Menu Planning is something I used to do on a regular basis, but during the past couple of years it has been hit and miss. Part of that is because I was going to school to get my degree and didn't have time to cook (my lovely daughter took care of that--her and Dream Dinners), and part of it is because when I was working as a professional baker, I came home exhausted (not just from the hours--during that time I became extremely anemic) from the hours, the stress, and the anemia. If I didn't get something in the crockpot as soon as I got home--NO one got dinner. I generally did my shopping just as I got off work (the bonus about working in a grocery store).
Now, though, since I am a self-employed writer, just building my business, and struggling with paying the bills (right now--I have faith this will work out!), menu planning needs to come to the forefront again as it is an excellent way to save money!
Organizing Junkie has a Menu Planning Monday challenge on her site, which I am hoping will help keep me motivated. I suspect my menus will be a mix of my freezer swap meals, quick meals, and my own OAMC meals.
And I will probably link to my scrapping site, where I have posted recipe cards of some of my recipes (oh, along with this AWESOME weekly menu for the refrigerator!--and cuz I'm such a scrapping junkie, there will probably be all kinds of versions of menu boards to download).
Anyway--onto this week's menu:
Monday: Chicken Paprika (dinner swap meal) with a green salad
Tuesday: Grilled Fish Tacos with Mango Avocado Relish with Apple-Walnut Spinach Salad
Wednesday: Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna (from Mega Menu Mailer vol 3 at SavingDinner.com)
Thursday: Summer in Tuscany Steak Salad
Friday: Salmon Burgers with Grilled Potato Salad
Saturday: Citrus Ginger Chicken with Corn Salad
Sunday: Italian Mozzarella Meatloaf (dinner swap meal) with Roasted Veggies
It's gonna be a yummy week!