Monday, November 17, 2014

Meal Planning

So 2 weeks ago I attempted to meal plan for 2 weeks instead of for 1.  My thought was that I would save time and money by not going to the store as often.  In theory this seemed great for me.
I spent over an hour on the planning day.  I printed a menu and all of the recipes.  I made a very detailed grocery list.  I even planned out lunches and snacks.
Then I went grocery shopping.  I spent almost 2 weeks budget leaving some left to pick up more milk and fresh produce later.
The first week went great.  I stuck to the menu and having the recipes printed out saved time when I started cooking.  I had all of the ingredients for everything and it went smoothly.
The second week is when I started to have problems.  I had to go to the store to pick up some more fresh things.  Then I ended up changing my mind on some meals because by the time the day came to make it I decided I wasn't in the mood for it.  So then I headed back to the store to pick up a few more things.
Over all I ended up spending more and spent more time at the store.  I am sure this works for some people but since I tend to cook what sounds good I think planning week by week works better for us. As the kids get older though going to the store with them gets easier so I am just going to continue to meal plan weekly and try to stick to the menu.

This week we have planned:

Loaded Baked Potato Soup with Cesar salad

Skinny Chicken Parmesan with Zucchini Noodles

Turkey Enchilada's with a Garden Salad

Chicken Pizza Sliders with bacon green beans

Quick meal- Rotisserie chicken with sides

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