Meal Planning: Moving to Plan B

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A few weeks ago I planned out a month’s worth of meals. It’s not hard to do. I just quizzed my family on their favorite meals and wrote them down.

(Why their favorite meals? Because I grow weary of wheeling and dealing at dinnertime. Eat four more bites and you can be done. You know the story. It just makes more sense to make what they’ll eat, provided that it’s nutritious and in the budget.)

So, then I plugged those meals into a list numbered from 1 – 31, for each day of the month. I accounted for weekend pizza nights, football games, and birthdays. This was Plan A.

Plan A was dependent on sales providing certain ingredients AND my not blowing all my grocery money early in the month. Yeah, and Ahem. Anyway, we’re moving to Plan B for the rest of the month: use up what we have.

I’ve gone through the storehouses and seen that there’s not much I have to buy, besides milk, cheese, and lettuce. We pretty much have everything we need for quite a few meals.

For instance, in my cupboards and freezer I have the following:

8 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
two chickens
6 pounds ground beef
2 roasts
1 lb. bacon
a frozen lasagna
corn tortillas
tortilla chips
Macaroni Grill Dinner Kits
pasta sauce pasta
green beans

With those ingredients I can make these dinners:

grilled chicken, rice pilaf, grilled veggies, salad
Boules de Picolat, boiled potatoes, steamed veggies
bean tostadas, fruit salad
chicken parmesan, pasta, salad, garlic bread
beef chili and cornbread
chili dogs
peanut butter chicken
beans and rice
roast chicken, rice pilaf, veggies
beef stew over mashed potatoes
whole chicken on the grill, pasta salad, and veggies
Basil Cream pasta with chicken

So, we’ll be digging in with what’s already here.

As for the rest of this week’s meals, here’s what’s on the docket for:
cinnamon rolls
Apples and Oatmeal
eggs and toast
maple-oat scones, yogurt, and fruit
Pancake Saturday (Did you miss the first episode of Our Very Own Little Food Network? Check it out here.)

Sunday afternoon take-out
picnic at the beach (yeah, it’s true.)
corn dogs, veggies
tuna sandwiches and apples
pasta salad
potstickers and rice

Do you find that you have to go to Plan B? Why?

Related: Check out I’m an Organizing Junkie’s Meal Planning Monday.

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  1. mellow yellow says:

    what’s a potsticker and do you have a kid friendly recipe?

  2. CountryMama@The Cozy Country Home says:

    Fishmama…I hear ‘ya on Plan B’s! Hey…us moving here (to where we live now) was a “Plan B” and it worked out pretty great! That’s the great thing about meal planning…it allows a change of plans. You have some sort of foundation/direction, then go with it! Everything always looks so great on paper or how we have it planned out in our minds, but doesn’t always work out that way. That’s life as a mom I guess!!
    Menu looks great! Can I come to your picnic at the beach??!!(I’ve finally had it with all this snow

  3. FishMama says:

    Potstickers are chinese dumplings. I buy mine frozen in a big bag from Costco. Super easy and all my kids love them. Here is a link to all you need to know:

  4. mellow yellow says:

    I just set up a blog to do menu planning, it’s mellow yellow. What would be a good price on the potstickers if i were looking for a frozen bag at the store and what brand or does it matter? I love your blog and I think my children would like the dumplings too.

  5. Jessika says:

    Thinking about your two chickens in the freezer and wondering if you’ve tried the Lemon and Herb crockpot roasted chicken at It’s so good and worth getting your hands covered in chicken “ick”.I guess it would have to be plan C if you made it. Also, do you have a recipe for maple-oat scones?

  6. FishMama says:

    I’m always open to Plan C. Thanks for the tip, Jess. And yes, I’ll be posting the recipe for maple oat scones. We should just call them Jessika’s Scones ’cause we totally associate the maple-oat scone with you. 😉

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