One of the top money-saving techniques out there is MENU PLANNING!! You know you love it!! Ok, well, I LOVE it!! Which, is good news for you because I can do all the work and you can sit back and press the print button. 🙂
I have menu planned for as long as I can remember. (FYI, I have the worst memory ever). I have been married for 8 years so I am guessing that is when I started, or I at least semi meal planned back then because I know I cooked and I know I had the ingredients needed to make whatever it was I was making. However, my menu now a days looks a little different from my menu back then. We have been making changes to our diet for over a year now. The first thing we changed was eliminating most sugars, just to keep my oldest from sugar overload. Second, we started eating organic meat and drinking organic milk. This change took place when my dad, who was living with us at the time, was diagnosed with cancer, who also happens to be a Type 2 Diabetic. We read the books “The Cancer Killers (The Cause is the cure)” and “Maximized Living Nutrition Plans” by Dr. Ben Lerner. We are now trying to eliminate artificial colors, artificial flavor, preservatives, and gluten. The latest change has to do with our son being ADHD. He was first put on a stimulant medication that had severe side effects, he is now on a non-stimulant medicine with less side effects but doesn’t control his hyperactivity and focusing ability as much. We are trying to eliminate things in our diet that may trigger these ADHD systems. A blog that has helped me tremendously with these changes is Our Family Eats and her ADHD diet plan. I will be blogging more about some of the things we have changed in future posts.
But, for now I will get back to why you came to this post in the first place. THE MENU!!!
I have recently changed by menu planning technique a little in order to stay within my budget. We typically eat beef and chicken as our main sources of protein. With that being said you will see how that effects my weekly menu. I make my menu based on categories:
- Beef Dish
- Chicken Dish
- Eat out
If you noticed, I am really only planning 5 dinners for the week. We typically have a leftover night as well as an eat out night. Here is this weeks menu.
DINNER MENU: (This week I changed out the chicken dish for a pork dish)
- Beef Dish – Cheesy Hamburger Skillet
- Pork Dish – Pulled Pork Tacos with Homemade Tortillas
- Sandwich – Grilled Cheese on homemade gluten free bread with Tomato Soup
- Veggie – Pasta with Herbed Roasted Tomatoes
- Cheap – Hot Dogs and Chips
- Gluten Free Noodle (macaroni, penne, any noodle will work)
- 1 lb Ground Beef
- 2 – Cabot White Cheddar Block Cheese (shredded one and sliced the other)
- Cream Cheese
- Tomato Sauce (8oz)
- Pork Tenderloin or Pork Chops (cook in crockpot, shred for tacos)
- Masa, gluten free (recipe for homemade tortillas on package)
- Taco Toppings
- Sour Cream
- All-Purpose Gluten Free flour mix (3 1/4 cup or more)
- Instant Yeast (at least 2 teaspoons)
- Xanthan Gum (at least 1 1/4 teaspoon)
- Butter (REAL butter)
- Tomato Soup
- I purchased an organic tomato soup in a box from my local grocery store, when choosing a premade soup check ingredients to make sure you are OK with everything included.
- Gluten Free Spaghetti Noodle
- Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
- Hot Dogs, try to choose a nitrate free version
- Gluten Free buns (we went bun less this time around until I can find a homemade Gluten Free hotdog bun recipe)
- Chips – I like Organic Sweet Potato Chips and Kettle Cooked Plain Chips
Pantry Items (Items you might already have in your pantry, if you do not have these then add them to your “Shopping List”):
- Garlic Powder
- Sugar (I use Organic)
- Olive Oil
I hope you enjoy and find this menu plan helpful. Eventually, I would like to include price lists as well as breakfast and lunch options. Stay tuned!!