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In the Kitchen, Planning, Weekly Menu

>A little planning goes a long way

>One of the small ways that I can really make my life easier is to plan my meals. I’ve incorporated menu planning into my weekend routine and usually sit down on Sundays to make my plan and my grocery list. This has me all set for grocery shopping on Monday- having ArmyMan home all day on the weekends generally leaves my pantry and fridge a little on the light side!

This week is a little different. I did less meal planning while ArmyMan was TDY and went grocery shopping on Friday right before he came home. We had planned a pretty good spread for the Superbowl, but ArmyMan came down with the stomach virus making it’s way around Campbell. So, today I found myself meal planning and trying to work in all the ingredients I had bought for the game.

I’m borrowing an idea from one of my favorite bloggers, Jessica over at Life as Mom. In a recent post, she suggested instituting “theme nights” to make meal planning easier. Since we started the Paleo diet, my usual meal planning shortcuts haven’t been much help. So, we’re going to give theme nights a try.

Here’s what I used this week:
Monday- Soup Night
Tuesday- Crockpot
Wednesday- One Dish dinner
Thursday- leftovers
Friday- Steak and Fries (this is something ArmyMan’s family did and we’ve done for quite some time)
Saturday- Crockpot
Sunday- Clean out the fridge

Obviously, this will need tweaking. But it’s a start.

This week’s menu ended up:
Mon- (I cooked before meal planning) Northwest Chicken, Roasted Sweet Potatoes and Apples, broccoli
Tues- Crockpot Butternut Squash Soup with chicken grilled cheese for Monkey
Wed- Paleo meatloaf with mashed cauliflower and parsnips
Thurs- leftovers
Fri- Wings and Fries (we’re using the wings since I bought them for the game)
Sat- I haven’t decided
Sun- Honey-Dijon Chicken with roasted cabbage and potatoes

{How do you make the dinner part of your week easier? Do you meal plan or have “theme nights”?}

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About ThatArmyWife

I am an Army Wife, mom,equestrian, animal lover, and photographer.

Discussion

4 thoughts on “>A little planning goes a long way

  1. >I love those lists!!!Great job!Samhttp://www.themomanddadreviews.com/

    Posted by SamanthaD | February 8, 2011, 5:21 pm
  2. >what delish lists! you have a beautiful site here kristen. thanks for taking the 31 day challenge with me!*waving,shelley

    Posted by shelley | February 8, 2011, 8:47 pm
  3. >My DH & I use E-Mealz. It does our menu plan for us and keeps our weekly dinner budget under $45 for the week. For only $1.25 a week it is well worth it for it to tell me what to buy, cook and save me money. Maybe you and yours would like it as well! PS that crockpot butternut squash soup sounds awesome!

    Posted by Heather | February 8, 2011, 9:40 pm
  4. >I love meal planning for the week. I also love throwing themed dinner parties. I love the idea of meshing the two! Great idea!

    Posted by Maranda | February 15, 2011, 11:01 pm

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