Dear Creatives, Being organized for easy dinner menus & meal planning is often challenging. I thought I would share recipes & meal plans that I am using to create my weekly meals. Hopefully at the end of the year I will have a great collection of recipes to mix & match from. I thought I would use list.ly to create the list so you can see recipes I am trying. When trying new recipes I will try to make note of changes I made of how they turned out (& even share step by step as I go along on occasion) and share the results with you. I hope this will help you with your meal planning. You can also see meals I have saved on Ziplist along with my own recipes page. If you have a recipe to share feel free to link-up in the weekly Inspiration Spotlight or leave a link in the comments! I hope this meal planning helps me (us) be more organized to have time to be more creative.
The order that I am trying these meals this week is: Baked Macaroni & Cheese + green beans, Mexican Chicken Lime Soup+ green salad, Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas, Next night left overs +salad, Beef Stew, next night left overs, Beet Salad + green salad.
Some of the left overs will be used as lunches for Sammie & I. This meal plan should take care of the week. We adjust some recipes to half sizes as there are only 3 of us. When we use full recipes we have the left overs for lunches or as leftovers. You will have to adjust to your family size & tastes as needed or what kinds of foods you enjoy cooking, but hopefully you will find at least one new recipe to use yourself if not the whole menu.
We’ve had the habit of going to the store often & being a bit disorganized about what we are cooking so I have decided to be a bit more proactive with my meal planning. Not only to save time & money, but to eat earlier & be healthier. When planning I also looked at what would be on sale this week at the store. Chicken, beef being two of the more expensive items were on sale & not every meal will have a meat. (I may or may not have chicken in the enchiladas it may end up being corn & black beans) What ever we decide it is to help us have easy dinner recipes.
One tip I do have is if you have a free Ziplist Account you can create a standing shopping list of what you know you need. Add items to it from recipes, or adjust as needed then print or email to phone. Also you can create your meal planning calendar there.
How do you meal plan?
What is a time saving trick you have?
my: Minestrone Soup
& this week’s meal plan:
Do you hate meal planning? This year I am taking what I made every week & sharing the recipe links. Hopefully that is 52 weeks of lists to save for future use & mix and match. Some of the recipes are new that I am trying & will review on my blog. I am also updating recipe page if you need to find more visit me @ DearCreatives.com
Authentic? Maybe not, but these gooey, bursting-at-the-seams, simple to pull together, slow-cooker enchiladas are packed with delicious black beans, moist chicken, corn, and spices. Salsa delivers the saucy punch and loads of melted, oozy cheese makes it the perfect comforting dish for days when you're short on time.
Rach's pal Daisy Martinez takes inspiration from a journey to Mexico and heats up a classic comfort food.
"Even people who have had their own macaroni and cheese recipe for years ask for mine when they taste this crumb-topped version," writes Schelby Thompson of Dover, Delaware. Tip: "Make it with extra-sharp white cheddar cheese for more flavor," Schelby recommends.
Delicious Low Fat Healthy Recipes From My Family To Yours. All recipes include calories and Weight Watchers Points.
Here's a good old-fashioned stew with rich beef gravy that lets the flavor of the potatoes and carrots come through. This is the perfect hearty dish for a blustery winter day. I make it often this time of year.
Alberta McKay, Bartlesville, Oklahoma