I started menu planning for a few reasons:
1) I was tired of trying to plan a meal in my head on the way home from work.
2) To help me make my grocery list, thus saving me time in the store, and money from buying things we don't need.
3) Save time in the kitchen (creating more time with my son), by planning and preparing ahead of time.
So far, I'm doing pretty good, and I am much happier when I come home from work. Writing it down, and posting here, and on the wall at home, is helping tremendously to keep me on track. As for saving money, well, I'm trying to only buy what's on sale, but I still seem to be spending the same amount each week. I need to start working on that. It does, however, save me from falling into the trap of "there's nothing for dinner, let's go to McDonalds!"
Here's the plan for the coming week.
Monday: BBQ Beef Wraps (w/ Friday's leftover pot roast)
Tuesday: Oriental Style Chicken Noodle Soup
Wednesday: Robin's Chicken Enchiladas, refried beans
*A recipe from my cousin, that is always a HUGE hit with everyone!
Thursday: Pizza Playdate - Kitchen closed
Friday: Spaghetti, Salad & bread
Saturday: Easy Night
Sunday: Chicken Kabobs; Veggie Pasta Salad
Dessert: Blueberry Upside Down Cake
Later this week, I will be posting recipes for Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies mostly this is for the pics, my famous Baked Beans and Crockpot Sweet & Sour Chicken.