I feel like I need to take a deep breath before heading into this month. March, Adar, Purim… and the looming thought of Pesach. I’ll be honest – it fills me with joy, yes. But also a bit of anxiety, too.
My goals for my meal plan this month are three-fold:
(1) Start whittling down my freezer stock and storage room shelves in anticipation of Pesach
(2) Keep it SIMPLE – the simpler the meal, the less time I have to spend in the kitchen before and after the meal. That’s a good thing in my book.
(3) Actually stick to my meal plan – when I looked back at our February plan, I realized that we only ate what was slated about half the time. Now, this isn’t necessarily a problem. Sometimes we skipped a plan because we went to my parents’ house. Or because a child had a special request. But if I’m skipping a planned meal because I just don’t “feel like cooking”, it’s probably not a good thing for our budget – or our nutrition.
So, keeping all that in mind, here is my plan for March – which is neither fancy nor gourmet. But it is mostly healthy and definitely nourishing.
Remember, I have found that monthly meal planning works best for my family, but you may prefer weekly or bimonthly plans. No matter how you do it, menu planning will definitely save you money – and make your days run a whole lot smoother!
Tues, Mar 1 – Chicken stir-fry with whole wheat pasta (made from leftover chicken)
Wed, Mar 2 – Cauliflower soup, tuna croquettes – A weird combination, I know. One is to make DH happy, the other is for D.
Thurs, Mar 3 – Homemade pizza & salad — Yes, we eat the same thing everything Thursday. I love knowing what to expect on Thursdays!
Fri, Mar 4 – Parmesan-encrusted tilapia, brown rice, sauteed chick peas, Greek salad
Sat, Mar 5 – Crockpot chicken soup & the rest TBD
Sun, Mar 6 – Spinach lasagna (make at least one or two extra to freeze), green salad
Mon, Mar 7 – Vegetarian taco “bar” with refried-ish beans, veggie crumbles, tomatoes, lettuce, grated cheese, sour cream and salsa
Tues, Mar 8 – Thai-style lentils with brown rice and steamed veggies — The Frugal Ima creatively turned my Thai-style chicken into Thai-style chickpeas, which I’m going to try turning into Thai-style lentils. I doubt DS2 will eat it, but I’m excited to try it!
Wed, Mar 9 – Cheese quesadillas & tomato vegetable soup
Thurs, Mar 10 – Homemade pizza & salad
Fri, Mar 11 – Beef stew, “buttered noodles”, steamed veggies, pareve chocolate mousse
Sat, Mar 12 – TBD
Sun, Mar 13 – Spinach lasagna & salad – Yup, the lasagna will be pulled straight out of the freezer
Mon, Mar 14 – Cauliflower & tofu bake, quinoa pilaf
Tues, Mar 15 – Crockpot Black Bean Soup, served with nacho chips, guacamole and sour cream
Wed, Mar 16 – Breakfast for Dinner – Either homemade pancakes or waffles with fruit smoothies
Thurs, Mar 17 — Ta’anit Esther – Homemade pizza & salad for the kids
Sat, Mar 19 – Cholent, potato bourekas, salads
Sun, Mar 20 – Community-wide Seudah
Mon, Mar 21 – Tuna casserole with steamed veggies
Tues, Mar 22 - Black bean burgers, sliced avocado and tomato, homemade pita (possibly!), sweet potato french fries
Wed, Mar 23 – Bowties with sauteed peppers, feta cheese and chopped walnuts
Thurs, Mar 24 – Homemade pizza & salad
Fri, Mar 25 – Crockpot BBQ beef, coleslaw, roasted potatoes, pineapple “pudding” cake
Sat, Mar 26 – TBD
Sun, Mar 27 – Spanakopita “eggrolls”, Greek salad, yogurt fruit smoothies – Instead of making the spanakopita in a casserole dish, I roll up individual logs for each person… yummy!
Mon, Mar 28 – Vegetarian fajitas – veggies, refried beans, rice and all the fixings
Wed, Mar 30 – Sesame noodles with oven-baked tofu and sauteed snap peas
Thurs, Mar 31 – Homemade pizza & salad
- Toaster waffles – we’ve got enough for the month, thankyouTarget
- Cold cereal with milk
- Steel cut oats in the crockpot
- Instant oatmeal
- Fruit smoothies
- Scrambled eggs with cheese
Lunches – all served with cut-up veggies and/or fruit:
- parmesan orzo
- peanut butter sandwiches
- egg salad or tuna salad sandwiches
- “wraps” with chumus, sprouts, grated carrots, grated cabbage and tomatoes (me)
- macaroni & cheese
- “stuffed” baked potatoes with cottage cheese and broccoli
- granola bars
- microwave popcorn
- cuties, apples, bananas, grapes
- cheese and crackers
- apple muffins – my kids LOVE these!
- veggies with dip or hummus
Have you started in on March menu planning? Or do you plan by the week? Still flying by the seat of your pants?
I’d love to hear what you’ll be eating. I know we could all use a little bit of inspiration. And if you’ve got a blog, please link up to a post about your menu planning (monthly, weekly or otherwise) by using the Mr. Linky.