Meal Plan Tip #1 – actually have the ingredients you need

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013I thought I had our meal plan all figured out this past week, but it does not work out if you do not have all the ingredients.  Surprising, I know.  I was finding myself in the loop of the same meal choices, all of which I was missing a main ingredient.  Let’s just say that sandwiches, or various kinds, made it onto the menu a lot more than is normal for our household.  This week, I was determined not to let that happen.  After all …

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

This morning, my priority was to plan a menu AND make a shopping list of what I needed to carry it out.  After church, I dropped my husband off to do some studying and took the boys grocery shopping.  The thing is, I disdain grocery shopping on Sundays.  It seems as if everyone decides the perfect time to go to the stores is at this time.  Yes, by me being there I am adding to the chaos, but you would think it would be more spread out through the week.  Well, it is not so.  As we go to church in Big Town, I use the times we are there to do errands, such as any grocery shopping we need to do.  This saves on gas and time, though it really tests my patience and focus when I have Jack and George with me.

My plan was to only stop at Aldi, skipping the larger stores and larger crowds.  Then I remembered we needed shoes for Georges and made a stop by Target as well.  (Goodwill was not open yet.)  While getting shoes, I detoured to find the two remaining items on my list – egg roll wrappers and ground beef.  I ended up finding ground beef with a $2 off coupon attached to 4 packages.  It was the perfect number, so I bought all of them.  Added to the sale this week, I scored this meat at a price I have not seen in quite some time.  The egg roll wrappers however are an item they do not carry, so I will stop in Small Town and get them when needed.

We made it through the stores, but I was exhausted.  We picked up my husband and headed to a later lunch.  Supper tonight – crepes and some of the fresh fruit I was able to pick up at Aldi.  I have not shopped there in a while and had forgotten where some of the items were located.  However, I enjoyed not having to walk miles to get from one side to the other, and then back again when I realized I had forgotten something.  Also, the bathrooms were so close to the check-out lanes, we were able to utilize them while waiting our turn.

Kheema Indian Ground Beef and Peas


We have not tried many new recipes lately, which is fitting in with my goal of taking it a bit easy.  I am focused more on wrapping some things up while getting the school year started.  Perhaps October will hold a more new recipes.  For now, I sticking with some that we really like but have not had for a while.


  1. Shakes
  2. Cream of Wheat
  3. Oatmeal
  4. Waffles (frozen leftovers from last week)
  5. Shakes
  6. Cereal
  7. Camping


  1. Eat Out
  2. Kheema, rice
  3. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, shredded carrot salad, mashed potatoes
  4. Salad
  5. Supper Fast Salisbury Steak, Sarah’s Smashed Potatoesshredded carrot salad
  6. Meatballs and gravy, rice, vegetables
  7. Camping


  1. Crepes and fruit
  2. BBQ chicken quarters, mashed potatoes, vegetable
  3. Pulled Pork Egg Roll, rice
  4. Falafel, lentil quinoa salad
  5. Salad
  6. Camping
  7. Camping

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