In an effort to stay organized and productive throughout my days, I’ve decided to adopt another good plan in addition to my daily timesheets:
I’m the type that usually starts thinking about dinner around 4 or 5 p.m., shortly before my husband is due home. Not good when I realize that there is NOTHING in the house to eat! The other day I lucked out because I still had some frozen turkey burgers in the freezer… and since it’s summer, the little market down the corner from me had some corn on the cob & watermelon in stock. Disaster averted.
However, I’m literally down to NOTHING LEFT in my cupboards & fridge that could make a meal worth eating… so I have to grocery shop. Not one of my favorite things to do.
However, I’ve been hearing it for months now (and I’ve half-heartedly tried it on occasion) that menu-planning is the way to go.
Why? Because then grocery shopping has a purpose (all the ingredients can be bought ahead of time) and you’re never left scrounging for some last-minute ideas!
There’s actually TONS of other women out there who swear by menu planning… in fact, there’s even a day dedicated to it, started by Laura over at OrgJunkie.com:
In my effort to join their ranks, I pulled out my recipe box (which was within easy reach, thanks to last week’s organizational skills!) and found some great meals to make for this week!
This is what I’m planning on making:
Monday - Mediterranean Chicken & Pasta
Tuesday - Grilled Apricot Ginger Chicken Breasts w/ Corn on the Cob & Baked Potatoes
Wednesday - Chicken & Spinach Dip Pizza
Thursday - Cabo Lime Chicken w/ Rice & Steamed Broccoli
Friday - Tacos
Saturday - See below*
Sunday - Church BBQ! (Bringing Strawberry Jello Pretzel Mold for that!)
*Since Saturday is the 4th, we will probably be doing something with family before the Fireworks that night… so it will most likely be a pizza or some other kind of take-out night.
I’m pretty excited about this week’s menu… even though it’s a lot of chicken! I don’t eat pork or beef, so it slightly limits our options… but all of these recipes are so different from each other, it will hardly seem like we’re eating chicken every night.
Another reason why I’m excited: With the exception of Friday’s tacos & Sunday’s dessert…. all of these are NEW recipes. I know, I’m crazy to put them all in the same week…. but I LOVE new recipes! (By the way, if you happen to have any good recipes, feel free to share them via a comment! Some of the BEST recipes I have now are from friends!)
I’ll let you know how they go… & I may even email out my favorite of them all (be sure to sign up with your email address to receive updates!)
Well, it’s off to ShopRite now… hoping I’ll get some great deals in the process!
Keep on Striving,
PS - Have you had any success with menu planning? Found any flaws or reasons why it DOESN’T work for you? I’d love to hear your thoughts!