Wednesday, January 09, 2013

Rotating Meal Plan

Every New Year's Resolution is about food, right? I didn't make any hard and fast actual resolutions, but I do have a few food inspirations that I would like to try...things that sound healthy, fun, or just interesting. Sprouts, mozzarella, bottling a batch of pop, kefir!

But it doesn't help to burn yourself out on an ├╝ber-healthy meal or project, and then the next day have no meal ideas, does it. I have that problem sometimes. I bet you do too.

I have tried, with varying success: making a meal list (ideas that I have the ingredients for on hand) and crossing things off it as I go, using to plan out a week at a time, freezer cooking for a month, and the old "just wing it" method. For January, February, and March I am going to try a 2-week rotating base meal plan. I can always substitute something "more interesting", but at least I have a default idea to fall back on.

When the seasons change I can either make a new 2-week rotation, or ditch this method and do something else. My goals were to aim for not too much dairy, use a moderate (for us) amount of meat, and try to use things like frozen applesauce that tend to get forgotten about in the freezer. There are a variety of recipes and variations that can be used for some of the things like soup, pizza, and stir fry. It may need some tweaking or juggling around yet, but hopefully it is a good start!

Winter Meal Plan Week A
Monday: make a snack, stir fry and rice for supper
Tuesday: make yogurt, burritos or quesadillas for supper
Wednesday: BBQ chicken or pork sandwiches + applesauce
Thursday: Goulash
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: Breakfast for supper (French Toast, Pancakes, Waffles, etc.)
Sunday: Baked Chicken (raspberry, BBQ, basil, or other flavoring) and apple crisp for Sunday dinner

Winter Meal Plan Week B
Monday: make a snack, Soup and bread/biscuits for supper
Tuesday: make yogurt, noodles with chicken or tuna for supper
Wednesday: egg casserole or breakfast burritos
Thursday: Fish + squash or sweet potato
Friday: Pizza
Saturday: lentil taverns or shepherd's pie
Sunday: lasagna


Anonymous said...

Some great ideas for me to try, too. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

You've got some great ideas I'd like to try, too. Thanks for sharing.

Janet said...

I love this and will steal your menus. I always say "I don't mind making the food...just give me some ideas". My kids would be especially happy that "PIZZA" made the cut on both menu's on FRIDAY. ☺ I used to do this when the kids were small. Happily, they eat just about anything I make now. Well, KJ is picky sometimes and when she is, she'll make mac and cheese. I sure enjoyed getting to talk to Tobias so much at Christmas. He is one smart kid and both boys are so handsome. Glad you all made it back home (and they didn't shut off anything and that they canceled the late fee).

Heather said...

I am so hungry right now! My current meal planning method is making a list of foods to eat for about 2 weeks and crossing them off as we go along. This way we only (in theory...) have to buy groceries 2x a month. We usually don't go through the list as quickly as I think, since at some point I am too lazy or work too late or discover a fridge full of leftovers.

Tonight we're trying a soft wrap bread (pinterest) with grilled chicken, avocado, red pepper, and mango.

Yesterday we had cereal :)

Heather said...

I also love how you have a new year's resolution of "sprouts."