How to Plan A Menu

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menu plan

Learning how to plan a menu was the one thing that I did that saves me time, money, and a lot of stress.   Menu planning is also one of my least favorite things to do, but life is so much easier when I make one that I just suck it up and do it.  I have several friends who tell me that they wish they could be better organized, eat out less, make more homemade meals -- and really, learning how to plan a menu is your key to all of that! First you should know that menu planning does take some time and mental energy.  You have to think!  This is why I started planning a month at a time instead of a week at a time -- I only have to expel that energy once a month rather than every week. So how do you plan a menu? Like this! Make a Master List: Sit down and make a master list of your family's favorite meals.  Ask your husband for his input and your kids, if they are old enough, for theirs.   Keep the list handy so you can refer to it when making your menu.  I also keep a board (or ... [read more]

Weekly Menu Plan, Jan 13

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Menu Plan

I have been a major slacker in menu planning.  The results have been a stressed out mama and way too much eating out! So I am determined to get back in the game and start menu planning again.  If you need some help with menu planning, make sure to check out my post on How To Plan A Menu.   Monday: Shoyu Chicken, rice, green beans Tuesday: Spaghetti with marinara sauce, garlic knots, tossed salad Wednesday: Date Night Thursday:  Pakistani Keema (beef curry), rice Friday:  Grilled salmon, broccoli, ranch potatoes Saturday: Grilled brats, homemade pretzels, salad Like what you see? Sign up for our email newsletter in the blue box below and never miss another delicious recipe!   ... [read more]

Menu Plan, October 29

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Menu Plan

A weekly menu plan helps you beat the last minute rush for dinner!  Get some ideas on what to have for dinner this week including recipes and photos.   Monday: Amish Baked Chicken with green beans   Tuesday:  Dinner at my mom's house   Wednesday:  Shrimp linguine, broccoli Thursday:  Meatloaf (recipe forthcoming!), ranch potatoes,  green beans Friday:  Curried Chicken Kebabs with veggies and rice   What's for dinner this week at your house? Trying anything new?   ... [read more]

Weekly Menu Plan, October 15

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Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

I'm a little behind already this week.  Just getting to the menu plan now.  But I figure later is better than never, right? Right! So here we go.  You'll see some new recipes this week and I'll share them if they turn out fine!   Monday:  Baked Chicken with veggies (new recipe), Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls     Tuesday: Stuffed Shells with Pesto, Sausage, and Cheese, broccoli, leftover rolls Wednesday: Pakistani Beef Keema, rice, green beans Thursday: Roast Chicken (new recipe) with roasted zucchini Friday:  Pasta e Fagioli (new recipe) Do you like to try new recipes or just use ones you know well? ... [read more]

Weekly Menu Plan, October 8

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Amish Baked Chicken

It is finally supposed to cool down this week -- even reach down in to the 70's by the end!  Hooray for fall! I also managed to find some apples and even whipped up some pumpkin puree.  We are ready for fall flavors! But first, dinner. Monday:  Coney Dogs with homemade ranch potatoes and broccoli   Tuesday:  Italian chicken, pasta, green beans Wednesday:  Dinner out (I think?!) Thursday: Slow Cooker Lentil and Sausage Soup, Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls (good thing I have more than one slow cooker!) Friday:  Amish Baked Chicken, mashed potatoes, green veggie     ... [read more]