I’m feeling energized for meal planning with the New Year, and I’ve tried setting some weekly goals to get motivated. We’re still eating lots of veggies, but last week’s plan to use dinner prep time to make food for the freezer was only half successful. I got lazy at the end of the week and was just pleased to get dinner on the table, not taking the time to double up. I may be better off trying to freeze 1-2 meals a week than try to do it all at once like that (I’ll try that this week with my soup recipe). We have crummy weather this week, lots of rain and chilly temps, which makes me want comfort foods like soup, homemade bread, and mac & cheese.
Sunday–Crockpot Beef & Broccoli, brown rice noodles
Meatless Monday–Crustless Italian Spinach Pie, salad, and homemade bread
Tuesday–Baked Pesto Chicken, green beans, and mashed potatoes (I’ll make double)
Wednesday–Chicken Sausage & Lentil Soup and cornbread
Thursday–Balsamic Mushroom Pork and leftover mashed potatoes
Friday–Macaroni & Cheese Casserole and salad
Saturday–Chicken Fajitas in the DCB, tortillas, brown rice, black beans
I did do better on my goal to shop less–just one trip to the grocery store and one trip to Costco (and I won’t have to do that again for several weeks). I’m trying to stick to my monthly budget for groceries while going out less, and I’m considering going back to drugstore shopping (either CVS or Rite Aid). I haven’t done it in ages and need to decide whether the time & effort is worth the savings and extra trips.
How are you doing on your meal planning so far in 2013?
Linked up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.