Sunday, September 13, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

March is the first month that I've done a menu plan for the whole month. I love the whole concept of the menu plan because it takes the daily stress out of it all. No more wondering "What in the world am I going to make for dinner?"
"Didn't we just have that two days ago, or was it last week?"
"What am I going to do with all of these leftovers?"
"Oh, forget it! We'll just go do takeout.....again."

On the downside, I like to try to plan meals in line with the weekly grocery sales and whatever we get in our twice monthly produce co-op basket. Not knowing these things in advance, this month I just started with the main dish basic ideas. At that beginning of the week I filled in the sides or switched things around a little depending on what was on sale or in the co-op basket. If anyone has a better suggestion on how to do this, I would love some suggestions. Please leave a comment!

So here's this week's menu:

Monday: Pinto Bean Casserole (leftover beans from last week) corn

Tuesday: Corned beef brisket, cabbage and carrots, Irish soda bread

Wednesday: Leftovers

Thursday: Veggie Burgers, homemade fries and salad

Friday: Squash soup and homemade bread

Saturday: Spaghetti and homemade meatballs, green salad, garlic bread sticks

Sunday: Leftovers

I know it looks like I plan a lot of leftovers, but when we cleaned out our fridge at the beginning of this month we realized there were a lot of leftovers that we let go bad. We've made it a goal for the month to try to use up or freeze all of our leftovers and produce. My freezer is really full right now from the great turkey breast sales a couple of weeks ago, so we're trying to eat up all of the leftovers. We also try to use them up for lunch. This works out great because my husband LOVES leftovers.

For other great meal plan menus, head on over to: $5 Dinners who is guest hosting for Organizing Junkie this week.

Have a great week!


  1. One way that I plan menus around sales is that I start my menu midweek. Our ads come out on Wednesdays. I only shop one day per week, and take advantage of sales at two or three stores. I usually shop on Monday so I use the ad that came out on Wednesday prior and plan menu for Tues thru Monday. Hope that helps.

  2. Just re-read and see you were planning a monthly menu... ooops! I used to do that but have since stopped and went back to weekly because I am a sub-teacher and get called last minute and often was forgetting to defrost. BUT, when I was home consistantly, I used the weekly ads to "feed the freezer" and would buy sales just to put up. and then cook from frozen meats, sauces etc. that I would pre make. Saved a lot of time, if you remember to defrost on schedule.