Meal Planning. My coping mechanism, my sanity saver, and my creative outlet. I was basically speechless when I stumbled upon the cookbook aisle in the library. I could have stood there forever (but then I’m sure my kids would have pulled all the books off the shelves and we would not have been allowed back). I love the challenge of a new month and not eating the same meal twice.
We are finally getting settled here in Scottsdale. It has taken me awhile to get used to shopping and cooking in America. I get pretty overwhelmed in the grocery store, and I miss my donkey cart vegetables and my banana guy. But I’m learning the stores around here and what works for our family. I wouldn’t consider myself an organized person per se, but when it comes to meal planning and grocery shopping, I must have a plan. So in this new season, we have come up with our budget and I have figured out where I’m going to shop and that is most of the battle.
So here are the logistics of my meal planning. We have a $400/month budget. This is month #1 of this budget, so I’ll let you know how it goes. I shop at Costco, Sprouts (an amazing farmer’s market grocery store out here), and the farmer’s market. We are still eating mostly vegetarian, but throw in some meat meals here and there. We eat homemade granola or eggs for breakfast. Leftovers, pb&j, or grilled cheese for lunch. The meals listed are our dinners. Oh and Sunday is ALWAYS pizza night! 🙂 Any other logistical questions, Just ask!
So here is my meal plan, I hope it’s helpful to you!
- Stuffed Peppers/Squash
- Mushroom/Kale Lasagna
- Breakfast for Dinner (Scrambled eggs, potatoes, fruit)
- Enchiladas (a little chicken and a lot of beans)/rice
- Spanish Tortilla/Broccoli
- Spicy Thai Noodles
- Mushroom Risotto/Salad
- Penne w/ Arugula Almond Pesto/Salad
- Stuffed Shells/Salad
- Falafels/Pitas/Quinoa Salad
- Kale/Pepper Frittata
- Quinoa Stuffed Acorn Squash
- Rolled Eggplant Parmesan & Sausage Marinara
- Veggie Fried Rice
- Creamy Mushroom Pasta/Salad
- Asian Quinoa Meatballs/Rice
- Chicken Fajita Salad
- Rainbow Veggie Pad Thai
- Salad w/ Ricotta Cheese/Bread
- Breakfast Burritos
- Tagliatelle w/ Mashed Peas
- Oven Braised Mexican Beef