I don’t think it will come as a surprise to any mom out there that dinner time is the witching hour at our house. I’ve tried menu planning in the past, but it has never stuck. It is a lot of work to do on a weekly basis.
The other day on Pinterest I saw someone that did their menu planning for an entire month and made one grocery store trip based on the entire monthly menu plan. I decided to give it a try.
Last week I sat down and planned out all of our dinners for an entire month. I’m going to share with you how I did it, and then I will revisit it at the end of the month and let you know how it went.
First I printed out a calender for the month of June.
Next I filled in all of the activities that I know we have planned for the month, dance recital, a trip to the lake, and a trip I’m taking for a work conference. After that I randomly filled in the “easy meals” that we eat all the time, spaghetti, pork tenderloin, grilled chicken, etc. Lastly I went through my Pinterest boards and recipe books and picked some new stuff to add in.
Here is a list of the meals I planned for the month just in case you would like to give this a try:
May 26th – Baked Potatoes with leftover BBQ Chicken I had in the freezer
May 27th – Lora’s Tortilla Chicken Soup
May 28th – Grilled Hamburgers (with fries I found in the freezer)
May 29th – Parmesan Tilapia (from Sam’s), canned beans, and brocolli
May 30th – Breakfast for Dinner
May 31st – Brown Sugar Chicken, crock pot
June 1st – Grilled Pork Tenderloin with spinach and mac and cheese
June 2nd – Cheesy Chicken Rollups (found on Pinterest)
June 3rd – Homemade Meatballs with gravy and mashed potatoes
June 4th – Taco Pizza from Cooking Light (I’ll share this recipe later. It is super easy and we all like it)
June 5th – Dance Recital Rehearsal (we won’t be at home)
June 6th – Dance Recital Dress Rehearsal
June 7th – Dance Recital
June 8th – BBQ Chicken Legs
June 9th – Broccoli Cheddar Soup with Sandwiches
June 10th – Roast Chicken
June 11th – Grilled Salmon
June 12th – Spaghetti
June 13th – Chicken Enchiladas (with leftover chicken)
June 14th – Slow Cooker Lasagna
June 15th – Grilled Chicken
June 16th – Chicken Bacon Penne Pasta (from Pinterest)
June 17th – BBQ Ribs
June 18th – Leftovers (I’ll be out of town this week so David and the kids will eat leftovers or whatever they can find for themselves.)
June 19th – Out of town
June 20th – Out of town
June 21st – Out of town
June 22nd – Tacos
June 23rd – Baked Potato Soup with Sandwiches
June 24th – Roast
June 25th – Beans (in crock pot)
June 26th – Chicken Spaghetti (This is also a Cooking Light recipe that is super easy. I’ll share it later.)
June 27th – Breakfast for Dinner
June 28th – Leftovers
June 29th – Lake trip (We’re going to the lake with my mom and my brother’s family.)
June 30th – Lake trip
During the month I should only have to go to the store for milk, fresh produce and miscellaneous odds and ends (like lunch meat which I did not buy enough of). This is a work in process, but I’m hoping it will not only help us eat out less, but will also save money by cutting down on waste and by using what we have in our pantry and freezer.
Have you ever done a monthly menu plan? I’m also putting together a list of “easy” meals. What are some of your family’s favorites?