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Title: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 02, 2018, 02:53:24 PM
Share your meal plans for the week/month.

I find it a huge time and money saver, but sometimes I am a bit bored of my meal selection.

Here is my schedule for dinners.

MONDAY leftovers or sth from the freezer
TUESDAY pasta
WEDNESDAY chicken (today w mushrooms and broccoli)
THURSDAY sth w mince (lasagna, enchilladas, tacos, shep pie, burgers) - my bulk cooking, meal prep day
FRIDAY pizza or sth vegetarian
SATURDAY barbeque
SUNDAY roast

I live with a rabid meat eater and two picky kids (who don't eat much meat), so I sort of lost my cooking mojo.

BADASS people can also share their plans for lunches. 😆

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: netskyblue on January 02, 2018, 03:39:52 PM
YES I love this thread, I always struggle with meal planning.  I just hate thinking of things.

We...aren't the healthiest.  Vegetables and/or fruit like 1-2 times a week :/

Tuesdays and every other Monday are particularly challenging because I get home at 5:45 and need to get food served, eaten, and cleaned up by 6:30.  So we often fall to convenience foods or takeout. 

Tue 1/2 - Fried chicken sandwiches (in the style of Chick Fil-A), tater tots
Wed 1/3 - (Leftover day)
Thurs 1/4 - Cheeseburgers
Fri 1/5 - Beef & veg stir fry over rice
Sat 1/6 - Fried chicken strips & spaghetti (kind of like chicken parm, but less melty cheese, and chicken cut into strips instead of whole breasts, because I don't eat that much)
Sun 1/7 - Ham steaks, broccoli, knorr chicken rice

Mon 1/8 - BBQ Popcorn chicken, macaroni & cheese
Tues 1/9 - Takeout
Wed 1/10 - (Leftover day)
Thur 1/11 - Penne in tomato cream sauce with scallops, Caesar salad
Fri 1/12 - Dijon Chicken over rice pilaf
Sat 1/13 - Carnitas burritos
Sun 1/14 - Pork spareribs, corn, rolls

Mon 1/15 - Steak, leftover rolls, macaroni & cheese
Tue 1/16 - Takeout
Wed 1/17 - (Leftover day)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Cgbg on January 02, 2018, 03:47:08 PM
Tue- turkey tacos (soft tortillas), fruit
Wed- pork tenderloin, roasted delicata squash, cottage cheese, green beans
Thu- Moroccan spice squash soup, sourdough bread
Fri- quiche (using some leftover ham from Christmas), soup from night before, fruit
Sat- baked chicken breasts, wild rice, broccoli
Sun- meatloaf, mashed potatoes, gravy, corn

Lunches are all leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 02, 2018, 04:25:47 PM
I plan weekly and am OBSESSED with meal planning. I have google calendars going back a couple of years with meal plans :)

12/31 - Hoppin John Stew (out traditional New Years Meal)
1/1- Homemade Pasta with Sauce (Rolling and cutting pasta with kids is one of my go-to activities on vacation days, sauce was frozen from summer garden)
1/2 - Turkey Taco Tuesday
1/3 - Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Soup
1/4 - Tortilla Crusted Tillapia and Salad
1/5 - Pizza

We shop and plan on Saturdays.

Every Friday is homemade pizza and movie night for our family. I am also one of those weird people who LOVES reading other people's meal plans so thanks for starting this thread :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 02, 2018, 04:30:08 PM
We serve salad with every dinner, and then have fruit as a snack in the evening. No dessert. This is our dinner menu:

1/1 - coming home late from a flight, so freezer pizza
1/2 - spaghetti + meatballs
1/3 - chicken pesto pasta (chicken & pesto, both from the freezer). We bulk grill chicken & then freeze for quick meals.
1/4 - ground beef tacos (meat already cooked/prepped in the freezer) + guacamole
1/5 - homemade pizzas. May cheat & use naan bread, vs breadmachine dough. Pizza toppings tbd, but always includes any  lingering fridge leftovers
1/6 - my husband & I are going out to dinner, so something easy like mac & cheese for the kids
1/7 - Asian chicken salad + homemade rolls
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: TikiTime on January 02, 2018, 10:12:28 PM
Joined up after reading for oh so many years just to join this thread!  Needed a kick to get back into the meal planning habit.  Hubs and kids are celiacs, so all meals are gluten free.

12/31- smothered pork and turnips w/ rice
1/1- cowgirl caviar w/ tortilla chips, smothered cabbage and boudin
1/2- hawaiian pizza with bell peppers, onions, and that holiday ham that keeps on giving
1/3- pulled pork tostados with onions and peppers, lettuce, and topped w/ greek yogurt mixed w/ green sauce
1/4- fried fish and shrimp, sweet potato fries, hush puppies, sauteed balsamic french beansNope, made roast beef poboys, dressed
1/5- leftover chicken sausage okra gumbo
12th Night- King Cake!!! and Italian sausage in red gravy
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: soccerluvof4 on January 03, 2018, 03:25:38 AM
I make a huge dinner Salad or veggie loaded Pasta Salad for every dinner along with a fresh fruit salad and usually a starch . This isnt the exact order but here is pretty much my to go list for 6 of us.

Steak Sandwiches- Buy flat steak and cut meat in 4x4 squares and put between dinner rolls.
Pork Chops baked with Uncle Bens Brown Rice- 1hour in oven (leftovers next day I turn into pork fried rice)
Slow Cooker barbecued Drumsticks broil couple minutes at end.
Million dollar Casserole with Garlic bread
Italian Breaded Chicken tenderloin strips some will make sandwich with others dip in ranch
Tuna Casserole
Multiple different meatloafs depending on what I have
Slow Cooker honey Barbeque Pork roast. Next day I will slice leftovers and kids will make sandwiches
Turkey Meatball Subs. Buy turkey meatballs from Aldis and simmer in jar of pasta sauce then 4 fit on a Bot dog bun with slice of provolone cheese.
Oven baked boneless skinless chicken thighs with paprkika, salt, pepper, dill , garlic powder and broil last couple minutes to make crispy
3-4lb Turkey breast on bone in slow cooker with a rub. Juiciest turkey one can make
Taco Casserole
Multiple different Chicken breasts  with different rubs stove top in Iron skillet
Best damn burgers made in Iron skillet
Lemon Chicken Broccoli pasta

Theres more but cant think right now. I let the sales dictate what I am going to make. I go to the store for staples and budget so much for so many dinners and whats on sale is what I will create.

 

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on January 04, 2018, 11:44:12 AM
I'm trying to do more standard meals....like having a regular pizza night, etc as i'm just tired of trying to make new and exciting things for kids that do not appreciate....

So rough plan is:

Mondays: curries (any meat + veg + coconut milk+ spice)
Tuesdays: Rumake (chicken liver + bacon) or Pork Necks (yes, these my kids like!)
Wednesday: normally we at church (very inexpensive way to eat out), on nights we can't eat there, trying to do fish
Thursdays: Bowls/Kebabs/etc: basically bits of meats + veg served in a deconstructed fashion (make your own)
Fridays: pizza
Saturdays: Lunch: Noodles (baked, Italian, Thai, soupy, etc)
Dinner: Fondue?
Sundays: lunch: Salgados (basically tapioca based tacos with whatever filling on hand)
Dinner: roasted chicken
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Lichen on January 04, 2018, 02:57:44 PM
I don't plan breakfasts or lunches, since we all always eat the same things or leftovers. We also have a "schedule," but it changes seasonally. We are also vegetarian, but not vegan. Our winter schedule is as follows:
Mon: Soup or stew
Tues: Pasta, rice dish, or casserole
Wed: Pan-Asian (Japanese, Thai, Chinese, Indian....)
Thurs: Mexican or southwest
Fri: Pizza night!
Weekends: Leftovers/fend for yourself.

This week's plan was:
M: Hoppin' johns and chive focaccia bread
T: Creamy lemon pasta and salad
W: Saag paneer and rice
T: Burritos and southwest corn salad
F: Pizza! (from frozen. I'm trying something new to cut down on the urge to dine out after a long week...)

And for good measure, next week's since I just wrote it out:
M: Veggie chowder and popovers
T: Spaghetti and salad
W: Tofu fried rice
T:Quesadillas
W: Pizza!

One thing I've learned over the years is to be flexible. If something comes up on Monday that makes it a pain to cook, I'll swap the soup around for a super quick/easy dinner, like the pizza or quesadillas. This is probably easier if you don't have to worry about thawing meat in advance, though. If you're a meat eater, I'd keep a stock of ingredients for simple veggie meals, frozen dinners, or meat that doesn't need to be thawed like canned tuna or chicken breast on hand. Best laid plans, and all!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Workingmomsaves on January 04, 2018, 03:57:41 PM
I shop on Thursday’s, so our week goes Thursday through Wednesday.

Thursday Baked chicken with large salad with black beans, corn, tomatoes and avocado.
Friday leftovers
Saturday Carnitas tacos
Sunday Turkey Meatballs, Spaghetti, green beans
Monday Chicken shawarma on pita
Tuesday breakfast for dinner waffles, hash browns, eggs, bacon if any makes it past the weekend
Wednesday chicken fried rice or leftovers
 Chicken breast was on sale for 1.79/ lb. so lots of chicken this week.
Thanks everyone for all the great ideas!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 04, 2018, 07:49:05 PM
Great plans, people.

So, for next week my boring little self is cooking

1. Leftover pork and  lentil salad
2.spag bol
3. Crumbed chicken (kids bday request). And cheesecake.
4. Turkey burgers
5. Pizza
6. Steak and salad
7. Mexican feast for a crowd (kids bday bash for 15 kids and x+N adults.). There will be pulled beef, tortillas, corn and black bean salad, sweet potatoes, lettuce,guacamole. More cake.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 05, 2018, 02:33:13 PM
I shop & meal plan from Friday to Friday, so next week's meal plan is as follows:

Saturday - My husband & I are going out to dinner, so I'll make mac & cheese for the kids.
Sunday - torn between crockpot soup & homemade rolls, or kebabs & rice. Will let the family select
Monday - tacos, chips & guacamole (my avocados weren't ripe this week, so pushing out to next week)
Tuesday - leftovers from Sunday's dinner
Wednesday - Spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday - leftover tacos
Friday - chicken pesto tortellini

Tonight we're having a goat cheese & chicken risotto (freezer) for the adults, & leftover naan pizza for the kids.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 14, 2018, 05:58:04 PM
This was a pretty cheap week; using up lots of stuff I have in the freezer and fridge.

Sat: Vegetarian Swedish "meatballs" and noodles (that used up the last of a batch of faux meatballs I made this summer- thank heavens! They weren't great :))
Sun: Homemade steamed pork buns and broc
Mon: Hooligan pancakes, yogurt and fruit salad
Tuesday: Grilled Cheese and tomato soup
Wed: Butternut squash noodles with pork, cilantro and cotija cheese
Thursday - salmon and salad
Friday: Pizza night!

Hope everyone has a great week.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 14, 2018, 08:36:02 PM
Here's our menu for the week (all dinners served with salad)

- Saturday - I roasted a chicken & vegetables
- Sunday - made broth, and then made a chicken fajita rice skillet, using some of the roasted chicken & broth. https://www.the-girl-who-ate-everything.com/2017/07/one-pan-chicken-fajita-rice.html
- Monday - Chicken & vegetable chowder, using the last of the roasted chicken, roasted vegetables, & the broth. Serve with homemade rolls & a salad with peanut dressing
- Tuesday - Leftover chicken rice skillet, with guacamole
-Wednesday - Leftover soup & rolls
-Thursday -  Tortilla soup & empanadas
-Friday - Baguette stuffed with chicken breast, mozzarella, & topped with marinara
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meadow lark on January 15, 2018, 07:15:28 AM
I meal plan a little different.  Today I will make:
Black bean burgers
Soy milk
Oatmeal (5 days worth)
roasted sweet potatoes
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: netskyblue on January 16, 2018, 09:43:42 AM
Leftover day at our house has changed from Wed to Thurs because I have a standing event on Thursdays now.  So here's the plan for the rest of the month:

Wednesday 1/17 - Porcupine meatballs, mashed potato casserole
Thursday 1/18  - Leftover day
Friday 1/19 - Enchiladas Suizas
Saturday 1/20 - Roast beef, leftover mashed potato casserole
Sunday 1/21 - Taco Bowls

Monday 1/22 - French Dips with leftover roast beef, pasta salad
Tuesday 1/23 - BLTs, kiwi
Wednesday 1/24  - eggs, hashbrowns, sausages, toast
Thursday 1/25 - Leftover day
Friday 1/26 - Hamburgers, Shells & Cheese
Saturday 1/27 - Baked Chicken, Knorr Rice, broccoli
Sunday 1/28 - Lasagna, Garlic Toast

Monday 1/29 - Avgolemono Soup, sourdough roll
Tuesday 1/30 -  Ham Steak, Stuffing
Wednesday 1/31 - Fried Chicken Sandwiches, bananas
Thursday 2/1 - Leftover day
Friday 2/2 - Taco Bowls
Saturday 2/3 - Brisket, Cheesy mashed potatoes
Sunday 2/4 - Scalloped Potatoes & Ham, fruit
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on January 16, 2018, 10:22:29 AM
Following along! Past 4 months have been transition months as we move cities/places, but end of this month we finally get our own kitchen again! I'll start posting meal plans here!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 16, 2018, 03:01:40 PM
This week I am a bit off schedule.

Monday: leftovers
Tuesday: roast chicken, potatoes, cucumber salad
Wednesday: pasta w bolognese+ broccoli
Thursday: baked poatoes w chorizo, broccoli, beans
Friday: lentil pie w sweat potato topping
Saturday: steak and salad
Sunday mongolian lamb stir fry+rice



Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 17, 2018, 07:14:57 AM
meadow lark I do it the same way.  When I'm "on" I do all the cooking on the weekend, and I cook enough for 10 adult lunches, 10 adult dinners and 10 kid dinners.  People eat whatever they want on whatever night.  I think i would be exhausted never eating leftovers.  It's so easy to just double a recipe and have it twice in a week.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 17, 2018, 12:08:21 PM
meadow lark I do it the same way.  When I'm "on" I do all the cooking on the weekend, and I cook enough for 10 adult lunches, 10 adult dinners and 10 kid dinners.  People eat whatever they want on whatever night.  I think i would be exhausted never eating leftovers.  It's so easy to just double a recipe and have it twice in a week.

I cook on weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) & we eat leftovers during the work week. We sometimes have enough for a smorgasbord of leftovers on Thursdays, or default to a backup frozen option that evening. I definitely don't cook during the work week.

For the meals you're prepping on the weekends, are they the same meal option? Do you mix & match that between other freezer options? Always looking for streamlining options!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 21, 2018, 11:36:42 PM
New week, new menu

Monday-leftovers
Tuesday-enchilladas
Wednesday-pasta alla carbonara (the man will ve overjoyed that it is not bolognese)
Thursday- hot dogs
Friday- chicken+peas+rice
Saturday-souvlaki & cucumber salad+ pita
Sunday- turkey meatloaf

Does somebody have some kid friendly meal suggestions, which can be cooked in bulk and freeze well? They don't particularly like meat, will eat sausages though. Something w rice and pasta. I usually need 3 frozen meals a week for the kids for afterschool, they are kind enough to reheat it for them and they don't mind if a store a few boxes of food for them their freezer. This week they have lentils and rice plus mac n cheese.  I will probably make them a minestrone as well, they eat soups. I make them lasagna quite often, but I won't have the time this week. Am so bored w my own recipes so I would be grateful if you shared your kid feeding ideas 😣.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: dragoncar on January 22, 2018, 03:14:23 AM
You guys really have your stuff together

Hers my meal plan:

Monday: something
Tuesday: something else
Wednesday: leftovers of something
Thursday: forget to defrost meat, probably starve to death
Friday: beer
Saturday: wife wants to go out to eat on the busiest frickin day.  I’m retired why not Tuesday?
Sunday: we are still waiting for our table
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on January 22, 2018, 07:23:21 AM
Saturday: wife wants to go out to eat on the busiest frickin day.  I’m retired why not Tuesday?
Sunday: we are still waiting for our table

Bahahahahaha. I love it.

Defrosting meat is the downfall to all meal plans!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 22, 2018, 07:50:02 AM
@Bee21 - don't know how old your kids are, but when ours were younger & pickier (and, I still have one picky one at 10), we ate lots of pasta, with sauces/meat on the side. Plus, make your own tacos, quesadillas, naan pizzas, etc. They've always liked pasta & meatballs, tortellini, etc, so we default to that if they don't want what I'm making. At 10 & 11, if you don't want the meal I'm making, you can make something yourself (heat up leftovers, etc).

I also need to quickly plan ahead, as I'm out of town Sunday-Friday of next week, and need to make sure there are quick & easy freezer options for my husband & the kids.

Menu for the week (note: we cook bigger meals on weekends, and have leftovers during the work week):

All dinners are served with a salad
Monday - leftover chicken curry w/rice
Tuesday - leftover grilled chicken & potatoes
Wednesday - beef tacos (taco meat from freezer) + guacamole
Thursday - any remaining leftovers. Otherwise, spaghetti & meatballs (meatballs from freezer)
Friday - Chicken risotto
Saturday - haven't decided yet.
Sunday - I'm flying to Tokyo, so assume the kids & my husband will have pizza from the freezer
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 22, 2018, 08:13:32 AM
Kroger had discounted organic grass fed ground beef so I bought a pound and will stretch between a couple of meals.

Sat: Semi Vegetarian Sloppy Joes (some of the ground beef, augmented with diced button mushrooms and a little bit of quinoa), carrot sticks and fruit salad
Sun: Homemade chicken and noodles
Mon: Freezer enchiladas, salad
Tuesday: Zoodles with meatballs and sauce
Wed: Burgers, fries for the kids, and sauteed butternut squash noodles and a salad for grownups
Thursday - Seafood, salad, and leftover squash noodles
Friday: Pizza night!

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: K-12FI on January 22, 2018, 09:31:40 AM
Don't have info for year thus far, but will start a list of our own! Will update at the end of month.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 22, 2018, 10:44:36 AM
Maybebaby, I usually make 3 options for the week, and at least one of those I know the kids like. Sometimes the third option is just pasta and sauce, but sometimes it’s fancier. When I make 3 options, that results in a few servings going in the freezer, which takes the pressure off if we go out of town and I can’t cook on the weekend.

I also recently made Mac and cheese in the instant pot, which is for sure in the regular rotation if we are out of food on a weeknight. I also have sitters now who are capable of starting a crockpot during the day, although I don’t exercise that option very frequently at all.

I make a lot of budget bytes recipes, and I usually stick with her serving sizes. This week I made her most recent meal prep, the blackeyed peas and greens with sweet potato cornbread. The other meal was a Mexican crockpot deal. And pasta and sauce as the third. None of us mind eating the same thing three or four times a week, so that makes it a lot easier.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 22, 2018, 11:02:19 AM
Maybebaby, I usually make 3 options for the week, and at least one of those I know the kids like. Sometimes the third option is just pasta and sauce, but sometimes it’s fancier. When I make 3 options, that results in a few servings going in the freezer, which takes the pressure off if we go out of town and I can’t cook on the weekend.

I also recently made Mac and cheese in the instant pot, which is for sure in the regular rotation if we are out of food on a weeknight. I also have sitters now who are capable of starting a crockpot during the day, although I don’t exercise that option very frequently at all.

I make a lot of budget bytes recipes, and I usually stick with her serving sizes. This week I made her most recent meal prep, the blackeyed peas and greens with sweet potato cornbread. The other meal was a Mexican crockpot deal. And pasta and sauce as the third. None of us mind eating the same thing three or four times a week, so that makes it a lot easier.

Sounds like we do a lot of the same things, although my family draws the line at the 4th serving/week. ;-) We typically are good to go until Thursday, and then everyone can pick & choose whatever is left in the fridge. I have backup freezer options should the food be gone by then. Sometimes happens with growing boys, as their activity level varies depending on sports practice, etc.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: dividend on January 22, 2018, 02:37:21 PM
My meal planning process goes like this :
Check the pantry/freezer inventory spreadsheets - lots of ham right now because we stocked up for the freezer post Christmas sales
Look over the recipes I've saved or notes I've made this past week.
Check my and DH's calendar for the week - we have plans after work Wednesday and Thursday, so reheating leftovers is ideal.
Figure out a meal plan, with the goal of needing to buy as few ingredients as possible - all that ham suggested ham & beans, and quiche, and there are lots of frozen chicken thighs too, perfect for trying a new one-pot chicken recipe.

