30 January 2012

Monday Meal Planning

In my adventures reading around the Blogosphere I often see people planning out their meals for the week on Monday.  This could save me so much time and grocery shopping trips during the week, but it is taking the time to plan such a thing that is complicated.

First of all Monday is the busiest day of my work week, I have been under a pile of paperwork since I came in, and I came in early.  I have photo shoots to start, and other tasks to complete.  I might have to move this project to another day.

Second my grand plan was to plan a meal that I have all the ingredients for to cook for dinner tonight so I won't have to run to the store after I am done at the studio, but come to find out that the recipe I had in mind needs 2 more critical ingredients to complete. 

I am not real big on the eat this on Monday, and that on Tuesday plan.  I like to decide what I want to eat as I go along, but I do see the benefit in planning out meals for the week before going to the grocery store.  So I am going to plan out 6 meals as I write this post, leaving one day for a meal out.

Here's what I came up with :

{old favorites}
Weight Watchers Balsamic Chicken & Mushrooms with steamed zucchini
Lighter Chicken Enchiladas with avocado Slices
Pasta with Turkey Meatballs and Salad - we have extras frozen from last time we made this!

{new recipes to try!}
Balsamic Marinated Steak with Two Potato Salad and green beans
Mustard Crusted Turkey Breast with Carrots & Broccoli
Lighter General Tso's Chicken with Snow Peas & Rice

{dessert - if I ever find the time ...}
Red Velvet Cupcakes

I will report back and let you know if the time I spent planning this (about an hour...) saved me any time this week.


  1. good idea! I'm always coming up with dinner plans at the last minute - I'm pretty good at it, but maybe blogging it on mondays would make it easier to remember. Maybe.

  2. I am hoping it will result in less grocery store trips. I like to buy fresh veggies so I shop often, but I do find myself making too many small trips for 1 or 2 ingredients. I am also hoping it will lead to trying more new recipes as well. I have been so busy lately that we are on the quick and easy dinner routine.

  3. I too post my "menu plan" on Monday, though I don't actually do the planning on Monday. I usually plan my meals out several weeks to a month at a time and I just leave a few days open for when I get inspired to try something new (or dont feel like cooking). Sometimes I go so far as to write up the posts in advance and keep them in my draft folder. That way on Sunday night, I just have to edit a little and add photos and links before I hit publish. Visiting from the Alexa Blog hop!

  4. That sounds like an easy way to do it Jamie!

  5. We kind of plan our meals too. We are not strict about which one we eat that night, but it is nice to know that you have ingredients for a week's worth of meals. Thanks for sharing yours with us!

    I am visiting from the Alexa hop. I hope you have a great week!

  6. Thanks for sharing these recipes..I'm always getting so tired of the "usual" meals we tend to have over and over.

    Following from a blog hop :)

  7. Hi!! I'm stopping by to say hello from the Mingle Monday blog hop. I hope you'll check out my blog Frazzled Mama at http://frazzled-mama.com and follow me back. Hope you have a great week.

  8. Thanks everyone for stopping by! I did go to the grocery store with my list, but they didn't have any turkey breast! So it looks like I will be back at least once later this week.

    I will stop by and follow your blogs :)

  9. I like reading people's Meal Plans more than I like making my own:-). I usually plan 3-4 days ahead, but more than that and I find I don't end up sticking to my meal plan. so on Saturday morning or Friday night I plan for S,S,M,T and then on Monday or Tuesday I plan W,TH, F. That seems to work for me. My weeks are too crazy and unpredictable to plan a whole week...the Balamic chicken sounds good to me!

  10. So organized!!! Sounds good:)

  11. @Becki - The balsamic chicken was good -- we had it last night!
    @Lady Goo Goo Gaga - thanks! This is the one thing I am usually not organized about so it is a start!

  12. I have found it's better on my budget and my waistline if I can plan out the week but it's seems almost impossible for me these days so I understand. Today I even went to the store and only came back with dinner for tonight (Smoked Salmon, Sauteed spinach & couscous, and tomorrow a chicken stir fry. That's it then Thursday I guess back to the drawing bored. Some of your recipes posted look good. So maybe I will try them later on in the week when I am drawing a blank! PS. New follower. Your name really caught my eye on the Tuesday blog hop. Cute idea!

    My site is : http://hmmargazi.blogspot.com

  13. Heather - Thanks for the link, I will visit your blog. So far it has made things quicker, but it is only Wednesday ;) I do need to go out and grab a few more things, as well as lunch food for my husband today so that will be grocery trip #2. I am planning a full report back next Monday! I am already a follower of your site, but will stop by and say hello.

  14. We've been doing this for awhile, but we make our list and trip for the week on Sunday morning. We also assign a person to be responsible for each day - if we don't we end up eating too much fast food! When we first decided to go this route, we used the "Grocery Bag" feature from Every Day Food - it worked great. Now we pick our own meals, but it helped us make planning a habit. We also recently started using Ziplist, which has saved on some list-writing time. Coincidentally, we made that same General Tso's a few weeks ago and it was fabulous!

  15. ALH - great tips! thanks for sharing!