It’s time to share my monthly meal plan.
Happy New Year!
Have you written your goals for the year?
I haven’t gotten very detailed with my goals this year like I usually do. I think it’s because instead of lots of separate goals, this year I have one goal. I’m determined to do much better about managing our budget. I’m embarrassed to admit that even though I write about meal planning and freezer cooking as my number one way to save money, I still don’t do it faithfully. Unfortunately, even one unplanned meal out can throw your budget into a tailspin! I think this is a perfect time for me to renew my commitment to sticking to the budget by having a solid meal plan and a stocked freezer.
Last year I started a new meal planning strategy that I really like and I’m working on tweaking and perfecting it. Basically, I use the same menu three months in a row. Then I start with a new one when the season changes. Each menu has no repeats (um… well… except pizza; we have that twice a month). So we only have each meal a few times a year. Before each new season I cook and freeze anything on the menu that freezes well. It’s amazing how much easier it is to make dinner even when just one part of it is already in the freezer.
So… I’ve been cooking up a storm these last few days. My freezer is getting pretty full and we’ve already eaten some yummy soup.
Wanna see my Winter Meal Plan?
OK, you talked me into it.
Here is my Winter meal plan, broken into 4 weeks. (Only six meals per week because there’s always a night of leftovers, a new recipe we’re trying, or planned eating out.)
Anything written in that funky orange color is a link to a recipe. I apologize that not all of the recipes have pictures just yet. I just wanted to get them posted for you as soon as possible. I’ve got some pictures coming soon so keep coming back!
Let’s save money together this year by sticking to a food budget. One meal plan at a time!
Week One Meal Plan
Roast Beef, Potatoes, Carrots
Sweet & Sour Mini Meatloaves, Loaded Potato Bake, Lima Beans w/ Bacon
Week Two Meal Plan
Pizza burgers, French Fries
Week Three Meal Plan
Pepper Steak, Baked Potatoes
Chicken& Peppers, Rice
Week Four Meal Plan
Kielbasa & Potatoes, Green Beans, Cooked Apples
What about dessert?
I typically make one dessert a week, just to make sure we’re not getting too much sugar. This month I know I’m making Freezer-Friendly Blueberry Crisp.
And my daughter is making these Sweetheart Triple Chocolate Chip Cookies for a friend’s birthday, so we’ll make a double batch and have some ourselves. YUM!
I might give these recipes a try too:
What’s on your menu this month?
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