Thursday, February 23, 2017

My March Meal Plan


I'm shaking it up folks!  This year the monthly meal plans haven't been working too well for us.  For one reason or another we haven't ended up making the things I had planned out.  Our schedules have been crazy busy with a lot of things going on.

Another thing that has happened is me.  My tastes are changing as I am focusing more on healthy eating to improve health and well being.  One of the biggest changes I've made has been to incorporate more plant based meals and fewer meat dishes.  Sometimes I end up creating two meals to fill up the kids and take care of me.


The girls and I talked about it and we've decided, in order not to work poor Mom to death we would divide and conquer.  From now on, I'll be doing my grocery shopping bright and early on Saturday mornings.  It is just too hectic to stop after work and shop.  And honestly, after a long day of work, I'm tired and just want to go home.

We have loads of food in the house so there are plenty of good options stockpiled away.  I'm going to focus most of my shopping on produce and a few supplemental and sales items.

With this template the menu plan is on the left
and the shopping list for the following week is on the right

Based on what I buy on Saturday I will map out the meals for the week ahead meaning I'll be using my Weekly Menu Planner now.  This is a huge change for me.  I'll probably do two or three weeks at a time, but then go back and tweak them once I've done my actual shopping.

Lastly, if the girls decide they don't like what I'm fixing for meals then they will take over the responsibility of creating something else.  They are excited about it and I'm excited for them.  I'm sure this will give them loads of good meal planning and cooking experience.

Nachos w/ homemade guacamole

Of course, I'll be sharing all of our culinary creations with you.  Not sure yet what the format will be exactly, but I'll come up with something.  I'll also be posting recipes too, so be sure to look for those.

I'm pretty excited about this.  I definitely am looking forward to giving it a try.



10 comments:

  1. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your blog. I have been starting from your first entry and reading through. You have great posts that are very helpful and excellent suggestions and recipes. I have gleaned so much from everything you have entered. Thankyou so much for sharing all of this. Beth in Masontown Pennsylvania

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    1. Thank you very much Beth. That is some seriously high praise. I am so happy you found us.

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  2. I don't do a meal plan, but definitely know what is coming next. I only really buy loss leaders and cook from the pantry. I love your blog.

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    1. Thank you so much. I'm going to be doing a lot of pantry cooking too. If not me, my girls will be anyway. :)

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  3. A plant-based diet is awesome! And I think it's fabulous that you're giving your girls the responsibility to make their own dinner if they don't like what you make. Great parenting!

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    1. Oh thank you. I think it will be great for all of us. I love my veggies. :)

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  4. It's good to know what is working and what isn't and having the flexibility to switch things around to suit you. I'm sure your daughters will benefit from having to make their own meals if they don't like what you prepare. It will be interesting to see what they come up with. :)

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    1. I think so too. I'm eager to see what they end up doing. :0)

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  5. I have just reached a point where the kids need higher calorie meals, & I need significantly lower calorie meals. ;-) We've been mixing & matching - I add a pasta or carb side to accompany the main course. It's always a work in progress!

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    1. It really is a work in progress. I just keep working at it and fine tune things.

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