Back in the day, I used to plan my menus each week. The whole family would sit down together on Sunday morning for a family meeting, and we would talk about the plans for the week, who was out what night, what after school activities were going on, how the week was going to run. Sunday afternoon I would head to the store with my list and buy all I needed for the week.
Meal planning is great – not only do you save money and help your food budget by shopping to a plan, it also helps with portion control and weight loss. If I make a dish and know I needed to have leftovers the next night, I will put out only what I have budgeted (financially and calorically) for the one meal.
When we started subscribing to a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture, or Veggie Box, as we like to call it) my menu planning took on a different twist. Now I had to plan around what was in the box, what was fresh and in season. That was fun and often times, very challenging. Some meals would be 3 or 4 veggies, cooked any which way, just because they were about to go bad! Our CSA starts up again next week, so this week, I was free to choose from the millions of recipes I have clipped from magazines and newspapers.
Today, as I look at the rest of the week, I realize that unless I plan my weekly menu, things are going to get ugly. So, here is my menu plan for the week of March 9th:
Monday – Moroccan-spiced Chicken, carrots, sauteed spinach – from Martha Stewart Living, February 2009
Tuesday – leftovers chicken, after basketball practice
Wednesday – adults out, Carmelized Vegetable and Meatball Soup – from Sunset Magazine, January 2009
Thursday – leftover soup
Friday – Basketball team party
Saturday – Basketball team party
Sunday – First run at a Crockpot corned beef and cabbage
I got this idea from other bloggers who religiously post their plan on Monday. Here are a couple I have read lately for inspiration:
- The original Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie
- Menu Plan Monday from Angela’s Kitchen
- Menu Planning Monday with Reader Recipes from Dine and Dish
BTW, just read this post – Every Blog Post Deserves a Good Title. I am pretty sure I met the woman behind Flooded Lizard Kingdom at BlogHer last year, and this post is very clear about how to write titles of your posts so that they explain exactly what is going on. In fact, I just changed the title of my post!