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Meal Planning: Organizing Your Menus and Groceries Together

Posted By Jessica Fisher On February 7, 2010 @ 1:32 pm In Good Eats,Meal Planning,Uncategorized | 6 Comments


Last week I mentioned how I like to plan our meals a month at a time [5]. If you’re interested in doing this yourself, read my tips for monthly meal planning [6]. It is totally doable!

This month is a crazy one already. Not only have we been battling coughs and colds, but my father-in-law has been staying with us while he attends a training class for his business. Couple that with my out-of-town trip to Nashville and we find a household that is not necessarily in a groove.

To make things a little easier for my meal planning, I created this planning sheet, Menus and Groceries List [7]. Down one column I can list all the meal ideas I have for the week, breakfasts, lunches, dinners, snacks, and desserts. Down the other column, I can list the little sundry grocery items that I might not already have in the pantry. At a glance I can see what my meal plan is as well as what FishPapa might need to pick up on his way home from work or what I need to work into my weekly shopping trip. Feel free to use this planning sheet [8] if it helps you organize your menus and grocery lists.

That said, this week our meals include:

scones [9] and smoothies
fried eggs [10], bacon, and toast
muffins [11] and fresh fruit
pancakes [12] and Litl’ Smokies
Petit Dejeuner [13]
granola [14] w/ milk or yogurt and berries

Beans and Rice [15]
Snacky Lunch [16]
Stuffed Focaccia [17]
Pasta Salad [18]

Pasta with Red Sauce [19]
Chinese Chicken Salad [20]
Paella w/ Shrimp and Chicken
Chicken Gyros, Couscous Salad
Beans and Rice [15]
Pizza Night [21]
Chimichangas [22] w/ Ground Beef

What are you cooking up this week?

Don’t forget to visit Ultimate Recipe Swap [23] this week as we share all sorts of Valentine’s Inspiration. Can’t wait to see what you’re cooking up for your sweeties! And make sure you check out the 300+ meal plans at I’m an Organizing Junkie [24].

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[5] to plan our meals a month at a time: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/01/february-meal-plan.html

[6] tips for monthly meal planning: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/03/how-to-plan-meal.html

[7] Menus and Groceries List: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/02/meal-planning-organizing-your-menus-and-groceries-together.html/menus-grocery-list

[8] this planning sheet: http://lifeasmom.com/?attachment_id=1977

[9] scones: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/02/maple-oat-heart-scones-they-work-for-me.html

[10] fried eggs: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/10/how-to-fry-egg.html

[11] muffins: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/mix-and-match-muffins.html

[12] pancakes: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/11/multi-grain-blueberry-pancakes.html

[13] Petit Dejeuner: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/10/french-food-101-petit-dejeuner.html

[14] granola: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ellie-krieger/nutty-granola-recipe/index.html

[15] Beans and Rice: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice.html

[16] Snacky Lunch: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/06/snacky-lunch-its-whats-on-menu.html

[17] Stuffed Focaccia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/pantry-challenge-day-14-stuffed.html

[18] Pasta Salad: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/04/diy-pasta-salad.html

[19] Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/03/urs-pasta.html

[20] Chinese Chicken Salad: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/04/asian-chicken-and-noodle-salad.html

[21] Pizza Night: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/07/basic-homemade-pizza.html

[22] Chimichangas: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2009/05/chimichangas.html

[23] Ultimate Recipe Swap: http://lifeasmom.com/features/ultimate-recipe-swap

[24] I’m an Organizing Junkie: http://orgjunkie.com/category/menu-plan-monday

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