Thursday, December 15, 2011

Last Two Weeks of Meal Planning

A few weeks ago I wrote a post on meal planning. I wanted to give you guys some exact meal plans I've made for the last two weeks. For these two weeks of meals I've color-coded it so maybe it might be a benefit to whoever may need a real life example. (More meal planning ideas.)

*Some of these ingredients are even spread between the two weeks, not just one week. 
Green = Cheap Ingredient
Red = A purchased item, reused in multiple meals
Blue = An item that was just on hand, in the fridge, freezer, or pantry.
Purple = Item made at home rather than purchased

December 4th - 9th 

  • Meal #1) Orecchiette with Sausage, Basil, and Tomatoes. Use canned Stewed Tomatoes. (Recipe)
  • Meal #2) Turkey Enchiladas (Mom's recipe). Use leftover Turkey, and frozen Tortillas.
  • Meal #3) Super Green Split Pea Soup (add Basil) in Crockpot. Buy dried split peas, frozen spinach, use vegetable bouillon. (Recipe)
  • Meal #4) Pizza Bagels with Sausage, Tomato Sauce, Basil, Mozzarella. For Tomato Sauce add a dash of red wine, italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. (Bagel Recipe)
  • Meal #5) Thai BBQ with Chicken (Thaifoon Style). Make rice with meal. Buy coconut milk, carrots, and bell pepper. Use leftover tofu in addition to chicken, add Basil.
  • Meal #6) Curried Chicken Pot Pie. Make a simple crust. Use carrots, frozen spinach, frozen veggies, and vegetable bouillon. (Crust Recipe)

December 11th - 16th
Extras: Make Boule Bread, buy lunch meat. Use lettuce for sandwiches. (Boule Recipe)

  • Meal #1) Giada's Lemon Pasta. Buy spaghetti, lemons, parmesanbasil. Serve with Rosemary Shortbread. Use lemons and dried Rosemary instead of fresh. (Giada's Recipe) (Shortbread Recipe)
  • Meal #2) Eggplant Parmesan. Use Panko bread crumbs, parmesanbasil, and canned stewed tomatoes for sauce. (Recipe)
  • Meal #3) Soft tacos. Buy Flour tortillas, one fresh tomato, lettuce, cheddar cheese, scallions, and ground beef.
  • Meal #4) Chicken Teppanyaki. Buy chicken, bellpepper, scallions. Use carrots, and make rice with meal. (Recipe)
  • Meal #5) Pizza with garlic sauce, caramelized onions, walnuts, mozzarella, and parmesan. Use remaining dough left over from making Boule Bread (Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day Method). (Pizza Recipe) (Dough Recipe)
  • Meal #6) Twice Baked Potatoes. Buy potatoes. Use cheddar cheese and frozen peas.

And yes, this does take some time. It's like figuring out a puzzle sometimes, but all of the effort really yields great results at the Grocer's Checkout. I hope this helps! If you have any more money saving techniques when it comes to grocery bills, please comment. I'd love to learn from you!


  1. This is great! I've been working on meal plans in the last few days as a sort of new year resolution. There's a TV show in Canada called "Fixin Dinner" that features a meal planner who helps families plan meals like you've done to save time, money, and work. You can save time/effort by double prepping veggies/meat (if you're using it for multiple meals that week) and throwing it in the freezer. So practical!

  2. Ooh I love that tip. I haven't thought of double prepping, thanks so much for the tip!


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