And so begins week 5 of Meal Planning Mondays.
As I have said before, this is something that I have struggled with for years
and I have finally made the breakthrough and committed to doing this each week.
If you are wondering why this is so important to me then let me give you a
few things to think about.
Meal planning takes me less than 20 minutes a week, I have a great recipe binder that I
can flip through every week (I tear out recipes from magazines, hole punch and add).
I also have created a list of my families favorite recipes - these are things that I know by heart.I try to keep all of the non-perishable ingredients stock-piled so that I can make a quick meal any time.
Meal Planning has also slashed my already pretty low grocery bill -
I am spending about $30-45 a week on all of my families needs
(food, toiletries, paper products and a few odds and ends)
Before couponing when it was just my husband, myself and a baby on formula I would
very easily spend $200+ a week - gasp!!!
I have slashed my bill by nearly 80% from 5 years ago -
rising food prices don't scare me anymore.
I am also able to cook food in batches and use that through out the week in other meals.
For example, I will cook 4-5 large split fryer breasts in the crock-pot,
pull it off the bone and use it through-out the week
for meals. I can make chicken stir fry one night, chicken casserole a few days later and
maybe a little chicken salad for lunch.
This is not only cutting my time in the kitchen way down it is keeping my grocery bill low -
I buy the chicken when it is less than $1 a pound and freeze several packs.
I am also able to control what my children are eating and ensure that they are
getting wholesome and nutritious meals.
I love the time I get to spend with my girls preparing the meals and
we are able to sit down as a family in the evening and spend time together.
In the past there would be a lot of indecision about what to have, last minute trips to the store
or a less than healthy meal tossed together at the last minute.
All that being said, here is this weeks meal plan.
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Leftover Greek Pasta Salad
This is a time consuming thing to make but I am craving it!
(I am using Zucchini or avocado instead of cucumber)
Using leftover pork from Monday
Will probably use the leftovers from the Black Bean Soup