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
|My version of Panera Bread Strawberry, Chicken, Poppyseed salad|
I'm sharing this over at House of Grace's What We Eat In a Week linky party.