Are you a menu planner? Do you sit down each week and write out your meals and grocery list? It’s something I need to get back into the habit of doing. When my kids were small, I had a rotating three-week menu that I used. It was a lifesaver at the time, especially for lunch and dinner. No matter how tired I was as a young mom, I could look at the menu I had planned and know what I needed to do. I had the ingredients I needed on hand because we planned ahead and grocery shopped accordingly.
But as the kids have gotten older, I’ve used the menu less and less, and it’s harder to answer when they ask what’s for dinner. As a result, we eat out more frequently than I would like. It’s more expensive, in terms of finances as well as our health. So, this year I’m getting back into menu planning and decided that I’d post our weekly menu here – not only to keep myself accountable, but also because I know there are others who struggle with the same thing and are looking for healthy recipes and ideas to include on their own menu.
Since the evening meal is one many people have trouble with, that’s the one I’m going write out and share here. It’s not set in stone, and I’m giving myself the freedom to change it up during the week if I need to. It’s important to keep that in mind. But my hope is to get back into the healthy habit of menu planning. So, look for this each week where I’ll share our menu plan, along with links to some of the recipes I’ve found and want to try.
Here’s what’s for dinner at Healthy Ideas Place this week:
Whole grain angel hair pasta
Spaghetti sauce with meatballs
Red Lentil Soup (from Delish Knowledge)
Sour dough toast
Carrot and celery sticks
Slow cooker pulled pork (from Slow Cooker Gourmet)
Whole grain buns
Cilantro-lime Coleslaw (from Live Simply)
Turkey and cheese sandwiches on whole wheat bread
Fresh pepper slices
Quick Chicken Curry with Veggies (from Simply Fresh Dinners)