SUN : Ham & Beans, homemade cheese bread - DH and I will eat that for work lunches as well
MON : DH's birthday dinner at his parents house
TUE : Ham and swiss quiche, salad with roasted beets and feta
WED : Pollo in Potacchio, noodles - New Recipe #5/52
R/F : leftover quiche or chicken
SAT : shrimp curry

I'm attempting to try 52 new recipes this year, and so far that's been really fun.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 22, 2018, 09:37:58 PM
Ive been doing a meal plan in Google docs each week this year so far.

This week

M jerk chicken thighs from freezer, big salad, roasted fingering potatoes
T lamb chops, beets, big salad
W ham and chard frittata w spaghetti squash
R lamb curry and roasted cauliflower
F Leftovers if any, or fried rice or tamales from freezer
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Suzanne on January 22, 2018, 09:53:01 PM
Share your meal plans for the week/month.

I find it a huge time and money saver, but sometimes I am a bit bored of my meal selection.

Here is my schedule for dinners.

MONDAY leftovers or sth from the freezer
TUESDAY pasta
WEDNESDAY chicken (today w mushrooms and broccoli)
THURSDAY sth w mince (lasagna, enchilladas, tacos, shep pie, burgers) - my bulk cooking, meal prep day
FRIDAY pizza or sth vegetarian
SATURDAY barbeque
SUNDAY roast

I live with a rabid meat eater and two picky kids (who don't eat much meat), so I sort of lost my cooking mojo.

BADASS people can also share their plans for lunches. 😆
Nice plan i want to follow your meal plan with minor changes.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 29, 2018, 02:45:31 AM
So, what are you cooking and eating this week?

i sneaked in a vegetarian Monday and they didn't notice!

Monday- lentil tacos (looked like beef), mexi salad, tinned fruit and custard to compensate
Tuesday- pasta boscaiola plus soup for myself
Wednesday- grilled lamb fillet, hummus, flatbread, roasted carrots and greek salad
thursday- chicken in slow cooker (any suggestions for flavour? Thinking of spanish)
Friday-potstickers (kids requested it)
Saturday- dinner at friends
Sunday- whatever dead animal is on sale. Might end up with pulled pork.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 29, 2018, 07:03:34 AM
Here's this week's plan. 

M - Kalpudding (https://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/1018628-kalpudding-meatloaf-with-caramelized-cabbage?action=click&module=RecipeBox&pgType=recipebox-page&region=all&rank=8), potatoes, carrots
T - Leftover chicken and salad
W - Leftover kalpudding
R - Lamb chops, lentils, chard
F - Sausage & mushroom polenta, broccoli
Weekend - Lamb shoulder

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on January 29, 2018, 07:58:08 AM
I love this thread! I usually post my menu plan in my journal, but it's super fun to see what other people are up to. Mine is usually Sun-Thurs, recognizing that Friday and Saturday I'm usually lazy and dealing with whatever is left in the fridge/freezer.

This week:
Sunday: broccoli rice casserole w/ from-scratch cream of mushroom soup (and leftover rice from ordering Chinese on Friday)
Monday: leftovers from last week's leftover surplus
Tuesday: sauteed cabbage and smoked turkey sausage, and mashed potatoes. probably also green beans.
Wednesday: sweet potato chickpea spinach curry (https://www.veganricha.com/2015/11/chickpea-sweet-potato-spinach-curry.html), probably with brown rice
Thursday: something from the freezer. Pizza, maybe?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: AmandaPanda on January 29, 2018, 08:32:43 AM
@Bee21 - don't know how old your kids are, but when ours were younger & pickier (and, I still have one picky one at 10), we ate lots of pasta, with sauces/meat on the side. Plus, make your own tacos, quesadillas, naan pizzas, etc. They've always liked pasta & meatballs, tortellini, etc, so we default to that if they don't want what I'm making. At 10 & 11, if you don't want the meal I'm making, you can make something yourself (heat up leftovers, etc).


Tell me more about whether your kids got over their pickiness?  Mine are 8 and 9, and they are still super picky about random things.  I don't even both only making things they like, because we would literally eat the same 6 meals.  That's where my 3rd kid-friendly option comes in every week. 

This weekend we were out of town, so I only made one thing: turkey vegetable soup with rice thrown in it.  I told my son he only had to eat the tiny bowls we have because he doesn't really like tomato based soups.  He is pairing his with a pb sandwich.  (No jelly, bc jelly is gross, unless he is eating a jelly sandwich???)  Later this week I have plans to make baked nachos. 
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: chaskavitch on January 29, 2018, 04:50:17 PM
Oh, I'm excited for the ideas from this thread!  Also in for tips on picky eaters - we have a 20 month old, and right now he eats mostly berries, yogurt, crackers/goldfish, mac and cheese, and bananas.  Not the best.

Last week:
Sunday - baked cod with sage and pine nuts, and rice pilaf
Monday - Baked pork chops with onions, apples, and bacon
Tuesday - Baked steelback trout with salad (DH was on a fish kick)
Wednesday - nobody had dinner because we were sick and went to bed SUPER early
Thursday - Thai chicken meatball soup
Friday - leftover pulled pork with dilly beans and french fries
Saturday - homemade chicken pot pie

Unfortunately I don't have a plan yet this week.  That's my task for tonight!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 03, 2018, 08:54:43 AM
Here's what we're thinking for the week:

Saturday - taco bar with chips & guac
Sunday - beef kebabs with rice & yogurt sauce
Monday - spaghetti & meatballs
Tuesday - leftover tacos. Maybe make into taco salad or nachos
Wednesday - leftover kebabs with rice
Thursday - leftover spaghetti & meatballs
Friday - naan bread pizza (with any fridge leftovers)

I'm going with an easy option for tonight, as I'm still recovering from jet lag. And my husband will cook tomorrow
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 03, 2018, 08:57:31 AM
@Bee21 - don't know how old your kids are, but when ours were younger & pickier (and, I still have one picky one at 10), we ate lots of pasta, with sauces/meat on the side. Plus, make your own tacos, quesadillas, naan pizzas, etc. They've always liked pasta & meatballs, tortellini, etc, so we default to that if they don't want what I'm making. At 10 & 11, if you don't want the meal I'm making, you can make something yourself (heat up leftovers, etc).


Tell me more about whether your kids got over their pickiness?  Mine are 8 and 9, and they are still super picky about random things.  I don't even both only making things they like, because we would literally eat the same 6 meals.  That's where my 3rd kid-friendly option comes in every week. 

This weekend we were out of town, so I only made one thing: turkey vegetable soup with rice thrown in it.  I told my son he only had to eat the tiny bowls we have because he doesn't really like tomato based soups.  He is pairing his with a pb sandwich.  (No jelly, bc jelly is gross, unless he is eating a jelly sandwich???)  Later this week I have plans to make baked nachos.

Youngest child (about to turn 11) is still really picky. He's expanded somewhat & will at least try most of the meal options. However, looking at the menu for the week, it incorporates his favorites. He definitely eats tacos, is okay with kebabs (loves rice) & really likes pasta with meatballs. However, prefers pasta/meatballs with minimal or no sauce. Also loves homemade naan pizza with just cheese & sauce. For protein, we will serve something on the side for him.

He has gotten over his resistance to even trying bites of new things, and will typically at least have a few bites. (Previously, he would make himself throw up if he had to try something, which . . . kind of ruined a meal. ;-)) He doesn't love a broad spectrum of food, but is much more flexible with trying new things.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 03, 2018, 10:48:27 AM
Last week was a good example of the need for flexibility in meal plans.  I made the kalpudding, which was essentially a huge meatloaf, thinking there would be leftovers for another dinner. DH pretty much demolished it the first night, leaving enough for one lunch serving.  Thursday night he went skiing, so I was on my own for dinner, and what I had planned wouldn't be great as leftovers (lamb chops), then mid-week, I scheduled a Friday afternoon appointment that kept me out until 8 pm, so I just ate a late lunch and then grabbed a snack on the road.  Still, we got to the end of the week without wasting any food, and I think the meal planning helped.

Here's this week's dinner plan:

M - Turkey black bean chili
T - Loaded baked potatoes, salad
W - Tamales, salad
R - Cauli-rice, tofu curry
F - Brats, carrots, cabbage
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Hula Hoop on February 03, 2018, 11:25:32 AM
Here is this week:

Tonight - pasta with tomato and pancetta sauce, artichokes

Tomorrow
lunch - cheese omelettes, bread, salad
dinner - chicken soup and bread -roman broccoli

Monday
lunch - chicken soup and bread, left over salad and rice
dinner - fish from the freezer, potatoes, roman broccoli  (mozzarella for kids as a starter)

Tuesday
lunch - either chicken and lentil soup, crackers and cheese, some kind of veg and fruit
pasta with gorgonzola, fennel and orange salad

Wednesday
lunch - lentil soup, crackers, cheese, fruit and veg
dinner - pasta with gorgonzola sauce, salad

Thursday
lunch - lentil soup, crackers etc.
dinner - meatballs from freezer, potatoes, broccoli

Friday
lunch - lentil soup or salad with tuna (depending if there is any soup left_
dinner - pasta with tuna, salad


Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 05, 2018, 01:35:35 PM
This week
M Leftover roast pork etc
T pasta alla carbonara for the fam broccoli w cheese for me
W. Chicken/tofu stir fry
T Sweedish meatballs, mashed potatoes, broccoli
F Pizza (margherita 4 kids, salami 4 the man, mushrooms 4 myself)
S sausages n salad
S roast sth. Whatever is on sale.

I wanted to do a vegetarian february, but failed to plan well for the first week. I have 3 veg days instead. Might tweak that sausage dinner as well if i get good looking portobello mushrooms ☺

Neec to pick up tofu and mushrooms tomorrow
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on February 05, 2018, 02:35:18 PM
Planning was hard/didn't really happen this week, but seeing other people's lists makes me want lentil soup!

Last night made pasta w/ veggies and chicken sausage
Tonight is stirfry with a bunch of vegetables
Tomorrow is my husband feeding himself
Weds is ???? This is as far as I've gotten.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: lexde on February 05, 2018, 02:40:41 PM
I’m not totally back to weekly meal prepping but I’ve got the next few days sorted.

M: Korma Curry leftovers w Salad
T: Sautéed Sausage and Cabbage
W: Low Carb Chicken Salad
R: Leftovers
F: Pizza
Sa: Salad / Leftovers
Su: Pasta with Chicken & Broccoli
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 11, 2018, 08:59:49 AM
Just sat down and did this week's game plan.  It was a little backwards because I shopped yesterday, and had to retro-fit the plan to what I purchased, but it looks like it's going to work nicely.  I've started color coding my weekdays on whether they are telework days or not, and put in my planned after-work activities and then juggle the meals around to mesh with the time I have available.

Monday - Roasted chicken, sauteed summer squash, salad
Tuesday - Salmon, asparagus, saffron rice
Wednesday - Sauteed Swiss chard, jerk chicken thighs, leftover rice
Thursday - Lamb chops, beets, Broccolini
Friday - Chicken Soup?
Weekend - Lamb shoulder
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on February 11, 2018, 12:25:47 PM
I once again have half a week, only sort of planned:
tonight: chicken enchiladas
tomorrow: cauliflower fried rice
Tuesday: something with leftover rotisserie chicken and asparagus. ???
Wednesday: 7pm commitment that doesn't feed me - something super quick from the freezer
Thursday: evening commitment that does feed me
Friday: will I even have any energy to cook? only time will tell.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on February 11, 2018, 12:33:45 PM
Finally actually joining in!

I'm doing things a bit differently. Mr.HH and I cook 3-4 meals and then have servings that we can eat through out the week. , This works for us so we can have flexibility in what we week, gives us lots of options, and all of the food can be eaten for lunch or supper.

This weekend due to free time, a new to me unpacked kitchen, and a lack of cooking the past 4 months, I did a MEGA COOKING! We have a baby on the way, and I'm trying to preemptively fill my freezer.

I made way more than we need, put a bunch of options in the fridge, and after a few days, whatever we don't eat will go into the freezer!

Cooked this weekend:
Vegetarian Chili and Cornbread muffins (12 servings)
Slowcooker Cashew Chicken with veggies and rice (7 servings, couldn't quite get it to 8)
Vegan Squash "Mac and Cheese" (which I de-veganed by adding bacon hehehe) - (7 servings)
Veggie Frittata (6 Servings)
Veggie Burritos (10 Servings)

Bacon egg and spinach Breakfast sandwiches (12 Servings)
Oatmeal and coconut breakfast bake (12 Servings)

Plus MIL brought us over a quiche, and we are going over there for supper tonight, plus on Friday night after mega groceries, we bought some premade cabbage rolls from the grocery store, and had that with leftover salad mix. (Also fed us Saturday for lunch)
This morning we didn't eat any of the above, but Mr.HH made waffles and hardboiled eggs.

1 weekend, 72 servings of food. (+8 bonus servings from others).

Not too bad!

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 15, 2018, 01:07:13 AM
That's impressive.
 
I have to plan some easy 20 min meals for next week as I won't have the time to cook in advance. Am thinking grilled chicken breast, pressure cooker risotto, baked salmon.

In other news, i bought a box of fish fingers as a timesaver (2.5), and it was quite ordinary. Kids said I should have made them myself, next time they will help.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 19, 2018, 10:55:01 AM
Here's our menu for the week. Multiple meals out is unusual for us:

Friday - ate out for son's birthday at bowling alley
Saturday -  chicken fiesta skillet + guacamole
Sunday - ate out on the way home from skiing. At least we have lunch leftovers
Monday - I'm making curried butternut squash soup (finally getting this out of the freezer) & goat cheese crostini
Tuesday - leftover chicken fiesta
Wednesday - leftover soup & homemade rolls
Thursday - any remaining leftovers. If there are none, I'll go with my default spaghetti & meatballs
Friday - maybe a chicken rice pilaf
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: nyxst on February 21, 2018, 09:42:20 AM
This thread is so wonderful!  I will have to post my weekly meal plans also... so many good ideas in here!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on February 21, 2018, 06:46:18 PM
DH has been traveling and i'm trying a vegan thing, so i've had to make some changes. Bought a medium pkg of hamburger meat this week. Kid requested.

Tuesday: noodles + red sauce + meatballs for kids, roasted cauliflower and lentils for me
Wednesday: pepperoni pizza + raw veg, white beans for me
Thursday: burgers + avocado + tomato + lettuce, kale + white beans for me
Friday: stir fried rice with ground beef, sweet potatoes + TBD for me
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 24, 2018, 02:05:07 PM
Next week
Monday - chicken in curried yoghurt sauce, rice, broccoli
Tuesday - leftover pork roast
Wednesday- pasta
Thursday- gnocchi and chorizo, plus peas (or just plain sautee potato if we run out of time)
Friday- pizza
Sat-thai beef salad
Sunday- roast something
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 24, 2018, 04:24:35 PM
Here's what we're having for the week:

Friday - made naan/pita pizzas out of leftovers (pesto, peppers, grapes, red sauce, chicken - not all on the same pizzas)
Saturday - I'm making a Persian dish called Lubia Polo (rice, ground beef, green beans, etc)
Sunday - Beef tacos
Monday - leftover lubia polo
Tuesday  - leftover tacos
Wednesday - likely taco quesadillas & taquitos
Thursday - if we have any other leftovers, we will eat that. Otherwise, lasagna from the freezer
Friday - chicken pilaf
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Abe on February 24, 2018, 06:35:35 PM
This is a bit out of date, but may be helpful anyway for choosing fruits & vegetables:

https://www.ers.usda.gov/data-products/fruit-and-vegetable-prices/interactive-chart-most-and-least-expensive-fruits-and-vegetables/
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 25, 2018, 01:36:49 AM
Aaaargh. I was a bit off after a root canal treatment on Friday and I did not have the energy to drop off the kids lunches at the afterschool care. Poor things, they will have to tough it out with sandwiches.😂 i baked a batch of cookies and muffins to compensate but it won't be easy for them. We pick them up at 6, so it is long day, they are famished by then.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 25, 2018, 11:18:45 AM
Menu plan for this week planned around veggies from the Bountiful Basket picked up on Friday:

S - Brats with homemade rolls and sauerkraut, sauteed cherry tomatoes and asparagus (have no-knead bread rising, will use half for rolls for tonight, the other half for a small loaf for tomorrow)
M - Split pea soup and bread (already did all the chopping and have it in a container in the fridge, just add stock and water in the morning)
T - Chicken and roasted veggies (about to go prep the veggies for this)
W - Miso tofu, noodles, zucchini (will drain and dice tofu and prep marinade today)
R - Salmon, roasted cabbage & potatoes (easy meal, I have the salmon seasoned and portioned in the freezer, will cook sous vide from frozen)
F - Leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Stachetastic on February 25, 2018, 02:51:07 PM
I meal plan very loosely, because I have a hard time predicting what will result in enough leftovers for another meal and what will be devoured in one go. We have a very picky 5 year old, so he eats cold cuts, pickles, cheese, pretzels, and buttered pasta. In whatever configuration I throw together.

This week for the adults (in no particular order)

~Pork chops with asparagus and salad. Peach cobbler for dessert. (Tonight since the pork chops need used up and the cobblers already made.)

~BBQ beef ribs in crock pot over egg noodles. Salad

~Baked penne with sausage and marinara. Salad

~Grilled cheese on sourdough with store bought red pepper/tomato soup

~Cabbage, keilbasa, and pierogies


Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on February 25, 2018, 07:04:04 PM
This week was also based mostly around what’s in the crisper drawer.

Tonight was this cabbage meatloaf (kalpudding, from the nytimes) w/ sale ground turkey. (Really tasty!!)

Tomorrow is stir fry with asparagus, bell pepper, and mushroom.

Tuesday is roasted butternut squash and Brussels sprouts with pecans, bacon, and cranberries.

Weds is pasta w/ meatballs and jarred sauce.

Thurs is a crockpot freezer meal.

Friday is whatever’s left in the fridge.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: slughorn on February 25, 2018, 07:43:28 PM
1.  Need to eat down the freezers.
2.  Trying to get leftovers actually used up.
3.  No young children.  Everyone old enough to cook a meal, or at least heat up their own leftovers.

Sunday -  leftovers (lasagna, pizza, Alfredo chicken pasta). Fend for yourself.
Monday - freezer challenge:  crockpot corned beef, potatoes, coleslaw, crudités
Tuesday - sausage/lentil stew, spicy tamales from freezer, bread maker bread
Wednesday - minestrone, bread maker bread
Thursday - leftovers, fend for yourself
Friday - fish, rice, crudités.  (Alternate:  grilled cheese, tomato soup, crudités.)
Saturday - spinach tortellini soup
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on February 26, 2018, 09:25:30 AM
Round 2 of mega cooking this past weekend!


- Breakfast slider sandwiches x 12
- Mexican Lasagna x 10
- Slowcooker Moroccan Stew (Squash, Chickpeas, sweet potato, lentils, to be served with rice or quinoa and arugula) x 10 (? Haven't portioned it out, but it is massive)
- Mediterranean Chickpea wraps x 8
- Arugula Pesto Pasta w/tuna x 6

Plan is to eat the Wraps and pasta first since they are not freezer friendly. Lasagna and Stew is in the freezer, and breakfast sandwiches are split half and half. We still have a ton of stuff left from round 1 of mega cooking 2 weeks ago, and our freezer is now refilled from this weeks activities. I think we may need to look into getting a small deep freezer!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on February 27, 2018, 07:33:18 PM
I'm working on pork meals for the kids this week.

Monday: pork chops + rice and veg
Tuesday: make your own chipotle'ish bowls: pork, quinoa, rice, sweet potatoes, lettuce, tomatoes, cuc, celery, red peppers, carrots, hummus, cheese
Wednesday: pork eggrolls/spring rolls
Thursday: curry
Friday: steaks
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on March 03, 2018, 06:12:05 PM
I got started early this week to make sure we used up all the more persishable veggies in this week's Bountiful Basket.

Tonight:  Wedge salad, Chorizo kale dirty rice
Sunday:  Cauliflower, yam and silken tofu curry
Monday: Swiss chard, ham & mozzarella spaghetti squash frittata, roasted asparagus
Tuesday: Chicken fajitas, black beans
Wednesday: Chicken fajitas, black beans
Thursday: Unstuffed cabbage
Friday:  Salmon, roasted broccoli
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 03, 2018, 07:56:16 PM
Things at work have gotten crazy, and we've eaten through most of our freezer staples. That's a problem, because March is looking to be crazy through the rest of the month. Yikes.

