Every week, I plan a menu for the following week. I’m not always inspired with what to cook for dinner, so this way, I take the time and plan once and don’t have to wonder about it all week. Planning a menu has saves us SO much money, because I don’t wander aimlessly through the grocery aisles, grabbing whatever looks good or happens to be on sale.
Before I started planning weekly menus, a lot of the groceries that I bought would spoil before I got around to using them. I also had to make numerous trips to the grocery store throughout the week, since I didn’t have one ingredient or another for a recipe. Of course when you go into the store ” just for milk”, somehow you mysteriously come out with several other items that you weren’t planning on. Less trips to the store= less money spent. I wrote a little more in depth about menu planning and Saving Money on Groceries in another post.
Since I am such a advocate of menu planning, I thought it would be fun to share my menu for the week with you. I would love to hear what you have planned to feed your families too:). Let’s share ideas with each other. Many times when I talk to my Mom or sisters and they tell me what they cooked that day, I start craving that dish and end up making it too in the next few days. It’s definitely easier to plan when you don’t do it alone. As a Russian proverb says, “two heads are better than one”.
Monday: Russian Mushroom Barley Soup, Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
Wednesday: Potato Chicken Casserole With Pickles
Thursday: Chicken Noodle Soup, Whole Roasted Fish with vegetables, Mashed Potatoes
Sunday: Rustic Chicken With Carrots and Onions, Rice
I don’t stick exactly to the plan, sometimes I switch dinners around from day to day. Other times, I decide to go with something else altogether. I don’t really have a set plan for breakfast, dessert or snacks. I usually have a few ideas that I shop for and make whenever I have a bit of time. If not, then we just eat ice cream or toast.
What are you going to be cooking up this week? How do you plan your menus?