Making Life Easier – Weekly Menu Plan – January 17, 2015

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

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Each morning I feel like a spy, sneaking through out house, avoiding alerting the enemy as to my actions.  The problem is creaky wood floors, as we live in an old house with very little carpeting.  Meal planning is a pretty quiet activity, so that what I found myself doing on Sunday morning while everyone else was still asleep.  Not sure why my body has decided upon 5 – 5:30 a.m. as a good time to wake up , but it seems bent on early morning hours for me.

Before planning our meals I took a look at our grocery spending so far this month.  I could not believe how much I had spent so far; not exactly a good way to start a new year.  This meant, though, that there should be enough food in the house without having to do a grocery trip in Big Town.  Looking through my recipe options I found enough options to create a meal plan without having to repeat meals, except for shakes which we normally plan twice a week.  I also re-learned a lesson about how shopping at one store and not shopping sales really does increase your grocery spending.

grocery aisle

Our week is fairly empty, though I had a feeling there was something on Monday.  The calendar was empty, but still the feeling persisted.  At church I remembered what it was – George had no school on Monday and would be at home.  While having both my kids at home all day is not a overly disruptive activity in terms of meal planning, in general it throws off the interaction in the house and our routine in general.

By Monday morning I was very glad for the plan of meals for the day.  It did not take long for my strict schedule loving George to become out of sorts, finding solace by invading Jacks’ personal space and enjoying making his brother scream.  If it had not been for the meal plan, we would have had sandwiches and my husband would have been sent to eat lunch away from the house.  Instead, the chili and cornbread was made and ready for my husband to come home.  By that point I had also found things (school work actually) for the kids to do away from each other.

Going into the afternoon I knew that a quiet time and other activities could be put in place as supper was not going to require cooking or a lot of preparation.  I also know that I will not need to worry about cleaning out the refrigerator during quiet time, as it will happen naturally as the week progresses.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat


  1. Shakes
  2. Cereal
  3. Cream of Wheat
  4. Chocolate Zucchini Muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Pancakes, sausage
  7. Eggs, Home Fries, bacon, fruit


  1. Eat out
  2. Chocolate Chili, corn bread
  3. Lebanese Meat Stuffed Pitas
  4. Dad’s Meatloaf with Tomato Relish, peas, rice
  5. Pizza
  6. Eye Round Roast, potatoes, carrots
  7. Sandwiches, chips, fruit


  1. Leftovers Cubed Steak, potato salad, coleslaw
  2. Salad
  3. Herbed Lentils with Spinach and Tomatoes
  4. Crockpot Chicken (not sure of exact recipe yet)
  5. Veggie and Cilantro Hummus Sandwiches
  6. Tangy Black Bean Soup
  7. Leftovers/sandwiches

This post linked up at and This Week For Dinner