Monday, April 19, 2010

Meal Planning I've never been very organized when it comes to planning meals.  I've tried off and on, but I never stick to it.  I’m usually the kinda person who remembers a great recipe or hears about a new one during the day and then rushes out to the grocery store after work to pick up the ingredients…along with about 50 other things we don’t need {especially if I’m shopping at Target!!!!}  Now that we're I'm trying to cut back on the number of grocery trips I make each week…and the amount of money I spend each trip…I knew that I would HAVE to plan for the week.  And now that Mr. Spouse isn't working so late as much, I'm cooking A LOT more than I have been in recent months.'s what I decided:

I'll plan the week's meals on Sunday afternoon & then head to the grocery store and pick up everything AT ONCE.  Yikes.  Although I LOVE shopping at Kroger’s, it's KILLING the bank, so I do all my BIG shopping at Wal-Mart {as much as I hate the tightly packed aisles, you seriously CAN'T BEAT the prices…I love me some Wal-Mart!!}  I'll cook on Sunday night and make a little something we can eat throughout the week {like a soup or something equally delicious as leftovers}.  Then I'll cook every night that Mr. Spouse is home.  On the nights he has a game, I'll dine on leftovers or cereal...I LOVE cereal!!!!!  Now, this was my first week to meal plan, so we'll see if I can keep it up!!!! 


With the exception of Sunday & Wednesday, all of these recipes are new!  SO, I can't vouch for tastiness or ease of cooking.  BUT, if you wanna take a peek at Wednesday's Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken, head over to Meredith's of our faves!!!!  I'll be back next week with pics of these delicious delicacies!!! 

Sunday:  Tomato Basil Soup & Italian Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Monday:  Chicken & Broccoli Casserole & Corn Muffins

Tuesday:  Baked Ziti with Fire Roasted Tomatoes & French Bread

Wednesday:  Cream Cheese Crock Pot Chicken & Green Beans

Thursday:  Sausage 'n' Tater Casserole & a Steamable Veggie Medley


So tell you have any good ideas for meal planning?!?!? 

Don't forget to check out the new recipe below!! YUM!!!!


  1. I hope your meal planning goes well. I hope you chicken and broccoli casserole turns out better than the one I made tonight, it was new but not a keeper. I am anxious to hear how all your recipes turn out. I agree with you on the Kroger vs Walmart.

  2. Love your menu "medium".... very stylish, very nice "chalk writing" too = )

  3. Hey! I try to plan my weekly menu too. It really helps me shop more wisely rather than walk down the aisles and go "what's for dinner this week." Thanks to Libby I have really started couponing too. Helps on the budget and to stockpile stuff we use regularly. I am going to try to start doubling some of my meals and put one in the freezer. Especially since I just got a new garage freezer!! Yeah!!

  4. Alright.....It's time I start commenting!! I have been following your blog for a couple months now but never commented. I'm so lazy. I found it through a friends blog that linked to one of your recipes. I have been making a ton of your recipes, and I haven't tried anything I don't like. We like to cook the same. And we have alot in common. I love a good deal, I love to decorate, I love do it your self projects and crafts, I love photography and I teach Kindergarten!! I have been Meal Planning for a year now, so if you need some ideas hop over to my blog You'll notice lately I have had atleast one of your recipes linked to on my blog!! And I noticed in one of you are friends with Dena Donnell. I subbed in her classroom before she had her baby and I got a job in Wylie. Small world. Anyways....I'll start commented more often, because I know how much they brighten my day!!

  5. Mmmmmm they all sound delicious. I'm the same way, tried it once but I never kept up with it.

  6. Love your website! I've tired a few of your recipes and have loved them! The meatloaf was a winner with my husband! I love planning my meals beause you can save so much money that way. Head over to my website: for new recipes, meal planning information and ways to save money!

  7. Hi! Let me first say that I LOVE your blog! I have it bookmarked so that I can get to it easily. We have started meal planning just recently and we found a website that makes it super easy. they have many types of food options. we do the walmart 2 person points system plan. (trying to lose some weight after having my baby) They give you the meals for the week and then the shopping list. ours normally costs around $40 a week. We do not always make every meal we pick the ones that sound good and fill the rest of the days with our favorite meals or the ones that I find off your blog, but for us it has helped a bunch and saved us some money too! Let me know if you try it and like it.

  8. I love, love this idea!!! You have a wonderful blog site.