Wellness Wednesday: How I Menu Plan

Wellness Wednesday: How I Menu Plan

As promised, here is my menu planning process!

Now that I have my awesome Menu Planning Station set up, (https://tinygraces.wordpress.com/2015/04/11/frugal-friday-menu-planning-station/)  it’s SUPER easy to do my menu planning!

I grab my file organizer and a surface to write on.  I also grab my recipe source, which happened to be in my file organizer this week.

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This week all of my recipes were already decided on in my monthly planner, so I quickly jotted them down on my weekly menu planner notepad.  If they hadn’t have been there already, I would have grabbed a binder, cookbook or recipe box and searched through for 6-7 varying recipes.  I try not to do too many of one type of recipe in a week- ie, I try not to do tacos and fajitas in the same week.  This week, however, it seems I was craving Hispanic themed foods- Creamy Chicken Taco Soup, Black Bean Quinoa Enchilada Bake AND Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers.  I blame the baby.  😉

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I then grabbed my recipes out of my “Week 2 Menu” file folder and went to town writing down the ingredients I would need for this week’s recipes.  I make sure to keep in mind the ingredients that I have in stock in my pantry- like flour, sugar, spices, etc.  I also keep in mind if I bought an ingredient and didn’t use it in a previous menu, like if we ended up going out to dinner and not making one of the recipes that week.  I also sometimes buy in bulk if there is a sale.

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I then make sure to double check my fridge, freezer, and pantry to make sure I don’t have any of the ingredients on my list.  I put my recipes, menu/grocery list and any coupons I may have for that week into the file folder, ready to grab from on Friday before I make my big shopping trip.

I like having all my recipes in the same spot, too, so that I don’t have to search through all my recipe binders and my recipe box to find the recipe that is on the menu for that day.  After I use the recipe, I return it to the correct spot for the next time I’m menu planning.

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I’m hoping to get more into couponing, so that I can save more on our weekly budget.  I currently do a majority of our shopping at Aldi, so our grocery bill is already pretty low, but every dollar counts when you’re a single income household!

Until next time, friends!

xoxo Megan

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