March Meals

April 1st 2009 by Jen in Recipe

No, this doesn’t have anything to do with March Madness. Honestly, I can happily say that I didn’t watch a single basketball game.

With me going back to work, I knew I would need to try to do things to make life a little easier, like planning the entire month’s meals at once. I know, it sounds crazy, but my friend Megan did it and I tried it and it has worked so well! I’ve even done April and May as well.

Here’s how I started: sit down and write down as many of your “Go To” meals as you can think of. I ended up with like 10. These were meals that we have over and over again. Not all of them are easy, not all of them are quick, and not all of them are a favorite. But they are food. It’s a good starting point. For Dan and I, we only need about 3 meals a week, which is 12-15 a month. We keep a couple of things in the house (sandwich stuff, EasyMac, Ramen) to fill in the gaps. After I had down our “Go to” meals, I looked through my other recipes quickly and Boom! I had March done. Dan’s been after me for a while to create a database of recipes so we wouldn’t have so many repeats (especially of stuff he doesn’t enjoy!). So, in my infinite nerdiness, I did. I’m including this as well for your edification. I hope this is inspiring to someone!

*Disclaimer: On the meals that say “pot, veg,” that means that I throw any old box potato/rice and vegetable combo with the main dish. I usually decide at the grocery store. :)

Jen’s Meal Tracker

March Meals

chicken enchiladas, spanish rice, refried beans
tuna pasta casserole
turkish beef stew
chicken pot pie
frozen lasagna, salad
taco salad
pulled pork sandwiches
spaghetti, salad
sour cream chicken, pot, veg
cfs, mashed pot & gravy, corn
pesto pasta (we used stored-bought pesto and add cubed chicken), salad
meat loaf, potatoes, veg
hash brown chili
hamburgers, fries, carrots (raw)
roasted chicken and new potatoes, veg

2 Responses to “March Meals”

  1. melissa anizor Says:

    how do you have time to be “infinitely nerdy” these days? that Dinah must be a good little baby! glad you’re getting into a groove with meal-planning – it helps to not have to think about what’s for dinner every day at 3pm!

    hope you are all well. when are you going to get on facebook? i have to leave my news on your blog now….it’s a BOY! we’re excited.

    love ya! mel :)

  2. Lori Ferris Wood Says:

    Hi Jen,

    I have many recipes already saved in word 2000 and some in word 2007 if you want i would be glad to email to you for your data base. The cookbook of Grandma Keen’s is saved by pages that way. Just let me know.


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