Menu planning for the week is such an essential part to our Rhythm here. Without it I would be able to have a grocery budget, another essential part for us since we are now a one income family. I thought I would share our menu this week. When I make my menu I always consult what is in the freezer and pantry. Then I look through cookbooks and put pen to paper. Once this is done the list gets made and there that chore is done and ready for our Friday night outing to the grocery store. The reasoning behind Friday night shopping and planning is that our Fresh Connect delivery comes on Friday and I need to incorporate what is in the box to what will be on our plates.
I have a simple dry erase board that I write the menu out on. I can make notes on the side as to recipes in certain cook books if needed.
week of 1/22 - 1/29
friday ~ steak, baked potatoes, broccoli
saturday ~ pancakes, eggs, sausage
sunday ~ taco soup
monday ~ Chicken and Noodles, fresh broccoli
I had a whole chicken in the freezer, this is a great way to make the dollar stretch. Slow cook a whole chicken in your crock pot and you can usually get 2 - 4 recipes out of that chicken.
tuesday ~ tacos
wednesday ~ grilled cheese, tomato soup, applesauce
thursday ~ left overs
friday ~ chicken corn chowder, salad, pumpkin corn bread
Your menu planning does not have to be difficult. Make it customized to your family. Good luck and let me know if you see a difference in your grocery budget, I know you will.