October Menu Plan
Happy Monday Friends!
I hope you all had a great weekend! Ours was a mix of relaxation and getting ready for our busy month ahead.
One thing I wanted to try this month was monthly meal planning. I spent some time reading about monthly meal planning and at first I became discouraged with the idea. For me, it was overwhelming to come up with 30 breakfasts, lunches and dinners. But after I found Confessions of a Homeschooler‘s October meal plan it gave me a starting point.
Here are three things I learned this weekend about monthly meal planning:
#1. Have a theme
After checking out Simple Mom’s blog on menu planning for the month, I saw that she did a theme for each day of the week. This month I decided to do the same thing. I picked the themes based on what days would work best for making those meals.
- Sundays – Pasta
- Mondays – American
- Tuesdays -Mexican
- Wednesdays – Something Easy
- Thursdays – Crock Pot
- Fridays – Pizza
- Saturday – Something New
#2. Have a go to list of recipes
I found out the hard way (half way through menu planning) that if I just wrote down our favorites, requests from my husband and recipes I’d like to try – it would have saved me a lot of guessing work when it came to planning out so many meals. I organized my list by category of: breakfast, lunch and dinner in a Google document. Since I do a lot of online recipes I was able to attach links to each recipe title or write the page number from the cook book I planned on using. This list can continue to grow throughout the month of October in hopes that come November I have a good list of recipes without having to spend hours (literally) trying to figure out what to cook.
#3. Ask for help and seek resources
I asked my husband what he would like on the menu to help give me more ideas. I also asked him to help me with our little toddler so I could focus on planning our menu. I couldn’t do it with out my sweet husbands help!
If you want more information on menu planning my favorite resources are: Money Saving Mom (menu planning worksheets), Simple Mom (menu planning basics), and Organized Junkie (recipe organization).
Well these are the three things I learned this weekend when menu planning for the month. If you’d like to view our monthly menu click here.
Menu this week
- Muffins, fruit and hard boiled eggs x2
- Cottage Cheese, fruit and toast x2
- Oatmeal Casserole
- Waffles and fruit
- Breakfast Casserole
- PB & J and veggies
- Grilled cheese and veggies
- Lasagna Cups
- Left Overs
- Bean and Cheese Burritos
- Chicken parmesan and penne pasta
- Hamburgers and red potatoes
- Enchilada Pie and salad
- Grilled Rosemary Chicken
- Meatball subs
- Homemade Pizza
- Dinner Out
Freezer Cooking/ Plan Ahead
How do you menu plan? Weekly or Monthly? What are tricks and tips that help you do it easily?
Sharing today at Organized Junkie.