Last week, The Happy Housewife challenged her readers to an assignment. She’s starting a series on how to menu plan and this first assignment was for each reader to come up with a list of 15 meals that their family wanted to eat.
Now, I’ve been menu-planning for just about a year now and have really enjoyed it (even though I have often forgotten to post our menus online). I do a week-by-week, Monday through Sunday plan. Depending on our available funds when I’m planning out the week, sometimes I make a list and shop for everything I need to make the meals I chose, and sometimes (when we’re broke) I plan meals around what’s already in our pantry/freezer/fridge. So far, my “fly by the seat of my pants” menu-planning method has been working for us, but since we just recently switched from two incomes to one, and from a 3-person household to a 5-person (and by next spring, 6-person), what I hope to get from Toni’s Menu Planning 101 series is to go from a weekly menu plan to a monthly plan and learn how to make our planning more frugal by stretching our meat with more vegetables and meatless meals.
After a week of thinking and polling my household, here are my family’s 15 favorite meals:
- Chicken Noodle Soup
- Chicken Pot Pie
- Beef Stew
- Enchiladas (most of us prefer plain cheese variety)
- Pot Roast
- Grilled Italian Chicken
- Pasta with Red Sauce (doesn’t matter what shape of pasta or what meat in the sauce)
- Grilled Hamburgers
- Smothered Chicken
- Shake & Bake Pork Chops
- Baked Ziti
- Pork Roast
- Monterey Chicken with Bacon and Cheese topping