Menu Plan {January 4th-10th}

Weekly Meal Plan

The beginning of the new year is a great time for getting organized. One of the easiest ways to get organized in the kitchen is to menu plan.

I have been menu planning for about 20 years. I started menu planning years ago when I was first married and money was extremely tight. Planning the weekly menu around grocery sales was a must in order to live on a very limited budget.

Over the years I have realized that menu planning not only saved money, but it saved time. We also eat healthier when I have a plan.

When life gets busy and the temptation is to go through the drive thru, or grab something unhealthy, having a plan will help you avoid it.

If you have never tried menu planning now is a great time to start. And if you have menu planned in the past, but have gotten away from doing it, now is a great time to start back.

Last fall I started something new when it came to menu planning and that was to have a weekly soup night and a weekly sandwich night. Over the holidays I got away from doing that, but I am ready to menu plan that way again. I am also adding a few more themed nights to the plan.

I don’t like strict themes like Taco Tuesday, but I do find that at certain times having something like a weekly soup night or sandwich night really helps simplify the plan without having to serve the same things over and over again.

The themed nights I am going with right now are a weekly soup dinner, sandwich dinner, crock pot dinner, and breakfast for dinner. We also usually have pizza on Friday night.

I like the idea of doing this because it gives me a theme, but still gives me lots of options under that theme. My goal is to stick with this through the winter and early spring, but I am guessing there will be times that I vary from it a little.

Here is this week’s menu plan.

Breakfast

apple pie oatmeal

Apple Pie Oatmeal

breakfast bowls

Breakfast Bowls

smoothie mix

Smoothies with Homemade Smoothie Mix

Dinner

coconut asian noodle soup

Asian Noodle Soup

slow cooked pepper steak

Slow Cooked Pepper Steak

Oven Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Oven Grilled Cheese

Baked Breakfast Tacos

Baked Breakfast Tacos

Enchilada-Rice-

Enchilada Rice

Hamburger Pizza-

Hamburger Pizza

quick and easy pasta sauce

Simple Pasta Sauce

For more menu planning ideas see Menu Planning Mondays.

Lynn's Kitchen Adventures

Comments

  1. Lots of great menu ideas – thanks! I need to try the breakfast bowls – time is so limited in the morning and I’m tired of making the same egg sandwiches for my kids. Will definitely try the pepper steak too and the asian noodle soup looks interesting. Menu planning SAVES my sanity – the weeks I don’t do it, we spend way too much money on pizza and other quick items when I could have made something tastier and less expensive, with less hassle, if I just planned it. The weeks I don’t have the energy or time to plan, are the weeks I need to do it the most, so I am going to have a couple stand by menus at my disposal for those weeks I can just pull it out and know I can feed some tried and true recipes, even if they aren’t the most exciting menu items.

  2. Hey Lynn, what an awesome blog, so glad I found you :)) Plenty of good reading here….
    Thankyou for sharing.…
    Just thought you may like a heads-up that I have mentioned your blog on mine. http://foodthatsings.com/gluten-free-food/
    Here’s to a happy new year for all of us :))
    cheers Roni xx

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