Monday, August 15, 2011

Menu Plan Monday - August 15 - 21

I have decided to get back into the swing of things with menu planning for the week. I think it is one of the most important things you can do to save money around your house because a) you only need to grocery shop once per week & b) it puts an end to that creeping "What am I going to make for dinner?!" feeling that starts around 3pm when I realize that we're going to have to eat in about 3 hours, and there isn't any food in the house.

Laura from I'm an Organizing Junkie (this place is like my heaven) hosts "Menu Planning Monday" on her blog each (you guessed it) Monday & I have decided to join in. The banner at the top of this post links you to her site.

To make menu planning easier, I have decided to do one of each of the following each week:

Meatless - This is pretty self explanatory - a meal containing no meat
Casserole - Any casserole-type dish
Crockpot - Any meal made in the crockpot
Guilt-free - A prepackaged meal on a day when I am tired or don't feel like cooking
From the freezer - A recipe using up an ingredient that is in our freezer
Something new - A brand new recipe! (so if you have a recipe you'd like me to try, let me know!)
Wildcard - One of the categories will be repeated each week, since there are only 6 of them

Without further ado, here is our menu for the week of August 15 to the 21: (We are having dinner at Andrew's parents house on Wednesday, so there are only 6 meals here. I will decide each day which meal I will make that night.)

1. Chili & Cheese Macaroni (Something New)

2. Turkey Meatloaf (From the Freezer)

3. Tuna Casserole - This is my own recipe, which I plan to share with you later this week! (Casserole)

4. Crockpot BBQ Chicken (Crockpot)

5. Spaghetti (Meatless)

6. Broccoli & cheese stuffed chicken (Guilt-free)


  1. Hey there! Welcome to Menu Monday! :)

    Your menu looks great! I've been trying to remember to make chili to do chili mac but I always forget lol!

  2. Hi Katrina! Thanks for the warm welcome & for visiting.

    That chili cheese macaroni recipe is one I found on Pinterest (love that place!) & you make everything all at the same time.

    It will be one that I will have to make when my husband is off during the week (he works evenings) so that he can watch Pierce while I cook, though!

  3. Hi,
    Your menu looks great. I like how you are going to organize your menu each week. Smart.

  4. i love your ideas for the weeks menu. i love the crockpot.we use it sometimes 3+ times a week. i try to base meals around it and the freezer/pantry. we are low on everything so next month i need to stock up and hope for great sales!! menu planning is addictive. i end up planning ahead because i get excited:) looking forward to your menus!
    i know the week is almost over but it takes me a while to get through most of the menu plans:)
    i'd love if you stopped by my new blog and checked out my Menu Plan
    Cooking with Cristin

  5. Love the way you plan :)
    I usually do 2 red meat, 3 chicken, 1 seafood and 1 meatless (sometimes brinner).