So, how are you feeling after that whole monthly menu planning post last week? You hanging in there? I hope so! It’s takes some time and extra thought the first time around, but practice makes perfect, so practice away! Whether you are using weekly or monthly menu planning, you are perfectly set up to participate in Freezer February. What is Freezer February, you ask? Well, it’s the month when you base all of your meals off of things you already have on hand (in the freezer, hence the name, or the pantry…) so you can use up your old food and make room for new, in-date food. Basically, you are using menu planning to take care of the chore of cleaning out the freezer, fridge, and pantry, which you should be doing at least once a year so you don’t unknowingly poison anyone with food that’s wayyyy past its prime.
Archives for August 2014
I love summer, don’t get me wrong, but when will my routine return?! Those last few weeks of summer are always such a killer! First, the vacations. They. Are. Awesome. Unfortunately, they are also super disruptive for those of us who like routines. I love routines. I love routines for my routines. Is that too much? Probably. Oh well! Then, there is all of the beautiful weather. What’s up with that? How is anyone supposed to focus when it’s sunny outside, the birds are chirping, and it’s so warm so warm you just want to go jump in a lake…or pool…or ocean…or whatever body of water suits your fancy. When will all of the fun end so I can buckle down to work and get things done again?!Continue Reading
A few weeks ago I posted Roasted Summer Squash, Zucchini, & Tomatoes. In that post, I mentioned making sure to save your leftovers to create a delicious lunch the next day. I now give you…a delicious lunch for the next day! The nice part about these veggies is that they can be used in a variety of ways and turning the leftovers into something different is generally easy and quick. This particular lunch is just a simple, vegetarian pita, but will rock your world with its ooey-gooey-cheesiness! Continue Reading
MONTHLY MEAL PLANNING – GET READY!!!
For this post, you will need to incorporate all of the skills/techniques we’ve talked about so far, so here’s a little run down of all of my Menu Plan Monday posts:
Week 1: Questions to ask as you meal plan – Answering these questions will guide you through writing a weekly menu start to finish.
Week 2: Why I meal plan – Visit this post to read more about saving yourself stress, money, time, & calories through meal planning.
Week 3: How to write an efficient grocery list – Get in and out of the store faster than ever before!
Week 4: How to plan for breakfast, lunch, & leftovers – You’ve got your dinners set, but what should you do about breakfast and lunch and how do you handle all of those pesky leftover ingredients and meals?
Week 5: Building variation into your menus – Save yourself from monotony by challenging yourself to try something new!
Week 6: Seasonal eating – Let the seasons help you find new meals + where to look to find out what’s seasonal in your area now!
Week 7: Sharing the menu vs. Keeping it to yourself – The pros and cons to your family knowing “what’s for dinner?”
Let’s start by thinking about what we discussed in Menu Plan Monday #2. A large part to the whole principle of menu planning is saving money. If I can save money by going to the store only once a week because I make fewer impulse buys than when I have to visit the store multiple times per week, we can extrapolate that if I go to the store only once a month, I will save even more money because I’ll make even fewer impulse buys. This would also mean less time menu planning over the course of the month by doing it all upfront, fewer instances experiencing the stress of figuring out what’s for dinner, and fewer wasted calories because let’s face it…impulse buys are almost always junk food! 😉 With this information in mind, you now understand why I meal plan once a month whenever possible. You may have some months where that isn’t possible, in which case just plan weekly until you can start back up with monthly again.Continue Reading
You know those mornings when you wake up and want dessert for breakfast? Like Mondays…or the first day of school. Anything to make that day start on the right foot. Well, this is one of those unique recipes where you actually could eat dessert for breakfast – it’d even be good for you! These Caribbean Popsicles are nice and light, so if you are going to eat them for breakfast, I’d recommend to partner them up with something else (perhaps with some protein?). You could eat these as the dessert to your breakfast…an unheard of event! That would definitely start a tough day off on a happy note!Continue Reading