit
    butter
    taco bell mild restaurant sauce


    do cascading meals, like notice how the bacon and the beef spread to several meals?

    edited to add: i keep a freezer and pantry full of basics. like 4 loaves of frozen whole wheat bread, frozen day old bagels, meats, canned veg and fruit, etc.
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    orgjunkie.com does Menu Plan Monday on her blog and people post their links to their menus -- it helped me starting out to get ideas and recipes... it also helps when we get into a rut with our meals

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    I like semi-planned generalities. But that also means I rely on freezer foods. Cook once, portion, freeze, and eat several times. This is the plan I follow. I like this because I can change one day for another, or leave it out completely if necessary.

    Monday: Big Meal
    This includes a large cut of meat that will be used for leftovers, possibly portions for the freezer, sandwich meat for lunches, base for soup, etc. Roast beef, pork, turkey or chicken, meat loaf.... And all the trimmings.

    Tuesday: Leftovers
    The leftovers may take on a new look than what it did on Monday. Roast beef might turn into what we call "hash" (cubed potatoes, carrots, beef, and gravy), a hot beef sandwich if I made mashed potatoes, a casserole...

    Wednesday: Stir-Fry
    The two previous days, while preparing vegetables, I'll go ahead and prepare some for stir-fry. You can also use frozen veggies. Almost any kind of meat can be used for stir-fry - raw or cooked. Serve with some rice. This meal is a good way to use up veggies in the crisper drawer.

    Thursday: International
    This usually means something Italian with pasta or something Mexican. I keep taco meat base in user-friendly size amounts in the freezer. I can also use leftover shredded beef, pork, or chicken in these dishes. A stash of homemade tortillas can be found in the freezer. Homemade meat-based spaghetti sauce in 1-cup amounts in the freezer PLUS pasta = a meal. A quick meal in this category is a baked potato topped with chili, or a taco salad (similar to Wendy's) using chili. I keep chili frozen in 1-cup amounts for easy portions.

    Friday: Vegetarian
    This day is budget friendly because I use less-expensive meat substitutes. If you don't have time for a big traditional breakfast during the week, Friday is a good time for it - pancakes, French toast, omelets, breakfast skillet (cubed potatoes, onions, green peppers topped with scrambled eggs).... Bean-based dishes. I also keep a stack of homemade bean burgers in the freezer, along with homemade multi-grain burger buns for yet one more quick vegetarian meal.

    Saturday: Soup and/or Sandwiches
    We're always busy on Saturday, so I tend to depend on food in the freezer or leftovers foods for this meal.

    Sunday: Homemade Pizza or Dinner Salad
    Pizza and salad - a good way to use up bits of leftover meat, veggies, etc...

    All meals are served with fruit for dessert and 2 servings of dairy per day.
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    Here's another plan I found in a book years ago:

    --MEAT on Sunday and Wednesday
    --CASSEROLES/LEFTOVERS on Monday and Thursday
    --PASTA on Tuesday
    --FISH, EGGS, CHEESE on Friday
    --SOUP/SANDWICH on Saturday
    ----------------------------------------------------------

    Yet one more plan:
    http://simplemom.net/a-monthly-menu-...or-the-spring/

    Once you have a guideline, you can fill-in-the-blanks based on what food you have available in your freezer, pantry, or storage; or loss-leaders you bought the week before.

    I purchase food at the lowest price, but base menus on what food I have stockpiled and I need to rotate out of storage.

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