Here's the menu plan:
Friday - I found a hail mary frozen chicken dish & threw that together without even knowing what it was. Turned out to be chicken & goat cheese risotto
Saturday - Grilled chicken & rice (it's a huge batch of chicken. We grill an entire Costco pack at a time, & freeze leftovers in dinner sized servings)
Sunday - naan pizzas (1/2 with tomato sauce & cheddar + cheese, 1/2 with pesto sauce & parmesan + chicken)
Monday - leftover chicken & rice
Tuesday - taco quesadillas
Wednesday - Spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday - lasagna
Friday - kids/husband will eat out. I'm out of town
Saturday - leftover lasagna
Sunday - TBD
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Stachetastic on March 04, 2018, 03:24:15 PM
We ended up with a couple meals worth of leftovers last week, so we’ve still got lots of dinner options for this week:

Baked ziti with sausage, salad (tonight)
Cabbage/keilbasa/peirogi
Mushroom Joes with sautéed zucchini, salad
Corned beef reubens, pasta salad
Frozen pizza

Made a batch of tuna salad for lunches, and boiled some eggs for breakfasts. Also have lots of fruit for snacks and desserts.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: slughorn on March 05, 2018, 09:21:22 PM
Still eating down the freezer:

Sunday - pierogis, salad
Monday - Meatloaf, steamed broccoli, baked potatoes
Tuesday - pork fried rice, salad
Wednesday - BBQ pork sandwiches, crudités
Thursday - leftovers
Friday - fish, coleslaw
Saturday - soup, grilled cheese
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on March 06, 2018, 08:11:07 AM
@kaypinkHH  - I am intrigued by breakfast slider sandwiches - do you have a recipe/directions link?


I'm super tired of winter food and we are deep into repeat territory here, but at least we are relatively healthy and the kids aren't complaining :)

Sat: Seared tuna over caesar salad
Sun: red beans and rice (kids ate the sausage and cornbread and carrot sticks - because they aren't beans and rice people)
Monday: Tacos
Tuesday: Pasta w/ spinach sauce
Wednesday: Sloppy Joes (mushroom/beef), salad, and roasted root veggies
Thursday: tortilla crusted tilapia and salad
Friday: Pizza Night!

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on March 06, 2018, 10:23:28 AM
This is a busy/stressful week at work, so I went with things that were on the more mindless side.

Sunday: bulked-up Southwest protein blend (frozen bag, plus peppers/celery/onion, chipotle peppers, a diced potato, a can of black beans, and some salsa)
Monday: pasta w/ chicken sausage, mushrooms, broccoli, and jarred pasta sauce
Tuesday: out w/ friends
Weds: crockpot freezer chicken chili (need to pull it out to defrost overnight), plus a sweet potato
Thursday: mashed potatoes, the last two chicken sausages, and a veggie side (probably spinach?)
Friday: stare at the fridge and see what looks good/leftovers
Saturday: vacation!!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: LMBB on March 06, 2018, 11:18:51 AM
PTF - meal planning/lunch prep helps me eat healthy (lost 10 lbs since Jan 2018) and save money, plus makes the weeknights tolerable without resorting to PB&J or spaghetti every night.

This week our plan is:

Breakfasts - freezer burritos with egg, cheese, and roasted potatoes. Sometimes with black beans or sausage. I make a giant batch about twice a month. I'm the only one that eats them though. My girls prefer cereal or toast in the morning and my husband eats oatmeal at the office.

Lunches - Taco rice and black bean mix, raw veg and homemade hummus, fruit (again, me only. Daughter 1 likes to pack snacky lunches - a fruit, vegetable, hard boiled egg, crackers - or sandwiches and fruit each day. Daughter 2 eats lunch at daycare. Husband probably eats more oatmeal. How he survives is beyond me)

Mon - Boxed mac 'n' Cheese (special request of daughter 1, not the norm)
Tues - Spaghetti with meat sauce (LOL - 2 days into the week and I'm already totally contradicting my previous statement)
Wed - Cottage pie with ground turkey
Thurs - Fish and roast veg
Fri - Homemade pizza and salad
Sat - Leftovers
Sunday - Depends on meal plan for next week, this is my meal prep day and we usually eat some of whatever I'm making for my lunches the following week.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on March 06, 2018, 12:49:26 PM
@StarBright found them via a youtube autoplay...best "wasted time" ever :D.

Here is the link:
https://tasty.co/recipe/breakfast-sliders

I made a double batch of them again this weekend for a brunch, this time 12 with Ham, Egg and cheese, and the other 12 with Ham egg spinach and cheese. I was able to make 24 breakfast sandwiches in about 30 minutes...fantastic time rate of return! Other weekends I have done bacon, egg, spinach and cheese. Little more time because you have to cook the bacon. May experiment with breakfast sausages in the future.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on March 10, 2018, 07:45:58 PM
Joining. I'm very impressed with the level of organization here. Our family is in transition, with MIL having moved to an assisted living arrangement, and kids in college or heading there. Instead of being able to eat a whole ham within a week, we are often cooking for just two people.

We are also moving gradually towards vegetarian and vegan meals. We are currently targeting 3 vegan dinners per week, plus vegan before 6 for DW, no farm raised seafood, and only cage free eggs. I tried vegan butter and cream cheese recently, and they seem fine. I also checked out a vegan cheese making book from the library, which seems like a possibly very mustachian way to go vegan.

We often try to cook vegan meals on Sunday and Monday, so that DW can pack vegan leftovers for lunch. I work at home, so I have flexibility, and don't get first claim on leftovers. Lately, I've been lacking in leftovers, so I've been buying cold cuts and having a wrap with spinach, cold cuts, and jalapenos.

We plan and shop on Saturday, so here's today's plan:

Sat 3/10 - Cauliflower taco bowls with tortilla crumbles - VEGAN
Sun 3/11 - Tacos (son is home on spring break, got a manager's special on ground beef)
Mon 3/12 - Sausages, cabbage and apple salad
Tue 3/13 - Tomato and cabbage tabouleh - VEGAN
Wed 3/14 - Beef brisket pulled pork sandwiches, roast potatoes, carrots, salad
Thu 3/15 - Leftover brisket pulled pork, roast potatoes, carrots, salad
Fri 3/16 - Rice/beans from freezer, salad - VEGAN

I was planning to buy beef brisket on sale, but it was ~$8/lb., while the corned beef brisket was on sale for $1.60/lb. Instead, I bought a pork shoulder for $1.49/lb., and we will switch it up. All the typical St. Patrick's Day ingredients were on sale, so that's why we are having cabbage, potatoes, and carrots. If we have leftover pulled pork, I'll freeze it on a cookie sheet to make carnitas in a week or two.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on March 11, 2018, 06:55:47 PM
We're traveling but decided I needed to plan to keep DH out of the store.  I'm on a vegan diet so I eat portions of meals below and add stuff.

tonight: chicken curry
Monday lunch: ham/cheese/pickles/salad kids, leftover chix for DH
Monday dinner: turkey burgers + pineapple (that's like a veg, right?)
Tuesday lunch: mini sausages/leftover curry chicken for kids, DH TBD
Tuesday PM: roasted chicken + broccoli
Wednesday lunch: mini sausages for kids, leftover chix for the DH
Wednesday dinner: tuna and salmon for DH & kids with noodles and corn

Thursday is a partial travel day...so chaos.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on March 11, 2018, 10:06:07 PM
This week's plan:

Sunday: Braised lamb shank, saffron rice, salad
Monday: Leftovers, salad
Tuesday: Tuna/lentil salad (I'll be on the road)
Wednesday: Tamales, coleslaw
Thursday: Salmon, coleslaw
Friday: Roast chicken & potatoes
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on March 13, 2018, 08:52:36 AM
Mega cooking round 3!! (We bought a deep freezer off Kijiji, I think it will pay for it self!)

Weekend:
- Vegan fried Rice with peanut sauce x 8 - Some for lunches/some for freezer
- Indian food combo dish (Butter chicken, Saag, Bhartha) with rice x 9- Freezer
- Veggie Spicy Burritos x 10 - Freezer
- Chopped a bunch of carrots, celery and strawberries for snacks, and pre chopped the veggies for steak dinner last night
- Made some party food for a party on Saturday
- Salmon burgers with fries and coleslaw x 4  Dinner Sunday/Dinner tomorrow

Last night:
- Steak and mushrooms with mashed potatoes, and roasted veg and peppercorn sauce x 6 - Dinner Monday, Lunch today and tomorrow

Week plans:
- Tonight and Thursday- Dinner at in-laws

Om nom nom food stuffs.

I'm so pumped that we haven't wasted a ton of food since moving into our new house. A few rotten strawberries here and there (from buying cheap strawberries), but overall we are clearing out our fridge every Friday!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: slughorn on March 13, 2018, 08:22:58 PM

Sunday - meatball subs,salad
Monday - chicken Alfredo pasta, salad
Tuesday - stuffed peppers
Wednesday - chicken pot pie, crudités
Thursday - sloppy Joes, leftovers, crudités
Friday - evening errands, pizza
Saturday - (St Patrick's Day) - corned beef
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on March 19, 2018, 04:20:02 AM
So

Monday- beef stir fry, veg n rice
Tuesday- bolognese
Wednesday - meatloaf(freezer) broccoli, mash
Thursday- chicken pot pie, salad
Friday- pizza or lentil shep pie w sweat potatoes
Sat- eat out.
Sunday- roast pork etc
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 19, 2018, 07:06:01 AM
I didn't have a meal plan last week,& let me tell you how uncomfortable & stressed out it made me. So, back on the wagon this week.

Saturday - naan pizzas (kids, it was a birthday) & chicken curry
Sunday - kebabs, rice & yogurt sauce
Monday - leftover curry, & taco quesadillas for the kids
Tuesday - leftover kebabs & rice
Wednesday - I'm guessing there will still be leftover curry, & kids will eat remaining naan pizzas
Thursday - spaghetti & meatballs
Friday - chicken fajita skillet

I love having a plan!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on March 19, 2018, 08:04:07 AM
I've got some busy evenings this week, and failed at actually planning yesterday, so here's me attempting to think through what's in the fridge:

Sunday - Chicken tortellini w/ broccoli and marinara (made 3 servings leftovers)
Monday - Stirfry w/ cabbage and asparagus (I'm not thrilled with this idea - will probably google "cabbage and asparagus" and see if I can find something else - or if you all have any ideas??)
Tuesday - need something super quick before a 7pm meeting - maybe a crockpot dinner from the freezer?
Wednesday - I'm busy, DH will eat leftovers
Thursday - need something super quick after a 6pm meeting - DH might make something from the freezer (pizza or bag of pasta) and I'll eat it when I get home?
Friday - what's left in the crisper drawer??
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on March 22, 2018, 09:49:32 AM
Over on the Reduce Your Grocery Spend thread, I offered some meal planning help. In doing so I created a sample meal plan for mega cooking. Figured I would also share here if anyone is looking for ideas!!

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DGOPmLigiCBMZxmbWq6yFATp6TyFakbcsGT180yp0h4/edit?usp=sharing

Mega cooking round 4 (ish)...
Last weekend I made 24 servings of gnocchi our of 10 lbs of potatos. In doing so I ended up with a ton of leftover potato skins and have been eating potato skins in various forms.

Sunday PM: Soup from my in-laws with a side of potato skins topped with salami, goat cheese, sun dried tomatoes and mozzarella...om nom nom.
Monday PM: Did groceries and had freezer Chili -wahoo having things prepped. Made a egg roll filling casserole for lunches, and Donair meat (local delicacy).
Tuesday PM: Donair Potato Skins and Greek Salad
Wednesday PM: Sandwichs, roasted brussel sprouts and FINAL POTATO SKINS (seriously...10lbs of potatoes makes too many potato skins)
Thursday PM: Freezer Mexican Lasagna.
Friday PM: Sandwiches (road trip food).
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on March 26, 2018, 05:58:05 AM
Forgot about this thread, but didn't forget to meal plan. Last week was a little weird, with DW out so much:

Sat 3/17 - Cod w/mango salsa
Sun 3/18 - Carrot soup, bread, salad - VEGAN - didn't happen, had leftover cod instead
Mon 3/19 - DW out - sausages, potatoes, broccoli
Tue 3/20 - Pasta with red sauce, salad - VEGAN
Wed 3/21 - DW out - leftover pulled pork
Thu 3/22 - DW out, DD out - leftover pasta - VEGAN

This week:

Sun 3/25 - Carrot soup, bread, salad - VEGAN
Mon 3/26 - Indian rice/beans from freezer, salad - VEGAN
Tue 3/27 - Tofu stir fry - VEGAN
Wed 3/28 - Onion soup, bread/cheese, salad
Thu 3/29 - Braised chicken thighs w/carrots, potatoes, onions
Fri 3/30 - Leftovers

We got 10 lbs. of potatoes, so I guess I'll make gnocchi and freeze it, as someone else mentioned up-thread.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: slughorn on March 26, 2018, 02:18:28 PM
This past weekend, we smoked turkey breasts and pork loin.  (Vacuum-sealed half of the smoked meats and put into freezer).

Also, we got ground angus on quick-sale.  The ground beef went into the crock pot -- cook till done; then will drain and turn into crumbles, which become Sloppy Joes and tacos.

Sunday - smoked turkey, mashed potatoes, salad/coleslaw
Monday - Sloppy Joes, salad
Tuesday - tacos {beef crumbles or leftover turkey}, crudités 
Wednesday - smoked pork, baked potatoes, brussels sprouts, salad
Thursday - pork fried rice
Friday - bean burritos
Saturday - leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 27, 2018, 07:15:32 AM
Husband is traveling, so the kids & I have been a bit more flexible with planning this week:

Friday - chicken fiesta skillet
Saturday - french toast w/berries & a salad
Sunday - out, using a gift card
Monday - I had leftover chicken fiesta skillet, the kids had spaghetti & meatballs
Tuesday - soup & salad
Wednesday - leftover spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday - burgers (freezer) + salad
Friday - pancakes w/berries & a salad
Saturday - tacos
Sunday - Easter bunny pasta + chicken
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on March 31, 2018, 02:08:35 PM
Last week, I took out what I thought was Indian rice and beans, but it turned out to be chili with meat -- yummy, but missed the goal of three vegan dinners. We'll have it this week instead:

Sat 3/31 - Cod, asparagus
Sun 4/1 - Out
Mon 4/2 - Cauliflower/celeriac soup from freezer, salad - VEGAN
Tue 4/3 - Indian rice/beans from freezer, salad - VEGAN
Wed 4/4 - Sausages, applesauce, potatoes
Thu 4/5 - Pasta w/marinara, salad - VEGAN
Fri 4/6 - Leftovers

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 01, 2018, 08:26:58 PM
Menu planning for the week:
Sunday - we had bunny pasta & meatballs + salad
Monday - chicken pastina casserole
Tuesday - tacos
Wednesday - leftover chicken pastina
Thursday - leftover tacos
Friday - out to dinner

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on April 02, 2018, 05:52:06 AM
I thought I'd check in to see people's creative use of Easter Leftovers :)

Sunday: Ham, Cheese Grits, green beans and Lemon Chess Pie
Monday: Marcella Hazan's Spinach Pasta w/ Ham
Tuesday: Fish, salad, leftover green beans
Wednesday: Ham 'n Beans, squash cornbread
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday: Pizza

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on April 02, 2018, 07:13:01 AM
I am loving my Google Drive system - this is the longest I've stuck with meal planning.  I use a table template and add in what I expect to be doing each day - that way I can easily readjust the meal if my plans change (e.g. grab the easier meal for a busier night).  Also, I put my shopping list at the bottom of the table, so I can pull it up on my phone at the grocery store (my breakfasts and lunches are in the table too), and looking at the menu plan, it's easy to see how to modify based on sales when I'm shopping. I can also hyperlink to a recipe right in the table if I'm cooking something new. It's really freeing up some mental space for me during the week.

Sunday - Tamales (from freezer) and slaw
Monday - Bean and bacon soup, homemade bread
Tuesday - Salmon, beets, asparagus
Wednesday - Leg of lamb, salad
Thursday - ??  might be out of town
Friday - Salad, lamb/mushroom polenta


Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on April 05, 2018, 11:51:52 AM
I realized in making my own meal plans/mega cooking plans, with a few modifications, I have enough information to share my method WITH THE WORLD (or this thread).

Here is this weeks recipes, ingredient list, and high level meal prep instructions.  Most of this food will end up in the freezer for later dinners/lunches.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15ky4hJH8AYYufcW1_peTPxlmMmRch_jF1kuS7so82WE/edit?usp=sharing

Recipes:
Curry Lentil with Basmati Rice (Vegetarian, Vegan if greek yogurt is not used, GF) - Edit: Was going to use wild rice but that stuff is EXPENSIVE!!
Gnocchi and Tomato Bake (Vegetarian)
Asian Pork and Broccoli With Soba Noodles
Sweet Potato and Veg with Spicy Thai Peanut Suace with Rice (Vegan(if maple syrup is used), GF)
Black Bean Burgers (Vegetarian)
Vegetarian Burritos (Vegetarian, easily made vegan (no cheese))
Breakfast slider sandwiches

*I'm not personally vegetarian/vegan, but I tend to find recipes that fit this criteria....I love me some veg!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on April 06, 2018, 04:59:14 AM
I realized in making my own meal plans/mega cooking plans, with a few modifications, I have enough information to share my method WITH THE WORLD (or this thread).

Here is this weeks recipes, ingredient list, and high level meal prep instructions.  Most of this food will end up in the freezer for later dinners/lunches.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/15ky4hJH8AYYufcW1_peTPxlmMmRch_jF1kuS7so82WE/edit?usp=sharing


Thanks for taking it up a notch!  Gotta go up my game.  :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on April 06, 2018, 05:14:51 AM
Haha, I just really really like food.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on April 07, 2018, 08:10:40 PM

Saturday: Chile colorado, Spanish rice, jicama/red cabbage slaw
Sunday:  Meatballs with marinara over spaghetti squash
Moday:  Baked chicken breast, red potatoes, Swiss chard
Tuesday: Tofu miso soup and bok choi
Wednesday: Braised cabbage, brats, carrots, sauerkraut
Thursday:  Salmon, beets, broccoli
Friday:  Either beans and cornbread, or split pea and herb bread
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on April 08, 2018, 06:15:23 PM
Sat 4/7 - Out
Sun 4/8 - Tofu stir fry - VEGAN
Mon 4/9 - Indian lentil crockpot, salad - VEGAN
Tue 4/10 - Gnocchi with kale, sweet potatoes
Wed 4/11 - Mexican lucky*
Thu 4/12 - California panini - VEGAN
Fri 4/13 - Leftovers
Sat 4/14 - Away
Sun 4/15 - Away

* From intentionally misheard Daft Punk lyrics: https://youtu.be/h5EofwRzit0?t=67. This is a meal that evolved as using up whatever meat, vegetables, cheese, and sour cream we have with Mexican flavor, possibly with tortillas, taco shells, or tortilla chips.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 08, 2018, 08:26:18 PM
We cook only on weekends, and eat leftovers during the work week. (The power outage yesterday will require some tweaking of our plans).

-Saturday - we were supposed to have peanut chicken bowls, but power was out. So, picked up Costco food court. What a let down!
-Sunday - my husband grilled burgers
-Monday - peanut chicken bowls (loosely based on this recipe - http://inpursuitofmore.com/2013/01/24/recipe-peanut-sauce-noodle-bowl/)
-Tuesday - leftover burgers
-Wednesday - leftover chicken bowls
-Thursday - eat up any remaining leftovers, or spaghetti & meatballs
-Friday - my parents are flying in, so tacos, guac & margaritas
-Saturday - my husband will grill kebabs & make rice
-Sunday - chicken curry

Haven't gotten beyond that
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on April 09, 2018, 08:16:49 AM
My brain and my calendar were thoroughly disconnected this weekend, as I bought a full load of groceries despite the fact that I have 1.5 evenings to actually make dinner this week. So tonight will be pasta with *all the vegetables!*

Question for the crowd - can I crockpot something on Wednesday with cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet potatoes (or some combo thereof)?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on April 09, 2018, 12:29:54 PM
@DCKatie09
Slowcooker meal inspirations:

Cauliflower+ Sweet Potatoes- My immediate thought was a curry with either lentils or chickpeas
https://www.cookincanuck.com/slow-cooker-vegetable-curry-recipe-with-sweet-potato-chickpeas/
http://asweetspoonful.com/2018/01/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-lentil-cauliflower-curry.html

If chickpeas and lentils aren't your thing, throw in some chicken thighs, cauliflower, sweet potato and curry flavours for curry/stew type thing. You could even throw some rice or quinoa right into the slowcooker for a one pot meal.

