P31 Wannabe

Menu planner August 18, 2012

Filed under: Deals!,Life,Monthly Meal Planning — Lacey @ 10:13 pm

A few weeks ago I found this lovely notepad in the dollar section at target:


It was just the thing I needed to get motivated to start planning out my meals again. I’ve been slacking for a while now. I got so excited I’ve planned out 4 weeks. I really like that it has a handy shopping list organized by food type. It makes planning so much easier.

I glued a magnet in the back and now it has a nice place on my fridge. I only plan out dinners. Lunches are usually sandwiches, salads or leftovers. Also, I don’t plan dinners for Sunday nights because we’re usually gone with church events. And we have study or dgroup on tues and wed nights and meals are provided or we eat out afterwards.

Here’s my meal plans for the next 4 weeks:

Week one:
1. Coconut almond chicken w asparagus and roasted carrots
2. Chicken bacon pasta w salad
3. Enchilada stuffed zucchini and best broccoli
4. Cheeseburger wraps w roasted veggies

Week two:
1. Taquitos w mexican dip
2. Beef and zucchini skillet with salad
3. Sweet and spicy chicken w rice
4. Chicken Parmesan w spaghetti and salad

Week three:
1. Texas skillet
2. Lasagna w salad
3. Chicken baked burritos w refried bean dip

Week four:
1. Lemon tilapia w best broccoli
2. Tacos w Mexican dip
3. Chicken and asparagus penne


Back to a Monthly Meal Plan May 16, 2011

Filed under: Monthly Meal Planning,Recipes — Lacey @ 5:34 pm

It has been so long (like before we moved in January) since I have actually written out and followed an actual meal plan. I’m thinking it’s finally time to get back to cooking and actually planning meals more than an hr ahead of time.

I only plan three meals a week because at least 3-4 nights a week we have meetings or church events that keep us busy at dinner time. I’ll link these meals to the recipes as I cook them each week or to the past recipes I’ve already posted once I sit down to my actual computer.

Here’s my plan for the next 4 weeks:

1. Sticky chicken w rice (slow cooker)
2. Chuck wagon pot roast (slow cooker)
3. Potato pancakes & omlets

1. Sweet & sour meatballs
2. Almond chicken
3. Blackened fish

1. Grilled chicken legs w Grilled Asparagus & Grilled Peaches
2. Chicken tortilla bake
3. Lasagna

1. Mexican lasagna (slow cooker)
2. Calzones
3. Orange glazed chicken


Meals for a Month #3 October 7, 2010

Filed under: Monthly Meal Planning,Recipes — Lacey @ 1:18 pm

Here is my quick list for meals this month.  Some of the recipes have already been posted since I made some of them a couple months ago.  The rest I’ll try to post as I make them.


Week One

1. Sweet & Spicy Chicken

2. White Chicken Chili

3. Chicken Burritos

Week Two

1. Cajun Chicken Pasta

2. Sour Cream Enchiladas

3. Lasagna

Week Three

1. General Tso’s Chicken

2. Chicken Crunch

3. Chicken Alfredo

Week Four

1. Mac N Cheese (and probably Ham)

2. Buttermilk Fried Chicken

3. Chicken, Bacon & Tomato Pasta


Meals for a Month–Month 2 August 16, 2010

Filed under: Monthly Meal Planning,Recipes — Lacey @ 6:14 pm

Here’s my meal plan for this month. Since Seth is still on his diet, most of these meals are either low carb or can be easily made this way. And there is a salad dinner at least once a month.

Week One
~Butternut Squash Mac N Cheese
~Moroccan Beef
~Raspberry Vinaigrette Salad

Week Two
~Taco Salad
~Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
~Orange Glazed Chicken

Week Three
~Southwestern Chicken
~Chicken in Gravy
~Chicken Caesar Salad

Week Four
~Blackened Tilapia
~BBQ Chicken Salad
~Chicken Salad Stuffed Tomatoes


Meals for a Month June 14, 2010

Filed under: Life,Monthly Meal Planning,Recipes — Lacey @ 10:45 am

After talking to a friend last week about budgeting and daily scheduling, she inspired me to start planning our meals on a monthly basis. Since I’ve been off work, I’ve been trying to cook more and plan my meals on a weekly basis anyways, so this wasn’t that hard. I went through my recipe book and chose 3 meals for each week. I figured that for the other meals, we’ll either have leftovers, not be home (with all the evening church activites) or not have time to actually cook. And the last few weeks I’ve only planned 3 meals and at times I haven’t even been able to cook those because of the above reasons. I’ve decided to share my meal choices with you, maybe to inspire you…or so you borrow my ideas. I’ll be posting the recipes as I go for most of the meals. I’ll be shopping week to week for the ingredients and whatever else I normally need.

And a note about my recipe book, I a few years ago I made my own by taking a 3 ring binder, and put in dividers for Breakfast, Sides, Main Course and Dessert. Then when I find a recipe I like or want to try, I just tear it out of the magazine, print it from online or make a copy if its in a cookbook. Its worked out to be so easy to find recipes and to decide on meals.

I am also working on a price comparison chart between the 4 stores that I most often shop at. I’ve already completed Walmart, ALDI, and Sam’s, just have to finish my Publix part. I think you’ll find it pretty interesting. Honestly, I had no idea how much of a price difference there was between the stores! And you’re going to wish you had an ALDI near you, if you don’t have one already.

Oh…and to continue from my last post. A spider has stuck again! Bleh. After putting Haddie to bed last night, we were walking into the family room and there was a HUGE spider up in the corner near the ceiling. I yelped, and made Seth kill it. He even thought it was huge, like almost record breaking size, because he wanted to take a picture of it. Barf. Anyways. He killed it. Now I think its getting to be bug bombing time. Seriously. When I went into my bedroom after that episode, I started talking to any spiders that might be hiding. Yes, I seriously said…”Ok, any of you hiding in here, you better stay hidden or you will meet your demise. Oh, and why don’t you just go outside anyways?” Seth thought it was pretty funny. And I made him shake out our comforter to make sure we were spider free. Ok. Now that you think I’m crazy…onto the meal plans.

Week One
General Tsos Chicken, Rice & Egg Rolls
Beef Stroganoff, Corn, Salad
-Tacos, Rice & Mexican Chili Dip

Week Two
Pumpkin Chicken Penne, Salad
Moroccan Beef, Rice
Chicken Stromboli, Summer Squash Casserole

Week Three
Chicken Rollatini, Salad
Chicken Enchilada Casserole, Salad
Southwest Soup, Rice & Cornbread

Week Four
Pork Tenderloin w/ Roasted Veggies, Salad
Cheesy Chicken and Rice Casserole, Salad
-Blackened Fish (Seth will be cooking this one…but he doesn’t know it yet!)