Meal Planning: December Meals in 5 Minutes

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I love having a full freezer. Have I told you that recently? It makes planning so much easier!

I planned out this month’s meals in about five minutes. I had a freezer inventory sheet by my side as I sat at the computer with my planner open. I clicked to page 96 in Organizing Life as MOM and filled in all the blanks of my monthly meal planning sheet.

The Method to My Madness

I knew I wanted to eat out once a week. This is to have a treat, but also to buy me some time for writing that cookbook I told you about. Take-out was an easy blank to fill in.

Next, Pizza Night? Once a week. Check.

Bargain meal night? That would be beans and rice or pasta with red sauce at least once a week. Check.

Special holiday events? Check.

Next I just filled in the different meals I have in the freezer. Easy peasy.

Our December Meals

1. Turkey Pot Pie, Spinach Salad

2. Take-out

3. Pizza Night

4. Chicken Parmesan, Pasta, Green Salad, Garlic Bread

5. Garlic Brie Bread, Big Green Salad, Fruit

6. Beef Enchiladas, Beans, Rice, Salad

7. Pasta with Red Sauce, Salad, Biscuits

8. Roast Chicken, Mashed Potatoes, Cranberry Sauce, Vegetables

9. Take-out

10. Pizza Night

11. Beans and Rice

12. Spaghetti and Meatballs, Garlic Bread, Vegetables

13. Beef Enchiladas, Beans and Rice, Salad

14. Grilled Tri-Tip, Twice Baked Potatoes, Salad

15. Garlic Butter Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Steamed Veggies

16. Take-out

17. Pizza Night

18. Shredded Beef Tacos, Rice, Beans, Salad

19. Turkey Sandwiches, Veggies, Chips

20. Lasagna, Garlic Bread, Green Salad

21. Pasta with Red Sauce, Biscuits, Vegetables

22. Take-out

23. Pizza Night

24. Tamales, Enchiladas, Beans, Rice, Salad

25. Ham, Scalloped Potatoes, Vegetables

26. Leftovers

27. Grilled Chicken, Quinoa Pilaf, Steamed Vegetables

28. Take-out

29. Pasta with Red Sauce, Garlic Bread, Vegetables

30. Pizza Night

31. New Year’s Snacky Dinner

What do YOU got cooking this month?

For more meal planning inspiration, visit I’m an Organizing Junkie.

About Jessica Fisher

I believe you can get great meals on the table -- and still keep that pretty smile on your face.

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  1. Sounds delicious, as always – planning my meals today, after a mega-shopping trip.

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