need 3 or 4 week menu plan!

bayla_renoNovember 24, 2007

I am a full time english teacher with TONS of marking to do and with 3 big hungry guys to keep fed! (2 teens and a husband), not to mention the constant traffic of other teens arriving on short notice. We are ordering take-out way too much and it really challenges the budget, not to mention our health. My drained energy level and my A.D.D. do not help matters. I can't seem to even remember to take something out of the freezer. I am hoping that some of you amazingly organized people out there can help me by sharing your meal plan with me. I'm not looking for strategies, so much as a specific plan I can just run with. Has anyone got a plan, complete with shopping list and recipes? I truly appreciate your help!

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I'm assuming you've checked out some of the Once-A-Month cooking sites? Sounds like that system would work well for you!

Here's a couple of specific menu plans I've come across:

(Can't seem to make more than one clickable link at a time!)

Here is a link that might be useful: Hamburger plan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:10PM
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Here's another one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chicken Plan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:11PM
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For vegetarians, even!

Here is a link that might be useful: Veggie Plan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:13PM
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Leanne Ely is one of the most well know dinner divas. She has complete plans and shopping lists.

Hillbilly housewife is focused on saving money, but she has good ideas.

I've looked at Menus for Moms before. It's free, but I'm not sure of a shopping list.

This blog has a couple of hundred women listing their Monday meal plans. I've got to go back and check that. scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

I haven't tried this one, but she does have shopping lists with her menus.

I've tried saving dinner and my family just didn't like her meals. What seems to have worked best for us is to sit down and come up with a list of as many meals that we can think of that we like. Kind of divide them up according to type and effort, then create a few plans and grocery lists.


    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:47PM
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this is a nice site with familiar food, menus and a shopping list.

Here is a link that might be useful: Kraft dinner menus

    Bookmark   November 27, 2007 at 5:41AM
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A real LIFESAVER I've found, is the Women's Day Month of Menu's. It gives you the meal suggestion, as well as side dishes to go with each menu. You can print off a weekly grocery list too. I've been printing them off and putting them in sheet protectors in a binder. Ones we love, we circle and I switch to fix these when the main idea for the menu that day isn't our favorite. Hope this link helps you!

Here is a link that might be useful: WD Month-of-menus

    Bookmark   November 27, 2007 at 10:10AM
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Draft the hungry teens for cooking/shopping duty.

Yeah, you will probably spend more time initially teaching them what to do. But it's experience they need. Not just knowing how to cook or how to shop, but the experience of stepping up when the household needs them.

    Bookmark   December 2, 2007 at 12:01AM
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Wow! It's been so busy with report cards and interviews that I have only checked back today. I will spend my Christmas break researching all your recommendations. Thanks so much!

    Bookmark   December 11, 2007 at 9:28PM
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I just got a book out of the library that addresses your challenge. It's called Fix, Freeze, Feast. Basically it's bulk cooking but everything is freezable and the recipes are large so they cover a few meals. You may not have enough freezer room though!:)

Here is a link that might be useful: Link to book

    Bookmark   December 20, 2007 at 7:53PM
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