July’s Monthly Meal Planning

July is already here! How did that happen? The summer is just flying.

This past weekend I spent about thirty minutes planning our meals for the month. I’ve found that taking the long view of things really helps me save time and money and a few brain cells. I know what we have, I make mental notes of what I might want to buy if I see a good sale, and I have a plan.

My 3-Step Guide to Planning Thirty Meals

  1. Print a calendar and mark any special events. Three orthodontia/dental procedures are as special as it gets this month. Soft food is on the menu!
  2. Survey what’s in the freezer and plot those on the calendar. I found quite a lot of pasta sauce!
  3. Consider what to add during this week’s freezer cooking. Knowing what uncooked meats I’ve stockpiled in the freezer and what is currently on sale helps determine what other meals we’ll have throughout the month.

What’s Cooking at Our House in July

5. Grilled Chicken Breast, Rice Pilaf, Green Salad
6. Fish Tacos
7. Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes and Gravy , Steamed Broccoli
8. Chicken Chile Tortilla Casserole
9. Free Chick-Fil-A! We’re dressing like cows!
10. Hamburgers, Chips, Veggies, and Dip
11. Grilled Tri-Tip, Baked Potatoes, Green Salad
12. Pasta with Meat Sauce, Steamed Veggies, Garlic Bread
13. Tacos, Beans, and Rice
14. Grilled Chicken, Pasta Salad, Fresh Fruit
15. Queso Fundido, Corn Tortillas, Green Salad
16. Pizza Night
17.Chicken Tacos, Beans, Green Salad
18. Hamburgers, Potato Salad, Fruit
19. Chicken Enchiladas, Beans, Rice, Green Salad
20. Pasta with Meat Sauce, Green Salad, Corn Bread
21. Chimichangas, Fruit
22. Grilled Chicken, Black Bean and Rice Salad, Veggies
23. Pizza Night
24. Chili Dogs, Veggies and Dip
25. Tacos
26. Beans and Rice
27. Chicken Caesar Salad, Garlic Bread
28. Grilled Tri-Tip, Potato Salad, Fruit Salad
29. Pasta with Meat Sauce, Green Salad, Biscuits
30. Chili and Cornbread, Veggies and Dip
31. Pizza Night

What’s cooking at your house?

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  1. I love it when you post your monthly plan. I can always find inspiration for doing my own. I notice that you have chili on the menu….my family would revolt if I’d try to serve soup in the heat of the summer. If I lived closer, I’d come over for a bowl; I can eat soup any time.

  2. Looks like a great month!

  3. Sounds like a great and easy month! We’re trying to keep it easy on our end too!

  4. Great month lined up. The fish tacos are so summery!

  5. You always have pictures of avacados! Maddening! :) The lowest they go on sale for here is $1.00 each. I’ve seen other people get them for less sometimes, but that’s what they are here–and usually, they’re a lot more. It’s too hot to grow them here (plus they take 7 years to produce fruit) or I would grow them for certain.

    And since my limit is $5 per meals for our family of 8, I can’t see adding avacados to our meals.

    How many avacados do you usually use per meal? Your photos are always leaving me drooling. . . :)

  6. I love your menu. Your meals are special yet simple and all sound so delicious! I can’t wait to try your homemade pizza recipe, none seem to work when I try them… Thanks again!

  7. What is the meal in the picture? It looks yum!!

    I do a weekly meal plan.

    You can view some of my meals here:
    http://www.crystalandcomp.com/search/label/weekly%20meal%20planning

  8. I jumped on the monthly menu planning again this month and I gotta say, its nice to be back in it!!! :) We’ve got some yummy menu items!!

  9. I’m so impressed by your organization and the tips are so simple. I realize I already plan some of my meals based off of what’s in the freezer, but I think the big step is making sure I REMOVE the food in time for it to defrost for cooking. Having a meal plan really helps for this. I know I’m roasting chicken on Tuesday, so I removed it today.

    I’m going to try your method. Thanks for the suggestions!

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