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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! :chef2: 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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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
 

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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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OK I am in on this one.
Mine started today and will run through next Sunday
Saturday: Slow cooked Black beans and rice with Mexican roast
Sunday: Ham, Black eyed peas, mustard greens, corn bread
Monday: Sloppy joes, Baked potatoes
Tuesday: Sausage and potato chowder
Wednesday: Chicken &gravy, mashed potatoes, carrots, biscuits
Thursday: Crock pot Beef stew
Friday: Lasagna
Saturday Hamburger Veggie soup
Sunday: Meatloaf, Carrots, Corn, rolls
 

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~I have at least 3 weeks of food on hand for meals(6 leftover days planned in those 21 days) and should only have to buy milk and lettuce. I might pick up some sale items though as long as I don't stock more than we can eat in the next couple of months.
1. chicken noodles soup, bread & butter
2. au gratin potatoes with diced ham, corn
3. pork loaves, baked apples, sweet potatoes
4. rustic toasted cheese with stewed tomatoes, salad
5. homemade pizza
6.minestrone soup, bread & butter
7. roast turkey breast, stuffing, corn, fresh cranberry relish, sweet potatoes
8.mushroom and beef ravioli, sauce, bread & butter, salad
9. turkey enchiladas with rice and beans
10. homemade pizza
11.ham and potato chowder with spinach, bread & butter
12. veggie and hamburgers, cheese fries
13. turkey surprise ;)
14. empanadas, corn & beans
15. homemade pizza ~
 

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Week of Jan 1-7
Sun-Little smokies in bbq sauce, squash, black eyed peas, and loaded potato soup
Mon-turkey fried rice
Tues-spaghetti and salad
Wed-chicken n rice casserole, okra, frozen corn
Thurs-sandwiches-ham, cheese, pbj, chips, oranges
Fri-hm pizza, salad
Sat-meatloaf, mashed potatoes, green beans
 

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In again this year too.

Menu for 1/1/12-1/7/12

Sunday
Hog jowl
black eye peas
turnip greens
rolls
sliced oranges

Monday
hamburger helper
green beans
broccoli
l/o rolls
sliced oranges

Tuesday-freezer meal
Chicken tetrazzini
l/o black eye peas
l/o turnip greens
garlic toast
pineapple slices

Wednesday-planned overs
chili mac
slaw
l/o green beans
l/o broccoli
cheese garlic drop biscuits

Thursday
spaghetti
salad
garlic parm french bread
fresh fruit salad

Friday-planned overs
hamburger steaks with onion mushroom gravy
mashed potatoes
fried cabbage
sliced tomatoes

Saturday-planned overs
baked spaghetti
l/o fried cabbage
salad
apple slices with honey lime sauce
 

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Menu 1/1-1/7

Sun-Ham, mashed potatoes, corn
Mon- L/O ham, rice, green beans
Tue-Spanish type rice, with lots of veggies and beans
wed-Veggie Pasta, oranges
thu- Pea soup, salad
fri-Free take out pizza from the pizza shop(I have credit built up)

Those are just my dinners the other meals are lightly planned around leftovers and what we have in the house.
 
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