I’ve been using a monthly dinner menu since June, and it continues to be one of the best organizational things I’ve ever done. I love knowing what we are supposed to have every night for dinner and so does David. He can come home, check the menu, and get dinner started without ever having to call and ask, “what’s for dinner?”
I had two concerns when I started, 1) that I would not stick with it and 2) that it would not be flexible enough to meet the needs of our busy schedule. My first concern was done away with the first month when I saw how much easier it made things. Over the last three months my second concern has been allayed as well. It is so easy to move things around or change up what we need to do because I have everything I need for the entire menu.
Since this has been working so well for me I thought I would start a monthly feature where I share the things that will be on our dinner menu. That way if any of you would like some inspiration it will be here for you! (You should be able to click on it to make it bigger, or you can open it in Google Docs to print it here.)
Baked Chicken Parmesan
Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken (crock pot)
Bobby’s Lighter Taste Like Lasagna Soup (I’ve heard this is great, but I haven’t made it yet.)
Lemon and Dill Chicken (Weight Watchers)
Parmesan Tilapia (we buy this at Sam’s)
Arroz con Pollo (Spanish chicken and rice) (This is fantastic but a little bit time consuming.)
Chicken in crock pot (I’ve used this recipe and it is great.)
Smoky Corn Chowder with Shrimp
Honey Butter Pork Tenderloin
Cube Steak (crock pot)
Pasta Fagioli (This is yummy and easy.)
If you see anything on the menu that does not have a recipe listed it is because I just use a recipe that I know by heart. If you would like to know how I make it let me know and I’ll email you.
Have you tried menu planning? Any new recipes you like? Please, share! I’m always looking for new ideas.