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!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alison

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alison

Here's another one.

Here is a link that might be useful: Chicken Plan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:11PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
alison

For vegetarians, even!

Here is a link that might be useful: Veggie Plan

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:13PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
quiltglo

Leanne Ely is one of the most well know dinner divas. She has complete plans and shopping lists.
http://www.savingdinner.com/

Hillbilly housewife is focused on saving money, but she has good ideas.
http://www.hillbillyhousewife.com/menuplanning.htm

I've looked at Menus for Moms before. It's free, but I'm not sure of a shopping list.
http://www.menus4moms.com/kitchen/weeklymenu/

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

I haven't tried this one, but she does have shopping lists with her menus.
http://www.dinewithoutwhine.com/

http://www.mealmixer.com/
http://www.busymomsrecipes.com/menuplans4newbies.htm
http://www.munchkinmenus.com/id8.html

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.

Gloria

    Bookmark   November 26, 2007 at 2:47PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
minnie_tx

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
twiggler_2

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
trilobite

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
bayla_reno

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
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
chara_ct

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
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Are Lazy Susans useless or is it just me?
I'm in the process of revamping underutilized areas...
Mmmbeeer
Anyone know of good boxes (plastic?) for storing papers?
I've been purging DD's school work and paper crafts...
quasifish
Meet and Greet - Please Introduce yourself!
I don't think I've ever seen that happen on this particular...
claire_de_luna
Organizing/de cluttering success (please share yours too!)
I cleaned out and organized the tool box! We live in...
sloedjinn
Missing the Garden Web Already
I feel betrayed by the sale of the Garden Web to Houzz....
gardenwebcupofkindness
Sponsored Products
Lichtstar C8120-G5701 Pendant
Lightology
White Wash Khotan Oriental Rug Runner 3x10 100% Wool Hand Knotted Beige Sh18030
1800 Get A Rug
Urbancase | The Edge Side Table
YLiving.com
Englehorn Chrome and Optic Crystal Fluorescent 11-Inch One Light Pendant
$164.00 | Bellacor
Darya Rugs Ziegler, Blue, 8'4" x 9'9" M1746-24
Bitterroot Bit and Spur
Joy Carpets Butterfly Delight Kids Area Rug Multicolor - 1541-C
$225.00 | Hayneedle
Home Decorators Area Rug: Crystal Brown/Green 5' 3" x 8' 3"
Home Depot
Boca Rattan Morrocan 3 Piece Bistro Table Set in Urban Mahogany
Beyond Stores
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™