Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4 Week Menu Plan

Way back when, I posted an 8 Week Menu Plan.  It was grand, it was ambitious, it worked fabulously.

But now we are down to the nitty-gritty.  Now that I'm working, I need simple, easy stuff in my life.  So here's what I did.  I went through that list, picked out our family's favorites that were also EASY.  Easy was really, really important.  I allowed myself one day a week to do something more time-intensive, but mostly I want the quick and simple recipes.  Here is one month's worth of menu plans:

Week 1
Pot roast in the crockpot with vegetables
Tacos
Mahlouba
Open (I do this once a week to try something new or go out or order take out)

Week 2
Mezze (Hummous, tabouleh, cheeses, olives, deli meat, kubbeh, etc.)
Koosa Mahshi (Lebanese stuffed squash)
Lasagna
Open

Week 3
Sandwiches
Cauliflower Soup
Open

Week 4
Bezella (An Arabic beef stew)
Curry Cajun Chicken
Corn Chowder
Shepherd's Pie
Open

So those are the weekly menus.  I'm going to be working on developing weekly shopping lists to go along with them, so I'll post them once I've got them ready.  It makes it a breeze to do your menu planning and shopping when you've got it all laid out in front of you already.  And four weeks is still plenty of time to rotate menus so that you don't get bored with the dishes.  

Making life easy.  Works for me!!!!  For more ideas that work for busy women, visit We Are THAT Family.

3 comments:

Mary @ Simple Things said...

I really want to be this organized! It's really hard to plan in advance because I never know more than a week ahead what hubby's work schedule will be. I guess I could just plan it out anyway and if he's there great, if not his will be in the oven.

You really fix a wide variety of dishes too. Your kids must be great eaters.

Jerralea said...

I was thinking that, too, that you have a wonderful variety. You have done a great job! I'm impressed.

Common Cents Mom said...

I posted about menu planning this week as well but for me I find a weekly plan is best.

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