Meal Planning My Own Way

I like the idea of Meal Planning. But I will tell you that no matter what… I will not stick to it exactly. I am a free spirit when it comes to food! Some days I am just inspired to cook and will go a little crazy in the kitchen. And some days, it’s 4:30 pm, my children are dying of starvation already, and I have no idea what I am going to make for dinner. 

In effort to organize myself, become a more efficient mamma, and save a little money, I am Meal Planning My Own Way. Basically, that means, I will plan 14-16 dinners for a two week period. I am not going to write them on a calendar. I am just going to have a list of possible meals pinned to my fridge with all of the ingredients available for any given day. This gives me the freedom to make what I want on the day I want, but the confidence that I have all the ingredients on hand. 

Foreseeing the possible fault with this plan is that I may not have thawed my meat out that I needed for the day, I am going to pull out the meat from the freezer for two meals at a time. 

Breakfast and Lunch are not necessary at this moment to write out completely. But I do have a few options ready and on hand.
Fruit smoothies, Yogurt, Oatmeal breakfast cookies, Egg burritos, Cereal, COFFEE!!!!!
Lunches: Salads, Sandwiches, and Leftovers. 

Dinner List:
1. Grilled Steak & Zucchini Quesadillas w/ Feta & Mozzarella Cheese
2. Turkey Meatballs w/ Whole Wheat Pasta
3. Baked Crispy Chicken w/ Roasted Squash
4. Tomato Brats (brats cooked in Fire Roasted Tomates)
5. Chili Mac
6. Roasted Chicken w/ Veggie Loaded Stuffing
7. Meatloaf & Mashed Potatoes
8. Roast w/ Sweet Potatoes & Carrots
9. Venison French Dip Sandwiches
10. Kalua Turkey w/ Brown Rice
11. Shredded Pork Tacos w/ Pico de Gallo & Corn Tortillas
12. Shepherd’s Pie
13. Orange Chicken & Garlic Chinese Noodles
14. Homemade Pizza
15. Shredded Caramelized Crockpot Ham w/ Root Veggies
16. Slow Roasted Lamb w/ Root Veggies

I created a fun printable list to pin to my fridge instead of just some plain old sheet of paper. You can get the PDF it by clicking Meal Planning My Own Way.

Meal Planning My Own Way


Have you tried Meal Planning? What has worked for you? 



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3 thoughts on “Meal Planning My Own Way

  • January 28, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    I meal plan like you do. I do it basically by week, but it’s just a list of 6-8 meals that I can make from what’s on hand. I usually end up making 4, we eat leftovers 1-2, we eat out once and if there are no leftovers and one meal left for the week, we eat whatever I can find in the freezer/fridge – often a different meal for each person LOL.


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