Meal Planning

I used to be a ‘fly by the seat of your pants’ kind of gal when it came to dinners. I rarely decided what to have for dinner until the day we had it. I would look at what we had on hand and what I felt like eating, and then make a decision based on that. Inevitably I didn’t have all the ingredients so I’d have to go out and buy things. I found myself making trips to the grocery store almost every day, which was far too often for my liking. So in an effort to save time and hopefully money, I decided to try planning ahead and only making one weekly trip to the grocery store.

I look at the flyer and find the best deals, then build my meal plan around those items and use them in more than one meal in the week. I also look at what I already have on hand at home (especially perishable items) and incorporate them into the meal plan as well.

It takes a bit of time and thought to plan things out, but you only do it once and then it’s done for a whole week. I’m finding that I’m not only saving time but also money, because I’m sticking to my list and following the sales more closely now. I make sure to shop at Safeway on the first Tuesday of the month, because it’s 10% off that day. I end up saving quite a lot when I do that.

Helpful Sites:

Can I Get the Recipe?: Weekly lists of recipes with grocery lists included.

Gojee: Features recipes from food bloggers (like myself!). Just type in ingredients you have on hand and this site will generate recipes in a beautiful slideshow. It’s great for finding ideas for your menu. 

Grocery Server: Type in your grocery list and this handy site will provide you with the best deals in your area This is for US residents only (I’m jealous of you Americans!).

I’m an Organizing Junkie: For a great selection of meal plans, check out this site. She does a fabulous Menu Plan Monday link-up with hundreds of participating bloggers.

Meal Planning Mommies: Great tips on meal-planning, family-friendly recipes, and printable menu-plan templates.

Pinterest: A place to catalogue the things you like. I use this site to keep track of any recipes I see on the web that I want to try. Then when I write up my meal plan I can refer to my pinterest catalogue to help me decide what to make that week. Here’s my pinterest board: Recipes to Try.
SOS Cuisine: Free personalized meal plans, recipes, and in-depth information on groceries in your area. This includes charts on what produce is in season where you live, and a comparison of prices on various grocery items at different local stores. Canadians are included (yay!).
Super Cook:This site is great if you want to take advantage of the ingredients you already have on hand. Type in items that you have in your kitchen and it will generate a list of recipes for you to try.
My Meal Plan Archive
Week 1:

: Spaghetti

Potato and Salsa Fritatta

Sunday: Pork Tenderloin With Honey-Glazed Apples and Balsamic Mashed Yams

Monday: Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Week 2:

Tuesday: Mexican Lasagna

Wednesday: Portuguese White Beans

Thursday: Tuna Melts

Friday: Cheesy Ham & Broccoli Casserole

Saturday: At church dinner

Sunday: Jerk Barbecue Pork Steaks

Monday: French Toast

Week 3:

Tuesday: Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Wednesday: Caldo Verde

Thursday: Tortellini and Salad

Friday: Classy Chicken

Saturday: Perogies and Sausage

Sunday: Roast Beef with yorkshire pudding, mashed potatoes and broccoli

Monday: Beef Fajitas


Week 4:

TuesdayLeftover Mashed Potato Gnocchi with Meat Sauce

WednesdaySpinach Souffle

Thursday: Spaghetti

Friday: Salmon Patties

Saturday: Grilled Ham & Cheese Sandwiches and Potato Wedges

Sunday: Slow-cooked Ribs

Monday: Lentil and Spinach Curry

Week 5:

Tuesday: Pad Thai

Wednesday: Ham & Pineapple Pizza

Thursday: Baked ham and Yam Medallions

Friday: Scrambled Eggs and Toast

Saturday: Buttermilk Chicken Fingers

Sunday: Lemon-Soy Chicken and Rice

Monday: Minestrone Soup

Week 6:

Tuesday: Macaroni and Cheese

Wednesday: Chili

Thursday: Turkey Lasagna

Friday: Fondue

Saturday: Turkey dinner

Sunday: Turkey Rigatoni

Monday: Leftovers

Week 7:

Tuesday: Homemade Spaghetti and Meat Sauce

Wednesday: Ham and Pineapple Asian Noodles

Thursday: Eating Out

Friday: Turkey and Provolone Pizza

Saturday: Italian Crockpot Meatloaf

Sunday: Meatloaf Sandwiches

Monday: Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

Week 8:

Tuesday: Penne with Rose Sauce

Wednesday: Tortellini Soup

Thursday: Baked Beans and Toast

Friday: Italian Drip Beef

Saturday: Ukrainian Christmas

Sunday: Chicken and Black Bean Enchiladas

Monday: Belgian Beef Stew

Week 9:

Tuesday: Pancakes and Maple Breakfast Sausage

Wednesday: Quinoa Chicken Nuggets and Yam Fries

Thursday: Perogies and Smoked Turkey Sausage

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Macaroni and Cheese (using homemade pasta)

Sunday: Roast Chicken and Potatoes

Monday: Chicken Soup and Biscuits

Week 10:

Tuesday: Take-out (gasp!)

