Monday, April 4, 2011

Meal Planning Mondays - April 4th


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.

Monday
Grilled Pork Tenderloin
Green Beans

Tuesday
This is a time consuming thing to make but I am craving it!

Wednesday
(I am using Zucchini or avocado instead of cucumber)

Thursday
Using leftover pork from Monday

Friday
Salad

Saturday
Cooking out

Sunday
Will probably use the leftovers from the Black Bean Soup

1 comment:

  1. I like pasta very much. Thanks for the Greek pasta salad recipe. :)

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