Saturday, January 29, 2011

Menu Planning:

I have always planned our meals week by week. I thought it would be fun to show everyone else what I make throughout the week for my husband and I. If anyone wants to recipes, feel free to ask. Each week I will randomly pick one of the recipes to share with ya'll if there are no requests!

This week, which is almost over, we have had (or are having):
1. Bourbon Chicken with Rice
2. Crockpot Roasted Chicken
3. Meatloaf
4. Chicken Cresent Roll Casserole
5. Shrimp Etouffee with Rice
6. Lasgane
7. Beef Stew with Rice

This week is an odd week because most of our dishes have rice with them. Normally I split them between rice, pasta, and potatoes. Last week, we had more pasta dishes and some of the recipes were able to roll over for this week, so I thought I would add more rice dishes.

We always have one cheat meal. I call it a cheat meal because it is generally for the day that we have appointments during the day that only give me limited time to cook, or it will  be used for our Saturday meal if we plan on being out all day.

Sunday's are my husband's cook day. Generally he will cook something on the grill or make something a little more manly that I personally do not enjoy cooking. But he gets to choose. This week he chose Beef Stew, which is NOT like him. Normally it is Lamb, Duck, Ribs, Steaks, or some type of fish. He shocked me!

Since I am writing this early and it will post on Saturday, I can tell you that some of these dishes will not get cooked by the end of this week because we either had leftovers or my husband chose to boil chicken breasts for dinner and I just found myself something simple. Today is Friday and so far we have cooked the Bourbon Chicken with Rice, Meatloaf, and Lasgane.

Remember- Mr. Man works evenings so I cook in the morning and send it with him to work then reheat for me for dinner time.

Also- We are not on the full flow of health kick that we are normally on. With me being pregnant, I need the carbs/starches. We ALWAYS have a vegetable on the side with each dish, too. We each pick our vegetable separately since we do not eat together and cook them before we eat.

*I also put ourselves on a monthly budget to spend on groceries. We normally spend half of what I plan for, but I am adding in the extras as a personal budgeting factor for when Baby A starts to eat with us. Right now, we are spending about $60 a week on groceries - buying mostly fresh (or frozen) foods.

Hope you enjoy!

3 comments:

  1. I meal plan for each week too! It makes it so much easier!

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  2. We just started this in January and oh my I love meal planning! Like you we don't always get to a meal or sometimes we just have a hankering for something not on the list, but overall its great. We have managed to save money and not waste food. I would love to see your Shrimp Etouffee with Rice recipe... it sounds so yummy! Great menu by the way! Since I'm Italian I tend to cook a lot of pasta. I'm slowly learning to cook more diverse foods.

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