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What kind of meals do you cook?

Lately I have been feeling bogged down each week when I think about the grocery shopping. I never know what to buy, and I have a hard time planning meals for the week. I am thinking about creating a standard meal rotation list. 20-30 meals that I will cook each month. I want to break them down by weeks, so that for each week of the month, I cook a variety of healthy meals for my family. This, I hope, will make that weekly trip to the grocery store a lot less stressful for me, and hopefully save me some money in the process. I'm not concerned about side dishes, more main course meals. I would like a wide variety including chicken, beef, pork, seafood and vegetarian dishes, so any and all suggestions are welcomed! So what's your family's favorite meal?

Thanks for all the help ladies!

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my2.5boys

Asked by my2.5boys at 10:53 AM on Jul. 19, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • I don't knoe that I will be much help cause I cook according to how hot or cold it is outside, if it's hot it's what ever requires the least amopunt of use from the stove, so..say salads with some grilled chicken or steak, with french bread on the side. Tacos or burrritos, super quick and kids love these.

    Colder weather would be some of the obvious like soups and stews, or chicken and kieabasa (sp?) throw some potatoes and mushrooms, into a oven safe dish , out the chicken and kieabasa on top, throw a little chicken stock in and cook till chicken is tender, its easy and very yummy. Roast are great that time of year, inexpensive cuts can be thrown into a slow cooker and when you get home you have a nice tender meat.

    Just a few ideas...
    luckysevenwow

    Answer by luckysevenwow at 11:05 AM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I actually do have a list of meals that I make. Everytime I get ready to make a grocery list I refer back to my list of meals && swap it up each week so that I'm not making the same things every week. Also, other factors play in too, like lucky said. In the summer, I tend to make more salads && sub sandwiches, && in the winter I make vegetable beef stew && hotter meals a lot more. Doing it this way not only makes grocery shopping less stressful, but will also save you money like you were saying.

    Some of the meals I make are:
    pot roast
    fried pork chops
    tacos
    enchiladas
    sloppy joes
    hamburgers
    chicken spaghetti
    spaghetti
    chicken casserole
    salad
    soup
    grilled chicken breasts
    chili dogs
    lasagna
    chicken && dumplings

    That's all I can think of right now. A lot of the meals are quick && easy b/c I usually have a full-time job, but some are more complex.
    HisMommySince07

    Answer by HisMommySince07 at 12:07 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I typically make a main dish, a side dish, and a veggie.
    ColleenF30

    Answer by ColleenF30 at 12:28 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Sounds like a good plan. If you come up with a good menu, and shopping list to coordinate, post it! I'd love to have it spelled out exactly what to buy, and what to make, and have it be healthy too!
    Krysta622

    Answer by Krysta622 at 1:27 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Great plan! Some dishes I like to make. BBQ pork, grilled BBQ chicken and veggies, vegetable lasagna, veggie spaghetti, fried rice, stir fry, roasted veggies and chicken. Salmon is fantastic roasted in aluminum foil with italian dressing and some potatoes and veggies (side dish and meat all in one packet). Some nights I just use a ring of shrimp cocktail and veggies. It works well in the summer. Pot roast is good and the leftovers can be used for BBQ beef sandwiches. Beleive it or not, I love cooking a turkey and then using that for a few meals. Turkey sandwiches, turkey pot pies, turkey dinner, the possibilities are endless. Then i can have a few meals sitting in the freezer for those busy days. Oven baked chicken is great and when you bake something in the oven, toss some veggies in there and let them roast together. I often oven bake chicken breasts, cut up veggies, add chicken broth. DELISH!
    Joshiesxmama

    Answer by Joshiesxmama at 1:35 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I stocked up on groceries a week ago for the whole month - less than $250. Here's my menu list, and I have all the ingredients on hand right now: Baked spaghetti/tossed salad; scalloped potatoes & ham/green beans; chicken tetrazzini/garlic bread;beef Ramen casserole/ tossed salad; Shepherd's pie/ whole wheat rolls; rotisserie chicken/mac salad/copper penny salad; taco soup/cornbread; chicken ala king/biscuits/glazed carrots;beef roast/gravy/rice/waldorf salad; chicken broccoli dijon;chicken alfredo/linguini/glazed carrots;chicken stuffing casserole/salad;German potato salad/carrot salad;chicken & rice casserole/steamed veggies;spaghetti/garlic bread/salad;baked ham with waldorf sauce/sweet potato casserole/ peas;round steak & gravy/rice/steamed veggies;roast chicken/baked beans/green beans; pork roast/BLT mac salad/green beans; wet burritos/sweet potatoes;potato soup w/diced ham/tossed salad;swiss steak/rice/green beans....
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 1:47 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • cont....
    salisbury steak/gravy/mashed potatoes/green beans or carrots; oven fried chicken/gravy/mashed potatoes/ corn; sloppy joes/buns/veggie salad; pulled pork BBQ/buns/potato salad/carrot salad; hamburger goulash/tossed salad/rolls; grilled chicken/pasta salad/waldorf salad.
    For lunches (lighter meals) we enjoy tuna patties, homemade chicken strips, hot dogs & noodles skillet meals, chicken mixed in with chicken rice a roni, sandwiches with various fillings, egg sandwiches, chef salads.
    Breakfasts are cold cereal, pancakes, oatmeal, all topped with fruit; omelets; sausage gravy & biscuits
    Snacks/goodies are jello, homemade pudding, popcorn, fresh fruit, veggies & dip, toast & peanut butter, apples & peanut butter, homemade cakes, cookies or muffins, quick breads.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 1:53 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • Michiganmom - how many are you feeding? We spend close to $200 a week on groceries feeding a family of 4. Granted my dh eats a lot but still, how do you do it? We use coupons and it barely makes a dent.
    sadira29

    Answer by sadira29 at 2:23 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • i have about 20 standard meals that are family favorites that we make alot. i also try to do 5 new recipes every month. sometimes by trying a new one we find a new family fave. i also cook alot by the weather...but if it's hot and is till want a good meal i'll make something in the crock pot, like chicken salsa burritos or ribs...

    sadira-i have a family of 3 and spend $300 for the whole month. coupons, sales(i check all the flyers but still only grocery shop at walmart cause they price match) generics on most verything9excpet speggeti o's-dh swears he can tell the difference) i also don't buy much junk food, it's more expensive. we have a Brita pitcher so we don't buy bottled water, don't drink soda, powered juice mix instead of frozen...never shop hungry, leave the kids and the dh at home...
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 2:48 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

  • I have a ton of healthy, tasty, family and budget friendly recipes. I can list some; contact me for recipes.
    Noodles & veggies with peanut sauce
    Veggie pot pie
    Lentil tacos
    Squashed macaroni
    Sweet potato & black bean burritos
    Sloppy jojos (made with lentils)
    Italian stew
    Mediterranean Vegetable Stew with Poached Eggs
    Veggie stew with dumplings (crockpot)
    Southwest falafel (bean patties with avocado sauce)
    Tofu "fish sticks" with sweet potato or acorn squash baked "fries"
    General Tsao’s Tofu
    Tamale Bean Pie
    Oatmeal and whole wheat blueberry pancakes
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 4:16 PM on Jul. 19, 2009

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