Meal Planning – A Month’s Worth of Meals

Yesterday I puttered around the kitchen and filled up my freezer. We’re set for meals for the month — and then some! I am not very good at keeping up with that freezer inventory, and lo and behold! There was more food in there than I thought there was.

Last night after the last dish was washed, I pulled up my planner, typed in my month’s worth of meals, and printed it out. So easy!

Here’s what we’re having for the month:

7. Seven-Layer Nachos
8. Tri-tip, Sauteed Mushrooms, Potatoes, Salad
9. Bday dinner — going out
10. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Cornbread
11. Garlic Butter Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Salad, Green Beans
12. Tacos, Beans and Rice
13. Grilled Chicken, Grilled Bell Peppers, Quinoa Pilaf, Salad
14. Bday dinner – Pizza
15. Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Green Beans
16. Meatloaf, Rice, Green Salad
17. Spaghetti with Red Sauce, Salad, Garlic Bread
18. Field trip day — eating out
19. Pizza Night
20. Tacos
21. Grilled Chicken and Vegetables, Rice
22. Grilled Tri-tip, Potatoes, Vegetables
23. Soup and Bread Night
24. Eating Out — Just ’cause
25. Thanksgiving
26. Pizza Night
27. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Salad, Biscuits
28. Tacos
29. Grilled Chicken, Vegetables, Quinoa
30. Turkey Pot Pie

What are you having?

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  1. This may not help with the freezer inventory for you, since you already have a written system, but I bought a dry erase board and stuck it to the top of our chest freezer. When we pull something out or put something in, we erase a tally for that type of item or add tallies for what we put in (I glued a magnet to dry eraser and the lid of a dry erase pen to keep them on the freezer, too–when the pen runs out, I just put the lid with the magnet on the new marker.)

    Not saying that we don’t end up with discrepancies sometimes if someone forgets to erase or add tallies, but it’s an accurate system most of the time.:)

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Hattie, well, I guess I do need to figure something out, don’t I? The current method is obviously not working. LOL. I think part of my problem is that a chest freezer is so hard to see into.

  2. I just did my menu plan for the rest of the month too. I don’t match a meal to a day, I just list the meals for the month (since its almost all from the stockpile) and pick from the list.

    My plan for this month has:
    pasta and sauce w/ meatballs x2
    fish, rice (or mac and cheese), and veggie x3
    soups (one a week) potato chowder, chicken & wild rice, and a veggie type (clean out the freezer type)
    Turkey, turkey pot pie, turkey tetrazzini
    meatloaf and fixin’s
    leftovers x3
    eat out x2
    crockpot chicken
    italian beef
    potluck at church
    if needed: “helpers” (I always keep a few in stock just incase they are needed.).

  3. Oh my! I might have to copy this. You do make it look so easy! I love the month’s worth of meal ideas at the back of Woman’s Day magazine as well 🙂

  4. thanks so much for your inspiration! i have just started reading your blog and it has been a much needed booster to my daily grind. i love being able to stay at home with my kids, be a minister’s wife and work as a cleaning lady on the side, but i was starting to feel overwhelmed. your blog has just given me a new outlook and way to organize my life. thank you and God bless!

  5. Hello,
    Just wondering if the recipe for garlic butter chicken is posted somewhere? Sounds yummy!

  6. This is a great menu. The only thing that surprises me is that you aren’t eating turkey type leftovers for a week after Thanksgiving! I think turkey rice soup, turkey tetrazini, turkey pot pie, etc, etc, etc, is my favorite part of the holiday!

    • Jessica Fisher says:

      @Kristin, we rarely have leftovers! It’s always kind of a bummer. The last two years we’ve eaten elsewhere. This year, it’s us and maybe my parents. So, I don’t really anticipate much in the way of leftovers, but I’ve planned to make turkey pot pies and freeze them. Then we don’t get tired of the flavors. 😉

  7. Your menu plan blows mine out of the water. That tri-tip looks awesome! Do you have any step by step tutorials cooking a piece of beef like this? Roasts are super tricky. I’ve done brisket, but that’s easy–the more you cook it, the softer it gets. Is tri-tip like that? Any advice?

  8. Do the numbers correlate to the date of the month (the 10 is the 1oth of the month)?

  9. Do you have the recipe for 7 layer nachos listed somewhere?

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