Alternatively a soup:
https://peasandcrayons.com/2015/09/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-and-cauliflower-soup.html


Potatoes should keep until you have time to cook with them, but no reason why you couldn't add them to the curry mixture!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on April 09, 2018, 02:00:31 PM
@DCKatie09
Slowcooker meal inspirations:

Cauliflower+ Sweet Potatoes- My immediate thought was a curry with either lentils or chickpeas
https://www.cookincanuck.com/slow-cooker-vegetable-curry-recipe-with-sweet-potato-chickpeas/
http://asweetspoonful.com/2018/01/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-lentil-cauliflower-curry.html

If chickpeas and lentils aren't your thing, throw in some chicken thighs, cauliflower, sweet potato and curry flavours for curry/stew type thing. You could even throw some rice or quinoa right into the slowcooker for a one pot meal.

Alternatively a soup:
https://peasandcrayons.com/2015/09/slow-cooker-sweet-potato-and-cauliflower-soup.html


Potatoes should keep until you have time to cook with them, but no reason why you couldn't add them to the curry mixture!
Thanks, kay! The soup actually looks really intriguing. We just did red lentils and sweet potato curry Saturday, so I don't think DH would be super excited to do that again 4 days later, but it's a great idea. :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on April 13, 2018, 02:23:03 AM
Am back from holidays. This week we ate random things i found in the freezer which could be tossed on the grill. I even had a successful fasting day, so yay.

Next week
Monday leftover beef cheeks
Tuesday carbonara for the fam/fasting for me
Wednesday- grilled chicken n salad
Thursday- spanish chickpeas w chorizo n tortillas
friday- pizza
saturday1 steak n salad
Sunday- dunno.Possibly meatloaf based on the contents of the freezer.

I spent 90 dollars at aldi plus need to pick up some bread and milk.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on April 18, 2018, 06:32:06 AM
My brain and my calendar were thoroughly disconnected this weekend, as I bought a full load of groceries despite the fact that I have 1.5 evenings to actually make dinner this week. So tonight will be pasta with *all the vegetables!*

Question for the crowd - can I crockpot something on Wednesday with cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet potatoes (or some combo thereof)?

I like the cauliflower and potato curry from this book: https://www.amazon.com/Indian-Slow-Cooker-Healthy-Authentic/ . I guess the dish is called aloo gobi, so you can find a recipe online: http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2013/04/recipe-for-slow-cooker-aloo-gobi-spiced-cauliflower-and-potatoes.html for example. Delicious!

For my meal plan this week, there is no plan. I'll be by myself the rest of the week, and have enough ingredients on hand to figure something out. We had a huge salad/slaw last night, so that will last me a couple of days. DW is thinking about a Jenny Craig-style regimen, with my help, so this plan may get more difficult and detailed soon.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: lexde on April 18, 2018, 07:16:17 AM
I am trying to do as low-spend as I can manage for the rest of the month, so I’m eating out of my fridge and pantry which are already a bit limited because of my recent move. I have plenty of ground beef and chicken, so I’m probably just going to pick up a few outlier ingredients for the rest of the month (mayo, sour cream, etc.).

Today: Rotisserie chicken for lunch, some salami and cheese snack. Dinner will be loaded chicken salad.
Tomorrow: Loaded chicken salad lunch. Dinner will be charcuterie.
Friday: Loaded chicken salad lunch. Black bean pasta with chicken and Alfredo for dinner.
Saturday/Sunday: whatever is leftover, likely chicken salad and pasta!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on April 18, 2018, 08:27:25 AM
My brain and my calendar were thoroughly disconnected this weekend, as I bought a full load of groceries despite the fact that I have 1.5 evenings to actually make dinner this week. So tonight will be pasta with *all the vegetables!*

Question for the crowd - can I crockpot something on Wednesday with cauliflower, potatoes, and sweet potatoes (or some combo thereof)?

I like the cauliflower and potato curry from this book: https://www.amazon.com/Indian-Slow-Cooker-Healthy-Authentic/ . I guess the dish is called aloo gobi, so you can find a recipe online: http://www.theperfectpantry.com/2013/04/recipe-for-slow-cooker-aloo-gobi-spiced-cauliflower-and-potatoes.html for example. Delicious!

For my meal plan this week, there is no plan. I'll be by myself the rest of the week, and have enough ingredients on hand to figure something out. We had a huge salad/slaw last night, so that will last me a couple of days. DW is thinking about a Jenny Craig-style regimen, with my help, so this plan may get more difficult and detailed soon.
Aloo gobi is delicious! I make it with some regularity. We ended up just roasting a big tray of cauliflower, sweet potato, and potato, and had that with a couple chicken sausages (DH got it in the oven while I was commuting home). I appreciate all the ideas!

This week was another only half-planned one:
Sunday: veggie stirfry
Monday: shepherd's pie w/ ground chicken and a ton of veggies
Tuesday: chicken cheesesteak from the freezer/crockpot (not great - pepper strips don't stand up that well to 8 hours of cooking), plus some shredded kale salad
Wednesday: ???? maybe pasta w/ leftover chicken and peppers from last night, plus more salad
Thursday: I'm out for a work thing, leftovers for the husband
Friday: ????
Saturday: game night, other people feed us. :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on April 23, 2018, 04:15:12 AM
Back on a plan, but this week could get thrown off track by work. Only spent $30 on groceries for the week, so it won't be disastrous if we need to fill in.

Sun 4/22 - Roast beef, potatoes, veg
Mon 4/23 - Leftover roast beef
Tue 4/24 - Pad thai - VEGAN
Wed 4/25 - Mexican lucky - VEGAN
Thu 4/26 - Veggie burgers - VEGAN
Fri 4/27 - Out
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: kaypinkHH on April 24, 2018, 01:52:25 PM
Haven't had to do mega cooking in a while, eating down our stash and making more evening meals/using up fridge stuff.

Past couple of weeks things we have made:
- Homemade Pizza and Pizza "sandwiches" - leftover pizza stuff on English muffins (great for lunches)
- Meat Pie and Salad
- Homemade Donairs and Salad
- Rotisserie chicken with salad and potato wedges- I was craving take out and got this instead, should have just caved and got take out or made it myself. It was not worth the price :'(.
- Lasagna Soup (so easy and so good!!)

Rest of the week meal plan:
- Thai Spicy Noodles
- Chicago Hot Dog Salad
- Buffalo Chickpea Salad Bowls
- Perogie Pizza


Mega cooking round 5(?) on Saturday I think. Last one probably before Baby HH arrives. Time to stock the freezer with a few less spicy options.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on April 25, 2018, 07:55:04 AM
I was out of town over the weekend (my normal cooking time), so this week has been more haphazard than normal:

(We serve salad with every meal)
Sunday - Costco lasagna + garlic bread
Monday - Panko chicken + TJ's samosas
Tuesday - leftover lasagna
Wednesday - I'll cut up the remaining panko chicken, some cabbage lurking in the freezer, and make it into chicken tacos
Thursday - My parents left chicken enchiladas in the freezer, so I'll rescue those
Friday - chicken risotto (I make the cheater oven baked version)

That's as far ahead as I've gotten
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on April 28, 2018, 07:59:46 PM

Last week got a little off track, but not too bad. I didn't buy any ingredients for pad Thai, so that dish got rotated out. I also went out to dinner one night for a work dinner, so we had more roast beef leftovers for other nights.

Sat 4/28 - Pizza takeout
Sun 4/29 - Pasta with marinara - VEGAN
Mon 4/30 - Veggie burgers - VEGAN
Tue 5/1 - Gnocchi
Wed 5/2 - Lentil sloppy joes - VEGAN
Thu 5/3 - Penne alla vodka
Fri 5/4 - Mexican lucky
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on April 30, 2018, 10:52:14 AM
Ok, April is basically over and my life is back to a semblance of non-travel normalcy.

Sunday: turkey burgers, roasted asparagus, potato salad
Monday: pasta w/ chicken sausage, mushrooms, and spinach
Tuesday: chana masala (plus kale) w/ brown rice
Wednesday: southwestern chopped salad (cabbage, kale, carrots, green onion, black beans, pepitas, sour cream and salsa dressing. my attempt at recreating a bagged chopped salad and realizing there actually aren't huge cost savings here)
Thursday: happy hour with friends
Friday: ??? haven't planned that far ahead yet.

DH and I are planning another sugar-free two weeks starting May 7, so I need to do a little future thinking for that (basically around breakfasts and snacks - our dinners are usually in good shape and lunch is leftovers), and we need to eat all the sugary yogurt currently in the fridge.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: lexde on April 30, 2018, 12:02:28 PM
This week I’m having “egg roll in a bowl” for lunches and “crack chicken” for dinners. Both cheap, easy, filling keto meals.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 01, 2018, 02:57:39 PM
I'm a little nervous about May. I have two international work trips, and my husband tends to default to quick & easy options (who can blame him), when he's also in charge of dinner. I need to sit down with him & figure out what kind of freezer meal options I can stock ahead of time.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Well Respected Man on May 06, 2018, 07:27:55 AM
OK, DW is out of commission for an unknown duration, so time to make some easy meals that will last a couple of days each.

Sun 5/6 - Hummus, tabouleh - VEGAN
Mon 5/7 - Leftover hummus, tabouleh - VEGAN
Tue 5/8 - Pasta with marinara, salad - VEGAN
Wed 5/9 - Leftover pasta, salad - VEGAN
Thu 5/10 - Beef stew in crockpot, salad
Fri 5/11 - Leftover stew, salad

I'm going to leave the tomatoes on the side of the tabouleh, because it gets gross after a day in the fridge.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 06, 2018, 08:11:49 AM
Today begins part one of my two international work trips. This week it will be easier, as it's just my husband & my non picky eater. Pickier eater will be at science camp, & I'm in London.

Here's what I'm thinking:
Sunday - hamburgers & salads
Monday - spaghetti & meatballs
Tuesday - chicken sandwiches
Wednesday - pizza
Thursday - out
Friday - I'll be back in the evening, so probably an easy option like enchiladas from the freezer
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on May 08, 2018, 03:45:27 AM
Back from holidays. The food in Thailand is delicious. I will try to recreate those soups and curries eventually, but this week I am finding bits and bobs in the freezer.

Monday- french toast
Tuesday- chicken dumpling soup and fried rice
Wednesday - pork n peas plus rice
Thursday- not sure. Spag bol most likely.
Friday- pizza
Sat- steak n salad
sunday- roast etc
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on May 08, 2018, 06:05:42 AM
We're on day 2 of no sugar! Breakfasts are chosen from cinnamon pecan waffles, plain yogurt with fruit, baked oatmeals with apples and pecans, or english muffins with peanut butter. Lunches are leftovers. Dinners are:
Monday - one pot parmesan pasta w/ broccoli
Tuesday - instant pot chicken taco bowls
Wednesday - I'm meeting a friend for dinner, leftovers for DH
Thursday - cauliflower and lentil tacos
Friday - potatoes and broccoli somehow turned into an actual meal
Saturday/Sunday - ???
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 12, 2018, 03:24:40 PM
Back from international work trip one of two this month.

Friday - grabbed two frozen pizzas from the grocery store. Super jet lagged, felt like a hero for avoiding takeout.
Saturday - my husband was going to make me dinner tomorrow for Mother's Day, but I asked him to swap with me, as I really don't feel like cooking. So, he'll make kebabs & rice (my favorite) tonight
Sunday - I'll make chicken curry
Monday - lasagna (from the freezer - my parents are awesome & made a few freezer meals for us when they were in town)
Tuesday - leftover kebabs & rice
Wednesday - leftover curry
Thursday - leftover lasagna
Friday - TBD, but likely our standby of chicken risotto, or spaghetti & meatballs
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on May 12, 2018, 06:22:36 PM
Eh, we will be boring again this week as I am sick and don't feel like cooking.

monday- leftover roast and veg
Tue- spag bol
Wed-stir fried pork n rice
Thur- tortilla stack
Friday- salmon &  steamed veg
Sat - grilled chicken + salad
Sunday- roast sth

Have to make some decent lunches for the man as he got back to eating out in the past few weeks. It is easy to fall back in bad habits. As the next 2 months will be a bit tight he is quite motivated, so we shall see. Am thinking of making him a couple of lunches with leftover roast,  there will be a tuna sandwich day and 2 burrito days.

I don't know what I will eat. I feel like plain rice and steamed veg plus fruit, I am off food these days. I have soups for dinner.

The man invited people for dinner yesterday, who kindly brought sausages with them (plus 2 teenage boys). I just added that to the chicken and the salads I had, plus I made a ginger cake, so i didn't have to do an extra shop. Not sure about these last minute impromptu dinner parties, but it was fun. This cake is very easy and cheap to make and though it looks ugly it is always a hit.

 And the best part, a friend dropped off a bottle of wine, a bottle of whisky and a large box of chocolate as a thank you for helping them with the boat. Such an unexpected treat.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on May 25, 2018, 12:20:52 AM
So, my oven is broken. Not happy as we invited people around for sunday lunch (was planning a roast and apple pie) and we are invited for drinks tomorrow, for what I was supposed to bring sausage rolls. I might just ensemble them and pop it in the oven when we arrive, plus we can do the roast on the barbeque, but it is annoying. Hope my husband can fix the damn thing.

And of course it broke AFTER  i planned the menu and bought the ingredients for next week, so I will have to reassess the situation.

It is soup and stew weather around here. We are having ham and pea soup tonight with fettuccini alfredo for the kids instead of the friday pizza. Aaaand, it looks like the kids are getting over this vegetarian phase, they finally started eating meat again, so I will have to experiment a bit to see what they are willing to eat.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on May 25, 2018, 09:48:02 AM
I'm heading out tomorrow for my second international work trip of the month. Traveling really screws up the rest of the meal planning. Here's the loose plan:

Friday - I'm going to swing into the grocery store & pick up a cheater rotisserie chicken & pepper & make a chicken fajita skillet dish.
Saturday - my husband & the kids are going to be at a soccer tournament all day, so I'm expecting them to eat a pizz from the freezer
Sunday - the fam will eat leftover chicken fajitas
Monday - again with soccer, so I'm thinking they will eat mini sliders
Tuesday - leftover pizza
Wednesday - spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday - they will likely eat out
Friday - I fly back in early in the day. Will defrost chicken curry from the freezer. No rice, so will plan to eat it with naan bread

I will be so happy when this jag of traveling is over & we can get back to a more regular schedule
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on August 18, 2018, 12:41:49 AM
What's up? Nobody is planning meals these days?

So here is mine

Sunday- roast pork w pumpkin, potatoes n brussel sprouts
Monday-leftovers plus lentils
Tuesday - spag bol (sauce from the freezer)
Wednesday - shepeard pie (from the freezer)
Thursday- salmon n peas+ fennel and orange salad
Friday- pizza
Sat- eating out

I have some soup for my lunches and promised thai chicken for my husband's work lunches. Kids have sandwiches and a pasta salad.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bean05 on August 18, 2018, 01:17:49 PM
Yes! Still doing it!

Sun chicken thighs (tempeh for mom) baked with lemon/rosemary, spiced rice, salad
Mon Shrimp scampi bake over angel hair, salad
Tues cheese grits with black beans and onion/Anaheim peppers sauté, fruit
Weds shrimp tacos, black beans and rice
Thurs spaghetti (sausage option), salad
Friday - grocery shop so not planned it yet!

Trying to make easier/faster things for the weeknight dinners.
Will shell the shrimp tomorrow and make a big batch of black beans from scratch!
I have a rice cooker, love that thing.

Thanks for sharing ideas!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on August 19, 2018, 12:36:06 PM
We menu plan every week, cooking only on weekends & eating leftovers during the work week. However, we've had a bunch of random things come up that have thrown us off plan. This is also an unusual week, as I'll be gone Thursday-Sunday

 Here's our menu:

Friday - we actually had leftovers, which was super unusual because my parents were in town & cooked for us.
Saturday - my husband made kebabs & rice
Sunday - salmon & rice
Monday - leftover kebabs & rice
Tuesday - leftover salmon + salad
Wednesday - spaghetti & meatballs (with homemade tomato sauce)
Thursday - I'm guessing my husband will take the kids out
Friday - Costco frozen lasagna
Saturday - chicken + pasta
Sunday - grilled burgers & corn
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on August 20, 2018, 07:40:08 AM
We're trying to be diligent about it this fall - both my husband and I are staring down the barrel of particularly busy seasons, so aiming for regular Sunday night casseroles that will be good for leftovers, and easy planning for the rest of the weeknights.

Sunday: Broccoli rice casserole (made extra homemade cream of mushroom soup for the freezer)
Monday: Chopped salad w/ feta, pecans, cranberries, red pepper
Tuesday: Pasta w/ smoked sausage, mushrooms, peppers
Wednesday: I'm at an event, leftovers or frozen pasta for DH
Thursday: Restaurant Week date night!
Friday: Rice and beans
Saturday: anything that's left in the fridge
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on August 22, 2018, 02:00:13 AM
You american people, please translate grits for me. Is it something like polenta?

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Dollar Slice on August 22, 2018, 02:47:10 AM
You american people, please translate grits for me. Is it something like polenta?

Yes, very similar. I think traditionally it's made with a different type/finer grind of cornmeal, but otherwise the same thing.

Sort of like making oatmeal with instant oats vs quick cooking oats.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on August 25, 2018, 06:01:10 PM
I fell victim to the middle aisle at bloody Aldi, so I modified the initial meal plan for next week to stay in budget (180 a week).

Sun- chicken soup and zucchini slice for lunch and chicken casserole for dinner (am finally using up the sumac), rice, broccoli, beetroot salad
Mon- chicken and mushroom pie w puff pastry (will make a double batch of the filling), spinach salad
Tue- spaghetti (sauce from freezer)
Wed- stir fry (pork, veg, 5 spice)
Thurs- crumbed chicken, mashed potatoes, greens
Frid-  eating out (we are away)
Sat- sausages at the beach barbeque plus maybe a pasta salad.
Sund- not sure yet

For the lunches I am making a giant vat of pumpkin soup for myself, mushroom, spinach and hallumi wraps (me and kid1), pasta&bean salad and sandwiches for kid2, the man still has a few chicken curries in the freezer.

I overbought the bread and fruit this week (berry season!). Plus vegetables are horribly expensive due to the drought. Like 3.5 dollars for a cucumber. I am also the proud new owner of 5 pyrex dishes with lids (less food waste if i see the leftovers in the fridge), a set of stainless steel mixing bowls and new cutting boards.

Anyway, I am glad i managed to be within budget. From next week I am planning to spend around 150 a week, so I have to be careful around the middle section😁😁
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: frugi on August 28, 2018, 10:18:29 AM
I posted this in the eat all the food in your house thread, since I'm trying to clear out my freezer and pantry.  But meal planning will make that happen...  We're 2 adults and one almost 12 year old girl.  I generally cook enough for dinner so DH and I can have leftovers for lunch.  Everything this week is from supplies on hand.

