As we head into the New Year, I'm personally dealing with some meal planning challenges–maybe you are, too? My ultimate goal is to feed my family healthy meals within our budget ($550/month for our family of five). I'm feeling a little burnt out, however, with coupon shopping, multiple stores, trying to fit cooking around evening activities, cooking when I'm tired or sick, etc. So I've spent a little time this week thinking how I want to approach my goal in the New Year. My three big strategies will be:
- Utilizing freezer and crockpot cooking to avoid stress between 5-7pm.
- Keeping up with what I have on hand in the pantry/freezer so I can shop for groceries only once per week.
- Set limits on couponing/multiple stores (I think I'll set a time limit and only shop once per week, since I'm not willing to give it up completely).
On the short-term, my goal this week is to fill us up with vegetables to counter all the sweets we ate over the holidays, so I chose simple recipes off my Master Meal List that are veggie-heavy:
Sunday–Slow Cooker Tortilla Soup and cornbread
Meatless Monday–Greek Pita Pizzas on whole wheat pita bread
Tuesday–Chicken Sausage sauteed with veggies over angel hair pasta
Wednesday–Slow Cooker Beef Stew and homemade bread
Thursday–Chicken Fajitas in the DCB, wheat tortillas, black beans and brown rice
Friday–Crustless Italian Spinach Pie and salad
Saturday–Pork Roast, baked potatoes and green beans
What are your meal planning challenges as we head into the New Year?
Linked up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.