Have you ever meal planned for an entire month? I normally plan by the week, but have tried planning by the month several different times. For me, planning for an entire month has seemed so overwhelming. I mean, 30 meals…where to start? But recently I have had more of a method to my weekly meal planning. It has made planning what to eat each night SO EASY, and it made me realize figuring out how to plan an entire month actually is manageable.
So here is the method I have adapted:
I plan for sandwiches, quesadillas, or something else simple with minimal cooking.
We have a classic family meal. This is when I cook easy meals that I can cook without a recipe. Usually meals that take less than 30 minutes to cook.
On Wednesday, we try a new recipe or just something out of our normal meal rotation. I am nowhere near trying all the recipes I have pinned to my Pinterest Board, so inspiration is always available.
LEFT OVER DAY. Having leftover day built in for each week has helped us stop wasting so much food.
Pizza! Sometimes we make our own, sometimes we get take out, and sometimes it is a Marketside pizza from Walmart.
We like to feed the kids whatever we have on hand and get them down for bed a little early. Then my husband goes and picks up dinner for us to enjoy at home. This is our built in weekly date night.
We make waffles every Sunday night. I love this tradition…mostly because I am not the one cooking! :) We normally have bacon and fruit on the side.
Each week I will plan which of these meals we will have for the week. This offers a little flexibility since I do not always know exactly what we will have going on each week at the beginning of the month.
Monday Meals (5 options)
Roast Beef Sandwiches (Made with leftover roast from a Sunday lunch)
Quesadillas (We will either make these with leftover grilled chicken or Trader Joe’s grilled chicken)
Chicken Sandwiches (Same chicken options as the quesadillas)
Grilled Cheese + Tomato Soup
Tuesday Meals (5 options)
Chicken and Veggies
Chicken and Veggies
Wednesday Meals (5 Options—Find Recipes here on board titled Recipes to Try)
Southwest Chicken and Rice Foil Packs
Baked Apple Pork Chops
Sausage, Potato, and Green Beans Foil Pack
Sunday Lunch (4 Options—Again Recipes Here—Look for Instant Pot Board)
Instant Pot Pot Roast
Instant Pot Meatloaf
Chili and Instant Pot Baked Potatoes
Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches
I am most successful with our grocery budget when I use the grocery pick up service at Wal-Mart. This saves so much time and keeps me on budget (cuts down on impulse buys that we don’t even need), so WIN, WIN! I also plan to pick up the needed meat from Sam’s. Then I will just have to grab milk, fruits and veggies, and any other breakfast/lunch/snack staples we keep on hand.