First Week Of Menu Planning

To start planning my meals I am going to work with what I already have available in my house since I already have gone shopping for the week. What I am going to do later this week is sort out a β€œMaster Meals” list. This will help me keep track of the foods and recipes we make often to simplify things further.

Years a go I use to follow a website called Cindy’s Porch (has since changed to http://cannywomen.com/ ) and she had what I though was a good way to plan meals, I tried it a few times but since I was working at the time I could never stick to it.
So I am going to go from memory (and reading some of her current posts) and make my meal plan for the week based on the things I have already paid for. I am going to start in the freezer πŸ™‚

What is in here?

What is in here?

I wrote the items down on a scrap piece of paper (just cause that’s what I had near me at the time)
The main things that would make a meal, in my case it was ham, steak, chick thighs, frozen veg, Hotdogs, Pizza, Munchy Bits. (This is only my fridge freezer, I had already brought up items I wanted to get used up)

I looked in my home binder (NOT organized at all) and was able to find a monthly planning sheet I had in there. Just basically a calendar page without dates. So I wrote out what I was going to make each night, using the items in my freezer.

Here is my plan and some further info on why/how:
Make your own Pizza’s – I have all the basic stuff, just had to pull bacon out of freezer
Ham (in slow cooker), Sidekicks & Frozen Veg – Have them all
Steak & Baked Potato – can put together marinate in the morning
Leftovers!!! I usually make extra for left overs, if we don’t have any I can steal from next day or throw in a pizza or Hot Dogs
Munchy Bits – If you have ever had a combo platter at a restaurant this is the same idea but from home, we usually have chicken wings, sausage rolls, mini pizza, fries, onion rings… You get the idea, whatever we have in the freezer that sounds good.
We have a busy night Friday with Liz going to brownie camp so I thought this would be a good idea.
My Birthday Dinner Out!!! Not sure where yet but I am soo looking forward to it!
Chicken Thighs & Scalloped Potatoes – possibly both in the slow cooker (I love having two of them for this reason)

So I will try and stick with this for the week and see how it goes. I did the make your own pizza’s last night, they were missing a few toppings, since we didn’t already have them πŸ™ but still good.
I will keep you updated on my progress. Next step trying to plan my meals around the sales next week!

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