Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Menu Plan Monday

Ok so I have a confession to make - menu planning is not my forte.

It is not that I don't like cooking, because I do - I like cooking and LOVE baking. And it is not for lack of food in our house as my stockpile is overflowing out of our pantry. But I struggle with getting a menu actually written out each week. And I struggle with planning a variety of new and favorite, well-balanced meals for my husband and I.

So I was super excited when my friend and co-worker introduced me to E-Mealz !!!
E-mealz is online menu planning site. They provide you with 7 meals planned out with sides and an organized grocery list. The menus are written and created by REAL moms with REAL families and are balanced and family friendly. They consist of favorite recipes collected from hundreds of moms and come with an organized, aisle by aisle grocery list. The plans are based on the current week sales at the grocery store that you choose. The subscribption to the plan costs $1.25 a week billed as $15.00 for 3 months.

Ok so this is my first week trying E-Mealz!. It seems that each week contains a crockpot meal, a breakfast for dinner meal, an easier, lighterfare meal such as sandwiches, and 3-4 other meals. I printed the list last week and did my shopping on Friday night. Because I have so much of a stockpile and was only going to do 5 out of the 7 meals, I only needed to pick up about 5 ingredients. I don't think my cost will be anywhere near the $75 per week and plan on staying within my weekly $40.00 grocery budget.

So, here is what we are eating this week:

Monday: BBQ Quesadillas
Tuesday: Swiss Chicken
Wednesday: leftovers
Thursday: Creamy Garlic Chicken over Fettuccini
Friday: French Toast, Bacon
Saturday: Salisbury Steak

I am so excited know exactly what we are eating and have lots of new meals on the menu this week! I plan on keeping each menu in a binder and marking favorite meals that I can go back to use later.

So if you struggle with making a menu each week or finding new, family-friendly meals for your family, check out E-Mealz today! If you are a couponer/stockpiler like me, I think that you will find that you have a lot of the ingredients on hand and don't have to buy much to supplement the ingredients needed for your menu that week.

So what are you having for dinner this week?

Do you have always menu plan each week or do you play the "what's for dinner" game on your way home? I would love to hear what works for you or what you struggle with in menu planning.

1 comment:

  1. Could you post the Creamy Garlic Chicken recipe? I'd appreciate it!

    ~Joan Parker


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