M- Chicken thighs, cauliflower, and mushrooms in tikka masala simmer sauce with brown basmati rice and yogurt
T- Tacos w/ground beef and black beans, hard shells/low carb tortillas, lettuce, tomatoes, cheese, sour cream, guacamole and salsa
W- Turkey Bolognese with whole wheat macaroni, green beans
Th- Grilled shrimp* with quinoa, stir-fry veggies
F- Pizzas from frozen whole wheat crust kits, topped with turkey pepperoni, veggies, pesto, etc. (We might go out instead, so this would be Saturday's dinner instead)
Sa- Frozen potstickers, stir-fry veggies
Su- Breakfast for dinner, including turkey sausage, eggs and pancakes
M (Labor Day)- grilled ribeye with chimichurri, Russian salad with beets, annnd I'll probably have some more zucchini and tomatoes from my neighbor to consume as well
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Hula Hoop on August 29, 2018, 04:02:37 AM
We're trying to use up stuff in the freezer and fridge so that we can defrost it this weekend:

today
lunch - potato salad, fruit, yoghurt
dinner- frozen fish, frozen peas and potatoes
dessert - home made ice cream from the freezer

tomorrow- lunch - sandwiches with salame and prosciuto crudo
pasta with buffalo mozzarella and fresh tomatoes, salad
dessert - home made ice cream from the freezer

Friday - lunch - leftover lentil soup from freezer, sandwiches for kids
dinner - go our for pizza

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 03, 2018, 09:27:31 AM
I need to sort my freezer this weekend, but here's what we'e thinking about for a menu this week:

Monday - we're invited to a barbecue, so we'll eat there. I'll take the opportunity (day off today) to brown ground beef for tacos
Tuesday - Tacos
Wednesday - leftover burgers
Thursday - hot dogs (can you tell we've been hosting barbecues?) & pasta salad
Friday - any fridge leftovers. Otherwise, we'll have pizza
Saturday - kebabs & rice
Sunday - chicken curry + leftover rice from Saturday
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on September 03, 2018, 12:07:15 PM
Last week DH was out of town for work so I subsisted on turkey wraps and salad. This week, back to planning! Made baked tortellini and empanadas this weekend for lunches, dinner is as follows:
Tonight: potluck at my folks' house for Labor Day
Tomorrow: red beans and rice (made brown rice today to speed it up)
Wednesday: one pot broccoli and spaghetti
Thursday: work event for me, DH scavenges the freezer
Friday: mashed potatoes, sauteed spinach, stuffed chicken breasts
Saturday: birthday dinner of pizza and champagne. >_<
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on September 03, 2018, 10:58:53 PM
I'm sick, so this meal plan is great. I hope to get better by thursday, in the meanwhile i am reheating things from the freezer.

Mond- leftover roast
Tue- bolognese (soup for me)
Wednesday- chili con carne
Thursday- stir fry
Friday- pizza
saturday- sth for the barbeque as the man is having a working bee and people will likely hang out for dinner
Sunday- roast chicken and sides
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on September 18, 2018, 08:19:45 AM
We've been retooling to remove gluten from our house - DS diagnosed with autoimmune issue so we're trying gluten free out to see if it helps.

Saturday: Egyptian Macaroni Bechamel (yummy!) (GF pasta)
Sunday: Oktoberfest Pot Pie (Kiddo ate a deconstructed version of the filling but none of the pastry)
Monday: Hooligan Pancakes w/ yogurt and fruit salad
Tuesday: Tostadas and salad
Wed: BBQ Ribs, mashed sweet potatoes, salad
Thursday: eggs poached in tomato sauce over cheese grits, with toast and salad
Friday: Pizza! Gluten free pizza is pretty gross but the kids don't seem to notice the difference. We are thinking about making a grown up pizza with normal crust that the kids aren't interested in eating just to give ourselves something yummy :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 21, 2018, 12:48:09 AM
I've been traveling for work, but really need to get back into the groove with menu planning. I arrive home late on Saturday, so will ask my husband to make dinner on Saturday night:

Saturday - TBD
Sunday - Tacos
Monday - homemade pizza
Tuesday - leftover Saturday dinner
Wednesday - leftover tacos
Thursday - Chicken pesto pasta
Friday - risotto
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on September 21, 2018, 10:46:07 AM
Lemongrass chicken (https://onceamonthmeals.com/recipes/lemongrass-coconut-chicken/)
Mushroom pasta
Oven roasted honey mustard chicken over chopped vegetables, with rolls
Mongolian Beef (http://www.sixsistersstuff.com/2013/01/slow-cooker-mongolian-beef.html)
Baked ziti
Beef stew
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on September 24, 2018, 01:42:40 PM
I'm back from (hopefully) my last international work trip. We scrambled a bit, but made a menu plan. I need to use up a bunch of freezer/pantry stuff, so am hoping to rotate that into the menu soon. Here's our plan:

Saturday - we had a grab & go Costco meal (prepared ravioli & shrimp pesto)
Sunday - kebabs & rice
Monday - leftover ravioli & shrimp pesto
Tuesday - leftover kebabs & rice
Wednesday - "no peek" beef dish (freezer) over rice
Thursday - any leftovers. If none remain, we'll do gyozas & fried rice (both from freezer)
Friday - naan pizza
Saturday - butternut squash soup (squash from freezer) with goat cheese crostini (bread from freezer)

The kids don't have activities this weekend, so I'm planning to inventory our fridge & freezer again, as well as the pantry & start rotating through our stores. 
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on September 24, 2018, 01:49:14 PM
Lime cumin marinated chicken, yellow rice and black beans
Italian Wonderpot (budget bytes (https://www.budgetbytes.com/2013/05/italian-wonderpot/))
Beef & broccoli
Ropa veija with white rice (also budget bytes (https://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/06/slow-cooker-chicken-ropa-vieja/))
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on October 06, 2018, 03:34:30 PM
I am trying a 4 week plan this month.
M- leftovers
T-pasta
W- stir fry
T- chicken
F- pizza or mince
S- grill
S- roast

 Will report back of how it goes. I am planning to use different variations for the theme, like chicken can be crumbed or curried or in a casserole, pasta will be bolognese, carbonara, bacon and peas, mac n cheese etc.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on October 06, 2018, 06:42:43 PM
I am trying a 4 week plan this month.
M- leftovers
T-pasta
W- stir fry
T- chicken
F- pizza or mince
S- grill
S- roast

 Will report back of how it goes. I am planning to use different variations for the theme, like chicken can be crumbed or curried or in a casserole, pasta will be bolognese, carbonara, bacon and peas, mac n cheese etc.


I did something like this a few years ago. I only have to cover four dinners per week and managed to get five weeks worth of meals planned out, so I just repeated the five weeks again after that. I didn't do the same plan a third time though, by then we were starting to get bored of our options so I did another five weeks. I have them saved in a spreadsheet if you're interested, I have zero recollection on if I was able to do any carry over like you're talking about with the chicken.

Still trying to figure out next week, but last week's plan was:
Chicken, white bean, mushrooms, peas, alfredo, pasta
Spiced roasted salmon chicken with roasted cauliflower (https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/spice-roasted-salmon-roasted-cauliflower) and rice
Shepherds pie
Red lentil and pumpkin soup with grilled cheese (https://www.budgetbytes.com/curried-red-lentil-and-pumpkin-soup/)




Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 06, 2018, 08:29:17 PM
Here's what's on the menu for the week

Friday - oven baked chicken risotto
Saturday - Tacos & guacamole
Sunday - Salmon & rice (+ sesame chicken to stick in the freezer)
Monday - leftover risotto
Tuesday - leftover salmon + rice
Wednesday - leftover tacos. (Guac is already gone)
Thursday - sesame chicken + rice
Friday - the kids/my husband will eat out. I'll be out of town.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 16, 2018, 10:59:50 AM
I was out of town this weekend, so meal planning will be a real challenge. Here's what I'm thinking of:

Monday - I picked up teriyaki chicken from Trader Joes
Tuesday - leftover grilled burgers + salad
Wednesday - spaghetti & meatballs
Thursday - leftover burgers
Friday - beef tip dish (from freezer) over pasta
Saturday - likely going to make a chicken pilaf recipe that reminds me of fall
Sunday - TBD

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on October 16, 2018, 02:46:33 PM
Just rereading this thread and realizing that having kids has put us in such a dinner rut. I rotate the same 15 meals over and over.

Compared to many of our friends' families our kids eat a pretty diverse diet, but I haven't needed to post menus because we just recycle them.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 16, 2018, 02:58:25 PM
Just rereading this thread and realizing that having kids has put us in such a dinner rut. I rotate the same 15 meals over and over.

Compared to many of our friends' families our kids eat a pretty diverse diet, but I haven't needed to post menus because we just recycle them.

I'll echo that. But, it works for us for the phase we're in now, and we continue to try out new recipes. I set monthly goals, and my goal is one new recipe every 8 weeks or so. My 12 year old is starting to cut dinner, and he tries out new recipes. It's fun, and makes him much more invested in the finished product
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 21, 2018, 01:58:00 PM
Menu plan for the week:

-Friday - I made a chicken rice pilaf, and doubled it. Froze 1/2 for another week
-Saturday - I made a Persian rice/ground beef/bean dish. (To be fair, my Persian husband helped quite a bit. ;-)) Froze 1/2 for another week
-Sunday - my oldest son & I are making a chicken/potato buffalo casserole. New to us, so we'll see how it works out
-Monday - leftover chicken rice pilaf
-Tuesday - leftover Persian dish
-Wednesday - leftover chicken/potato casserole
-Thursday - eat any remaining leftovers. Otherwise, I bought ravioli that we can have
-Friday - I have a late meeting, so we may have pizza from the freezer. If I have time, I'll make naan bread pizza

The fridge is stocked & ready to go for the week!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on October 24, 2018, 04:31:30 AM
Well, having kids does reduce the variety and is frustrating for any adventurous cook.  My famous cookbook collection is gathering dust these days.But there is no point in spending hours making elaborate meals nobody would eat. I also dont want to turn the dinner table into a battle ground  These days the only type of chicken they would eat is the crumbed one. So that's what I make. Or the popular pasta is bolognese. Or carbonara. Anything spicy is out. Etc. I make the more interesting meals for the grownup lunches. I have the buddha bowls, the eggplant salad, spicy soups, the man has the thai curries. I tend to skip dinner these days unless it is really nice as I am totally over the kid friendly grub on permanent rotation. At least they eat vegetables. Pasta salad is a lifesaver. Rice and beans is a winner. Lentils are a favourite. Corn from a can is yummy. I hope that they will be more open to variety as they become older.

Whats is that persian dish baby mustache mentioned? I am intrigued.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 24, 2018, 09:17:01 AM
@Bee21 - Here's the recipe - http://honestandtasty.com/beef-and-green-bean-rice-loobia-polo/

It's not a "fancy" Persian meal, but considered more of a comfort food. We serve it with a cucumber/yogurt sauce, which you could substitute for tzatziki sauce. We also prefer canned green beans vs fresh/frozen. Texture goes better with the recipe.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on October 24, 2018, 01:45:22 PM
Hmm. That sounds delicious, especially the crispy rice bit. Thanks.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on October 26, 2018, 11:05:47 PM
I am loving my Google Drive system - this is the longest I've stuck with meal planning.  I use a table template and add in what I expect to be doing each day - that way I can easily readjust the meal if my plans change (e.g. grab the easier meal for a busier night).  Also, I put my shopping list at the bottom of the table, so I can pull it up on my phone at the grocery store (my breakfasts and lunches are in the table too), and looking at the menu plan, it's easy to see how to modify based on sales when I'm shopping. I can also hyperlink to a recipe right in the table if I'm cooking something new. It's really freeing up some mental space for me during the week.

This is still working really well for me.  I added a field to write down my prep cooking tasks/things to thaw out as well.  I've missed some weeks here and there when the schedule got crazy this summer, but overall, I've been able to use this consistently and effectively.

Plan for next week:

Steak, brussels sprouts, beets
Chile verde, black beans, veggies
Leek and cherry tomato frittata, kale salad
Leftovers
Squash boats
Butter chicken, cauliflower rice
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on October 27, 2018, 02:17:00 PM
Trying to get back into planning a little.

Sunday lunch: farmers market
Sunday dinner: Black eyed peas/rice/salsa.... possibly sausage on the side
Monday dinner: roasted chicken with sweet potatoes + cooked greens + salad
Tuesday dinner: buddha bowls (veg, quinoa, leftover peas/salsa) + pumpkin soup
Wednesday dinner: chicken noodle soup + salad
Back to the market on wednesday. 
Weekday lunches are leftovers for adults, kids have sack lunches

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on October 27, 2018, 02:24:47 PM

Saturday: Burgers and butternut swash risotto (also fries for the kids)
Sunday: Spinach Pasta w/ ham (known in our house as Green Pasta)
Monday: Chicken Cauliflower Risotto skillet
Tuesday: Chicken lemon rice soup and salad (and hot dogs for the kids if they are still hungry)
Wednesday: Tomato Soup and grilled cheese (our traditional pre-trick or treat meal)
Thursday: Smoked sausage w/ green beans and potatoes and corn muffins on the side
Friday: Pizza night

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights aren't necessarily new recipes, but it has been a while since they been in the rotation so it feels fresh.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 27, 2018, 04:02:03 PM
Everyone's menus look great!

Friday - we had sausage ravioli with a red sauce
Saturday - my husband is grilling kebabs & rice. Yum
Sunday - I'm making a chicken fiesta skillet, with guacamole
Monday - leftover ravioli, plus chicken for the kids
Tuesday - leftover kebabs & rice
Wednesday - leftover fiesta skillet
Thursday - spaghetti & meatballs (tomato sauce from freezer)
Friday - tbd, but maybe naan bread pizzas
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on October 30, 2018, 03:52:57 AM
Late with the menu.

Mon - leftover roast and soup
Tue- more soup and burgers w salad (husband was cooking)
Wed- not sure. Trick n treating. Eggs? Beans on toast?
Thu- chicken sth. Crumbed or baked with lemon marinade
Frid- pizza or stuffed tomatoes. Prob the tomatoes (less hassle and healthier).
Sat- sausages n potato salad
Sun- roast lamb (or pork) and lentils

I am planning to make my famous ugly ginger cake this weekend. It does not look too appetising but it is the always the first to dissappear.

Got some great deals on vegetables this week on the way to work. I decided to carry the heavy bag around as I don't find potatoes for 1.50 these days too often. Or tomatoes for 1.70 a bag. There is nothing wrong with them. Also bought some about to expire salad mixes and berries for work lunches. Fruit and veg is  so expensive because of the draught, i spend an extra 20 dollars these days every week and I am buying the same things as before. Everything is overpriced. Even Aldi is getting ridiculous. I checked the farmer's market nearby, but the savings are almost non existent. I have to stop stressing about the food costs.


I am contemplating a waffle maker. Thoughts? Is it worth buying one?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on October 30, 2018, 07:41:17 AM
We have a waffle maker and use it about once a week! makes a surprisingly quick breakfast compared to a more typical, eggs, meat, toast type meal. But I also have a family who refuses to eat any cold breakfasts.

We also make random savory waffles sometimes; ham and cheese is our favorite.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on October 30, 2018, 09:01:24 AM
@Bee21 - we've had a waffle maker for 12 years or so, and have probably used it 30 times or so. I used it this weekend, but can't remember the last time before that. It's not a part of our typical breakfasts, so mostly something we use when the kids have sleepovers, etc.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on November 01, 2018, 02:07:34 AM
Thanks guys. Will think about it. In the meanwhile, we will have to keep eating pancakes 😊 i make reasonably good buttermilk ones.

Finally did some batch cooking. The next month looks busy, we have something on every weekend, so it is good to stock up the freezer. I made a giant vat of bolognese sauce,  2 oversized Shepherd pies (dinner+lunches), chicken soup. Tomorrow I am making dahl and a chickpea curry for future reference. I also want to make some slow cooker soup packs for the freezer.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on November 02, 2018, 07:21:44 AM
If you want a waffle-maker, I'm sure you can find one at the thrift store.  That's where the one we were gifted ended up.

Today is hoovering up the leftovers day, and tomorrow we will start anew.  I'm thinking:


Sat. - Chile verde, veggies, black beans
Sun - Pizza, salad
Mon - Leftovers, salad
Tue - Roasted chicken, braised cabbage, root vegetables
Wed - Lamb chops, potatoes, brussels sprouts
Thu - Chipotle chicken soup
Fri - Leftovers or salmon, rice and chard.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 02, 2018, 08:01:07 AM
I've opened the fridge & I'm happy to report we have very minimal "food" in there. (I don't count fruit or veggies, as we use those as snacks & for salads). That's exactly where I want to be to kick start the week ahead. We grocery shop & menu plan on Saturdays.

This week's menu plan will be a dedicated "eat down the freezer inventory" type of week:

Friday - potstickers + burgers
Saturday - dragon noodles
Sunday - naan pizzas
Monday - leftover dragon noodles
Tuesday -leftover naan pizza
Wednesday - butternut squash soup (freezer)
Thursday -  chicken pilaf (freezer)
Friday - still TBD
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on November 05, 2018, 03:17:15 AM
Hell,  i will prob need to rework the menu to accomodate my weightloss plan.  It looks like I can't escape from making different meals.

So, for the family meals

Monday- spag bol
Tues- pork fried rice
Wed- lemon chicken + stir fried veg + leftover rice
 Thu- shep pie (freezer)
Frid- pizza
Sat - boat food tbd
Sun- roast sth

For myself i got some tofu (2 meals), Chinese greens, Turkish lentil soup, whiting fillets, bell peppers and mushrooms. Will see.


Thanks for the waffle comments. I decided against. We have enough clutter.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on November 05, 2018, 07:46:50 AM


Saturday: leftovers
Sunday: Spaghetti & Cheese, smoked sausage and salads (I'm pretty sure that Spag&Cheese and sausage is  a weird  Irish midwestern bastardization of Carbonara, but my family has apparently been eating it for at least 4 (and maybe 5) generations).
Monday: Homemade applesauce, bbq ribs, cheese grits
Tuesday: Turkey burgers, roasted acorn squash w /persimmon
Wednesday: tortilla crusted tillapia, salad (GF fishsticks for the kiddos)
Thursday: Sausage, tomato and rice soup
Friday: Pizza night

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: catccc on November 05, 2018, 09:04:42 AM
I need to get better at meal planning.  Well, WE need to get better at meal planning, it definitely doesn't have to be just my job.  We have two kids (7 & 10), but luckily neither is really picky.

Aside on pickiness- The younger one was a tad picky up until age 5-6 or so, but the older one would always eat anything.  I am not sure, but I suspect part of their willingness to eat a variety of foods is because we never made special kid food, if they didn't like it, too bad, I guess they were just hungry until the next meal.  If we ever ate out, they'd eat off our plates, we didn't order kids meals.  If I ever make them something "kid-like," say, a box of Annie's mac and cheese, I add some kind of veggie to it so it is half (or less) pasta, half (or more) veggies, make a roux and add extra milk to amp up the creaminess, add a dash of cayenne and a squirt of mustard to the mix, then serve it with a sprinkle of smoked paprika.  These additions up the nutritional value and increase exposure to complex flavors.  Bonus, I think it is much tastier than the box directions, too.

We eat vegetarian/pescatarian most of the time, I would say meals with meat are once a week.  I had been vegetarian for 20+ years, and the kids were vegetarian until age 5 or so.  Once they decided to start eating meat, it made me the only vegetarian, and I just started to feel rather restricted being the only one.

We mostly cook stuff from scratch, but occasionally have some sort of convenience food (frozen dumplings, refrigerated filled pasta, frozen battered fish).

The only meal planning win we have is that for the last 5-6 weeks, I've been doing a crockpot meal on thursdays.  I'd love to have a loose outline for every week, like, mexican mondays, crock pot thursdays, etc.  It helps to have it narrowed down to a group of options when making choices.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on November 05, 2018, 09:30:30 AM
I need to get better at meal planning.  Well, WE need to get better at meal planning, it definitely doesn't have to be just my job. 

We have different nights assigned to each adult and I've been meal planning my nights for years, my husband just started doing it recently. I have an ongoing google doc where I keep my ideas along with recipe links but it's really great when I'm feeling burnt out or tired to just scroll back to previous meal plans and copy them over.

Which reminds me, I need to document this week's plan:

Lemon grass chicken (rollover from last week)
Potato soup (rollover from last week)
Chili, slow cooker. Either mac n cheese or rolls on the side depending on time constraints. Wait, I have sweet potato cornbread in the freezer! Woo!
Spaghetti and meatballs
Stir fry with sweet and sour sauce
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bean05 on November 05, 2018, 12:55:40 PM
I keep a little kitchen notebook for dinners and grocery lists, and a few months ago I turned to the last page and started recording what we had for dinner every night. Then as I tabulated I pulled together a menu planning “formula” I’m going to try through the end of the year

Shrimp weekly
Alternate spaghetti and tacos ea week
Alternate Asian and curry recipe ea week
Mix grill weekly (I live in Florida)
Alternate sandwiches and breakfast ea week
One night Other/Leftover/OYO (on your own) ea week
Eat out one night

So this week.....
Basil shrimp with orzo and feta
Spaghetti with crockpot tomato sauce, salad
Grilling chicken wings, potatoes, salad (veg hotdog for mom)
BLT, chips, fruit salad (veggie sandwich for mom)
Other: veggie chili dogs - last night! And saved a dinner’s worth of veg chili for the freezer, bonus!
Eat out whenever we fall down on the job, or on Friday :)

Thanks everyone for keeping this thread alive. It’s helpful to see how others handle the planning and execution of daily dinners.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on November 08, 2018, 11:16:35 AM

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, roasted acorn squash w /persimmon

Persimmon season is big here....tell me.of this acorn squash with persimmon.  It always seems so blah to me so i am curious.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on November 10, 2018, 11:30:23 AM

Tuesday: Turkey burgers, roasted acorn squash w /persimmon

Persimmon season is big here....tell me.of this acorn squash with persimmon.  It always seems so blah to me so i am curious.