Wednesday: Shrimp Stir-Fry

Thursday: Black Bean Burritos

Friday: Turkey Meatball Sliders

Saturday: Tortellini and Vegetables

Sunday: Moroccan Chicken and Rice

Monday: Sweet Potato Coconut Quinoa Soup

Week 11:

Tuesday: Asparagus and Ham Quiche

Wednesday: Cauliflower and Cheese Soup

Thursday: Leftovers (Freezer)

Friday: Pasta Primavera

Saturday: Thai Meatballs

Sunday: Chicken and Wild Rice

Monday: Homemade Pizza

Week 12:

Tuesday: Black Bean Tortilla Soup

Wednesday: Tuna Tetrazzini

Thursday: Tofu Triangles

Friday: 4-Cheese Rigatoni

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Chicken with Peanut Sauce and Salsa 

Monday: Mexican Pizza

Week 13

Tuesday: Potato and Salsa Frittata

Wednesday: Pancakes and Turkey Bacon

Thursday: Indonesian Fried Rice

Friday: Chicken and Vegetable Penne

Saturday: Panzerotti

Sunday: Chicken Mole

Monday: Salmon and Spinach Gratin

Week 14

Tuesday: Thai Chicken Wraps

Wednesday: Chutney Glazed Meatloaf with Baby Potatoes and Broccoli

Thursday: Southern Style BBQ Beef Brisket With Rice and Veggies

Friday: Ricotta and Lentil ‘Meatball’ Sandwiches

Saturday: Probably church dinner, or spaghetti and leftover meatballs (back-up)

Sunday: Mozzarella Sticks with Cauliflower Puree, and Crinkle Fries

Monday: Cauliflower Pizza

Week 15

Tuesday: Soft Tacos

Wednesday: Baked Ziti

Thursday: Leftovers

Friday: Sweet Potato Packets

Saturday: Eggs, Hashbrowns and Turkey Bacon

Sunday: Salmon Patties

Monday: Drip Beef

Week 16

Tuesday: Oatmeal Applesauce Pancakes

Wednesday: Bacon and Caramelized Onion Pizza

Thursday: Lemon and Clam Pasta

Friday: Chicken Mole Quesadillas

Saturday: Homemade Baked Beans

Sunday: Black Bean Veggie Burgers

Monday: Stoplight Corn Chowder

Week 17

Tuesday: Leftovers

Wednesday: Lazy Chicken Pot Pie

Thursday: Squaghetti and Meat Sauce

Friday: Perogies and Turkey Kielbasa

Saturday: eating out

Sunday: Fusili with Veggies and Turkey Kielbasa

Monday: Southwest Crockpot Chicken

Week 18

Tuesday: White Chili Casserole (leftovers from the freezer)

Wednesday: Cheeseburgers and Yam Fries
Thursday: Pizza Pancakes
Sunday: Sticky Chicken with broccoli and rice
Week 19

Berry Pancakes

Wednesday: Potato Leek Soup and Tuna Melts

Thursday: Chicken, Rice and Edamame Beans

Friday: Ham and Pineapple Noodles

Saturday: Homemade Pizza

Sunday: Cheesy Ham and Broccoli Casserole

Monday: Mexican Lasagna

Week 20

Tuesday: Ukrainian Mac &Cheese

Wednesday: Cashew Chicken

Thursday: Tuna Casserole

Friday: Away

Saturday: Away

Sunday: Easter Dinner

Monday: Away

Week 21

Tuesday: BBQ Chicken and Potato Salad

Wednesday: Vegetable Penne

Thursday: Sundried Tomato Chicken

Friday: Homemade Pizza

Saturday: Souvlaki, Lemon Rice and Greek Salad

Sunday: Chicken Stir Fry

Monday: Falafels and Pita

Week 22

Tuesday: Classy Chicken

Wednesday: Spaghetti or Pancakes (Cole’s choice)

Thursday: Pumpkin Chili

Friday: Harira

Saturday: Chili Cheese Dogs

Sunday: Ribs, rice and veggies

Monday: Perogie Casserole

Week 23

Tuesday: Mexican Cornbread Strata

Wednesday: Oatmeal Pancakes

Thursday: Spaghetti with Meat Sauce

Friday: Orange Chicken

Saturday: Chicken Peanut Soup

Sunday: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas

Monday: Mayo-less Egg Salad sandwiches

Week 24

Tuesday: Hot Dogs and Mac n’ Cheese

Wednesday: Chicken Nuggets and veggies

Thursday: Cole’s Choice (pancakes or pasta)

Friday: Roast Chicken with rice and salad

Saturday: Mexican Pizza

Sunday: Bacon and Bok Choy Chow Mein

Monday: Lord of the Breasts

Week 25

Tuesday: Pad Thai

Wednesday: Italian Drip Beef

Thursday: Spinach and Mushroom Quiche

Friday: Crockpot Ratatouille

Saturday: Sausage Kabobs

Sunday: Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Monday: Chili

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