Meal Plan Monday

Posted by Mrs Money on September 27th, 2010

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This is the first time I am attempting meal planning.  I’ve never planned a menu before, and I think that is a large part of why I feel so unorganized at times.  Most of the time, when I come home from work I have no idea what I am going to eat for dinner.  Because it’s just me eating dinner 80% of the time, it’s easy for me to just grab a bowl of cereal or make a smoothie or something just as easy.  I’m lazy when it comes to cooking, partly because I hate cooking when I don’t have the ingredients, and I hate shopping for a million different things.

I’ve decided that my first week of meal planning I will keep simple and make dishes that don’t require many different ingredients.  The simpler the meal, the better.  I’m sticking to whole foods and gluten free foods as well.  Now, if I decide I want to have Wednesday’s meal on Tuesday, or Friday’s meal on Monday, that’s okay.  I’m not going to be that picky!  That will stress me out more, and I don’t want that.

Breakfasts will be over easy eggs, soaked oatmeal, or green smoothies.  All of those things are very simple to make.  Lunches will be leftovers from dinner, or a green salad with lots of veggies.  I’m trying to limit the amount of meat we are eating as well, to keep costs down and lower our carbon footprint.

Here’s my meal plan for the week:

Monday: Gluten free Spaghetti with grilled broccoli

Tuesday: Pot roast leftovers from Sunday dinner

Wednesday: Grilled portabellas with asparagus

Thursday: Eggplant caponata with quinoa

Friday: Rosemary lemon chicken with cauliflower rice

Saturday: Lentil casserole

Sunday: Chili

I think this is a step in the right direction.  With meal planning, I’ll be able to focus on making sure I’m getting good nutrition, saving money on groceries, and being more prepared to cook.  Also, it will be nice to have leftovers to pack for lunch so I don’t have to scramble in the morning to pack something to take.  I’ll even save money because I won’t have to buy lunches while I am at work!

Do you meal plan?

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6 Responses to “Meal Plan Monday”


  1. Heather says:

    We plan our meals every weekend and do all the shopping and have done it for a few years now. The rare weekend that it doesn’t happen, the week is a mess.

    Recently, we’ve started making large meals twice a week and eating leftovers the other nights. (And some meals are not conducive to leftovers.)

    It’s been great!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    Heather- I like that idea of making two large meals! That helps cut down on a lot of time, and if you don’t feel like cooking, all you have to do is heat it up! Thanks so much for sharing!
    xoxo

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  2. We meal plan religiously. It takes the guess work out of “What’s for dinner?” and it makes our grocery shopping super simple.

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    SHL- I like seeing other peoples’ meal plans. It’s so weird! ;)

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  3. jen says:

    Meal plans have not only saved me money, but it also makes things easier when the next meal rolls around. When I first started I would do one or two weeks at a time, but now I plan a month at once. It just seems easier for me. I take inventory of what I have in my pantry. As I make my menu, I sprinkle my family favorites through out the month crossing off the food that I am using. Then I search food.com to see what new recipes I can make with what I have on hand. I try to buy items when they are on sale and freeze them. I then incorporate them into the next months menu. Love it!

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    Mrs Money Reply:

    jen- Wow! You are awesome at meal planning! Hopefully, with some practice, I’ll be able to get pretty good at this. :)

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