In the 13 months that we've been planning and shopping for our meals a month at a time, we have only had two months that we didn't buy last minute alternative meals. The other 11 months weren't so successful, things happened and we got a lot more takeout than I'd like or a lot more runs to the store to get something easier/faster for dinner. 2 out of 13 isn't a great track record, but since even the worst of those months are better than before I started meal planning I am happy overall. Besides, I started this monthly meal planning idea and then got pregnant. Trying to stick with a meal plan while dealing with pregnancy craving and aversions is tough. And then figuring out things to cook with a baby on your hip? Also tricky.
Here is what we plan on eating for dinner this month:
|Leftover Minestrone Soup||Pancakes w/Apple Butter||Taco Salad||Pan Fried Tilapia, Green Beans, Rice||Spaghetti & Meatballs|| |
Southwestern Egg Rolls
|Oven Fried Chicken, Creamed Spinach, Baked Potatoes||Brazilian Rice and Beans||Chicken Caesar Salad||Chicken Chow Mein over Rice||Pepperoni Pan Pizza||Party||Salmon Salad Sand- |
|Make Ahead French Toast Casserole, Sausage||White Bean & Ham Soup||Chicken Curry Over Rice||Spanikopita||Sarah's Cabbage Soup||Lassagna w/ Meat Sauce||Salmon Salad Sand- |
|Chicken Enchiladas||Meatloaf, Broccoli & Carrots, Salad||Chef Salad||THANKS-GIVING!!||Company||General Tso's Chicken||Salmon Salad Sand- |
Again, breakfasts are cold cereal, oatmeal, or eggs. Lunches are some variation of sandwich or leftovers from dinner. It occurred to me that as the kids get older, leftovers are going to be harder to come by. That means that I may actually need to start planning lunches as well. Hopefully by the time that happens I will be so used to planning dinners that it will be easy to do.