A short month! Hooray – that means my grocery dollars don’t have to get stretched quite as far. And I don’t have to come up with quite as many meal options!
I’m sharing my monthly meal plan with you because I want to show you that menu planning doesn’t have to be complicated – or gourmet. In our house, we like to keep things simple. My aim in menu-planning is two-fold:
1. To eliminate the 5 p.m. meltdown, and
2. To save my family money by becoming more intentional and planned about what I buy.
For my family, I’ve found that I can best achieve these goals by making a month-long menu plan that is filled mostly with whole, simple foods, cooked or baked from scratch. We eat primarily vegetarian fare during the week, unless we have Shabbat leftovers.
Tues, Feb 1 – Chicken stir-fry with pasta (made from Shabbat left-overs — chicken from the soup)
Wed, Feb 2 – Chicken pot pie (see above re. left-overs)
Thurs, Feb 3 – Homemade pizza & salad
Fri, Feb 4 – Over-baked tilapia with glazed onions, tomatoes & garlic, served with brown rice and green salad
Feb 5 – ??? If we’re home, probably cholent, kugel and salads – my standard Shabbat lunch fare in the winter
Sun, Feb 6 – Baked ziti and steamed vegetables (make an extra and freeze for Feb. 20)
Mon, Feb 7 – Tuna casserole with cut-up veggies
Tues, Feb 8 – Crockpot vegetarian chili, served with cornbread and cut-up veggies
Wed, Feb 9 – Vegetable stir-fry with tofu and brown rice
Thurs, Feb 10 – Homemade pizza & salad
Fri, Feb 11 – Rotisserie chicken, roasted potatoes & sweet potatoes, green salad
Sat, Feb 12 – ???
Sun, Feb 13 – Lasagna & salad (make an extra to freeze for Feb. 27)
Mon, Feb 14 – Tuna patties, orzo, Greek salad
Wed, Feb 16 – Cauliflower & tofu bake with quinoa pilaf
Thurs, Feb 17 – Homemade pizza & salad
Sat, Feb 19 – ???
Sun, Feb 20 – Baked ziti & steamed veggies (right out of the freezer!)
Mon, Feb 21 – Tuna casserole with cut-up veggies
Tues, Feb 22 - Veggie burgers, sliced avocado, sweet potato french fries
Wed, Feb 23 – Tuna casserole & steamed veggies
Thurs, Feb 24 – Homemade pizza & salad
Fri, Feb 25 – Beef stew, garlic mashed potatoes, roasted broccoli
Sat, Feb 26 – ???
Sun, Feb 27 – Lasagna and salad (right out of the freezer)
Mon, Feb 28 – Green beans & tofu with crunchy thai peanut sauce, served over brown rice (This one got bumped off the January menu)
Lunches: left-overs, salad (me), peanut butter sandwiches, cheese quesadillas (hooray! DS has added a new “accepted” lunch food!), bourekas, macaroni & cheese (yes, the kind out of a box – I don’t do it more than once a week, but darn if everybody isn’t very happy that day!), baked potatoes with cottage cheese and sauteed veggies, egg salad sandwiches
Snacks: granola bars, Popchips, microwave popcorn, cuties, apples, bananas, cheese sticks and crackers, carrot muffins, veggies & dip
Are you a menu planner? What’s on your list for this week, this month – or just today? If you’ve got a blog, I’d love for you to link up to your menu plan with the Mr. Linky.
Otherwise, please leave a comment below. I know we can all use a little more inspiration!