This is the first time for me to post a weekly meal plan. I have been thinking about trying out meal planning for awhile because it seems to be a technique frugal bloggers/authors often employ. Some frugal folks go gung-ho and monthly meal plan. I figured I would start small and see where it takes me. I thought about the following pros/cons of weekly meal planning…
Pros of Weekly Meal Planning:
- You can match up weekly grocery store sales with the meal plan for the week
- It is easier to match up meals with your weekly schedule
- It is easy to match up with a weekly budget
- I grocery shop weekly so it is easier to grab a few extra ingredients for a new recipe I am wanting to try
- It is easier to predict what you might “feel like” eating, based on cravings lately, weather etc.
Con’s of Weekly Meal Planning
- It is less efficient – you have to do it every week rather than knocking it out all at once for a month
- You have to grocery shop every week – again less efficient
- Doesn’t encourage “stocking up” on cheap ingredients as much as monthly meal planning
I’m going to try to have on hand a few “easy out” meals that are quick to prepare and well liked. That way if I don’t feel like eating something on my weekly plan I can push that recipe to the next week and make the easy out meal rather than eating out.
So here it is my first try at weekly meal planning:
Items on sale this week: Grapes, sweet corn, chicken thighs
From the Garden: Tomatoes, swiss chard
|Sunday||Brunch with family||bbq chicken on the grill, potato salad*, watermelon|
|Monday||sloppy joes, watermelon, sweet corn||pasta with turkey meat sauce, romaine salad|
|Tuesday||chicken, rice, steamed veggies, grapes||chicken stir fry, brown rice, edamame|
|Wednesday||ramen, steamed veggies, grapes||dal nirvana*, rice|
|Thursday||chicken, rice, steamed veggies, grapes||Breakfast for dinner: Dutch Baby, fruit, scrambled eggs|
|Friday||left overs||dinner with friends|
|Saturday||left overs||free day|
*New recipe! If it is a keeper you might see it on the blog!
Easy out options: Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill, microwaved sweet potatoes.
Breakfasts: Coffee, almond milk, hard boiled eggs, toast.