Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Meal Planning

I made a post a few months ago about meal planning, listing several of our favorite meals. I now have several other meals to add to the list! Do you meal plan? You should! It helps save money, time, and energy. I talk a little bit about that in that other post. I love getting more meal ideas and trying them out. Here are a few more meals I recently added to my rotation list:

Cafe Rio sweet pork, rice, & beans
Turkey Lips & salad
Macaroni & Cheese with yellow squash puree
Macaroni Grill Foccacia Bread (I know this isn't a main dish, but hey....)

What are some of your favorite meals on your meal planning list? Do you have any tips to share regarding meal planning that you have found helpful?


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2 comments:

Tami said...

I LOVE the foccacia bread! It is one of my favorites and so easy. I made it once for an activity and now I think all my neighbors make it regularly. They think I'm quite a cook....little do you know the truth. That was just one of my favorites and must share. As for meal planning, I get on the kick and off. I'm off and need to get back on. Thanks for the reminder!

Karen said...

Here's a couple of my favorite meals that are really quick & easy to make:

Homemade Pizzas
http://itsworthitall.blogspot.com/2008/03/homemade-pizza.html

Crunchy Tuna Turnovers
http://itsworthitall.blogspot.com/2008/03/crunchy-tuna-turnovers.html

I love to try new recipes, but to save money I first inventory my pantry and then write my grocery list with just the ingredients I'm missing. That way I save a lot of money planning each dinner and knowing I have exactly what I need and no wasted money on extra random things.

Another tip is planning your meals around your kids' really busy schedules. For example, when my kids have soccer practices on Tues. & Thurs. I plan meals that take less prep time and are quicker to cook or I use my slow cooker and throw everything in ahead of time.

Also using a white board or taping a list to the fridge with the week's meals on it reduces the amount of repeated "what's for dinner" questions from my kids.

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