 I buy persimmon pulp, add some water and brown sugar and simmer for ages. It makes a thick syrupy sauce that I use for various things (including topping squash). I'm a sucker for weird old fashioned flavors though, I'll actually make stewed persimmon and stewed rhubarb at least once a year.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: lexde on November 10, 2018, 11:33:43 AM
I made a healthier version of hamburger helper for lunches this week. I’m looking forward to it, and got an extra meal out of it for today, too. :-) Dinners are still TBD.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 10, 2018, 11:41:14 AM
We leave on vacation Thursday, so a shorter week this week for menu planning purposes:

Friday - had tacos
Saturday - my 11 year old is making dinner. He has selected the gourmet fare of hot dogs wrapped in crescent rolls
Sunday - chicken risotto
Monday - leftover tacos
Tuesday - leftover hot dog rolls
Wednesday - leftover risotto
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on November 10, 2018, 03:28:02 PM
I did next week's plan last night, but then I went to WinCo for a few key items, and saw turkeys for 68c/lb.  Picked out the smallest one I could find, and rearranged the week's menu to be very turkey-centric.

Planning roast turkey Monday night, then a green curry with turkey and two days of turkey/corn/green chile chowder, plus turkey wraps for lunch.  Hopefully we can stay awake with all that tryptophan coursing through our systems!

Sunday will be meatloaf, and then mid-week we'll have salmon, lentils and greens to break up the turkey monotony.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on November 11, 2018, 08:27:36 AM
Sat: Spag Bol
Sun: Beef and Veggie Stew
Mon: Chicken Noodle Soup (from freezer)
Tue: Shrimp Tacos
Wed: Sausage, Potatoes and Greens
Thu: Fish Sandwiches, salads
Fri: Pizza


Oldest child has a million medical appointments this week, we are keeping it fast and easy.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on November 11, 2018, 04:21:13 PM
Stroganoff
Sun dried tomato pasta (https://www.budgetbytes.com/one-pot-creamy-sun-dried-tomato-pasta/)
Jambalaya (https://www.budgetbytes.com/slow-cooker-jambalaya/)
Honey mustard chicken with roasted potatoes, and broccoli or peas or something
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Hula Hoop on November 15, 2018, 05:49:35 AM
Is anyone doing make ahead hot lunches to bring to work.  I saw some stuff on the internet and I'm thinking about making chicken, rice plus veg and fruit containers to bring to work next week.  However, I know that rice is very perishable.  Should I freeze the containers of lunch?  Anyone have any advice on what kind of containers to use?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on November 15, 2018, 07:14:08 AM
Is anyone doing make ahead hot lunches to bring to work.  I saw some stuff on the internet and I'm thinking about making chicken, rice plus veg and fruit containers to bring to work next week.  However, I know that rice is very perishable.  Should I freeze the containers of lunch?  Anyone have any advice on what kind of containers to use?

I'm about to write a book because pre-planning food is something I'm super passionate about! For me it is the only way to get through our crazy life stage and having lunches ready to go is a HUGE part of that.

My husband takes a hot lunch to microwave every day. We have some glass microwaveable containers and tend to pre-freeze things in ziplock bags. We use these containers: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07CMRFZ9S/ref=sspa_dk_detail_4?psc=1&pd_rd_i=B07CMRFZ9S&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_p=21517efd-b385-405b-a405-9a37af61b5b4&pd_rd_wg=kDauU&pf_rd_r=M7510TSGA50NBDF4DNBZ&pf_rd_s=desktop-dp-sims&pf_rd_t=40701&pd_rd_w=JTUai&pf_rd_i=desktop-dp-sims&pd_rd_r=33149d4e-e8df-11e8-a464-9d17b534f1da

and also have a bowl one for soups/stews/one dish things.

If you don't mind a recommendation we love the flavors of the foods in the Whole Bowls cookbook: https://www.amazon.com/Whole-Bowls-Complete-Gluten-Free-Vegetarian/dp/1634508556 I just add a meat to keep my husband fuller. Usually I buy a costco chicken and just use that over the week.

We have also used the Daily Harvest meal delivery service a couple of times when I've been given really good coupon codes (at least 60% off) and that has given us good ideas for bowls as well.

I'd say the biggest thing with bowl type lunches is getting a good sauce on them. It totally makes the difference between bland and yummy. Since we freeze a lot, we freeze the sauces into cubes and just throw them in with the food. We do a lot of homemade pesto and tomato sauce and a homemade sweet and sour tomato based sauce that I got from "Animal Vegetable Miracle."

You can use riced cauliflower instead of rice and it holds up for several days (and you get an extra veggie!). You can usually get it on a decent sale at the grocery if you watch for it.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Hula Hoop on November 15, 2018, 08:51:59 AM
Star - thanks for the tips.  I have one glass container for microwaving at work.  Maybe I could freeze rice, veg and chicken in small batches in ziploc bags and just stick those in the container each morning with a frozen sauce (yours look yummy but for some reason satay sauce came into my head as a potentially yummy sauce to go with chicken, rice and veg).
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on November 15, 2018, 09:18:33 AM
Star - thanks for the tips.  I have one glass container for microwaving at work. Maybe I could freeze rice, veg and chicken in small batches in ziploc bags and just stick those in the container each morning with a frozen sauce (yours look yummy but for some reason satay sauce came into my head as a potentially yummy sauce to go with chicken, rice and veg).

The bolded is exactly what we do (and we even clean and re-use the ziplocks a couple of times). Satay sounds delicious and rice freezes well!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on November 15, 2018, 06:02:00 PM
I tried to think of stuff that won't feel Thanksgiving-y for this week:

[one meal will roll over from this week, probably jambalaya]
Burgers
Black bean fajitas
Tandoori chicken (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/02/tandoori-chicken-kebabs/), side of curried carrots (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2015/03/curry-roasted-carrots/) and rice (http://www.budgetbytes.com/2011/12/coconut-rice-take-2/)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on November 16, 2018, 12:42:56 AM
I freeze lunch stuff. For next week my husband will have a really nice thai chicken and rice and lasagna, plus whatever leftovers. I portioned some baked chicken and will j6st eat it on top pf a mixed salad (will buy it on the way to work). Have some frozen meatballs as well if i get sick of the chicken lunches. The kids have sandwiches and wraps, plus pasta salad or couscous salad, but i throw t by em together in the evening.

Next week we shall eat
M sausages and salad
Tue pasta (w bolognese sauce)
Wed chicken sth (possibly crumbed)
Th pork stir fry
Frid pizza
Not sure of the rest. Bought heaps of chicken and sausages at half price, so maybe paella or jambalaya?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bean05 on November 25, 2018, 05:20:38 PM
So, this week.....

Sunday Seafood rice (budget bytes recipe but with fresh seafood), creamed spinach
Monday crockpot cream cheese chicken, rice, salad
Tues buffalo chicken wings w/celery and ranch, baked beans, corn
Weds grouper tacos, rice and beans (from the freezer)
Thursday DH and I have charity dinner, will make chicken noodle soup for DS
Friday spaghetti with sausage/mushroom options, salad
Saturday General Tsos chicken, rice, and egg rolls, or eat out

Working to make dinners easier during the week, with an eye toward leftovers.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on November 25, 2018, 07:49:53 PM
Here's what we have going this week:

Sunday - we did a crescent roll/Thanksgiving leftover wrap up, which was actually great
Monday - a baguette stuffed with chicken & mozzarella, served with marinara
Tuesday - Asian night, to break up the leftovers. We'll do chicken served with wontons & potstickers
Wednesday - lasagna
Thursday - leftover lasagna
Friday - turkey risotto
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on November 26, 2018, 05:32:35 AM
It's been a little bit since we've had a full week planned, but we do!

Sunday: sweet potato, chickpea, and red lentil soup
Monday: lemon dijon roasted potatoes and broccoli
Tuesday: spaghetti squash lasagna
Wednesday: freezer/crockpot mexican chicken soup
Thursday: pasta w/ a variety of veggies (whatever's left in the crisper drawer, honestly)
Friday: frozen stuffed chicken breasts + whatever sides are left

Trying to ensure that more meals than not are vegetarian!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on November 26, 2018, 08:03:29 AM
This week's dinners (starting Saturday):

Turkey broccoli soup
Soy glazed chicken thighs with mushrooms, roast squash, ginger-garlic spinach
Chili & Salad
Chili & Salad
Braised lamb shanks, Brussels sprouts, beets
Bibimbap
Brats, braised cabbage, potatoes
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on November 28, 2018, 08:43:45 PM
This week

M. Fried rice with the leftover lamb from Sun
T. Pizza
W. Spag bol
Th. Meatballs and mash
Frid paella
S away
Sund. Sausages? Or chicken


Lunches were pre-made cauliflower rice with lentils and turkey meatballs.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bean05 on December 01, 2018, 02:48:08 PM
This week I’m mixing this thread with the eat all the food in your house thread (lol)

Chili dogs, fruit salad
Crab cakes sandwich, steamed potatoes, Greek chopped salad
Chicken thighs baked, homemade rice a Roni, green beans, baked acorn squash
Sesame chicken (crockpot) jasmine rice, Asian cucumber salad
Hamburger, potato salad, fruit
PF Chang’s meal, jasmine rice, veggie egg rolls

My husband is home this week, I’m going to prep 2 lunches to feed us for a few days:
Lasagne for him
African peanut stew for me
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 03, 2018, 04:11:03 PM
Here's what's on the menu:
Monday - tacos
Tuesday - leftover chicken pesto bake
Wednesday - taco quesadillas
Thursday - may turn chicken pesto bake into paninis
Friday - chicken risotto
Saturday - turkey stuffing casserole (using Thanksgiving leftovers in the freezer)
Sunday - may try the one pot Greek meatball recipe I saw on another thread
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on December 05, 2018, 09:07:47 AM
What is on the menu:
Monday - Turkey casserole
Tuesday - leftover from Monday
Wednesday - soft shell tacos
Thursday - Sausage with roasted veg's and noodles
Friday - leftovers - clean ref out
Saturday - pot of veg and beef soup with homemade bread
Sunday - Baked chicken with roasted potatoes and green beans
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on December 05, 2018, 12:37:12 PM
I own my own business and am fried by the end of the day.  I started weekly meal planning in my phone earlier this year and find it very convenient.  When I have a moment over the weekend, I'll type up the list using ingredients on hand.  I try to incorporate a fish night and a leftover night at least once a week.  DH picks up take out (cheaper than going out to eat) once a week to give me a break from cooking.  This week:

Sun:  Smoked pork ribs, green beans, Birdseye veggie penne pasta
Mon: Leftover take and bake pizza
Tues: Cod, shrimp, tempura eggplant
Wed:  Ground venison chili, corn bread
Thurs:  Leftovers
Fri:  Take out from?
Sat:  Pork chops
Sun:  Smoked ribs
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: DCKatie09 on December 05, 2018, 01:22:19 PM
This was a mini-week to plan, as I'm out of town Thursday and Friday.

Sunday: rice and beans w/ extra peppers and spinach (vegan but for cheese on top)
Monday: stirfry veggies w/ riced cauliflower (vegan)
Tuesday: I was out for a work event and DH ate leftovers
Wednesday: pasta w/ veggies and chicken sausage
Thurs-Fri: I'm not here, who even cares
Saturday: how tired am I? probably something from the freezer - either pizza or stuffed chicken breasts

We are likely moving early in the new year, so I desperately need to start an eat-down-the-house challenge.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on December 08, 2018, 05:56:15 PM
Last week:
Loaded nachos
Tandoori chicken and roasted vegetables, coconut rice
“Date” night chicken (http://www.publix.com/aprons-recipes/date-night-chicken-with-baked-tomatoes)
Vegetable baked ziti from Budget Bytes
Pork fried rice
Sweet and sour pork
Sweet tea glazed chicken

This week:
Tortellini with bean sauce
Pizza
Fettuccine alfredo
Chinese lion soup
Shepherds pie
Beef and barley stew
Stir fry with peanut sauce
Black bean enchiladas
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 10, 2018, 07:12:56 AM
Menu for the week:
Friday - we had frozen pizza
Saturday - we unexpectedly went out, using a gift card at least
Sunday - rice with beef tips in wine sauce
Monday - turkey, stuffing, potatoes
Tuesday - leftover rice w/beef tips
Wednesday - leftover turkey, stuffing & potatoes
Thursday - eat any remaining leftovers. I"m thinking there will just be turkey. I'll likely make turkey sandwiches or something similar
Friday - TBD
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on December 10, 2018, 11:22:42 AM
~Tonight:  Crock Pot country style ribs
~Tues:  Cod, shrimp, side veggie
~Wed:  Venison steak marinaded in buttermilk, side veggie
~Thurs:  Leftovers
~Fri:  Dinner out and present exchange w/ a friend.
~Sat:  Something easy since I'll be baking all day (Snickerdoodles, fudge and peanut butter bark, oh my!!!)
~Sun:  Grill/Smoke something

Have a wonderful week, everyone.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on December 13, 2018, 10:45:19 PM
This week was crazy.

Mon - leftover beef brisket and beans
Tue - cauliflower pasta (yummm)
Wed- sausages and salad
Thurs- crumbed chicken, salad
 Frid- spicy rice w leftover sausages
Sat- grilled chicken
Sun-slow cooked chinese brisket with greens and rice

Discovery of the week: chickpea puree with fried mushrooms and random veg on top. It is my favourite lunch from now on. How come I always had it as a dip and not as a main meal? It is ready in 15 minutes.

What are you guys making for Christmas?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on December 15, 2018, 08:17:20 AM
Just got home from a work trip,DH dutifully ate every bit of the soup I left for him. Fridge is pretty bare, so first order of business was making a plan so I could shop accordingly (and try to get in/out ahead of the holiday cray):

Salad, baked potatoes
Split pea soup, sourdough (I was gifted a sourdough starter last week, hopefully I can get a few loaves before I neglect it and it dies...)
Chicken thighs, roasted squash and broccoli
Unstuffed cabbage
Lamb chops, beets, greens
Out (after work social thing)
Tofu curry, rice
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on December 16, 2018, 12:26:51 AM
What is unstuffed cabbage? I love stuffed cabbage, but it's fiddly so I make a giant batch maybe twice a year?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on December 16, 2018, 10:40:47 AM
What is unstuffed cabbage? I love stuffed cabbage, but it's fiddly so I make a giant batch maybe twice a year?

https://www.thespruceeats.com/unstuffed-cabbage-rolls-3057246

We like to add olives.  It's a good low carb comfort food.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on December 18, 2018, 01:03:48 PM
@Bee21, for an early Christmas dinner with the family, my DH is smoking a bone-in ham from the half pig we bought earlier this month.

This week:
Mon:  Grazed since we had a late lunch.
Tonight:  Cod, shrimp and side veggie
Wed:  Zatarain's dirty rice (I had a coupon) with ground venison
Thurs:  Out with friends for an appetizer and cocktail holiday celebration
Fri:  Take out from?
Sat:  Leftovers
Sun:  Ham with the fam

Season's Greetings everyone!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on December 18, 2018, 01:49:04 PM
https://www.thespruceeats.com/unstuffed-cabbage-rolls-3057246

We like to add olives.  It's a good low carb comfort food.
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Thank you! I am totally making it next week.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: mountain mustache on December 18, 2018, 08:42:06 PM
Am I the only one that is totally happy to eat the same thing all week? I am single, no kids, so totally understand needing variety when you are feeding a family. I feel so boring, but I love eating the same dinner almost every night. It pretty much goes like :

 Mon: giant salad w/baked chicken, lots of veggies, olives, etc
 Tues: same
 Wed: same
 Thurs: maybe I'll make a big pot of soup
 Friday: Soup
 Sat: game night at friends, usually homemade pizza
 Sun: more soup! and random bits of whatever I'm making for the next week.

I pretty much rotate through giant salad w/chicken, giant salad w/salmon, some sort of meal-like soup (Posole, minestrone, chicken veggie, etc) or a chicken mole, or crockpot pork shoulder. I make one, or two options on Sunday, and eat them every day for lunch or dinner till they are gone.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Dollar Slice on December 18, 2018, 11:26:41 PM
Am I the only one that is totally happy to eat the same thing all week? I am single, no kids, so totally understand needing variety when you are feeding a family. I feel so boring, but I love eating the same dinner almost every night.

I'm pretty much the same - also single and kidless, and I make a big batch of something and eat it until it's gone. Sometimes if I didn't love the recipe I get a little tired of it before it's finished, but if it's good I'll be just as happy with the last serving as the first.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 19, 2018, 10:08:39 AM
My peeps will only eat leftovers 2x in a week, and I also try to create a gap day between the repeats.

Menu for this week was/is:
Friday -homemade pizza
Saturday - lasagna
Sunday - Persian rice dish from the freezer
Monday - freezer burritos + fresh guacamole
Tuesday - leftover pizza for two diners, & leftover Persian rice dish for the other two
Wednesday - two people will eat lasagna, the other two will eat freezer burritos with fresh guacamole
Thursday - I have a work dinner, so my husband & the kids will eat a frozen pizza. (The fridge will be out of leftovers by that point)
Friday - we're traveling, so something easy when we arrive. I'm thinking spaghetti & meatballs
Saturday - Tacos
Sunday - leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on December 19, 2018, 02:03:55 PM
Well, my little girl would happily eat a rotation of spaghetti, crumbed chicken and pizza. The rest complains if there is a repeat meal (unless it is crumbed chicken). I have to disguise the leftovers into a different meal for the to consider eating it. My husband is a princess.

This week we are out of our usual meal schedule. Like we had the crumbed chook on Monday and sausages on Tuesday. Today I am making a pork fillet w broccoli and rice.   Tomorrow  there will be a creamy spinach pasta. We were supposed to be away on the weekend, but the weather is bad, so I might make some koftas with the lamb mince in the freezer. I might even attempt flatbreads to go with it (utilising child labour).
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on December 26, 2018, 11:00:12 AM
Recent meals:

Chicken pot pie
Honey ginger pork, vegetables and rice
Balsamic pork chops, roasted vegetables, rolls
Bacon, date, goat cheese paninis (mmm, delicious)
Burgers and fries
Roast with yorkshire puddings
Calzone
Beef stew, rolls
Spaghetti and meatballs
Pizza
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on December 26, 2018, 12:49:41 PM
This week's plan (for what's left of it!):
Breakfasts- yogurt + granola or toast + jam

Lunches - leftover beef roast + braised red cabbage, grilled cheese sandwiches with coleslaw, cucumber salad on the side

Dinners- Beef roast + red cabbage (we came home with a HUGE amount of leftovers from xmas dinner), roast beef sandwiches with BBQ sauce and side salads

Snacks - carrot sticks, rice pudding, cheese popcorn

Mainly just trying to get rid of various holiday leftovers this week.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on December 26, 2018, 01:18:21 PM
@meerkat - those paninis sound great!

We have a ton of leftovers & random food we need to use up:
Wednesday - likely leftover spaghetti & meatballs + goat cheese crostini (didn't make prior night)
Thursday - lasagna (leftover from Christmas Eve) + a huge appetizer spread, garlic bread & salad
Friday - tacos with homemade chips & guacamole
Saturday - baguette stuffed with chicken + roasted squash
Sunday - leftovers
Monday (NYE) - steak & mashed potatoes
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on January 02, 2019, 01:47:57 PM
Santa brought us the flu for Christmas, so I had plenty of time to plan:

Tonight:  Leftover venison enchiladas and tortilla chips
Thurs:  Pork chops (from the half pig we bought) in doctored up leftover spaghetti sauce
Fri:  Take out from?
Sat:  Leftovers
Sun:  DH will smoke a pork something from the above mentioned pig
Mon:  Salmon (on sale last month)
Tues:  Chicken breast (bought in a multi pack a few months ago) tenders, side veggie (e-coupon)
Wed:  Venison White Castle Pie
Thurs:  Leftovers
Fri:  Take out
Sat:  IDK yet
Sun:  Grill/smoke something
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: lexde on January 02, 2019, 01:56:36 PM
I’m doing lazy meal prep the next few days. Picking up a sale rotisserie chicken and making it with salad and riced cauliflower. Boring but easy.
Title: Re: Meal planning
Post by: Bee21 on January 02, 2019, 05:07:20 PM
Happy new year eeverybody.

