Sunday, January 1, 2012

{Menu Monday} Starting the year off with a plan!

Happy New Year, y'all!! I am a big lover of all things new and changing, so the new year has always been a fun time for me. Somehow everything feels fresh and free of complications. You can just start over. Whatever you're doing that's not working, you can change it. Whatever is in your life that feels bogged down, you can purge it.

One of the things I've noticed in my few years as an adult is that one of the most despised jobs for a lot of housewives is cooking dinner. There are a lot of reasons for this. Some people just don't like food that much (whaaa??), so the effort is not really rewarded. Some people don't like thinking about it ahead of time, and some people don't like how much time a home-cooked meal can take. It is definitely a LOT of work to plan, shop, and cook healthy, yummy meals for your family.

But, as the wife of a single-income family, I've always looked at cooking and grocery shopping as one way I can add value to my home. I see making yummy meals in the budget as a challenge. Plus, I enjoy eating so much that it's totally worth the planning effort to me. I mean, really, you get to eat whatever you want every night of the week! :-) If you feel like having a burger, plan it! And if you're trying to eat healthy, you have control of it. I have had to learn a new way of cooking with trying to lose weight, but it's totally worth it, and it can be fun to find new recipes that are delicious and healthy.

So in this new year, I would like to challenge all of you who don't usually have a plan to make menus. If you think about it, feeding your family is something you HAVE to do. It's not even like the laundry that you technically can put off if you really really want to. You will have mutiny if there is no food in the house! So if you are going to have to cook, you might as well do it the easier way -- with a plan.

No more guilty, defensive reactions when your husband asks you what's for dinner.

No more expensive, unhealthy takeout because you don't have dinner ready.

No more blowing the budget eating out.

No more grumbling from your kids when you say, "find something in the fridge."

My 5-week rotating menu, inspired by Our Life's Mosaic

You can do it!! I read this post the other day of a girl who is changing her plan and getting a plan. I think her idea of a 5-week rotating plan is a fabulous idea, and I've created one myself! If you do this, I HIGHLY recommend using Say Mmm to organize your menu. Once I got all five weeks on the calendar, I saved the whole thing as a Meal Plan. At that point, with one click I can add it back on when this 5 weeks is over. If you need help getting started with Say Mmm, check out my tutorial.

All right! On to the menu for this week!

Monday - 7-Layer Tostadas (tostada shell layered with refried beans, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes, green onions, and olives. Just like 7-layer dip!)
Tuesday - Tacos, Beans, Rice
Wednesday - Bacon and Scrambled Egg Bagel Sandwiches, Fruit
Thursday - Roast with Carrots and Potatoes
Friday - Baked Chicken Nuggets, CAT Salad
Saturday - Shrimp Scampi, Cheddar Garlic Biscuits, Caesar Salad


What hindrances to making menus do you have? Maybe we can figure this out together!












Linking up at Tip Junkie's Menu Plan Monday

13 comments:

  1. I love this idea!! I will be linking back to this post soon so that I can share this with my readers :) Thanks so much for sharing :) :) 2012 is the year for me to get into gear with organization.

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    1. Thanks for the feedback! Be sure to share your menu with us when you get it! :-)

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  2. i love this lauren! i'm copying a lot of it, but had to take off meatless mondays. that didn't go over well with christian. ;-)

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    1. Zack says to tell him he's a pansy. Haha! :-)

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  3. What a great rotation. I'm trying to figure out something similar for my family, but am stuck on how I want to do it. Thanks for the great ideas!

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    1. No need to do themes if that boxes you in too much! Even just getting your family's 30 or so favorite meals written down and cycling through them would be a huge help! Let us know if you get it figured out :-)

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  4. Love your themed days. Sounds fun.

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  5. It's linky party time again! This post would be great at it if you wanna share it! Here is the link! http://www.thesouthernproductqueen.com/one-stop-shoppe-linky-party

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  6. Just made my own 5-week menu! I'm excited about actually following through on this. Thanks for the idea!

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  7. i love your menu and how you plan ahead. i can't plan that far in advance though since i plan around my stockpile and what meats are on sale.
    Here is a ink to my Menu Plan
    I'd love if you stopped by and checked it out
    Enjoy the rest of your week:)

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    1. Your menu looks great!! I totally understand about planning around sales! I wish I were better at that.

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  8. Nice plan. Having the whole month planned out sure is helpful, huh? I plan way ahead, using my freezer and pantries extensively. Found you on Menu Plan Monday!

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    1. Thanks, Lisa! Do you have a blog post where you talk about your freezer cooking?

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