Thursday, February 2, 2012

Meal Plan - February

Or at least sane!

I did my meal plan a little differently this month.  In the past I was doing 1 week at a time and hoping that I would be able to get the grocery store to get what we need.  If I didn't (which was not uncommon), I was left to come up with something else, which often left me stressed out.

This month I decided to try to do a Monthly Meal Plan and do 1 big food shop at the beginning of the month.  I know there will be smaller shops to fill in other items we need (dairy, produce), but I'm hoping that this makes everything else easier and helps us to stick to our budget better, but that's for a different post.

The other difference with our meal plan, is that I made a list of meals that I will make depending on our mood and needs at the time.  I didn't want to give everything a set day because for some reason that also stresses me out.  I did try to assign things to a specific week so that it won't be too much of the same thing all the time.

** Are items that I need to prepare ahead of time.
^^ Will post a recipe.

Week 1:

Waffles (freezer)
Muffins - strawberry
Leftover Quiche

Caprese Grilled Cheese
On Your Own (kids have PB & J or cream cheese and Jelly on crackers)
Broccoli and Cheese Muffins

Stuffed Peppers
Beef Kabab/Tuna Steak, rice and brussels sprouts
Tilapia, creamed kale and potatoes
Spinach and Feta Quiche (This was for a night when Jolly Green Daddy is not home) ^^
Meltdown night (Yes I had a mini meltdown as I prepared for the month, and we went out for Mexican.  That's another post entirely.)
Pizza Roll Up
Chicken???/Veggie Pot Pie  (Depends if Jolly Green Daddy wants to go to Kosher Market to pick out meat.  Doesn't really make sense for me to go on my own.)

Week 2:

Baked Oatmeal
Mini Quiche **
Granola **
English Muffins **

(Jolly Green Daddy will not be home for most lunches this week, making it a little easier for me)
Chicken Salad (JGD is responsible for this)
Macaroni and Cheese
Broccoli and Cheese Muffins (from last week)
Pizza Muffins **
Peanut Butter/Cream Cheese and Jelly
Quinoa Cakes

Super Bowl!  Go Giants! - Mexican Egg Rolls and Spinach Artichoke Pull Apart/Stuffed Bread
Bobby Dean's Oven Fried Chicken/Gardein
Beef Stew??/Mushroom Barley Soup, rolls**
Spinach Ricotta Gnocchi
Veggie Something (depends on what we get from the Buying Club)
Quinoa Spinach/Broccoli Bake (JGD will not be home for this one) **

Week 3:

Mini Quiche/Frittatas
Granola **
English Muffins **
Mini Quiche **
Quinoa Pancakes

Southwestern Rice Cakes
Tuna Melts
Pizza Muffins **
Peanut Butter/Cream Cheese and Jelly

Veggie Dumpling Soup, Crusty bread and salad
Cod, Rice, veggie
Polenta Cakes (When JGD is not home.)
Lo Mein/Soba (maybe add chicken)
Ravioli or Tortellini
Chicken Piccata/Chickpea Piccata

Week 4
Small Fry turns 1!

Granola **
Dutch Baby
Cranberry/Blueberry Breakfast Cake
English Muffins **
Muffins **

Macaroni and Cheese
Pesto Pasta Salad
Caprese Tart
Chinese Chicken Salad
Peanut Butter/Cream Cheese and Jelly

Burrito/Fajita Bowls ^^
Salmon Fish Sticks
Cottage Cheese Pancakes (JGD won't be home.) or maybe something I can make ahead
Lasagna (either crock pot or made ahead)
Chicken Drumsticks

Will make 2 loaves of sandwich bread each Week
Make challah or some other kind of special bread
Granola Bars **
Always searching for more healthy snacks
Ice Cream
Pretzel Bites

There may be some changes and adaptations for we get from our Organic Buying Club.

This will be linked up at I'm an Organizing Junkie.

1 comment:

  1. This looks great! I try to menu plan and shop once a month too. I think it's just easier when you have kids. Your meals look delicious too, Im totaly interested in the Spinach and Rocotta Gnocchi and quinoa pancakes!
    (here from MPM)


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