Sunday, December 6, 2015

Menu Plan Monday: December 6-10, 2015

Welcome Monday!

This time of year there is always too much going on....good or bad.  Do you ever feel completely overwhelmed this time of year?

I've got a simple solution....plan more of your meals!

Menu planning can give you the time you need to tackle more important things on your agenda and give you your life back in the evening.

If you are not sure how to start, grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing down things you like to eat or cook for dinner.  What are your family favorites?  

Next, buy a couple of food magazines (Cooking Light, Taste of Home and Eating Well are three of my favorites) and/or browse the Internet for recipes (recipes.com, epicurious.com and Foodnetwork.com are three of my favorites).

Keep all of your recipe ideas in a large file and every Friday or Saturday take 10 minutes and look at your calendar for the week ahead.  What do you have going on?  Meetings? Kids activities? Guests or travel?  Then plan the days that you need to prepare dinner by finding meals that you love to cook and eat in your recipe file.

Finally, put together your grocery list based on the items you need for your weekly meals. Don't forget to include extra fruit and veggies for breakfast and lunch (I usually make enough leftovers to cover us for lunch).

Head to the grocery store over the weekend and if you plan correctly and cook your planned meals, you shouldn't have to go to the store for anything other than an emergency item or something you forgot!

It's easy!  And if you don't believe me, check out Laura's site for more ideas!

Here is our menu for the week ahead!

Monday: Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes and Asparagus
Tuesday: Crockpot shredded Chicken Tacos
Wednesday: Grilled Steak with Caesar Salad
Thursday: Weight Watchers Blue Cheese Chicken Burgers