I took a longer break than I had originally planned, but a much-needed break, but I am getting back in the swing of things. Today I am sharing something new for me, but probably not for you. I have seen many blogs doing weekly or monthly menus, and I have been going to start this. Last fall I was going to start one, but just couldn’t seem to get into doing it, but, I sat down yesterday and made a menu out. Mind you this is fairly new to me, I used to do a menu years ago, but that was easy because it was before I learned about real food vs. processed food and used a lot of packaged stuff. So, this past year I have been learning about real food and how to eat for better health, and am still learning. But, anyhow, I made a menu for the month, because I shop for the month. I think the hardest part was breakfasts and lunches, I have been doing really bad at eating the right stuff for those, even skipping lunch most of the time, so this is the main reason I decided I better start planning a menu, so my menu includes all 3 meals. This is how it turned out, and if anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them. I am posting the menu and later I will add the recipes for some when I get a chance.
I used a 4 week, 4 theme menu idea for dinners. Here are the themes first: (I just put down the basics, veggies and sides are added after I decide what they are!)
Monday thru Saturday (Sundays we are not home, we eat at my moms, except for breakfasts)
week 1, Eat out, beef, fish, casserole, pizza, beef
week 2, chicken, fish, crock pot, italian, stir fry, casserole
week 3, comfort, noodles, fish, pizza, beef, stew
week 4, chicken, italian, soup & Sandwich, beef, fish, casserole
Okay, so here is my menu:
Breakfasts - cold cereal, baked oatmeal, hash brown sausage casserole, cold cereal, omelet with blueberry muffin, cinnamon pancakes with eggs and sausage.
Lunches – skipits! (making menu!), BLT’s, Pea soup, PB&J sandwiches, tossed salad, carrots and celery sticks
Dinners – Out shopping, Burgers, Fish, Goulash, Pizza, Meatloaf
Breakfasts – cold cereal, baked oatmeal, cold cereal, pancakes with eggs and turkey sausage, Eggs and coffee cake, hot cereal, omelet with veggies and toast
Lunches – carrots and celery sticks, hotdogs, toasted cheese, beef barley soup, BLT’s, tossed salad
Dinners – Chicken & gravy over rice, fish, crock pot roast, spaghetti, Beef sausage with peppers and onions stir fry over rice, chicken pot pie
Breakfasts – cold cereal, omelet with veggies and toast, Blueberry pancakes with eggs and bacon, cold cereal, baked oatmeal, Eggs with ham and apple struesel muffin, hot cereal
Lunches – hot dogs, carrots and celery, tossed salad, tuna sandwiches, chicken noodle soup, toasted cheese
Dinners – Macaroni and Cheese, Swedish meatballs over egg noodles, fish, pizza, bacon cheese burgers, stew
Breakfasts – cold cereal, hot cereal, omelet with veggies and toast, pumpkin pancakes with eggs and sausage, cold cereal, baked oatmeal, french toast and eggs
Lunches – hot dogs, egg salad sandwiches, carrots and celery, tossed salad, PB&J sandwiches, tomato soup
Dinners – Baked chicken, lasagna, ?soup and sand?, burgers, fish, cheesy chicken casserole
My hotdogs are beef and nitrate free, the bacon is uncured and nitrate free, sausage is turkey sausage, beef is no antibiotics and hormone free, eggs are as well, ham is uncured and nitrate free, soups are homemade, bread. pancakes, muffins, pizza dough are homemade, cheese is real-not junk, fish is wild caught frozen-not farmed, and the peanut butter is organic.
I would welcome any ideas!!! Please let me know in the comments how you do your menu planning!!