Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Menu Planning

One of my goals this year was to get back in the habit of making a menu for two weeks at a time. I find it helps me with my grocery shopping as well as just being better organized. Instead of staring into the refrigerator at 3:00, wondering what I'm going to do for dinner, I know ahead of time. This way I can make sure I pull out any meat the night before to thaw and prep. anything that needs to happen in advance.

My food bill has jumped about $75 the past couple of months and I think that just has to do with the fact that everything is more expensive. I'm buying the same amount of food but the cost is more.

Here is my menu for this week:

B - cereal, juice
L - Leftovers
D - Parmesan chicken, whole wheat pasta with fresh tomato & basil sauce, homemade Italian bread, tossed salad

B - Egg & sausage sandwiches, juice
L - Leftovers
D - Minestra soup, homemade Italian bread

Wednesday (It's Stephen's Birthday so he got to pick the menu. We are having the big meal at noon)
B - Waffles, sausage, juice
L - Double dipped fried chicken, Potato salad with pimiento & peas, carrot & raisin salad, homemade biscuits, birthday cake
D - Leftovers

B - Cereal, juice
L - Homemade whole wheat bread, lentil soup
D - Baked salmon, rice, biscuits, steamed carrots

B - Blueberry muffins, cheese, juice
L - Leftovers
D - White bean & chicken chili, rice, cornbread, salad

B - Men's breakfast at church (cereal for me and Emily)
L - Ladies luncheon at church (I'm making lasagna roll-ups), leftovers for everyone else
D - Homemade pizza, salad

B - Cereal, juice
L - Leftovers
D - Small Group here. Everyone brings a dish to share. I'm probably going to make Spaghetti.

There you have it! It certainly is helpful to have a plan.