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Once a Month Meal Planning
Posted By Jessica Fisher On October 2, 2011 @ 11:21 am In Meal Planning | 26 Comments
This happens about this time every year. Every year. We transition from easy, laid-back summer into the craziness of school. And I realize that something’s gotta change. My time management. My coffee-intake. And my meal planning.
There’s just more to do than I could possibly do, so I have to switch gears. And about this time every year, I decide, forget this weekly meal planning thing, I need to do this once and make it last all month.
So, that is what I did Friday night. The girls and I were home watching, How to Train Your Dragon while the boys were at hockey. The girls and I had been at hockey. But, the fascination of watching the pink puck lasts only so long for three and four year olds, so I escorted my little ladies home. We did baths, beauty treatments (ie blow dry the long hair) and got settled with a movie.
And because I am in multi-tasking mode, I pulled up the monthly meal-planning sheet from OLAM on my laptop, and with my fall themes , I plotted our meals for the rest of the month while I watched adorable Hiccup struggle to do what’s right.
Oh, yes, yes, I did.
Critics will say numerous things from “That would bore me. I like to be spontaneous,” to “how will you know what’s on sale?”
Well, yeah, I know.
But, with freezer meal components, like pulled pork, meatballs, and taco meat, we won’t get too bored because I can switch those things around with different sauces and sides. And I can pretty much guesstimate what will go on sale. With a load of frozen meals made-ahead, I will also have a supply to rely on.
It’ll be okay. I promise. And it will work for you, too.
So, without further ado, our meal plan for the month:
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 fall themes: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/fall-theme-night-dinners-meal-planning.html
 Pizza Night: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/09/have-an-at-home-pizza-night/
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 Meatloaf: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/more-ground-beef-freezer-meals.html
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 Rice Pilaf: http://goodcheapeats.com/2010/11/simple-rice-pilaf/
 Bean and Rice Bowls: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/06/good-cheap-eat-beans-and-rice/
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 Chicken Noodle Soup: http://lifeasmom.com/2009/10/ultimate-recipe-swap-soups-on.html
 Lawnmower Taco: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/06/freezer-cooking-with-ground-beef-and-turkey.html
 Lasagna: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/09/fresh-basil-and-garlic-chive-lasagne/
 Garlic Bread: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/05/easy-make-ahead-garlic-bread-and-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html
 Focaccia: http://www.goodcheapeats.com/2010/01/garlic-focaccia.html
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 Red Sauce: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/04/homemade-croutons-shredded-chicken-and-red-sauce.html
 Quesadillas: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/10/easy-quesadillas-busy-night-dinners-an-ultimate-recipe-swap.html
 Layered Fruit Salad: http://goodcheapeats.com/2009/08/layered-fruit-salad/
 Quinoa Pilaf: http://goodcheapeats.com/2011/03/quinoa-pilaf/
 Pizza Night: http://lifeasmom.com/2010/09/tgif-make-pizza-yourself.html
 Hamburgers: http://lifeasmom.com/2011/09/5-ways-to-dress-up-a-burger.html
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 Taco Soup: http://lifeasmom.com/2008/06/frugal-food-taco-soup.html
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