Monthly meal planning is not what I have always done. I started out as a weekly meal planner…basing the meals around each week’s sale prices. (I recommend starting out this way! Bargain Meal of the Week can help you with that!)
After a month or two of buying my favorite cuts of meat when they were at their lowest prices, and freezing them, I noticed that my freezer space kept shrinking and shrinking. It was then I realized that I needed to “shop out of my freezer,” as I knew the meats in there were as cheap as they could be! So one month, I took inventory of what was in the freezer and made a plan based on the items in the freezer. Then throughout that month I’d “restock” the freezer as my favorite cuts went on sale again. Over the months I have found a balance of shopping from the freezer and using fresh meats. (Remember, if you do freeze meats, it is important to use them within 3 months if in a regular freezer, or 6-12 months if in a deep freezer!)
Here is my “plan”…I can’t guarantee that I will post every single recipe listed here. I will post weekly plans and then post recipes as I make the meal. For a complete list of recipes that I have made in the past, check out the Recipe Index.
(Many items on this month’s menus are coming from last month…with all the travels and morning sickness, I never got around to making many of the meals!)
4 – Spaghetti Broccoli Bake
5 – Tuna Quesadillas
6 – Baked Oatmeal and Scrambled Eggs
7 – My 2 year old’s Birthday Party…menu undecided!
8 – Costa Rican Rice and Beans
9 – Church Picnic
10 – Grilled Pork Chops
11 – Cinnamon Chicken
12 – Pasta Salad
13 – Meatloaf and Potatoes
14 – Homemade Chicken Nuggets
15 – Lentils Dinner
16 – Spaghetti
17 – Burgers
18 – Shrimp Scampi
19 – BBQ Pork Roast
20 – Bean and Cheese Tacos
21 – Honey Dijon Salmon
22 – North Carolina Pulled Pork Sandwiches
23 – Salad and Homemade Breadsticks
24 – Grill – Memorial Day Party!
25 – Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken
26 – Homemade Veggie Pizza
27 – Greek Pasta Salad
28 – Steaks
29 – Date Night!
30 – Breakfast for Dinner
31 – Burgers
(Notice the Sunday night burger tradition…that will run through the summer months!)
Monthly meal planning works well for our family and our budget! If you are new to meal planning, I’d just start with a weekly plan of 5 or 6 meals. A few weeks later make the plan based on the grocery store ads and sale items. This will help cut your budget down significantly! Helps you pay closer attention to how much you are spending!!!