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Meal Planning for the Week

July 1st, 2018 at 07:16 pm

I do find life and sticking to a budget, especially the grocery budget, goes so much better with a meal plan in place. I may or may not make these in order. I don't always stick to my days, but I do tend to stick to what's on my list, although sometimes I will swap the sides around. If I get lazy one day or my RA flares up and I am exhausted, my possible sub out meal will be Belgian waffles and ham and cucumber slices. It's an easy one that DS or DD can make if I can't.

Fried Chicken
Corn on the cob

Beef rump roast
Baked sweet potatoes
Green beans

Spanish Rice
Cole Slaw
Canned pineapple

Chicken Shawarma
Homemade pita bread
Homemade Tzatziki sauce
Cole Slaw
Canned pears

Pork steaks
Fried potatoes
Green beans

Homemade pizza with sweet yellow onions, bell peppers, fresh basil, pepperoni, sausage, and ham
Cole slaw

Picnic Ham
Mashed potatoes and ham gravy
Green beans

4 Responses to “Meal Planning for the Week”

  1. Smallsteps Says:

    I agree having a meal plan in place. I am having difficulty getting spouse on board. I buy specific ingredients for the plan and then He decides to help by cooking whatever he thinks we should have. So some items are pushed toward a use it or lose it situation example I buy ripe avocados for guacamole, I know approx. how many days I have to use he decides to cook something else with other taco ingredients and we are now pushing my best buy dates to limits and requiring another trip to store. If I buy not so ripe ones he complains about not being soft enough to make the guacamole.

  2. LuckyRobin Says:

    Smallsteps--Get your spouse involved in the actual planning. Make him sit down with you and plan it together after you've gone through the sales ads for the week and what you have on hand in the pantry. Have a list of that and then the actual planning should not take long It should take 20 minutes, tops. If he has some input into making it, he is more likely to stick to it. Then post a copy of the meal plan with the ingredients for each meal listed out on the refrigerator and tell him he needs to help you both stay on track with what you've planned for the sake of the budget. It sounds like he doesn't like some of what you are planning and would rather have some other meals, so with a little more help on the planning end, maybe he won't just do random meals and mess up the ingredients for other ones.

  3. Smallsteps Says:

    Luckyrobin - Thanks for the tips- I have tried some of the suggestions. I only plan meals on stuff he likes and often I detest. Last time we sat down and looked at ads etc he wanted a special splurge meal i bought the items he said he would BBQ the pricey steaks we bought ( wrapped in butcher paper) and after starting the grill I kept looking into fridge to see when he grabbed the meat so i could have any sides finish at same time. He announced "it is done" and i was looking directly at the steaks in fridge i said how can they be done when they were in my hand???? he had grabbed a package of ribs we had in back of fridge saying "oh I did not see the steaks" He unloaded the groceries and put them in there how he forgot is beyond me.

  4. Sue Says:

    Every single one of those meals sounds wonderful - I'm in Smile It is too hot here to even turn the oven on so we are doing a lot of crockpot meals, salad-type meals, and bbqing - the oven is ON VACATION!!!

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