{Meal Planning} Pinning and Planning Our Dinner Menu – Week of January 3, 2016

Happy New Year!

When I began writing this week’s menu plan, the first dinner menu of 2016, I realized I been publishing these post for FOUR years now. My first Pinning and Planning dinner menu post was shared back in August 2012 and while it’s not so much a blog hop menu planning post, but more of a “Hey this is what my family is eating this week and what recipes I’m pinning to Pinterest”.

For the four years I’ve been meal planning, I’ve learned a few key things.

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Meal planning helps me reflect on the week ahead.

When planning out the dinner menu for the week, I have to pay attention to after school activities, work/blogging events, early release days and my husband’s crazy travel schedule. Keeping all this into account helps me think about the type of meals to plan. Will I dare to serve a new dinner or test out a new recipe on my family? Will it be a brinner (breakfast for dinner) kind of night? Or will a quick 30-minute meal or a crockpot meal help combat the chaos? Or will a soup and sandwich supper do?

Meal planning keeps me accountable.

Since I’m big on healthy eating, what I’m sharing with you needs to reflect that. Our meals need to be rich of lean meats, protein, good fats, complex carbs and leafy greens. I also try to plan a vegetarian night, typically on Monday for Meatless Monday.

Meal planning helps me budget.

I shop my local Publix weekly sale ad and plan meals around what’s on sale. Since we typically buy organic meats and produce, our grocery bill tends to add up quickly. However, if I plan meals around certain items on sale, it helps keep the cost low. Plus, planning meals also forces to not waste the food I buy or the money spent. If I plan it and buy it, I have to prepare it.

How to Meal Plan Your Family Dinners

Learn more about my meal planning How To’s here.

How will you resolve to be better about meal planning this year? What are some of your tips?

Now, onto this week’s dinner menu.

Sunday – British style Bangers & Mash (Chicken Sausage & Mashed Potatoes) with Honey Sriracha Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Meatless Monday – Roasted Veggie Sammies

Tuesday – (Brinner) Sweet Potato and Kale Hash with Poached Eggs

Wedensday – Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowls with Cilantro Lime Rice

Thursday – Leftovers

Friday – Pizza

Pinning and Planning Run DMTWhat’s on your dinner menu this week? What healthy recipes are you Pinning and Planning?

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  1. Genna says:

    Meal planning I find so hard because I like to cook on Sundays and then i get nervous it won’t be good by the end of the week, or I get bored, or I eat it all..Whoops!

    • Denise says:

      I can relate to your nervousness! I don’t cook it all at once, but instead I make frequent trips to Publix during the week because I have this thing about food going off. It seems were always running out of something so the trip isn’t a wasted one.

  2. Tia says:

    My goal is to try 250 new recipes this year. I am starting January with a challenge from a friend to not spend any money eating out this month so meal planning will be essential in helping me accomplish this task. I am sure it will help me not miss meals and consume as much junk as well.

    Ill be reviewing your archives for your tried and true favorites.

    • Denise says:

      That is a really fantastic goal! Eating out is so costly and it causes weight gain and hypertension. I do love a good dining out splurge, though! Good luck with the challenge!

      I try to test out one new recipe a week. My kids aren’t teh biggest fans of new foods so I have to ease new dishes into the menu.

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