Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Monthly Menu {with links!}

Last week I did something I haven't done in a really long time. I planned my meals for an entire month! I know not everyone feels this way, but it was so relaxing to flip through my recipe binder and Pinterest board and think about FOOD.

Then I made up my grocery list for the first week, and got exactly what I needed. Calvin joined me. :) There was a time getting groceries by myself was a treat but I'm on the flip-side of that reality now. I either scramble to the store in a mad rush before the kids get home from school, or ideally, I take one of them with me on the weekend. I much prefer the second option. It's such a good opportunity to catch up and steal some one-on-one. All it costs me is a few randoms in my cart! (Ruby always asks for Fuego flavored Takis, Calvin asks for something odd like a pomegranate or Hawaiian bread, and Silas asks for EVERYTHING.)

The catalyst for all of this uber-organization is the fun PaperWorks set that found its way into my mailbox. This set shown was actually the February set, but I fell in love with it immediately! Flowers and stripes, little Bible verse cards (I keep one by my sink and end up reading it several times a day, which is awesome since I'm the worst at memorizing scripture.)

When it inspired me to plan ahead a little I knew it was something I wanted to share with you guys.

I'm really hoping I keep up with this menu planning magic. I feel that way every time I do it. It takes a little time up front, but then for the rest of the month I'm done. I know every day what we're eating that night (sometimes I flip stuff around, based on what I'm in the mood for.) We are also really trying to cut down on eating out because it's one area we feel like we tend to over-spend...and the experience almost never even ends up feeling like it was worth it.

So, here's to more dinners at home, fewer frantic Kroger runs, and inviting more people to the table!

{Click here to get $5 off your first PaperWorks set!}

March Menu
1 - Sausage, Corn and Potato Chowder (small group)
2 - Balsamic pork chops and Brussels sprout salad (fyi, my brain always auto-corrects "salad" to "salsa")
3 - Snack Dinner
4 - Tex Mex breakfast casserole
5 - Crispy chicken thighs, crack broccoli, rosemary bread
6 - Anniversary dinner out! (Kids - lunchmeat, Pringles, fruit)
7 - Baked chicken & rice
8 - Tortellini soup (I prefer plain rotini noodles to cheese-filled tortellini) (small group)
9 - Left-overs
10 - Potluck chicken tetrazzini
11 - Egg McMuffin sandwiches
12 - Seared cod with artichoke relish and couscous
13 - Quinoa bowls with chicken tawook
14 - Lemon chicken orzo soup (church soup carry-in!)
15 - Butternut squash risotto and salad with white beans and apples
16 - Beef stir-fry with snap peas
17 - Chinese buffet - Calvin's bday!
18 - BBQ chicken pizza
19 - Wings, mac-n-cheese
20 - Pizza - out
21 - Taco soup (small group)
22 - Greek pork chops
23 - Vietnamese pork salad
24 - Left-overs
25 - Ohio
26 - Kentucky
27 - Kentucky
28 - Kentucky
29 - Chili chicken verde
30 - Slow-cooker chicken marbella with Mashed Potatoes

PS - How fun is the March set??? The whole paint-swatch theme is sort of brilliant.


  1. I just made a version of potato soup with sausage and chicken that we ALL love (20 months to 32 years old). I thought I would share since you shared so much. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Recipe links are one of my love languages. :) Thank you!

  2. Boom. Nice job wearing those boss-lady pants and getting it done. I haven't done meal planning in eons. After this move, I think I am going to start again.

    Thanks for this--you're a rockstar.

  3. Snack dinner?? I like the sound of it!!

    1. We had summer sausage, cheese, crackers, veggies & hummus, bread, fruit, olives. The kids loved it! But that might be because we let them eat it at the coffee table while we watched The Voice. :)

  4. My dad always used to do Snack Dinner when he would take care of us for the night when my mom was out. Grapes, crackers, cheese, summer sausage, popcorn, and sliced up veggies. We didn't learn about hummus until much later in life! :)

  5. meal planning isn't what it used to be for me, now that there are just two of us and one meal feeds us at least twice. still, it's great to be organized. alleviates a lot of stress.

    excited for your time in KY with R&KP and kids!

  6. I find I need to factor in leftover night when I menu plan, even with hubs taking leftovers for lunch. maybe not leftovers so much, but extra boiled potatoes (= fried potatoes) + a few boiled eggs + a salad and there's a dinner. Can't do much otherwise with cold boiled potatoes or I'll find them slimy a week later. How do you find all of that?

    1. Same here! It seems we need to do a meal of leftovers every 3-4 days, even with some of it being used in lunches!

    2. Yep, I totally plan left-over nights. That's also what we often do for weekend lunches and for my lunch almost every day. More and more, there aren't any left-overs left! #growingkids :)

  7. Wow! I'm just really impressed! Especially because you included links to all the recipes!? Clearly I don't follow any food bloggers...ha. Anyway, I'm coming back to this post when we're not in flu-land and am totally trying some of your recipes. Thanks!

  8. You inspired me to meal plan for the rest of the month!! Thanks you!

  9. need to get moving on this. I did it... and then this week was a total bust. we didn't eat a single meal together. i cooked tacos on monday and now it's saturday. how are we even alive?!! cereal. and a billion eggs from the coop. HA! But i need to get the plan in action.

  10. Really curious about day 15 and the salad with white beans and apples. Do tell?