Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: January Week 1

One of my New Year’s resolutions this year is to better meal plan. Husband and I are quite guilty of eating out way too much and being lazy when it comes to meal planning. This often equates to us throwing out food. I hate doing that, and it really makes me feel guilty about wasting good food, not to mention wasting money.

We sat down yesterday and talked about what we’ll be eating this week. We planned 5 dinners. We only plan 5 because we always go out on Friday for dinner, and we like to be flexible with our other day, just in case. Planning 5 days is definitely a step in the right direction, regardless.

Here’s the meal plan we came up with this week:

Breakfasts: Bagels, eggs, smoked salmon, fruit, smoothies, coffee

Lunches: chickpea avocado salad, green salads, leftovers from dinners, sandwiches and veggies

Dinners:
Sunday: Beef roast, potatoes, carrots, turnip, gravy
Monday: Pork stir fry, brown rice
Tuesday: Shepherd’s Pie (using leftover roast), Oven Roasted Sugar Snap Peas
Wednesday: Fish and chips, salad
Thursday: Venison steak, mashed potatoes, carrots, Oven Roasted Sugar Snap Peas

Dessert(s): Ooey Gooey Toffee Cake with whipped cream – I’ll be making this today

Other: Homemade bread – I’ll be making this today too

Groceries we bought this week:
sugar snap peas
butter lettuce
bagels
pork strips
stir fry veggies
potatoes
yellow cake mix
flakes of ham
vegetable juice
coffee
coffee creamer
cream cheese
milk
laundry detergent
bread flour
baby cucumbers
onions
bananas
coleslaw mix
avocados

Let’s see how well we can stick to this meal plan this week.

3 Responses to Grocery Shopping and Meal Planning: January Week 1

  1. WTG! I have found that this reduces our grocery bill by a LOT. I will take the calendar, figure out how many nights we are home based on the current week (which with us can vary greatly, as you know), and then meal plan the nights we’re home, usually less 1. Sometimes this equates to 6 dinners a week that I preplan, sometimes only 1 or 2. Within that plan, I’ll also plan a ‘leftovers’ night – a little bit of everything. (My dad used to call this the ‘weekly review’. :) ) It has worked great so far, and while it takes some time to get used to, it really does help. I also find that preplanning a number of meals and not assigning them to specific days is good too. Who knows what you may feel like having 4 days from now? ;)

  2. Oh, I love the Weekly Review. :-)

    And yes, I’m sure we’ll be switching up a meal or two here and there – I tend to change my mind about what I feel like eating a lot. Also we’ll eat the fresh stuff early in the week, and use frozen stuff later in the week.

    Great tips!

  3. I love the weekly review idea. :)

    Meal planning kind of changed my life. It’s definitely had a positive impact on our grocery bill, and cut way down on the amount of wasted food. I’m excited to see you meal planning here, Bees! So many of your recipes are part of our rotation.

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