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Meal Planning--Dinners--Week 4

January 23rd, 2017 at 03:08 pm

I am trying for a relatively easy week for meals since I want to do some batch cooking for the freezer. I have two time-consuming but easy recipes and 5 dead easy ones on the agenda for dinners this week. That's definitely how I have to plan for things if I want to do some freezer cooking for lunches and snacks. Organization is key when you are cooking everything from scratch and when you are trying to save money. There's a reason they call it a meal PLAN.

Monday:
Loaded Baked Potato Soup
Salad
Oranges

Tuesday:
Homemade Pizza
Salad
Oranges

Wednesday:
Pork Chops
Fried Potatoes
Cole Slaw
Home Canned Applesauce or Home Canned Pears (depending on the person)

Thursday:
Black Pepper Chicken
Rice
Canned Pineapple

Friday:
Tacos
Oranges

Saturday:
Belgian Waffles
Ham
Cucumbers
Oranges

Sunday:
Beef Pot Roast
Baked Sweet Potatoes
Green Beans
Any Leftover Canned Fruit or Oranges

5 Responses to “Meal Planning--Dinners--Week 4”

  1. Thrifty Ray Says:

    All sounds yummy and nutritious to me! Nice plan!

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Thanks. Although the loaded baked potato soup probably isn't all that nutritious, what with the sour cream and the amount of cheese in it. Yummy it is, however.

  3. ceejay74 Says:

    We do the same thing, plan some more labor-intensive meals and some easy ones. I try to time them so the more complicated ones are on days we don't have anything else going on. That's kept us on plan; I think there's maybe been one or two times in the past six months when we haven't made something that's on the week's menu (even if we end up swapping two meals when our schedule hits a snag).

    We haven't gotten to the point where we plan leftovers well. Some weeks we have tons of leftovers and other weeks I'm making PB&J or taking ramen for my work lunch, or we try to get prepared curry packets on sale so all we have to do is make a bit of rice on weeks when there aren't a lot of leftovers.

  4. LuckyRobin Says:

    Ceejay--I think it juts takes a lot of practice to get the hang of leftover management. Even if you plan for it, if someone is particularly hungry and eats extra one night, it might throuw off your ratios and mess up your plans anyway. I do the best I can and quickly freeze what I know I can't use right away. It helps if you have the time to look at articles and videos on leftover management as well. You guys are always so busy, working full time, two young kids which require more hands one time, and such a heavy social calendar that I imagine it is hard to find time to focus on something like this. You do the best you can with the time you have. As long as the food gets eaten and not wasted I'd say you are doing just fine.

  5. ceejay74 Says:

    Thanks! You're right, and as long as I can scrape along not eating out for lunch (unless it's planned), that's success in my book too. Smile

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