Monday, April 20, 2009

Menu Planning Revisited

I have been horrible at menu planning lately. The past few months have been last minute decisions and way too much money spent on food. So, it's back to the drawing board! I am trying to get back in the habit of planning my meals in advance and shopping with a plan. I planned out a months worth of menus this weekend and went and did my monthly shopping. I spent approximately $310 on groceries for the month. I will probably have to pick up one or two things throughout the month like bread or fresh vegetables. But, probably not too much as I am planning to try to keep it to the bare minimums. We are trying to save money for our trip to Florida this summer!

As a bonus, we are trying to switch our meals over to semi-vegetarian (flexitarian) which will save us money on meat. I have been exploring new recipes and trying to get some ideas of foods my family will eat that are a little healthier and more economical. So, this week's menu reflects that to some extent. Hopefully I will stick to this plan, although I do have a month's worth of meals to choose from if something falls apart at the last minute!

Menu for the week of 4/20 - 4/26

Monday - Vegetarian version of Skillet Bow Tie Lasagna made with mushrooms, onions, peppers, zucchini and whatever else I happen to throw in! Also trying to make Soft Buttery Breadsticks.

Tuesday - Thai style vegetable stir fry with wild rice, brown rice and whole wheat orzo.

Wednesday - Hubby is off this day! Making him his favorite Country Fried Steak with mashed potatoes, country gravy and corn. I may also make some whole wheat rolls.

Thursday - Lentils and beans with brown rice. I have several different recipes I want to try out so I am not sure exactly which one I will pick!

Friday - Leftovers/ Whatever you can find in the fridge!

Saturday - Pizza Casserole but made with no ground beef and adding mushrooms, black olives and extra cheese! Probably making some whole wheat breadsticks or garlic rolls to go with this.

Sunday - IF hubby is off work and feels like cooking, we may have Frito pie. Served with either steamed broccoli or maybe a salad. If he is at work and cannot make his famous chili then I will end up making breakfast for dinner, probably.

Need more ideas for dinner? Check out all of the great menus over at Menu Planning Monday on I'm An Organizing Junkie!


Laura ~Peach~ said...

When I first glances at the title my mind saw... FAMILY planning revisited! OOPS... interesting meals but my darling hubby would never go for no meat... must have meat every meal or it is not a meal in his book...

Bina said...

Is it possible to even express how much I LOVE chicken fried steak???? I order it at either Chilli's or Applebees, and I don't eat anything else just so I can eat as much of the steak as possible.