Menu Plan Monday- 1/11

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Lunch-

  • Kiddos are in school now so they get packed lunches or school lunch about once a week
Dinner-
  • Chicken Salad Crescent Rolls, Fruit Salad
  • Grill Out- Grilled BBQ Chicken, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Fried Corn
  • Red Gold Skinny Lasagna, Garlic Sticks, Salad
  • Walking Taco Salad Bar
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Leftovers x’s 2 days
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5 Tips to Stop Eating Out – But Mom I Don’t Want To!

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burger and friesWith New Year’s Resolutions popping up every where, I wanted to make a few that were more reasonable than ones I have set in the past! With several kiddos in sports, after school activities and doctor appointments galore, we are always on the run! So sometimes fitting in dinner is a quick run through our local drive through restaurant, eat in the van and then drive to our next activity. With this comes a lot of issues, cost, nutrition, health and “But mom I don’t want to eat at home!”. After a visit to the doctor yesterday for my youngest daughter, I was advised that her eating habits were not exactly what they should be. She is a very picky eater and basically of the 4 things that she eats, all 4 are on her no eat diet. And all 4 are items we pick up at our local drive through restaurant on a regular basis! Not to mention the cost of eating out, seems to increase every time we go! With 6 of us at a burger place we can spend $50 easily. Multiply that by 4 times a week and that is more than my weekly grocery shopping budget! So I made a plan and here are some tips to help you and your family hit the drive through less!

My plan is simple, 5 little things I am going to do to each week to lessen our visits to the drive through!

Make a Meal Plan: Each week I use to make a menu of what I was going to cook and then cooked it. We ate out less and had healthier meal options! But each day seems to get busier and busier, putting it on the back burner. The health of my family is my priority and I need to make sure I do everything I can to keep them at their best! Having a plan will help with the I don’t know nights of what to cook, meaning we eat out! So be on the look out for my weekly meal plans and be sure to share yours with me as well!menu plan monday orgjunkie

Plan a Bulk Freezer Meal Cook Day: Again I use to do this all the time and it was great to be able to grab a bag, leave it on the counter to thaw during the day while I was at work, running errands, toting the kiddos to all the appointments and activities and then come home and throw it in a pan, cook for 30 minutes or so and have dinner! This is great if you have older kiddos that beat you home from work! They can simply throw the meal in a crockpot and turn it on for you, dinner will ready by time you get home. This is also a great way to spend a half of a day cooking with your kiddos and getting them involved in making healthier meal options! What are your Bulk Cooking Plans?

Stockpile at the Grocery: Now I know if you are around here at all you have to see all the posts I share about grocery store sales and great deals each week! When you see these items, these are the times to stockpile as much of them as you can at the lowest price to help keep your food budget down, but to also allow you to have food readily available! How many times have you simply ate out just because you didn’t have all the items you needed to cook dinner. And instead of piling in the car, running to the grocery and getting what you need, you simply just called pizza for delivery! If you have food in your pantry, you will be less likely to call for take out!

Simplify Your Meal Plan: Yes if you want to impress the neighbors with a 6 course meal with all the fixins on your night to host book club, then go right ahead! But on a normal basis, your family will love your meal just the same if it is simple, quick and allows you more time with them instead of slaving over the stove! When planning out your menu for the week or your Bulk Freezer Cooking Day, make items are that staples that everyone in your house loves but can go with anything! I will cook several pounds of chicken on Sunday and use it for 3-4 nights during the week for meals like Tacos, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chickens N Dumplins, or Salads!

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Don’t Give In & Make an Incentive: One of my biggest problem for eating out, is not being able to say no! There are many times that we simply ate out because I just couldn’t say no! There are times when we will be heading home and we all exhausted but it is still 6pm, plenty of time to head home, make a quick meal and then start bed time routines! But one of the kiddos will ask for that yummy burger we had last week from the burger joint we will be passing in 3 minutes and it will just be so much simpler to stop, eat their yummy food, not have to cook, not have to clean up and just go home and lay on the couch, veg out to the latest American Idol episode until they need baths! I know, sounds amazing right?!?!? But even though all of that sounds great, I should just tell them no, we will be home shortly and I will make a even better meal at home! You can also throw in a little incentive! That if we don’t eat out this week, we can go to a nice dinner and movie later in the week in exchange for the everyday stops! 4 times a week at $50 is $200, where a nice dinner ($75) + movie tickets ($40-$50) is $110-$120, it is a bit of a savings but extra time doing something with my kiddos is the ultimate payoff!

So what are your tips or ideas of how not to eat out? Share below

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Use Resealable Plastic Food Containers to Freeze Your Meals!

Freezing meals can be a huge money and time saver if you take the time to plan out your menu. We are always on the go, so taking one day to prepare a few extra meals and freeze them for later, is great! Just lay them out in the morning to thaw by dinner and you have a meal ready without spending an hour preparing it! There are many factors for successfully freezing meals. Here are a few tips we use to keep our freezer meals fresh and tasting great when you’re ready to cook!

