Saturday, August 7, 2010

Meal Planning

I love summer. However, it hurts our wallets and waistlines! During the summer we eat out way. too. much. I think I may have cooked dinner 5-7 times this summer- max. Ridiculous. I actually do not mind cooking, but hate the planning, grocery shopping, and clean up that it involves. With school beginning back this week I am determined to get myself organized to ensure that I am cooking more. In hopes to keep things simple, each night of the week will have a designated theme:

Sunday- Sandwiches/Pizza
Monday- Soup/Salad
Tuesday- Crockpot
Wednesday- Italian
Thursday- Mexican
Friday- Favorites
Saturday- Eat Out

I think I will try to plan 2 weeks at a time. That way I can tackle the planning and grocery shopping for 2 weeks at a time in one afternoon. I thought about repeating each recipe once during the month, but Mickey seems to think I make too many good things to do that. See, why I love him?! :)

So, without further delay, here's what will be on our table the weeks of Aug. 8/ Aug 15:

Sunday- Ham & Cheese Subs/ Homemade Sausage Pizza
Monday- Chicken Taco Salad/ Grilled Chicken Ceasar Salad
Tuesday- Crockpot Cheeseburgers / Aunt Martha's BBQ
Wednesday- Lasagna/ Spaghetti
Thursday- Quesadillas/ Gorditas
Friday- Eat Out/ Steak
Saturday- Eat Out/ Eat out

I'll keep you posted on how this adventure goes. For now, I am off to do a little grocery shopping!


Avery's Mommy said...

I do the same thing sometime. I get stuck in a rut of eating out and it feels like a job to cook! I have the cutest little grocery list that has spots for meals every day of the week so I use that and it helps.

I need some of those recipes you listed!

The Sparks said...

I love the theme idea!!!

Our Family said...

I am with you on the planning & grocery shopping... we have tried various things... they all work WHEN I ACTUALLY DO THEM! :) I like your theme idea too!! One thing that has helped a little is to make extras so that 2 nights out of the week we have leftovers... & 1 night we always have pizza (so, that leaves only 4 meals to plan).
I'll be excited to hear how it goes for you!! I'm always on the look out for great ideas!
Thanks for sharing!

Alicia said...

You're good! This is what I really need to do. I know this would make my life so much simpler!