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Old 01-01-2013, 05:57 PM   #1
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It's been so long since I meal planned but I'm going to try to get back to it. We go to the grocery store almost every day. Seriously. It's so bad. The only way I can think of to force us to stop is to meal plan.

You'll see a big problem with my plan is that I eat alone most of the time, so a LOT of leftover food. Not very fun.

I would like to work up to planning a month at a time, but baby steps. Here's my plan for the next week.

Day - lunch - dinner
W: cold sandwiches - Greek chicken pitas with tatziki
T: Greek chicken leftovers - ravioli
F: ravioli leftovers - tuna casserole
S: grilled cheese and tomato soup - French dip au jus
S: sloppy Joe - spaghetti
M: Apple slices & salad - buffalo pork lettuce wraps
T: spaghetti leftovers - sloppy Joe leftovers

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Old 01-02-2013, 10:51 AM   #2
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Re: Let me see your meal plan

I am too lazy to go get mine right now, I'll try to remember it. Lunches are all salad or homemade soups (roasted carrot and cabbage)this week.

one night out

Crockpot Hobo stew

polenta pizzas

turkey (bought a couple while they were on sale and put them in the freezer), roasted veggies

turkey pot pie

Chicken in baked beans with sweet potato fries

hmm, whats left...oh a big mixed salad topped avocado and hard boiled eggs.
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Old 01-02-2013, 12:01 PM   #3
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I haven't finalized the next week's list yet. I usually do planning and shopping on Tuesdays, but with holidays the last two weeks, I'm way off my schedule.

Today: I'll be working at dinner time. Leftovers for DH and the boys.
Tomorrow: I'll be working at dinner time again. If there's enough leftovers, they'll eat that again, otherwise they'll have a meal from the freezer (homemade).
Friday: Black bean and corn tacos or enchiladas
Saturday: hamburgers, oven fries and some sort of veggies
Sunday: haven't decided yet. It will be something vegetarian. We've been eating a lot of meat lately. Possibly homemade pizza or BFD (breakfast for dinner)
Monday: again, I'll be working late, so DH and the boys will probably have something from the freezer.

ETA: I don't ever plan lunches unless its some sort of special event. Lunches here are generally leftovers, a quick pasta dish, sandwiches, or "snack plates" (meat, cheese, crackers, veggie and fruit pieces, etc).
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I prepared my freezer meals for the next two weeks yesturday so all ready to put in oven or crockpot are

Tonight :vegetables and beef over rice
And then in no particular order

Chicken enchiladas
Chicken nachos
wet burritos
Lazy day chicken x 2
Teryiaki chicken x2
Chicken n dumplings
Pepperoni pizza roll
Lazy beef stew
Lasagna
Chili
Ham and bean soup
Plus at least two left over nights and one take out night.
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:19 PM   #5
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Mmm lasagna. I need to find a recipe.

And I have to know, what's lazy day chicken?
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Old 01-02-2013, 06:32 PM   #6
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Re: Let me see your meal plan

I plan out 2 weeks of meals in advance, but pick out what I want the night before/that morning and thaw.

Tonight we had loaded potato soup, making enough for 3 freezer meals plus tonight's meal.

Also on the meal plan until next grocery day:

Creole dump chicken
spaghetti and meatballs
sweet chili salmon
chipotle chicken burritos
salsa pork and potatoes
sweet and spicy grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches

I go grocery shopping every other Thursday and we do a Costco and GFS trip once a month. Lunches are usually cold sandwiches or leftovers. DH is in charge of cooking dinner the nights I work.
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I do mine by two weeks and its the only way to stick to my budget of $100. Every Thursday is Pasta and every saturday is Breakfast for dinner (aka Brinner lol)

M - Crispy garlic drumsticks w/ kale mashed potatoes
T- was my Bday at my parents
W - Confetti chicken wraps w/ sweet potato fries
H - Pasta
F -Leftovers
S -Breakfast for dinner
S - bridal shower for cousin
M - Tortellini spinach bake w/ salad
T- leftovers
W - Peanut/rice salad
H - Pasta w/ salad
F - Leftovers
S- Breakfast for dinner
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Re: Let me see your meal plan

heres mine for january. i plan a list of meals, but dont pick the days, then just pick what i want as i want it. I dont plan the full month though, to take account leftovers, or eating out, or whatever. lunches are at daycare, or leftovers, sandwiches, etc on the weekends, and breakfasts are something easy to snack before work (granola bar, yogurt, etc), or bacon & eggs, pancakes, etc., depending on what time i have to be to work. i also dont plan the veggie, we just pick something. "tv dinners" are on fridays, my son gets a crappy junky tv dinner, sometimes i have one too, sometimes i have leftovers, and we get a red box movie and sleep on the couch bed

Meal Plan January 7- February 6 2013
1. Chicken & Rice
2. Pork Chops & Couscous
3. Hamburgers & Fries
4. Salisbury Steaks & Mashed Potatoes (feed the freezer  )
5. Lemon Chicken & Rice
6. Pizza Bread (feed the freezer  )
7. Pork Chops & Chicken Rice
8. Chicken Enchiladas (feed the freezer  )
9. TV Dinners
10. TV Dinners
11. TV Dinners
12. TV Dinners
13. Chicken Noodle Casserole (feed the freezer  )
14. Sausage & Potatoes
15. Cheesy Chicken Fingers
16. Beef Fajitas (feed the freezer  )
17. Tortilla Soup (feed the freezer  )
18. Hot Dogs
19. Chicken & Rice
20. Chicken Lo Mien
21. Chicken Noodle Soup (feed the freezer  )
22. Tacos
23. Steak & Baked Potatoes
24. Italian Sausage Sandwiches
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Mmm lasagna. I need to find a recipe.

And I have to know, what's lazy day chicken?
It's a whole chicken ib crockpot with diced tomatoes, carrots, and potatoes, and a onion. Pretty good
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Old 01-03-2013, 12:47 PM   #10
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Re: Let me see your meal plan

If DH works tonight, I will sit down and plan mine out tonight, if I work, I'll do it tomorrow during naptime.
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