Sunday, January 18, 2009

First Menu Plan Monday

One of my goals for last year was to begin planning our menus to cut down on grocery costs, junk food purchases, and pantry nonsense overload. It's really transformed our grocery bill, and I love the stress relief that comes from not having to hunt for something to make each meal. This year, I thought it might be fun to participate in I'm an Organizing Junkie's weekly Menu Plan Monday event. Not only might I pick up a few new, yummy recipes or menu planning tips, but I hope to pick up a few new friends too!

So, welcome to everyone that is visiting from the Organizing Junkie's blog. Please feel free to comment! I can't wait to see your menus.

Just a note on my menu method: I will include breakfast and dinner items, but not lunch. We generally eat leftovers for lunch, so there's no need for me to plan for it. If there are no leftovers (happening a little too often with this pregnant mama around *ahem*), we have either harboiled eggs with whatever fruit/veggies are available or peanut butter sandwiches with aforementioned fruit/veggies.

Monday: Breakfast-- Cheesy Scrambled Eggs on Buttered Toast
Cinnamon Applesauce
Dinner-- Cheese Manicotti and Romaine Salad

Tuesday: Breakfast-- Banana Pancakes with Peanut Butter
Dinner-- The Husband's Choice

Wednesday: Breakfast-- Baked Oatmeal
Dinner-- Tortellini in Broth with Escarole

Thursday: Breakfast-- Cheesy Scrambled Eggs on Buttered Toast
Cinnamon Applesauce
Dinner-- Pork and Green Bean Stir-Fry with Rice

Friday: Breakfast-- Chunky Monkey Oatmeal
Dinner-- Roasted Chicken Breasts with Carrots and Onions

Saturday: Breakfast-- Apple Cinnamon Muffins
Dinner-- Chili and Romaine Salad

Sunday: Breakfast-- Baked Oatmeal
Dinner-- Homemade Pizza


Anonymous said...

welcome to the MPM club I just started last week, and man my meals went off so well and my kids and hubby loved being able to look on the fridge and see what was for dinner. And I loved not hearing "Hey mom whats for dinner"

Kristen said...

Let me tell you, after you get used to making a menu each week, you will be lost without one! I save so much time and money by doing it each week. I do it like you, breakfasts & dinners. My boys love knowing what is on the menu for the next morning. That and desserts are their big interests!

n*stitches said...

Welcome to menu planning monday!

Lora said...

Welcome to MPM! Doesn't menu planning make life so much easier?!

That recipe for roasted chicken breasts sounds yummy!

Mandi said...

Welcome to MPM! The pork stir fry sounds delish! Have a great week.

Lora said...

Thanks for venison tips! We love shish-k-bob, I'll have to try that.

SavingSomeGreen said...

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! You are going to love it! I promise. Your menu looks yummy - much better than mine :)!

Amanda said...

Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! We've definitely been able to cut down on our grocery costs - plus there's so much less stress when I know what we're having for dinner! Your menu looks delicious - and I remember those days of being pregnant and eating nearly everything in sight! My daughter just turned four I'm just getting out of that phase! :)

Org Junkie said...

Welcome to MPM, so glad you've joined us!!

Anonymous said...

Welcome to MPM! Great menu!