Thursday, February 2, 2012

Let's Talk Menu Planning

I consider myself a pretty organized person............mostly................sometimes.  I never go grocery shopping without a list, doing this makes for a higher grocery bill.  You can't compile a grocery list without planning your meals.

Since I do my major shopping every two weeks I plan meals for 14 days at a time.  It's not as daunting as it sounds.  I used to print off a monthly calendar using Microsoft Publisher.  I recently signed up for Groupon and what do you know a couple of days ago they had an offer for a menu planning service for half price.  The company is ez-mealz.  The cost is normally $58 for a year's worth of menu plans and grocery lists.  Groupon offered this for $29.  I ended up paying $19 'cause I had $10 worth of credit.  I visited the site and looked at their sample plans first.  I liked what I saw and hey, if spending just $19 is going to save me time, then I'm all for it.  

Here's the first week's menu:

Chicken Tetrazzini, peas, dinner rolls
Beef Burgundy (Crock-pot), egg noodles, fresh steamed broccoli
Sausage and Zucchini Soup, cornbread
Russian Chicken (Crock-pot), egg noodles, green beans, dinner rolls
Seared Tilapia, salad, corn
Sloppy Joe's, fries, grapes
Slow Baked BBQ Chicken, mashed potatoes, chilled peaches

Since we tend to eat healthy I will use whole grain pastas, light soups and cheeses and make our own fries, which will be baked in the oven.

Now you're asking what about breakfast and lunch.  I love eating breakfast.  Some of my favorites are:

Steel Cut Oatmeal
Egg Beaters (I'm not a big egg fan, but will eat egg whites)
Yogurt and fresh fruit
Pancakes/Waffles on the weekend
 

Lunches:
Soup
Sandwiches
Leftovers
My version of Panera Bread Strawberry, Chicken, Poppyseed salad
Snacks:
Popcorn
Fresh fruit
Dark chocolate
Yogurt

I'm sharing this over at House of Grace's What We Eat In a Week linky party.
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