Today I’m starting a new series on the blog, Meal Plan Monday! I’m mainly doing this to hold myself accountable and actually meal plan, but I thought it might help some other people who have a hard time figuring out what to make for dinner every night.
I don’t know about your kids, but as soon as mine hit the door, when they get home from school, they start asking, “What’s for dinner?” Honestly, I get tired of answering that question, especially when I have no idea myself. I’ve found that meal planning, and posting the list somewhere where the kids can see it, cuts down on this question just a bit. But never fear, they continue the questions by asking, “When are we having dinner?” I feel like that’s something I’m just going to have to deal with since I have four boys and it seems like they are always hungry.
Why meal plan?
So, why should you take the time to meal plan? I meal plan for two different reasons: it makes it easier to make dinner every night and it helps me stick to a budget. Because we have six people to feed and are a one income household, sticking to our grocery budget is a must. Last year we switched to the Dave Ramsey envelope system, so I only use cash when I go grocery shopping. Once I run out of cash, in my envelope, that’s it, until the envelope gets refilled. There is an exception to this rule, though. We have a Costco membership, so I shop there once a month and get my meat and a few other things for the month. Since we have their credit card and you get cash back when you use it at their store, I use it when I shop there. I usually spend around $300-$400 a month at Costco, and I just take it out of my grocery envelope and transfer it to the Costco card envelope, so we can keep all the money straight and pay the card off as soon as the bill comes.
What should you expect from Meal Plan Monday?
A meal plan, duh! Actually, besides posting our meal plan for the week, I also plan to post a recipe to go along with it. And once I have a few up, I’ll be able to start linking to the recipes for each meal. That will probably be a while, because I’ll actually have to make the recipes and post them, and I’m not going to be making 50 recipes a week. Because in all honesty, I don’t really like to cook. If I ever won the lottery, the first thing I would do is hire a chef. Or maybe a maid, because I hate doing laundry and cleaning bathrooms more than I hate cooking.
May 1 – May 7 Meal Plan
- Monday: Roast with carrots and potatoes
- Tuesday: Spaghetti with salad and garlic bread
- Wednesday: Pork chops with Brussels sprouts and corn
- Thursday: Breakfast for dinner
- Friday: Chicken noodle soup and grilled cheese
- Saturday: Broccoli chicken casserole with sauteed cabbage and pinto beans
- Sunday: Hamburgers and hot dogs with french fries
On Thursday, my mom is flying up to watch the boys for the weekend. Friday morning Clint and I are driving down to Tennessee because my sister graduates from college on Saturday morning. I just realized that sounds like my mom is missing her daughter’s graduation to watch my kids. Not the case, though. Heather is my half sister and we have different moms. So Clint and I get a kid free weekend and my mom gets to see the boys and house hunt! Win-win!