 I renamed the thread to keep it current. Keep up the meal planning folks 😊

I am shaking up my meals on rotation in 2019 as I started to get bored and the kids started to eat a larger variety.

Tonight is chicken and zucchini meatballs. And I am attempting a Turkish lentil and eggplant casserole which is supposed to be simmered for 1.5 hours. Will report how it goes.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on January 02, 2019, 05:50:37 PM
Chili (with cornbread from freezer)         
Mongolian beef  (https://www.sixsistersstuff.com/recipe/slow-cooker-mongolian-beef/)
Paprika lime chicken (http://eatdrinkpaleo.com.au/spicy-paprika-lime-chicken-recipe/)   
Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew  (https://www.budgetbytes.com/moroccan-lentil-vegetable-stew/)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 02, 2019, 06:16:57 PM
I'm home alone this week, so I'm planning to make 3 meals and eat each one at least 2x:

Chicken larb
Chorizo tacos with cabbage leaf "shells"
Spaghetti squash and meatballs
Title: Re: Meal planning
Post by: StarBright on January 02, 2019, 07:53:05 PM
My picky gluten free child is really killing our creativity.

We officially have a 15 meal rotation right now and I'm SO BORED with it. It doesn't help that I outright dislike eating several of the meals myself. But I'm one of those parents who feels strongly that I will only cook one thing. I am also one of those people who loves variety in my food. I am my own worst enemy.

We ate: Hoppin John last night (official new years meal)
tonight: Salads with chicken
tomorrow: clean the fridge of leftovers
Friday: Always family pizza night.

If anyone has nifty gluten free suggestions that picky 6 year olds might like I am OPEN!

I'm determined to find 10 more recipes to add to the rotation in 2019 starting on Saturday.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 07, 2019, 03:01:05 AM
So, i am really working on the food budget this year as i am planning an expensive summer holiday,

Mon: chicken pot pie (leftover chicken)
Tue: chicken stir fry
Wed: sausage and mash
Th: kid's birthday, probably crumbed chicken
Frid: nachos
Sat: whatever my friend cooks
Sun: lamb kofta and flatbreads plus tzatziki

The turkish lentils and eggplant dish was delicious. Will add extra spices next time though.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 07, 2019, 08:54:27 AM
And here goes 2019!

Saturday: Lemon Rice soup w/ Chicken,  roasted tomato slices
Sunday: Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (using homemade super veggie tomato base)
Monday: GF Penne with pancetta and spinach sauce
Tuesday: Meatball subs (using more of the veggie/tomato sauce) and roasted broccoli
Wed: Waffles and fruit salad for supper (trying a new recipe that hides pureed white beans in waffle batter as neither of my children will touch a bean with a 10 foot pole)
Thursday: Pepperoni Pizza Pasta Bake (using rest of veggie/tomato sauce)
Friday: Pizza NIGHT!

DS asked for a piece of broccoli with his breakfast this morning so I'm starting to be hopeful that we've added a veggie to our "approved" list (which is much shorter than I'd like). And obviously all those carb meals use GF flour, pasta or bread for DS where needed :)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 07, 2019, 07:25:02 PM
Starting a little late this week. Trying to eat the pantry/freezer and limit shopping to a few fresh items:

T - Meatloaf, broccoli, potatoes
W - Red lentil dal, butter chicken, roasted cauliflower cabbage (the lone cauliflower at the store was a giant organic one for $9)
R - Gold flannel hash, eggs
F - Spaghetti squash with meatballs and sauce
Sa - Mapo tofu, rice
Su - Black bean soup, homemade sourdough
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: italianant on January 07, 2019, 07:35:12 PM
Meals for the next 2 weeks (only 10 because we often have leftovers)
Breakfast: pumpkin muffins, blueberry-banana oatmeal bake
Lunch: chicken sausage apple sausage bake, chicken pesto sandwich

Dinners:
pasta alla vodka (instant pot) -- new recipe that was GREAT!!
shrimp scampi (instant pot) -- new recipe that was a loser haha
whole chicken (instant pot) with veggies
Mongolian Beef w/ rice and broccoli
quinoa chili
enchilada skillet
enchiladas with Mexican rice and beans
homemade sloppy joes on baked potato
honey garlic chicken (instant pot) with rice and broccoli
chicken/sweet potato/broccoli bake
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 07, 2019, 08:15:06 PM
Menu for the week (I plan Friday - Thursday):
-Friday - we had chili, cheese bread & salad that we brought to a condo while skiing
-Saturday - got stuck in a snowstorm, unexpectedly ate out
-Sunday - my 12 year old had to prep a four course menu for his cooking final. We had California rolls, Thai chicken salad, General Tso's chicken, rice & tiramisu
-Monday - Salmon & rice
-Tuesday - leftover General Tso's chicken + rice
-Wednesday - chicken fiesta rice (freezer) + guacamole
-Thursday - Any remaining leftovers, or spaghetti & meatballs or chili (freezer)

I need to get prepped for the next two weeks. I'm out of town for two business trips, and things tend to fall apart when I'm gone, dining wise.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on January 14, 2019, 06:59:24 AM
Week of Jan 14 thru Jan 21

Mon. = stuffed peppers
Tues. = leftovers
Wed. = Chicken, mashed potatoes, cauliflower
Thurs. = leftovers
Fri. = leftovers or homemade pizza
Sat. = soup (ham & bean) with homemade bread
Sun. = Roast, carrot, potatoes, with bread
Mon. = leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on January 14, 2019, 07:16:30 AM
Forgot to write down last week's meals and now they're lost to the ether of time.

This week:
Curried red lentil pumpkin soup and rolls
Butternut squash mac n cheese
Paprika chicken over couscous with onions/parsnips/carrots and roasted potatoes
Slow cooker seasame chicken
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on January 14, 2019, 08:30:54 AM

Sun: Spaghetti squash and meatballs
Mon: Brats  & stoemp (http://www.pabular.com/recipe/11058/stoemp-mash-potatoes-belgian-style), dandelion greens
Tue: Burmese chicken, cauli-rice, roasted squash
Wed: Gold flannel hash & eggs
Thu: Split pea soup, masa cornbread
Fri: Pizza & Salad
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on January 14, 2019, 12:34:59 PM
~Tonight:  Low carb lasagna (using baby spinach instead of pasta)
~Tues:  Rotisserie chicken
~Wed:  Blue cheese burgers, side veggie. If they have them at the store, I'll use portobello mushrooms as buns.
~Thurs:  Tempura fried cod and shrimp, side veggie.
~Fri:  Take out from?
~Sat:  LC sushi to use up nori sheets in the pantry if they are still good.
~Sun:  Niece2's BD party, so IDK
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on January 16, 2019, 10:03:32 AM
Meal planning is my JAM in 2019.  It's an area I've targeted to work on this year.

This week's plan:
Monday-
     Lunch: leftovers from Sunday dinner
     Dinner: Mushroom Stroganoff (which ended up being not terribly good)

Tuesday-
     Lunch: leftover stroganoff
     Dinner: baked ziti and cucumber salad that my mom brought over

Wednesday-
    Lunch: FINALLY the last of the stroganoff
    Dinner: homemade pizza

Thursday-
    Lunch: butternut squash soup (leftover from Sunday) with cheese sandwich
    Dinner: chicken and garbanzo tikka masala with rice

Friday-
    Lunch: leftover chicken masala
    Dinner: I will be the only one to feed, so probably whatever I can scrounge in the fridge - sandwich, fruit, carrot sticks, avocado, etc.

I don't have a plan for the weekends, as I usually grocery shop and meal plan on Saturday and prep stuff on Sunday.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 17, 2019, 01:13:26 AM
So, this week

For lunches i made an other batch of the Turkish lentil and eggplant stew, this time in the pressure cooker, which was a good move. Yummy.

M. We had a barbeque w lamb fillets, sausages, salad
T. Pasta pomodoro (and zucchini)
W. Picked up a bbq chicken from the shops. Added salad.
T. Sausages again w broccoli and potato salad
F aiming for cauliflower and chickpea stew on rice. There will be complaints. (Jamie Oliver, this is the new recipe of the week)
S. Something on the bbq (it is super hot around here). Pork chops prob and stir fried cabbage.
S. Chicken (on the bbq).


Spent 50 dollars so far. I am aiming for 150 a week. Fruit and veg is super expensive because of the drought. A bunch of celery is 3.80, absolutely ridiculous.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: italianant on January 17, 2019, 07:52:44 AM
Quote
Fruit and veg is super expensive because of the drought. A bunch of celery is 3.80, absolutely ridiculous.

Where do you live?! I'm shocked.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on January 21, 2019, 10:38:37 AM
This week:
Dinners- chicken & tortellini soup (will probably do this today to use up the rest of a rotisserie chicken); pot roast with potatoes, carrots, green salad; tofu stir fry with rice; pepperoni and cheese pizza with green salad; emergency meal - minestrone soup

Lunches- sandwiches, fruit, carrot sticks, cucumber salad; leftovers from dinner

Breakfasts- for me: plain yogurt + granola; for kiddo: egg & cheese breakfast burrito, cereal.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 21, 2019, 11:39:20 AM
Another week where I'm traveling, so things are again a bit off kilter.

Friday - I flew home from Tokyo, so I was jet lagged. I had leftover lasagna with another kid. My husband made steak for two people.
Saturday - We had pizza & salad
Sunday - tacos w/guacamole
Monday - kebabs w/rice
Tuesday - I'll be out of town, but the kids/my husband will have leftover tacos
Wednesday - leftover kebabs w/rice
Thursday - I'm guessing the kids & my husband will eat out
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bird In Hand on January 21, 2019, 11:56:53 AM
I didn't read the whole thread to see if this already came up, but we're planning on starting each week with a fridge full of 1-qt mason jar salads.  In theory I think one large box of organic greens (~$4) can fill ~10 mason jars -- lunch each weekday for the two of us.  Economics isn't the primary driver, but I think the salads should come out to be roughly $1-2/each depending on the cost of veggies and our choices for protein.  I'll follow up here after we've tried it out.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bird In Hand on January 22, 2019, 09:09:36 AM
Decided to start with 4 salads-in-a-jar, so we can adjust the recipe if something isn't quite right.  It took a surprisingly long time to chop all the veggies!  I need to investigate whether I can improve that using that salad-shooter-doohickey we have but never use.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on January 22, 2019, 03:02:07 PM
I'm in Australia. Celery is off the menu until further notice as it is now 4.50 a bunch. I am quite pissed off about it.

I managed to be under 150 last week. I changed my shopping strategy a bit. Until now, I tended to stock up on things I found at a good price, even if it wasn't on the menu. These days I buy the ingredients only. I put the batch cooking on hold until the weather cools down a bit. It is still school holidays and I can't shop around with the kids, it will be expensive and pure hell anyway. So far, it works quite well. The kids eat heaps of fruit and vegetables and I am not skimping on those.

This week
M. The kids ate leftover mac n cheese from lunch, adults had a vegetarian curry with eggs and ginger rice.
T. Chicken schnitzel, parsnip pure, salad
W. Burgers and salad, flatbread.
Th. Sausages and salad
F. Chicken curry (red lentils, sweet potatoes, rice)
We are away this weekend. Gotta eat some lamb because it's Australia day. I am thinking souvlaki. Will probably eat out one night anyway.

For lunches we are having sandwiches and soup.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Raenia on January 23, 2019, 08:58:43 AM
Joining in a bit late for 2019.

M: Chili and homemade bread
T: Chicken Tikka and basmati rice
W: White bean alfredo, shell pasta, and brussel sprouts
T: Vegetable soup and homemade bread
F: Pizza
S: Vegetable fried rice
S: Salmon tacos

Lunches are always leftovers, usually from the previous night.  Breakfast is oatmeal or cereal, occasional pancakes on the weekend when hubby is feeling inspired.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on January 23, 2019, 12:38:55 PM
Late checking in this week, as I've been out ill.  Kept up with making planned meals, however.

Sun: Sushi using leftover nori sheets from the pantry
Mon:  Crock Pot teriyaki pork ribs, turnips
Tues: Homemade baked chicken tenders, spaghetti squash
Wed: Catfish, shrimp, veggie
Thurs: Chicken tenders in Alfredo sauce, leftover spaghetti squash
Fri: Dinner out
Sat and Sun: Not sure yet

Lunches have been baby spinach with whatever on top.  Today's features leftover sushi crab meat.  :D
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on January 24, 2019, 10:52:30 AM
This week:
Dinners- chicken & tortellini soup (will probably do this today to use up the rest of a rotisserie chicken); pot roast with potatoes, carrots, green salad; tofu stir fry with rice; pepperoni and cheese pizza with green salad; emergency meal - minestrone soup

Lunches- sandwiches, fruit, carrot sticks, cucumber salad; leftovers from dinner

Breakfasts- for me: plain yogurt + granola; for kiddo: egg & cheese breakfast burrito, cereal.

Progress so far this week has been good!  Only change is that no one was terribly hungry on Tuesday for dinner, so we had a random foods dinner - sandwiches, yogurt, and oranges.

Had my sister, brother in law, and nephew over for dinner last night and ate most of the pot roast with carrots and potatoes. I also made some dinner rolls from scratch, which worked out pretty well.  I have a bit left for my lunch today.  So, tonight I'll probably make pizza and finish off the green salad for dinner.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 24, 2019, 02:51:53 PM
Due to life happening I wasn't able to make a grocery trip this weekend and we've been eating from our pantry/freezer in weird and creative ways.

Sa: last week's leftovers
Su: Fish tacos using gluten free fishsticks I found at the back of my freezer, and was able to use up some cabbage from the crisper.
M: Corndogs with a gluten free/pumpkin batter (not bad), sweet potatoes
T: Tostadas with leftover breakfast sausage/ diced mushroom mixture for the ground beef (kids barely noticed!), and a big ol pile of "Mexican" cole slaw (basically an oil lime dressing and cumin seasonings).
W: Home made chicken noodle soup
Th: Diced sweet potatoes in a tikka masala sauce over cauliflower rice
F: Pizza!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on January 26, 2019, 03:21:09 PM
I think we're having the following:
Friday - we had homemade pepperoni pizza
Saturday - dragon noodles + chicken
Sunday - one dish greek meatballs (found the recipe through a MMM poster, so first time trying)
Monday - hot dogs & crescent rolls (super gourmet around here, but my 12 year old will cook)
Tuesday - leftover meatballs
Wednesday - leftover dragon noodles
Thursday - tacos
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on January 28, 2019, 11:30:21 AM
This week's plan:
Breakfast- overnight oats for me, likely cereal or hot oatmeal for kiddo

Dinners - split pea and ham soup, chicken schnitzel with cabbage & some sort of potato dish, chicken with cauliflower and garbanzo masala (based off of budget bytes recipe) with rice, emergency meal - beef chili

Lunch- mainly left overs from dinner, although today is a random cheese sandwich and fruit

Snack - cuke salad with olives and crackers and cheese

Last Week - followed plan with the exception of Friday night as we were invited to dinner.  Saturday night my 6 year old had a friend over so I made them spaghetti with meatballs for dinner.  Sunday my spouse and I went out for some appetizers which was a nice change of pace. Lunches were left-overs and sandwiches.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on January 28, 2019, 12:26:45 PM
Saturday: Baked chicken breasts, caesar salad, mashed sweet potatoes
Sunday: Beef Stew
Mon: Hooligan Pancakes and fruit salad
Tuesday: Risotto and salad
Wednesday: Pizza
Thursday:Turkey Burgers and roasted purple potatoes and carrots
Friday: Pizza

Yes - we are having pizza twice this week. Older child had a good streak at school and his chosen reward was pizza for dinner in addition to or standing pizza and movie night on Fridays :)

It made meal planning easier this week!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on January 29, 2019, 12:09:14 PM
~Last night:  Take out pizza, bread sticks and 4 dipping sauce cups.  $31 for 4 servings.

~Tonight:  Ground venison in cheddar shell "tacos", with refried beans for DH. $3 for beans, cheese and sour cream.  Haven't figured out the price per pound of the venison.  Refried beans are canned, bought in a Sam's Club multi-pack last year.  Need to make a pot of Budget Bytes Not Refried Beans soon!

~Wed:  Crock Pot pork roast, side veggie.  $7 for at least 4 servings.
~Thurs:  Leftovers $0
~Fri:  Take out from?
~Sat:  Friend's BD party.  They're serving spaghetti.
~Sun:  Low Carb Super Bowl:  Guacamole with bacon "chips", bacon wrapped little smokies, pork rinds with chili con queso
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on January 29, 2019, 12:17:56 PM
Vegetable couscous dish (https://www.hellofresh.com.au/recipes/carrot-haloumi-couscous-5a7a542730006c64a60e0631) with goat cheese
Spaghetti and meatballs, salad
Black bean enchiladas
Potato cauliflower soup (slow cooker)
Baked ziti
Sausage, vegetables, and yellow rice hash thing

Some of what we had last week, I forgot to post the plan:
Honey garlic chicken
Lemon chicken over angel hair
Sesame chicken slow cooker (slow cooker)
Pizza
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on January 29, 2019, 12:43:36 PM
Menu for Jan 28 thru Feb 3
Mon - baked ziti and salad
Tue - Breakfast for dinner
Wed - Leftover ziti, garlic bread, and salad
Thur - chicken, baked potato and vegs
Fri - Homemade pizza
Sat - Soup veg beef
Sun - Leftover
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: brute on January 29, 2019, 12:51:58 PM
Mon - chicken enchiladas
Tues - chili
wed - leftovers
thurs - leftovers
fri - Bulgogi burgers
sat - turkey breast porchetta
sun - buffalo wings & potato skins (hooray superbowl)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on February 04, 2019, 06:54:19 AM
Feb 4 thru Feb 10

Mon = Leftover tacos
Tue = Sausage, rice, carrots
Wed = Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Thurs = Leftover chicken
Fri = Homemade pizza and salad
Sat = Soup and homemade bread
Sun = Hamburgers, roasted vegs
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 04, 2019, 07:26:18 AM
Monday - Roasted chicken and squash, Swiss chard
Tuesday - Leftovers
Wednesday - Chile verde, black beans, cauliflower
Thursday - Leftovers
Friday - Ham and chard frittata, potato salad
Saturday - Tofu curry, rice
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Raenia on February 04, 2019, 08:55:39 AM
Mon - Chana Masala
Tues - Veggie Soup and Oatmeal Bread
Wed - Chicken Teriyaki Stir-Fry
Thurs - Leftovers/Visiting Friends (not sure yet)
Fri - Lentil Stew
Sat - Pizza (hosting a gathering)
Sun - Lasagna
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on February 04, 2019, 09:36:59 AM
Last week I ended up getting a cold, so many of the meals that I had planned did not get eaten.  We instead scavenged around for dinner most of the time or had meals with my other family members.
So this week's plan is almost the same as last week's:
Sunday- chili with cornbread
Monday- probably left over chili with cornbread
Tuesday - quiche and salad
Wednesday - more quiche and salad (my spouse made a bunch of quiche for the superbowl and we have 2 whole ones left over!)
Thursday - vegetable and chicken curry
Friday - leftovers

Other - i have a carton of tofu i should probably use up, so teriyaki tofu is the "emergency" meal.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on February 04, 2019, 12:33:45 PM
Let the 2 weeks of birthday celebration begin!

