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What’s Cookin’

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 8, 2008 @ 3:02 pm In Meal Planning | 1 Comment

[3] While I’ve approached meal planning [4] in a number of ways in the past (here [5], here [6], and here [7]), lately I am enjoying this plan out a whole month at a time. You can see my December Meal Plan here [8].

I brainstorm all the different meals that I could make with what’s in the cupboard or what I think might be on sale in the coming weeks. I divide them into categories (meat, poultry, and veg/misc) so that I can vary our meals. Then, each weekend I go through my list and choose 7 dinners for the week. This is a great way to save some time and brain space for me. And I need all the help I can get.

So, this week we’re having

Grilled Chicken Breast and Vegetables, Rice Pilaf, Cornbread
Costco [9] Pizza
Carnitas Soft Tacos, Rice and Beans (not on the list, but I got a good deal on the meat)
Pasta Salad (OK, also not on the list, but this is a super easy dinner for us)
Chicken with Tomatoes, Feta, and Olives, Rice, Veg, Bread
Tamales [10], Beans and Rice
Minestrone Soup [11] with Baguette and Butter

For more ideas about meal planning and real live menus, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie [12] every Monday.

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[4] meal planning: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/meal-planning-101.html

[5] here: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/meal-planning-1950s-way.html

[6] here: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/meal-planning-31-with-31.html

[7] here: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/06/meal-planning-on-my-way-to-once-month.html

[8] here: http://docs.google.com/Doc?id=ddfg56z9_11g9dv9cd6

[9] Costco: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/11/grocery-geek-reporting-making-costco-my.html

[10] Tamales: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/12/chicken-tamales.html

[11] Minestrone Soup: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/10/recipe-swap-harvest-time.html

[12] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com

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