My Complete Menu Plan For Four Weeks!

My Complete Menu Plan For Four Weeks!

It's been way too long since I wrote a post about menu planning.  It's not that I haven't been doing it at all.  I've been scribbling notes in my calendar book with loose meal ideas for a few days at a time. I got out of the habit of doing my complete weekly meal plan after the holidays and I've just been lazy about getting back to the discipline of sitting down and thinking it through. 

But what inevitably happens when I am not as disciplined about planning is that I spend way too much money on food and end up buying too much stuff that we don't really need.  Some people like to shop for shoes, I like to shop for food!  I really do enjoy going to the grocery store and just browsing! But if I don't have a complete planned out menu, with a grocery list to go with it, then I find myself at the store and just buying what looks good, or buying more than I need just to have stuff on hand.

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On the menu this week: January 12 - 18

On the menu this week: January 12 - 18

I need to rework my schedule for ski season.  Normally I work on our meal plan on Saturday and/or Sunday and have it all figured out by Sunday evening.  But for the next 8 weeks we will be spending all day Saturday up at the mountains with kids in ski lessons, and spending much of the day Sunday reorganizing and recovering.  I'm behind with this week's meal plan because I just couldn't muster the brain power to finish it last night, so I'm updating my calendar and this week I'm going to try to get the plan done for next week by Thursday or Friday. We'll see how that works. But I finally got this week done and I think it's pretty good.  

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On the menu this week: December 8 - 14

Oy, it's been a few weeks since I've done this.  It's amazing how fast you get out of practice. We're still recovering from our vacation, there's laundry everywhere and just lots of piles of odds and ends.  On top of that I am trying to get some Christmasy stuff done with the kids each day.  We've been using our 25 days of Christmas calendar, and the kids are loving it, and I love that it gets us in the spirit but keeps it simple for me right now.  

With all of that, I'm feeling the need to keep things simple.  The great thing about having been doing this for a while is that I can just open up a meal plan from a previous week, make a few changes to it, and not have to work too hard to come up with original ideas.  This is not a week for original ideas.  This is a week for comforting, nourishing, easy food that I know will keep us going and won't be too much work for me to make.

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On the menu this week: November 10 - 16

Here we go, another week, another meal plan.  I've shifted a few of my usual things around this week since we've got some little schedule changes.  That's why it helps to have an up to date family calendar, so you know what you need to plan around.  I've got a couple of new-ish things, but really nothing too revolutionary.  This time of year I like predictable comfort foods.

My husband has a soccer game Monday night so I'll be feeding the kids on my own.  For those nights I like to go with something a little easier to make, and clean up, and easier to get them to eat - so I've switched my kid food night to Monday, and we'll have our leftover night on Thursday.  The kids don't have school on Tuesday, so I'll get a break from having to pack the lunches and we'll have our lunch at home most likely.  

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