Monday, August 16, 2010

Menu Plan Monday

We've been trying to plan planning our weekly meals. Every Saturday morning I go and shop for the coming week. It really helps us save some money in our food budget. Basically, eating gluten- and dairy-free has ruined our food budget. I just have to spend more money on things to actually feel like I can eat. I mean, sure, I could eat fruit sorbet but, coconut milk ice-cream is so much more expensive yummier. I've pretty much failed and the weekly shopping and menu planning the last two weeks. We've (and by we I mean Glenn) has been grabbing stuff at the store every day. I'll be honest -- I am struggling lately. Glenn has really stepped up and helped out, but I know it's too much for him. I'm trying to get better and overcome this blah I've-got-so-much-to-do-and-just-can't-seem-to-get-anywhere feeling.

A couple weeks ago, I saw my friend over at Lil' Miss Sunshine linked up to something called Menu Plan Monday at I'm an Organizing Junkie & I thought I should link up -- maybe it'll help with my motivation of actually sticking with it. Organizing is something I really need help with! I'm trying to take baby steps, but I feel like it's two steps forward and three steps back lately.

But, anyway, what was this post about? Our menu plan! It really does save us money and really helps to be able to look up at our white board and see what our options are. The way we do it is to plan seven meals, but not feel tied down to having Monday's meal on Monday. We decide the morning of. That's for Glenn -- he wanted a little more spontaneity. So, without further ado, here's our menu plan for the week...

Monday: BBQ Bratwurst, potato salad, and green salad
Tuesday: Turkey burgers (with a lettuce bun for me) with corn on the cob
Wednesday: Prawn skewers (with mushrooms & peppers) and rice
Thursday: Taco salads
Friday: La Bamba casserole (no cheese & no corn)
Saturday: "Tacos de la Daddy" (thin cut sirloin steak marinated in lime, cilantro, olive oil and sea salt in corn tortillas. Topped with radish, salsa & cheese for the dairy-eaters in the house)
Sunday: BBQ Ribs with Stubb's BBQ Sauce (now gluten-free but double check the label), baked beans, and cantaloupe

It really does save us money to plan our meals out. And makes life a little easier too.


  1. Welcome to Menu Plan Monday! The La Bomba casserole sounds yummy!

  2. I do the same thing with our meal plan - I plan the meals but not necessarily the days. Plus I keep some staples on hand for simple meals not on the meal plan in case nothing sounds good.

    Try this on your turkey burger -
    Mix together:
    2/3 c. mayonnaise
    3 tbsp. mustard
    2 tsp. tarragon
    It's so yummy on burgers and keeps well in the fridge!

  3. I've seen this before. I need to start doing it too. I think it would help us shop smarter, plus eat better. I never seem to think further ahead than the next meal and half the time we end up with frozen pizza or cereal.

  4. ooh-- I may "borrow" some of your ideas! I can never seem to stick to a meal plan.

  5. Thanks for including us in your plan. And thanks for reminding people that though all of our sauces are now made GF, there are still some stragglers of the old recipe out there in the wild. Best wishes to you for health, rest, and success.


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