 The key to keeping your freezer meals good for a long period of time is to know what foods freeze best. There are many foods that freeze very well such as fruits and veggies, cooked meat, cakes, broth, waffles/pancakes, and pre-made meals like casseroles, burritos or soups. I have a great list of items that freeze well! With this come foods that do not freeze well such as cream cheese, sour cream, mayo, lettuce, un-cooked potatoes and some fruits can become mush if not properly frozen.
Keep your freezer meals in smaller portions so they stay fresher, will freeze quicker and then thaw faster as well. Also before freezing hot foods, be sure to wait until they are completely cool. Placing them in the freezer before they are cool can cause other foods to warm up if you place hot food next to them.
Don’t forget to remove all the extra air in your container or freezer bag as well. You want to keep the food fresh and help prevent freezer burn. Just leaving a small air pocket for items such as soups will give the soup just enough room to expand as it freezes but still keep it fresh!
Keeping your freezer meals in freezer bags or resealable plastic food containers is the easiest and most efficient way to store your freezer meals.  Rigid containers and flexible bags make for the best way to freeze foods. Be sure to date and label all your freezer meals bags and containers to know what you have. This is great for planning your meals for the week. Just pull out what meals you need for each day, thaw, cook or re-heat and dinner is served!

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Menu Plan Monday- 6/3

Our girls are officially out of school for the summer and that means more snacks and meals at home! I have been working on getting a freezer cooking day scheduled with a friend of mine, so you will start to see more freezer meals and double batches of dinners!
Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch-

  • Hot Dogs, Mixed Veggies
  • Grilled Cheese & Ham Sandwiches, Fruit Salad
  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Strawberries, Yogurt
  • Ravioli, Pudding Cups, Grapes
  • Corndog Muffins, Grapes, Yogurt
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Chicken Salad Crescent Rolls, Fruit Salad
  • Grill Out- Grilled BBQ Chicken, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Fried Corn
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mixed Veggies
  • Grill Out- Hawaiian Pork Tenderloin, Mac & Cheese, Fruit Salad
  • Lasagna, Garlic Sticks, Salad
  • Walking Taco Salad Bar
  • Leftovers
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Menu Plan Monday- 5/20

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch-

  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches, Watermelon
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Grapes, Yogurt
  • Ravioli, Pudding Cups, Grapes
  • Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Mixed Veggies
  • Corndog Muffins, Grapes, Yogurt
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Grill Out! Hot Dogs, Metts, Mac & Cheese, Mixed Fruit & Salads
  • Chicken Wings, Mashed Sweet Potato Casserole, Mixed Veggies
  • Chicken Salad Crescent Rolls, Fruit Salad
  • Sausage & Spinach Manicotti, Salad & Garlic Bread
  • Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Baked Potatoes, Corn
  • Memorial Day Grill Out (Sunday)
  • Leftovers
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Menu Plan Monday- 3/18

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch-

  • Out for Mommy & our youngest for lunch time
  • Grilled Cheese & Ham Sandwiches, Mixed Fruit
  • Ravioli, Pudding Cups, Grapes
  • Lunchmeat Sandwiches, Mixed Veggies
  • Corndog Muffins, Grapes, Pudding
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Chicken N Dumplings, Corn Bread
  • Chicken Salad, Chips
  • Taco Salad Bar
  • BBQ Ribs, Sweet Potato Casserole, Mixed Veggies
  • Breakfast Dinner- Toast, Eggs, Bacon
  • Swiss Burgers, Sweet Potato Fries, Fried Corn
  • Leftovers
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Menu Plan Monday- 2/25

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch-

  • Spaghetti-O’s, Grapes
  • Grilled Cheese, Fruit Cups
  • Ham Sandwich, Grapes
  • Hotdogs, Sweet Potato Fries
  • Mini Corndogs, Yogurt
  • Chicken Salad, Yogurt
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Sausage with Peppers, Sweet Potato Fries, Mixed Veggies
  • Chicken Alfredo, Garlic Bread, Salad
  • Vegetable Soup
  • Chili
  • Stuffed Pork Chops, Loaded Baked Potato Casserole, Corn
  • Mini Pizza
  • Leftovers
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Menu Plan Monday- 2/4

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch –

  • Turkey Roll Ups & Apples
  • Chicken Patties, Fruit Cups
  • Spaghetti-O’s, Apples
  • Spaghetti & Meatballs
  • Cheddar Baked Potato Soup
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Chicken Stir Fry
  • 3 Ways & Garlic Bread
  • Biscuits & Gravy, Eggs & Sausage Patties
  • BLT Sandwiches, Chips
  • Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Fries & Mixed Veggies ( we are ready for spring to be here- so we are pushing!!)
  • Taco Bar
  • Leftovers
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Menu Plan Monday- 1/7

Here is what we will be eating this week!! Have your week planned out yet? Share your menu by leaving a comment or check out what others are eating this week at OrgJunkie.

Breakfast-

Lunch –

  • Ham Sandwiches, Strawberries
  • Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Celery Sticks with Peanut Butter & Raisins
  • Chicken Patties, Fruit Cups
  • Spaghetti-O’s, Strawberries
  • Popcorn Chicken, Veggies
  • Chicken Noodles, Strawberries
  • Leftovers
Dinner-
  • Chicken Alfredo & Garlic Bread
  • Homemade Vegetable Soup
  • Meatball Subs
  • Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Sandwiches, Veggies
  • Taco Salad Bar
  • Mini Pizza– Pineapple & Ham
  • Leftovers
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