Menu Plan Monday – June 10, 2013 changing how I meal plan

Weekly Menu Plan May 2013

Breakfast:

  1. Cereal
  2. Cereal
  3. Eggs, toast, fruit
  4. Rusks, muffins
  5. Shakes
  6. Oatmeal (with cooked apples)
  7. Shakes

 

Lunch:

  1. Eat Out
  2. Salad
  3. ???
  4. Breaded pork chops, carrot sticks, beets, corn bread muffins
  5. Fresh veggies over couscous (NEW RECIPE for me)
  6. Sweet-and-Tangy Roasted Pork Tenderloin, beets, corn on the cob, peas
  7. Eat out (out of town)

Supper:

  1. Salami Sandwich, grilled onions, sliced tomatoes, cheese, chips
  2. Beef curry, potato, carrots, peas, rice
  3. Pizza
  4. Falafels (in crockpot), side salad
  5. Ribs, potato salad, rolls, tomato and feta cheese, green onions, chocolate mousse (Guests over)
  6. Chickpea curry, rice
  7. Hamburger, onions/tomato/etc., fries

 

My goal last week was achieved and I feel much more in control of my house.  One of the things that came out of the break was being able to stop and review some of the things included in the Ultimate Homemaking eBook Bundle.  I have been menu planning for years now (can’t believe I can say that).  Over time it has taken on different looks and I have adjusted the way I do it, depending on life.

Recently I decided to try and make it a better system, but was being overwhelmed with it.  I wanted to streamline my planning and shopping, so that I could easily figure out what I needed for each meal without having to pull out the recipes for those meals each month.  The way I started to do this was in Microsoft Excel.  Seemed easy enough – a spreadsheet with pages for different meals, and a master sheet where I could tally what I needed for all of them.  To say it quickly became out of control would be an understatement.  While in the car on Saturday I began to think ahead to this week’s menu and decided that I wanted to not only do this week’s meal plan, but also the rest of the month.  That is when I remembered that part of the eBook Bundle was a free trial to Plan To Eat.

Yesterday, during nap times, I sat down and looked through the Plan To Eat website.  To be honest, before looking through it I had major doubts.  “I have a system to plan and haven’t needed help before.  Ecalendars are not really my thing as I don’t have a smartphone to take with me.  Will this really be helpful or just another thing to consume time in my life?”

After logging in I totally changed my opinion.  It was easy to use and will save major time in my life.  This is exactly what I had been trying to do on my own, except in an easier to use way!  Sorry Excel, you have been replaced.  As this week’s menu plan has a lot of items I have here at home, I plan to us this week to fill in recipes on Plan to Eat.  Why?  All I have to do is click and drag the recipes onto the calendar (whether weekly or monthly or such) and it will give me shopping lists of all the items I need, tallied together.  This shopping list can even be edited to reflect what you already have at home or to include some extra items  you may need.  All of this I figured out in 15 minutes on the Plan To Eat website.

I didn’t intend to make this sound like an infomercial, and I hope it didn’t come across that way.  I’m just really excited about it and thought you would like a better explanation than a post full of exclamation points. 🙂  As time goes on, if my opinion changes I will let you know.  For now, though, I am going to shift my planning once again and try something different.  This time, though, I don’t think change will be that hard.

 

Linked up with Healthy Branscoms OrgJunkie.

For more ideas also check out This Week For Dinner.

Also check out Confessions of a Homeschooler’s June’s Monthly Meal Plan.

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