05 January 2009

Monthly Menu Plan

Rachel Anne over at Home Sanctuary posted today's "Simple Thing". And guess what it was...a monthly menu plan! Hooray! I sat down this morning and made one and then found out that Rachel Anne would give me 100 points for doing it!

So, here's my plan for the month. I don't have exact days planned, because although our life and routine are fairly normal, my moods aren't and I may decide I want to cook Chicken Pot Pie on a day I have "scheduled" to make soup. And I like to have options and plenty of flexibility. I have 20 meals listed. Yes, I know it seems like that won't get me through the month, but it will. We have 2 adults and 2 children in our house and I usually cook enough each meal for 4-6 adults. There are almost always leftovers for hubby's lunch and for eating later in the week. We try to have a date once a week and the kids get "kid fare" that night. And we usually have one night that is either leftovers or breakfast-for-supper.

Oh, one more thing...I pair sides according to my mood as well. We usually have some kind of starch and at least one vegetable, and some kind of bread. One goal for this year is to incorporate more salads, but we'll see if I can really do it or not.

I'll hopefully post recipes as I make the dish, but if you see something you want more info. on and don't want to wait, just let me know. I may post pics, too. We'll see how much time I have!

  • Shrimp Scampi
  • Spaghetti with meatballs
  • Lasagne (yes, I know it's spelled Lasagna, but I like the French way better!)
  • Ravioli
  • Tenderloin
  • Chops
  • Meatloaf
  • Shepherd's Pie
  • Steak
  • Stir-fry
  • Athenian Shrimp
  • Shrimp and Grits
  • you could put the Scampi here too, but since it's so heavy on the pasta, I stuck it there.
Happy Cooking!


  1. You've got some great-sounding menus! A few quite fancy ones...I'm impressed. I'm considering adding a category: try something new night. Maybe it will get me out of my rut!!

    I stay pretty flexible with my menus, too...no need to be uptight! But I always do so much better when I have a general idea what I'm fixing. Thanks for sharing your food blog...can't wait to see more recipes!

  2. Rachel Anne,
    They just sound fancy! Most of them are quite easy and of course, delicious!! I love to eat fancy sounding food that is easy to fix! It makes me feel like I actually know what I'm doing, sort of like those commercials for Holiday Inn Express. You just feel smarter! ;-)

  3. I amn totally stealing some of your ideas!