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Meal Planning: Moving to Plan B

Posted By Jessica Fisher On January 19, 2009 @ 12:05 pm In Meal Planning | 6 Comments

A few weeks ago I planned out a month’s worth of meals [5]. It’s not hard to do. I just quizzed my family on their favorite meals and wrote them down.

(Why their favorite meals? Because I grow weary of wheeling and dealing at dinnertime. Eat four more bites and you can be done. You know the story. It just makes more sense to make what they’ll eat, provided that it’s nutritious and in the budget.)

So, then I plugged those meals into a list numbered from 1 – 31, for each day of the month. I accounted for weekend pizza nights, football games, and birthdays. This was Plan A.

Plan A was dependent on sales providing certain ingredients AND my not blowing all my grocery money early in the month. Yeah, and Ahem. Anyway, we’re moving to Plan B for the rest of the month: use up what we have.

I’ve gone through the storehouses and seen that there’s not much I have to buy, besides milk, cheese, and lettuce. We pretty much have everything we need for quite a few meals.

For instance, in my cupboards and freezer I have the following:

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
two chickens
6 pounds ground beef
2 roasts
1 lb. bacon
a frozen lasagna
corn tortillas
tortilla chips
Macaroni Grill Dinner Kits [6]
pasta sauce pasta
green beans

With those ingredients I can make these dinners:

grilled chicken, rice pilaf, grilled veggies, salad
Boules de Picolat, boiled potatoes, steamed veggies
bean tostadas [7], fruit salad
chicken parmesan, pasta, salad, garlic bread
beef chili and cornbread
chili dogs
peanut butter chicken [8]
beans and rice
roast chicken, rice pilaf, veggies
beef stew over mashed potatoes
whole chicken on the grill, pasta salad, and veggies
Basil Cream pasta with chicken

So, we’ll be digging in with what’s already here.

As for the rest of this week’s meals, here’s what’s on the docket for:
cinnamon rolls [9]
Apples and Oatmeal [10]
eggs and toast
maple-oat scones, yogurt, and fruit
waffles [11]
Pancake Saturday (Did you miss the first episode of Our Very Own Little Food Network [12]? Check it out here [12].)

Sunday afternoon take-out
picnic at the beach (yeah, it’s true.)
corn dogs, veggies
tuna sandwiches and apples
pasta salad [13]
potstickers and rice

Do you find that you have to go to Plan B? Why?

Related: Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Meal Planning Monday [14].

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[5] a month’s worth of meals: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/making-meal-plan-its-elementary.html

[6] Macaroni Grill Dinner Kits: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/12/dinner-kit-hacks-they-work-for-me.html

[7] bean tostadas: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/06/bean-quartet.html

[8] peanut butter chicken: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/05/frugal-friday-stretching-meats.html

[9] cinnamon rolls: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/08/new-sunday-morning-ritual.html

[10] Apples and Oatmeal: http://foodwithkidappeal.blogspot.com/2009/01/apples-and-oatmeal.html

[11] waffles: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/11/waffles.html

[12] Our Very Own Little Food Network: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2009/01/our-own-little-food-network.html

[13] pasta salad: http://www.lifeasmom.com/2008/12/easy-meals-fishmama-style.html

[14] I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Meal Planning Monday: http://orgjunkie.com

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