Meal Planning Made Easy

So, yeah. I’ve been away awhile. I just don’t see the point in posting about something that I don’t REALLY care about. It always ends up sucking. So there. I am passionate about menu/meal planning, however, so this shouldn’t be crappy. “Shouldn’t be” is the phrase to notice here.

Meal Planning saves me time, money, taste buds, sanity – really, the list could go on and on. Fortunately for you, it won’t. I was just on my way home from work and was planning a trip to Wal-Mart. Not my favorite store, but the only one open when I get off work. The other day on a trip to WallyWorld I saw an excellent deal on a day planner/desk blotter set complete with calendar. Tonight at work I realized that this may very well be what I was needing – and for only Eight bucks, how could I lose? But, hesitantly, I drove by. I felt God steering me away and (like I said, HESITANTLY) pulled away. Just then I realized that I could find a perfectly good calendar online – after all I still have a day planner that’s good until June and I would have to tear off the pages of the calendar to post it to the fridge to make it a meal planner, anyway. I got online straight away and guess what I found? A meal planner. And not just that – a calendar, too. This way Rick will know what I know about the plans for the day/weekend and vice versa.

Go here to pick yours up for FREE. Also, don’t forget to check out Menu Planning Monday for some great, fresh ideas for feeding your fam on the cheap.

Be blessed (and organized)! Kellie

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Menu Plan Monday

I’m actually really excited to do my first Menu Plan Monday! I can’t believe I haven’t done it before because I LOVE planning meals, couponing, shopping – the whole bit. Most people think I’m NUTS, but I LOVE it!!! Check it out here.

Disclaimer: We get paid on a Friday, so my days start then. Also – we try to have beans everyday – our personal family super-food… so don’t get freaked!

Breakfasts:

Baked Oatmeal with walnuts and frozen strawberries (4 days), Pancakes with fruit syrup and peanut butter (2), cereal with walnuts and milk (1 – 5 days for my husband who takes cereal to work).

Lunches:

Friday: Tomato soup and grilled cheese w/ broccoli

Saturday: Lunch meat sandwiches w/ tomato, cheese, lettuce, carrots, yogurt

Sunday: PB&J, some veggies, beans and cheese

Monday: Lunch meat sandwiches w/ veg, beans and cheese

Tuesday: Cheese and lunch meat wheat wrap, veggies and fruit, yogurt

Wednesday: PB&J, veg soup, fruit

Thursday: PB&J, veg, fruit and yogurt

Dinners:

Friday: Ravioli with shredded carrotts in sauce (easy veggie sneaker and tastes pretty great!), bananas, milk

Sat: Stir Fry, apples, milk

Sun: Grilled chicken, mashed potatoes, black beans, milk

Monday: Frozen microwave meals, fruit, milk (mondays are crazy and frozen entrees are 3 for the whole meal… we do this once a week!)

Tues: Fish, couscous, veg, milk

Wed: Egg burritos w/ veg, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, black beans, and milk

Thursday: Jif boxed pizza with sauce, black beans, tomatoes, corn, milk

Snacks:

Peanut butter and graham crackers, paper bag popcorn (very, very cheap!), fruit, goldfish crackers, fruit, veggies!

 

There you go. Exciting, huh? Oh how I’d love to add a glass of wine on there… *sigh*