It’s time for another month of menu planning!
Rather than planning my family dinners night by night, or week by week, I’ve taken the habit of planning out one menu for an entire month. This makes my grocery shopping much easier since I’ve already decided what dinners I’ll be making, I only have to pick up the ingredients missing for that week and the very regular cast of breakfast and lunch foods.
And the looming nightly dinners are now much less intimidating. No longer having to stand in front of the refrigerator scratching my head, trying desperately to figure out something nutritious and delicious to make for dinner? Love that. And by doing this monthly rather than weekly, it leaves more time for life in the days in between. It isn’t rocket science, and thanks goes to Simple Mom who inspired me with this idea.
So here’s my menu for the month of March:
Saturday: Game Night! DH made Home Made Pizza and I made a warm chocolate pudding cake
Sunday: March 1 Homemade Calzones
Monday: Chicken Pot Pie
Tuesday: Spaghetti & Meatballs w/ Caesar salad & texas toast
Wednesday: Kiddie Style Mac’n’Cheese w/ Hot Dogs and Caesar Salds
Thursday: Trader Joe’s BBQ Teriyaki Chicken w/ basmati rice & mixed veggies
Friday: Swedish Meatballs with Egg Noodles & Caesar salad
Saturday: Orecchiette Pasta with Caesar salad
Sunday: Easy Shepherd’s Pie
Monday: Beef Toquitos w/ blue corn chips and salsa
Tuesday: Chicken Parmesan w/ Caesar salads & texas toast
Wednesday: Steak Burgers w/ Potato Wedges (using Urban Accents)
Thursday: Slow Cooker Chili w/ corn bread
Friday: Zesty Montego Chicken (using Urban Accents)
Saturday: Mexican Pizza Enchilada Style
Sunday: Homemade Pizzas
Monday: Tex Mex Cheddar Mac
Tuesday: Cajun Mustard Chicken (using Urban Accents)
Wednesday: Chicken Strips, Sweet Potato Fries & Sweet Corn
Thursday: Chicken Noodle Casserole
Friday: Spaghetti w/ zesty bolognese w/ Caesar salad & texas toast
Saturday: Homemade Calzones
Sunday: Chili-Topped Baked Potatoes
Monday: Easy Slow Cooker Beef Stew
Tuesday: Fettuccine Alfredo w/ grilled chicken & spinach and texas toast
Wednesday: Make Your Own Burritos
Thursday: Trader Joes Orange Chicken w/ basmati rice & mixed veggies
Friday: Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli
That’s it for March! Remember, the most important part of this process is flexibility – make a plan, but don’t get eaten up about it if you decide to switch things up – maybe your dinners for Wednesday and Thursday need to be switched for a week or you make plans at the last minute – that’s fine – this isn’t homework, so it shouldn’t feel like it – the whole goal is to make YOUR life easier! So have fun with it!
If you’re making a menu plan for the month of March be sure to leave a comment with a link to your post in the comments section below.