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i want to do meal planning but don't know where to start

i am sick of making the same things and shopping has become difficult because i don't know what to buy, exsept for the same old stuff i am sick of. any suggestions would be nice. feel free to sugest meals also.

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happy-go-lucky

Asked by happy-go-lucky at 6:51 PM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Food & Drink

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  • There is a group on here called Healthy Food Healthy Budget. it can help you.
    outstandingLove

    Answer by outstandingLove at 6:54 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I have been exactly where you are. One of my resolutions this year was planning meals weekly. I inventory the freezer before shopping and plan around what I have and need. Let's say I have ground beef. I do my best browsing on the food network site, http://www.foodnetwork.com/ . I may look at hamburger recipes until I find something new to try. You get the idea. Then I make my weekly grocery list and cook accordingly. I select 6 meals a week and give an extra day to order out or eat leftovers. I also pull my freezer items 2 days in advance, so that also helps keep me on track if I have my ideas written down. I use a spiral notebook and that also becomes where I jot down what I have and my ideas for the week. I try to be flexible so if Thursday comes along and I don't want what I have selected, I can swap with another day. So far my resolution is working and I don't dread dinner time as much as I used to!

    love2snorkel70

    Answer by love2snorkel70 at 7:03 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Completely agree with love above^!!! I get sick of chicken, but it seems liek what we eat the most because its easy and cheap!!! But food network and allrecipies.com have been lifesavors. Ive tried new recipies atleast 4 or 5 times within the last two weeks!! Its been fabulous!! Everyone of them has been a hit!!! Try making different things with soups, different caseroles..just twisting up what you already make!!!
    sweetstkissez22

    Answer by sweetstkissez22 at 7:16 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Before I changed our diet, I planned my meal plan this way:

    Mondays- family pizza night (used to be fri. but my boys are 18 & 20 & out on fri.)
    Tuesdays- chicken
    Wednesdays- meatless (unless it's leftover buffet)
    Thursdays-seafood
    Friday- cook's night off
    Saturday-pork
    Sunday-beef

    Then I have a weekly meal planner that's divided up for 7 days of meals & snacks. Mon always homemade pizza, Tues., might be Chicken Enchiladas, corn and spanish rice, or Oven Fried chicken, hashbrown casserole and green beans with biscuits. Weds. could be Grilled veggie sandwiches with yam fries & salad or even pancakes and eggs, Thurs, maybe salmon patties, sour cream zucchini & pasta salad or grilled tuna sandwiches & fresh fruit salad. Fri could be a meal that I doubled and froze, or maybe out to eat, Sat- BBQ pork sandwiches & green salad, & Sun meatloaf, baked potatoes & broccoli. I keep all my menus in a 3 ring binder for reference
    ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 7:41 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Okay, I'm wordy- anyway. If I try a new recipe, I'll make notes on my menu planner about whether we liked it how I might change it etc. I've been doing this for so long that it's pretty quick to put together my menus each week. I wait for the new food ads, clean out the fridge, inventory the freezer, and sit down with my planner. We have plenty of variety, and I never get bored!!
    ohwrite

    Answer by ohwrite at 7:42 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • 1. Make a list of as many meals that you can think of that your family will eat. Organize your list by meats (beef, chicken, pork) and categories (casseroles, skillet meals, quick meals, etc)
    2. Inventory your pantry, freezer, and fridge. Write down everything that is edible, spices and condiments too.
    3. Using your list of meals and your inventory, try to put together as many meals as possible. If you need to buy an ingredient, see if it's on sale first.
    4. Peruse sale ads to see if you can build meals from what's on sale. Our local stores often have a good deal on items for a meal in their weekly ad ex. ground beef, taco shells, cheese, etc. for tacos Take advantage of great deals to stock up on items you use frequently.
    5. Organize your meals, trying to keep variety. Don't put two pasta nights or two chicken nights together. I use www.mealsmatter.org to help me do this. When I'm done, I can print out weekly menus.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:31 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Breakfasts: waffles, pancakes, egg bake, yogurt & fruit, oatmeal & fruit, granola & yogurt
    Lunches: tasty salads: tossed, pasta, chef, oriental , sandwiches, tortilla wraps, cheese & crackers & fruit
    Dinner: homemade chicken alfredo, chicken lasagna, chicken & rice casserole, bruschetta chicken (pizza chicken), homemade chicken strips, sesame or teriyaki chicken, oven fried chicken, chicken stroganoff, chicken jambalaya, roast chicken, beef stroganoff, taco lasagna, porcupine meatballs, taco salad, wet burritos, quesadillas, scalloped potatoes & ham, ham & cheese pasta salad, BLT pasta salad, pizza casserole, beef & salsa cheesy macaroni....LOL I have MORE! These are just a few taken from our menu for this month.
    michiganmom116

    Answer by michiganmom116 at 8:39 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I like Love's answer and Michiganmom116's ideas helped me a few times in the past. she has some great advice
    ms_mommy_sue

    Answer by ms_mommy_sue at 9:54 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Does ur local grocery store have a 30min meal specilites or a person who would cook 30 min meals in the store for customer to try the meal and have short recipe ideas u can try ur self at home. I work in grocery store and I'm a cashier and I also cook meals in my store for customer who shop at my store to try. Another way u can get new recipes too or new ideas is from Kraftrecipes.com or Campballrecipes too. There a lot have recipe I cook that r really good and tasteful and very easy to make too. What I can do is get my recipe book with my cards and put recipes in my following groups like This is for me or Super Sexy Mom or on here as well to give u some help. I love helping people with meal planning and giving them new ideas for meals.
    andmaef28

    Answer by andmaef28 at 10:17 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • I have a ton of recipes that are tasty, easy, healthy, family and budget friendly; send me a message offlist if you would like some
    rkoloms

    Answer by rkoloms at 9:03 AM on Jul. 31, 2010

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