Monday, September 19, 2011

Our Menu - 9/19-9/25

Here is our menu for this week:


Hubby: Eggs/Bacon, Bagel w/Cream Cheese, Peanut Butter and Banana Whole Wheat Toast, Homemade PopTart, Banana Muffin (all breakfasts served with a piece of fruit)

Meagan: Bran Flakes and Banana, Berry Smoothie, Bran Flakes with Raisins, Overnight Oatmeal, Berry Smoothie

Weekend: Homemade Waffles and Fruit, Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls and Fruit


Hubby: Leftover Pizza, Buffalo Chicken Wrap, Salad, Tuna x 2 days (all lunches served with a piece of fruit and chips)

Meagan: Salad x 3 days, Peanut Butter Bread and Fruit, Strawberry Oatmeal Smoothie 

Weekend: Cheese Cubes, Pepperoni Slices, and Italian Bread; Wings with Homemade French Fries, Celery and Carrots


Apple Cider Pork Chops with Stuffing and Broccoli, Brinner (Breakfast for Dinner), Chicken Thighs with Mustard Sauce with Roasted Potatoes and Carrots, French Dip Sandwiches with Mashed Potatoes, Lasagna with Salad, Pizza with Salad, Leftovers

So, there you have it!  Our menu for this week.  Menu planning works well for us because it makes me think ahead.  If I don't have a plan, even if I have enough food stocked in the house to make meals for the week, I won't.  I won't think about it until it's dinner time, and then I'm probably too tired or too stressed out to actually make dinner.  The result?  Dinner out.  A lot.  I mean, a lot.

Also, when I make a plan, it enables me to make a better grocery list.  When I'm not making a meal plan for the week, I would often just wander aimlessly around the grocery store, picking up things here and there that I thought I might like or I thought we might need (more often than not, we didn't).  The result?  Wasted time and money at the grocery store, along with an unhappy hubby who foots the grocery bill. I'm also able to plan my meals around what I have already in the freezer and the store sales.  The result of that?  Less money at the grocery and a happier hubby!

Another big plus of menu planning is that it enables me to feed my family better.  I'm trying really hard to cut down on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and processed foods.  I can explain more about that later, but the point is I want to feed my family good for them food, that I make.  There's a sense of comfort knowing exactly what your hubby and kids are putting into their body.  If I'm not menu planning I often have to rely on fast food or per-packaged/boxed/canned food. The result?  Lots of HFCS along with all kind of ingredients going into our bodies that I don't even know what they are.  And that, my friends, does not make me happy!

I've found a lot of great reasons to menu plan.  The fact remains that I haven't always done it.  It's a new(er) skill for me than for some of you out there.  I've only been at it for maybe two years?  And it's been very off-and-on at that.  I hate, hate, hate, loathe, despise, cannot stand, feel negatively about....however you want to say planning!  I hate having to sit down and decide what we're eating for the week.  The main reason?  I always feel like we're eating the same thing.  Stick around long enough and you'll notice how often pizza makes an appearance on our menu.  However, I am recommitting myself to it.  It is the right thing to do for our family.  To help me out, I'll be joining Keeper of the Home's Stephanie in her six week, "Plan It - Don't Panic" menu planning challenge.  It officially starts next week, but some of us are starting this week.  Maybe you'll join us?

What are your thoughts on menu planning?  Do you have any tips?


  1. HI Meagan! Just discovered your blog on Facebook Plan it, Don't Panic! and am a new follower. I look forward to reading more- we've got quite a bit in common and your meals sound yummy! Have a great week!

  2. Hey Paris, thanks for checking out my blog and following! I just checked yours out, and it looks great. I followed yours, too. And, you're right! It does look like we have a lot in common :) So, you spent some time in New Zealand? That is where my grandmother is from, originally, and we still have some family over there and in Australia. She came over during WW2. Would love to go visit there someday!

  3. I'm a huge fan of meal planning myself. I agree that it becomes painfully obvious what you are eating week after week (there are certain meals that right now I won't make because I need a break/am tired of them), but for me it inspires me to try new things to expand our selection.

    I also find that having a CSA box - which delivers us a box of fruits veggies every other week - is a challenge that forces us to try new things and learn how to use the food in different ways before it goes bad :). Unfortunately CSA boxes don't work for everyone, and can be expensive (ours is $17!), and depending on where you live the selection might be limited or it might only go for part of the year, but there's nothing like random ingredients to challenge creativity and change the menu.

    When I have extra time in my schedule I'll try something completely new, and when I'm busy and know I'll need leftovers for work we can go back to the same old, but usually we try and mix it up a little bit.

  4. I am a fellow meal planner too. Like you, I found that if there is not a meal plan in place we end up eating out, usually take out pizza because its cheap(er), but obviously not the healthiest thing to be eating!