Happy New Year! I hope you had a wonderful winter break. I'm back on routine this week, and that includes doing my two-week menu plans here on the blog. As I mentioned in my 2015 Goals wrap-up, doing this regularly helps me achieve the goal of cooking healthy meals for my family, and I love how it feels to have that list on the fridge so I don't have to think about it every night. Now that my kids are starting to cook, they like knowing that all the ingredients for a meal are already in the house (I shop once at the beginning of the week for that week's meal plan), and most of our meals are recipes that we eat every month, so they are familiar to them.
Are you meal planning in 2016? I'd love to hear how it's going for you in the Comments below.
Moneywise Menu Plan – 1/3 to 1/16
Sunday: Ordered Chinese food with our neighbors to celebrate the last day of winter break!
Meatless Monday: Macaroni & Cheese with broccoli and salad
Tuesday: Easy Baked Pesto Chicken, brown rice and cauliflower
Wednesday: Vegetarian Baked Ziti and garlic bread
Thursday: Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Friday: Chicken Parmesan Casserole from MB's Kitchen and salad
Saturday: Honey Parmesan Pork Roast (slow cooker), baked potatoes and green beans
Sunday: Oriental Chicken Salad from Chef in Training
Meatless Monday: Crustless Italian Spinach Pie, salad and cornbread
Tuesday: Slow Cooker Pork Tacos, brown rice, black beans & toppings
Wednesday: Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
Thursday: Pork Ragu & Fettuccine and asparagus
Friday: Turkey Spinach Burgers and homemade fries
Saturday: Slow Cooker Chicken Gyros from Six Sisters' Stuff
If you haven't tried doing meal planning before, the New Year is a great time to start! Take time at the beginning of the week to look at the family calendar and make a plan–which nights do you need to prep ahead with a crockpot meal? Which nights can you cook at the stove? Some nights require a convenience meal (something frozen) or planned takeout. Taking the time to plan ahead will save you stress in the long run!