New Series: Menu Plan Monday 4/11/16

menu plan monday with meal ideas 2016I have a new series for ya friends! I just finished our spending freeze series that was followed by my weekly grocery shopping trips and meal menus. Now I’m sharing with you each Monday my menu plan for the week. To help inspire you to create your own menu or even use some of the same meals! Remember that I do base my menus off what is in my pantry and what is on sale!  Meal planning will save you so much money. If you don’t believe me check out my post on our recent trip out to eat. You will gain confidence and a life skill by planning your menus and serving your family dinner.

If you want to use an online menu planner that features BJ's items go here.

Build Confidence and Relationships

Meal planning will also build a family bond. Your kids will see you in the kitchen and they may want to help. I encourage you to let them help you even if you are just starting out cooking and feel uncomfortable, let them hand you your utensils.

Start Small

If you grew up with not much of a cooking background start small. Don’t whip out the recipes that call for 10+ ingredients and knife skills.

You do not want to get discouraged, you want to feed your family for less.

My favorite recipes I started cooking with was from the classic Betty Crocker Cookbook. I suggest this to anyone wanting to start cooking and has no idea where to begin. It gives you the basics on everything from the cuts of meat, to basic spices, and how to shape your own loaves of bread.

Once you get a feel for how food blends together you will gain confidence and feel proud.

Too Busy is NO Excuse!

If you are crunched on time you can still menu plan. There are hundreds of those freezer meal plans you can purchase or find your own on Pinterest that I know several of my friends love.

It is a personal preference if freezer cooking is for you. I really enjoy blending the ingredients together and if I am so crunched on time where I can’t prep a meal that’s when I turn to my emergency plan- frozen fish sticks or the crock pot.

If there is a meal that sounds so delicious you can not pass it up- use my price comparison search bar to find the best deal on it. That way you won’t feel bad about making a dinner that is calling you but you may not have any of the items in your pantry.

Give Feedback

Since this is a new series your comments below mean the world to me. You wouldn’t believe how strange it is to share so much with all of you and wonder what your thoughts are. So when you do leave comments here or on social media- I LOVE IT!

See ya next Monday!

Monday: Lemon Butter Salmon Baked with rice and beans

Tuesday: Tacos with homemade tortilla shells

Wednesday:  Roasted Whole Chicken with spinach souffle

Thursday: Lasagna

Friday: Homemade Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Saturday: Leftovers

Sunday: Chicken Salad Sandwiches with homemade crusty rolls

What’s on your menu this week?

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