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Meal Planning: What’s the Point?

meal planning

I was all ready to switch to the spring Menu Plan Monday graphic, but lo and behold–it's snowing like crazy this morning! One of the biggest questions I get from those who don't meal plan is “What's the point?” They say they don't like the structure and don't want to have to eat certain things on certain days. Well, either do I! It can be as flexible as you'd like. Some days, I have a crockpot meal planned but something comes up and I didn't load the crockpot in time. Since I've already done the shopping for a week's dinners, there's always something else ready to go. For us–it saves so much money because we don't eat out on the weeknights. I also find that menu planning reduces stress because I don't spend any time during the day worrying about dinner. I know I'm feeding my family wholesome meals. It also helps during times of chaos, we always have food to eat.

Why do you meal plan?

Here's my two-week meal plan:

Sunday–Lawnmower Taco Casserole (which my family loved but I thought was just okay), corn
Meatless Monday–Vegetarian Baked Ziti and salad
Tuesday–Herbed Pepper Rub Pork Roast, baked potatoes and broccoli
Wednesday–Shrimp, Artichoke Spinach Dip, and green beans (birthday requests from my girls)
Thursday–Chicken Fajitas in the DCB, black beans and brown rice
Friday–Leftovers from the week
Saturday–Chicken Caesar Casserole

 Corn and Potato Chowder

Sunday–Chicken Sausage Pesto Pizzas and salad
Meatless Monday–“Real” Macaroni & Cheese with broccoli
Tuesday–Green Chile Chicken Casserole and salad
Wednesday–Spaghetti and meatballs, garlic bread and leftover salad
Thursday–Corn and Potato Chowder
Friday–Chicken Penne al Fresco in the DCB
Hoisin Pork Wraps

If you're a Pampered Chef Deep Covered Baker fan, I just started a new board on Pinterest for the microwave recipes I can find online. One of my goals for the year is to get 10 DCB recipes in my repetoire for busy nights. So far, the Chicken Fajitas are the only one I do regularly. I want to get some new recipes especially for the summer so I don't have to turn the oven on.

Linked up to Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.

green chile chicken casserole
Green Chile Chicken Casserole
Homemade Chocolate Cake
Homemade Chocolate Cake