Tonight:  Leftovers $0
Tues:  Fish, shrimp, side veggie. $7 for 2 servings
Wed:  IDK yet.  Maybe chicken tenders and a side veggie?  $4 for 2
Thurs: Out w/ friends for an early BD celebration.
Fri:  Take out from?
Sat:  I've asked DH to grill me a steak as an early BD birthday present
Sun:  Fish, shrimp, side veggie.  $7 for 2
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on February 11, 2019, 10:42:17 AM
This week's plan:
Monday: Lunch - jar salad, crackers and cheese  Dinner- Bean and beef taco bowls
Tuesday: Lunch- jar salad, left over taco bowl  Dinner- Indian butter chicken with garbanzos and cauliflower
Wednesday: Lunch- jar salad, left overs  Dinner- left overs
Thursday: Lunch- this will probably be eaten out due to work schedule, Dinner- chicken schnitzel with roast veg
Friday: Lunch- left overs, Dinner- left overs
Weekend: will probably bake rolls for sandwiches, egg & bacon burritos, whatever else I can scrounge up 
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on February 11, 2019, 10:55:23 AM
Taco stuffed shells (meh, it was basically like baked ziti but more work because of filling the shells)
Butternut squash soup and grilled cheese
Honey lemon ginger glazed chicken
Chicken paprika and dumplings
Peach glazed pork tenderloin (https://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/peach-glazed-pork-tenderloin) - there's approximately two pork recipes that I actually enjoy (as opposed to pork just being a substitute for chicken and just a background player) but this is one of them. So good.
Bacon avocado quiche
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on February 11, 2019, 02:19:27 PM
Saturday DH made the steak for an early Valentine's Day dinner.  OMG it was so good!  He seared ribeye, then made a seasoned butter sauce which he used to frequently baste it.  And he served it with seasoned, grilled Portobello mushrooms.  Heaven!  Not sure of the cost.

Sun:  Blackened catfish on top of baby spinach with a side of leftovers.  Total cost approx $5
Mon:  Making this tonight: Coney Island Chili Dog Pie Cost approx $5.50 (Hot dogs were BOGO last month)
Tues: Rotisserie chicken as it's grocery night.  $7
Wed:  Out w/ the fam for my BD $0
Thurs:  Not sure yet.
Fri:  Out w/ Dad for my BD $0
Sat:  IDK yet
Sun:  Something easy as I'll be traveling.

Have a fantastic week, everyone!
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 13, 2019, 01:58:26 AM
So, this week

M. - leftover sausages, salad plus leftover rice and beans for kid2
T- veal schnitzel, mashed potato, salad
W- spag bol, salad
T.- steak and salad. Pumpkin soup. Coconut lime pudding
F. Chicken tinga (or sth in the slow cooker)
Sat- bday party
Sund- tbc, sth on the grill

We were having turkey zucchini meatballs for lunches (plus mashed potato. In a sandwich for the man). The kids requested veggie wraps this week, so that was easy. I bought them fruit jelly cups (not popular), a new type of chocolate milk (hated it), and popcorn (good) as a snack.last week I baked them banana muffins but it was too hot, plus we were away at the weekend, so I skipped the baking.

Friends, I have an almost empty fridge and I love it. All that food that needs to be eaten just stressed me out. I stopped stockpiling, unless I found a really good deal. I also reduced the variety of fruit and veg I bought. I quite like this new system. I was within budget and there is definitely less waste.

I am also looking for recommendations for easy and healthy grownup lunches, which are low carb, low fat, have no eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, nuts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. ( don't judge, I love them but can't digest them properly. Eating is such an ordeal these days). I am thinking of chicken soup. What else?

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on February 13, 2019, 05:04:38 AM
Feb 11 thru Feb 17

Dinners
Mon. = leftover roast
Tues. = leftover roast
Wed. = Chicken stir fry
Thurs = leftover stir fry
Fri. = Hamburger with fries
Sat. = Soup ham and split pea
Sun. = ????

Breakfast
is bagels with cream cheese or cereal

Lunch
is a sandwich

Snack
Apples with caramel sauce or crackers with peanut butter
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 13, 2019, 07:41:22 AM
@Bee21 - I'd start looking for soup recipes that fit the bill, because that's a challenging set of requirements. Soup can be flexible, is typically inexpensive & healthy.

We again are having difficulties due to food allergies/avoidance.

Saturday - out for a birthday
Sunday - kebabs & rice
Monday - tacos
Tuesday - leftover kebabs & rice
Wednesday - leftover tacos
Thursday - eat remaining leftovers
Friday - boys are having their birthday parties, so it's going to be a fancy night of Digiornos pizza (their choice) + cupcakes
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 13, 2019, 08:15:30 AM

I am also looking for recommendations for easy and healthy grownup lunches, which are low carb, low fat, have no eggs, beans, lentils, chickpeas, peas, nuts, broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower. ( don't judge, I love them but can't digest them properly. Eating is such an ordeal these days). I am thinking of chicken soup. What else?

Tuna salad?  Not sure how low-fat you need, but this can be done with a citrus or vinegar-based dressing, and chopped up bell pepper, green onion and celery.  You could eat it over greens if you want more veg.

Also, depending on what you mean by low-carb, how about half a roasted acorn squash with cottage cheese?  I like cottage cheese with a baked sweet potato for lunch, but the squash would be lower in carbs.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Unique User on February 13, 2019, 08:18:25 AM
@Bee21 - you can go on allrecipes.com and use the ingredient search to exclude certain foods.  That (hopefully) might give you a list of recipes that fit your requirements. 

We have sun for the next couple days, so excited to use the grill.  Also, the freezer is full again.  DH found some amazing meat mark downs in January and blew apart my goal of trying to empty the freezer.   

W - chicken breasts on grill (from freezer), carrots and onions, salad
Th - chicken (from freezer) taco salads
F - steaks (from freezer) on grill if it's warm enough with some kind of veg
Sa - veal shoulder (from freezer) in crockpot, veg
Su- Th - it's raining every day so taco soup, pot roast, bbq pork sandwiches, chicken parmesan or brats (all from freezer) with veg and/or salad
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 13, 2019, 02:12:46 PM
Thanks for the recommendation. I think I can manage a tuna or chicken salad, the sweet potato/squash with cottage cheese sounds great, and now I am curious what allrecipes comes up with.  The trick is, lunch has to be filling enough to keep me away from snacking, but most of the things I made these days just made me feel really unwell and miserable, so the food list is getting shorter. A soup and salad combo might work.Breakfast and dinner are relatively easy,  I can manage those, but lunch is still a work in progress.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on February 19, 2019, 12:10:08 PM
Sunday I came home from my trip to a surprise prime rib.  DH did good!

Last night:  DH grilled blue cheese burgers and I made mashed cauliflower.  Cost approx $5 for 3 servings.
Tonight:  There is a venison roast in the slow cooker.  I'll serve it with a side veggie.  Slow Cooker Venison Pot Roast
Wed:  Cod, shrimp, okra $10
Thurs:  Leftovers $0
Fri:  Take out from?
Sat:  Gift card from Christmas while in the big city $0
Sun:  DH will grill/smoke something
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Hula Hoop on February 19, 2019, 01:09:19 PM
tonight - spaghetti all'amatriciana (spaghetti with pancetta, tomatoes and onion) with parmesan cheese, puntarelle (a kind of Italian vegetable)

tomorrow night - pasta with mushrooms, salad

Thursday night - bean burritos (with sour cream, grated cheese and various veggies), steamed broccoli and carrots

Friday night - mushroom omelette with bread and salad


Saturday night - leftovers from my daughter's birthday party (we're holding it at lunchtime with 2 other families).  I plan to make cupcakes, quiche and potato salad (trying to use up a huge bag of free potatoes that we were given) nd other families are providing pizza, more cake and sandwiches so I imagine we'll have these as leftovers.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on February 19, 2019, 01:23:52 PM
Chicken and red wine sauce, spinach salad, rolls
Chili (slow cooker) and sweet potato cornbread (Budget Bytes recipe)
Honey lemon chicken (http://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/honey-lemon-ginger-glazed-chicken/) with broccoli and rice (marinaded the chicken for an hour before cooking, this turned out really tasty)
Lemony linguini
Fried rice
Souvlaki
Tostadas
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on February 19, 2019, 02:15:39 PM
Last week was somewhat of a failure for me.  I ended up not making enough leftovers and I had to buy my lunch a few times.  Oh well.

This week is a strange week for eating, as I have family in town so I expect to be eating a lot of meals at my parents' house.  I made a really good ham, bean, and noodle stew last night for dinner (left overs anticipated to work for lunch today and tomorrow).  Planning on making a pot of potato soup on Thursday for dinner and Friday lunch. 
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Raenia on February 19, 2019, 03:46:49 PM
Mon: Chicken tinga tacos with corn tortillas and lettuce
Tues: Rosemary white bean soup with salad
Wed: Spinach and onion lasagna
Thurs: Beans and rice and salad
Fri: Going out for a belated Valentine's date
Sat: Tuna and rice
Sun: Ricotta gnocchi
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on February 19, 2019, 04:16:44 PM
I'm trying out jar salads for lunch this week.  First impression is that I need to have more greens than the mason jar has room for.  I might start putting all the toppings in a pint jar, and then bringing the greens in the serving container and dumping the rest on top when it's time to eat.

Dinner last night:  roasted herbed chicken thighs and butternut squash, kale/blueberry salad
Tonight: leftover coconut green curry and rice with added tofu and veg to round it out
Wednesday:  burger patties, mushroom gravy and asparagus
Thursday:  Brats, braised red cabbage and carrots
Friday:  Ham and split pea soup probably
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Angelhair on February 20, 2019, 05:10:09 AM
Feb 18 thru Feb 24

Mon = stuffed peppers
Tue = leftovers
Wed = Chicken, mashed potatoes, corn
Thurs = leftovers
Fri = hamburgers and fries
Sat = chill and salad
Sun = leftover

Lunches = sandwiches or leftover from dinner

Breakfast = bagel with cream cheese/peanut butter or hot oatmeal

snacks = apples with caramel sauce or cheese and crackers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Bee21 on February 21, 2019, 04:10:43 PM
I ended up having turkey meatloaf and a sweet potato plus spinach for lunches and I felt great.

Dinners were easy this week as work is crazy.
M. Spag bol (mushroom sooup for self)
T. Turkey meatloaf, peas and potatoes (made 2 meatloaves last Sunday. this was supposed to be lunches for next week but couldn't face crumbing chicken after a hellish day at work.)
W. Rice and bolognese sauce mixed with beans and lentils. ( my 7ys old was cooking 😏)
Th pressure cooker pot roast, carrots, sweet potato, rice.
F. Can't escape the crumbed chicken.
S. Sausages and salad
S. Chicken in peanut sauce etc

Just letting you know, that the celery index is high. Local supermarket is selling a bunch of celery for 6.90 (aussie) dollars. That's draught mixed with floods and a brewing cyclone, people. I bought 2 kg of chicken legs for 6$, so I guess it is more expensive to be vegetarian around here these days.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on February 22, 2019, 03:56:15 PM
Here's what's on the menu this week. I'll be planning a few meals that we can all eat (food allergies) & then my husband will fill in with proteins on the nights he can't eat the main course.

Friday - chicken patty sandwiches + fruit smoothies
Saturday - turkey, stuffing, gravy (all from the freezer). Prep ahead slow cooker pork carnitas
Sunday - Asian cabbage stir fry.
Monday - turkey leftovers into "Thanksgiving leftovers in a crescent roll", which is an actual recipe & delish
Tuesday - Pork carnitas + rice/tortillas for those who can eat carbs
Wednesday - leftover Asian cabbage stir fry
Thursday - remaining leftovers
Friday - spaghetti & meatballs (zoodles/real noodles)

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: italianant on February 22, 2019, 04:31:33 PM
Next 2 weeks (in no particular order)

black bean sweet potato turkey chili
pizza
meatball subs
Sausage potato soup
pasta alla vodka IP
enchilada rice skillet
chickpea tikki masala
honey garlic chicken IP
beef stew IP w/ irish brown bread
breakfast for dinner

Breakfasts: blueberry oatmeal bake, zucchini bread
Lunches: chicken sausage quinoa bake, grilled cheese tomato soup
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: CNM on February 25, 2019, 09:51:46 AM
This week's plan:
- Chicken Cesar salad
- Cornmeal fried pork chops with sweet potatoes
- Potato soup with bacon
- Cheese pizza

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on February 25, 2019, 12:34:19 PM
Tonight:  Smoked sausage with eggs and cheese.  $3.50 for 3 servings
Tues:  Salmon, spaghetti squash. $9 for 3 servings
Wed:  Teriyaki pork ribs, tempura eggplant.  $8 for many servings
Thurs:  Leftovers $0
Fri:  Take out from? DH pays
Sat:  Baked chicken legs as I'm doing taxes all day. $7 for 4 servings
Sun:  DH will grill/smoke something. $?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 03, 2019, 08:49:30 AM
Here's what we have going this week (we have salad with dinner every night)

Saturday - husband & I went to dinner. Kiddos had leftovers
Sunday - I'm making keto hamburger patties with fried cabbage
Monday - a chicken casserole
Tuesday - leftover hamburger patties/cabbage
Wednesday - leftover chicken casserole
Thursday - any remaining leftovers. Failing that, we'll likely do carnitas burritos
Friday - maybe chicken wings?
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: StarBright on March 03, 2019, 11:30:50 AM
I finally have something slightly different to post for once so I'll post this week's:

Sat: Ham and Spinach Crustless Quiche, roasted potatoes and asparagus
Sun: Meatloaf and broccoli and leftover potatoes (My son requested meatloaf and wants to make it with me! I hate meatloaf so never make it, I'm not sure where he got the idea but I'm happy to add something new to the rotation.)
Mon: Baked eggs in tomato sauce over grits
Tues : kids eat free night at Max and Ermas :)
Wed: Molasses cured tuna steak, sweet potato "risotto", salad
Thur: Sweet potato/beef burgers and fries
Friday: family pizza night
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on March 03, 2019, 11:54:08 AM
I probably over-planned, and might need to delete a meal or push Friday's dinner to the weekend so we can eat leftovers, but this week I have:

Last night: Roast chicken, Brussels sprouts, carrots
Tonight: Chicken soup & bread
M - Turkey meatloaf, green beans, roasted potatoes
T - Fried rice with ham & Thai pesto + bok choi
W -Spiced beef with butternut squash,braised collards
R - Spaghetti squash casserole/Italian sausage
F - Chile verde, black beans, cauliflower
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on March 04, 2019, 12:51:47 PM
Last night:  Grilled pork chops from the half pig we bought last year.  Served on top of baby spinach w/ leftover sides.  Cost $4 for 4 protein portions.
Tonight:  Ham hock from the above mentioned pig and beans in the Crock.  Cost approx $6 for many meals.
Tues:  Venison and Italian sausage meatloaf, side veggie.  Cost?
Wed:  Fish night.  Cost approx $6
Thurs:  A meeting which dinner will be provided.  Cost for my time and fuel for the 1.5 mile drive.
Fri:  Leftovers
Sat:  Out for our anniversary. Cost?
Sun and Mon:  Bachelorette time!  Popcorn, pesto pasta and cheap, frozen pizza, please.    What carbs?  O:)
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 09, 2019, 08:36:41 AM
Okay, here's what I think we're doing this week:
Saturday - out, for my son's birthday
Sunday - crack chicken in the crockpot
Monday - homemade pizzas
Tuesday - leftover crack chicken
Wednesday - leftover pizza
Thursday - spaghetti & meatballs
Friday - TBD

I'm trying to eat lower carb, so I'll need to figure out what to eat on the pizza night.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Raenia on March 09, 2019, 09:36:42 AM
Sat: Out with family friend
Sun: Fried rice/leftovers
Mon: Lasagna
Tues: Dal and rice
Wed: Tuna, roce, stir fry
Thurs: Leftovers
Fri: Veggie soup and bread
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on March 09, 2019, 10:39:54 AM
Pancakes (strawberry, chocolate chip)
Quiche to use up some vegetables (note to self, remember to make rice for crust ahead of time for once!!)
Pasta with bacon and peas
Split pea soup, rolls
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on March 09, 2019, 12:18:02 PM
Tonight: Stirfy to use up rando veggies
Sunday: Black bean soup and homemade sourdough
Monday: Salmon, potatoes, asparagus, mushrooms
Tuesday: Roast chicken, French lentils w/ carrots, steamed artichokes
Wednesday: Spaghetti squash casserole/Italian sausage
Thursday: Red coconut curry with rice & leftover chicken
Friday:  Split pea soup, bread
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Drole on March 09, 2019, 12:48:22 PM
I am busy every night of the week these days so thought i'd get back to planning.  We'll see if i can stick to this. Editing to add: looking at this it makes more sense to switch the tuesday and sunday meals as i have more time to cook tomorrow...just means a trip to the store for meat tomorrow morning.

Sun lunch and dinner: leftovers. 1 pork chop, curry, shepherds pie available. Can also do charcuterie and/or tuna salad.

Mon: spaghetti with meatballs, lettuce/tomato salad. Adults might still have leftovers or quick beans and rice.

Tues: southern style pork neckbones, cauli chowder and greens

Wed: quinoa, black beans, raw veg with dressing.  May add leftover meat bits for any complainers.

Thurs: roti chix (take away) with strawberry/spin/chevre salad. Probanly vegetarian leftovers for me.

Fri: curry chicken salad with the leftover roti chix

Sat: thinking pineapple chix with zucchini if they are not tired of chix.  Could change to pork.

Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: italianant on March 10, 2019, 08:23:46 PM
Ended up not needing as many meals last week due to unforseen circumstances (good ones) so several meals were bumped into this week/next week.

2 weeks of meal in no particular order:

BFAST: banana bread, granola
LUNCH: black bean sweet potato turkey chili, grilled caprese sandwiches

sausage w/peppers and onion
pizza
pasta alla vodka IP
enchilada rice skillet
breakfast for dinner
Jambalaya
Ramen in IP
fish tacos
pork carnitas
pasta w/Mom's sauce
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on March 13, 2019, 11:36:30 AM
Last night:  Corned beef hash (bought in bulk at Sam's) supplemented with Cheetos as an appetizer.
Tonight:  Ground beef and venison tacos
Thurs:  Leftovers
Fri:  Something quick since it's grocery night, either rotisserie chicken from the deli or a frozen pizza
Sat:  Burgers consisting of ground meat with portobello mushroom buns
Sun:  Either a restaurant or DH will grill/smoke something.  Depends if we go riding or not.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2019
Post by: Drole on March 17, 2019, 07:12:33 AM
So getting back on board with planning was fun.  Trying again.

Sun: leftovers
Mon: request for GF Pizza for kids.  Lettuce/Tomato Salad.  Adults TBD..maybe soups.
Tue: Greek Chicken/Lemon Rice/Zucchini/Yogurt Dip with Veg perhaps.
Wed: request for Nachos with leftover chicken, etc
Thu: Socca with greens/swt potatoes/cauli other bits on hand
Fri: Potato Waffles with Eggs/Ham
Sat: Thai Green Pork
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: Raenia on March 17, 2019, 07:22:47 AM
Sun: Leftovers
Mon: Chana masala
Tues: Chicken fried rice
Wed: Pesto pasta with peas
Thurs: Carrot parsnip & ginger soup
Fri: Pizza
Sat: Leftovers
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: horsepoor on March 17, 2019, 08:21:31 AM
Traveling this week, but my meeting is very near my hotel, so I'm hoping to avoid eating out (also have fridge and microwave in the hotel, and brining my coffee stuff).  I'll be near the Vegas strip Friday night and booked a table at Momofuko, which will be a bucket-list dining experience, and probably cost my per-weekum.

The rest of the week will be hotel breakfast, tuna salad for lunch, and something like rotisserie chicken and steamed veggies for dinner.
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: meerkat on March 17, 2019, 06:06:08 PM
Taco soup (roll over meal)
Cranberry chicken with sweet potatoes
Vegetable curry
Honey soy chicken
Brats
Country fried steak
Sausage egg muffins
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MountainGal on March 19, 2019, 01:46:36 PM
Sunday:  Corned beef w/ trimmings.  Cost $15 for 5 servings.  I also made Irish cream brownies using ingredients from the pantry.
Last night:  Maple glazed salmon en papillote with leftovers on the side.  $8
Tonight:  There are pork chops in the Crock Pot with a homemade honey brown sugar glaze.  $8 for 4 servings
Wed:  Venison and sausage enchiladas.  Approx. $8 for an entire pan
Thurs:  Leftovers $0
Friday:  Take out from?
Sat:  Benefit dinner.  Dinner is included in the ticket price
Sun:  Beer can chicken.  $7 plus side veggie
Title: Re: Meal planning 2018
Post by: MaybeBabyMustache on March 24, 2019, 08:25:19 PM
Another crazy work week, but I'm hoping this is the last of it:

Friday - we went out on a date, the kids ate hot dogs
Saturday - egg roll in a bowl
Sunday - I made a fettucine alfredo with zoodles instead. The sauce was great
Monday - leftover egg roll in a bowl
Tuesday - leftover fettucine alfredo
Wednesday - carnitas
Thursday - any other leftovers or carnitas
Friday - TBD