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Menu Planning

As you can tell from this blog, I love to cook!  Sometimes, though, grocery shopping gets the better of me and I end up with ingredients that sit in my pantry and freezer that never get used.  Yesterday, I finally broke down and cleaned out the pantry, fridge, and freezer and was pretty dismayed from what I had let expire.

A few of the cooking blogs that I read regularly talk about the usefulness of supper menu planning for saving time and money.  Well, I am going to see if it works.  I did plan out this week’s meals because of the bad weather so I only had to stop at the store once.  It has worked out well so far.  I just find myself wanting to change what I am making!

This last week’s food list was:

Monday-ate at C’s parents

Tuesday-banana pancakes and bacon

Wednesday-tomato soup and grilled cheese

Thursday-grilled pork chops and home fries

Friday-sausage bake and fresh fruit

Tonight’s dinner will be sloppy joe stromboli and salad (recipes to come at a later date)

Tomorrow, we will eat at my nanny’s and I am fixing no bake chocolate cookies for dessert.  Monday, we will be at C’s parents again.  Next week, my plan is to fix:

Tuesday-steak (already in the freezer) and roasted potatoes

Wednesday-chili (already in the freezer) and grilled cheese


Friday-cheesy steak sandwiches and oven baked fries-small change-pizza and salad

Hopefully, I can stick with this list and utilize some things I already have before hitting the grocery again at the end of the week.  Have any of you tried menu planning before?  Did you stick with it?  I would love to know!

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