(Closed) Meal Planning Menu’s…. Share Yours?

posted 10 years ago in Cooking
Post # 3
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I wouldn’t make all of these in one week, but here are meals I commonly make (some of them aren’t the healthiest, but I think it’s okay as long as it’s only every once in a while!)  

I buy the leanest meat I can find and replace ground beef with ground turkey or chicken in about every recipe that requires it.  Nothing is deep fried and we cook with very little additional oil.  I buy frozen vegetables because they contain as much nutrients as fresh vegetables and they last longer (and are typically already chopped up).

  • Lasagna (ground turkey)
  • Chili (ground turkey or chicken)
  • Stuffed chicken breasts – chicken breast cut horizontally almost in half with a little bit of mozzarella cheese in the middle and on top with vegetables (green and red peppers, onions, mushrooms, etc)
  • Beef stroganoff (I cut up a lean steak to use although with the sauce I’m sure it’s not healthy)
  • Enchiladas (I add extra vegetables like corn and typically use chicken breasts)
  • Potato soup (it’s the easiest soup I’ve found to make completely homemade)
  • Grilled chicken breasts (sometimes add a little bit of Italian seasoning for flavor)
  • Pulled BBQ pork sandwiches (I put it in a slow cooker and it makes it really easy)
  • Lamb chops
  • Chicken pot pie with a ton of vegetables
  • Homemade applesauce is pretty easy to make
  • Teriyaki chicken with very little sauce and lot of vegetables and pineapple
  • We make “wings” using boneless skinless chicken breasts cut up and cooked in the oven and just enough sauce to cover the chicken

Post # 5
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

So, during the winter I do a lot of what @evabostonterrier does. On a Sunday I’ll make a large family size dish that will last most of the week.

For quick meals – and cost wise- I try to keep it simple during the week. I’ll buy one green veggie, because they go bad first, and then keep carrots, potatoes, rice, and other longer lasting veggies in the house to switch it up.

I portion out and marinate my meats in sandwich bags at the beginning of the week. Our two favorites are both Ken’s Steakhouse Marinades- Honey Teryaki and Garlic Herb. Then they’re ready to go when you need them! You can either have some grilled steaktips/chicken with veggies and rice, or stick them in a salad. Double duty!!!!

Two veggie tips- Spinach- chop an onion, cook in pan with olive oil, toss in the spinach until cooked… yummy!!! Carrots- I steam them in the microwave, then toss them with a little butter and brown sugar…

Yummy Weeknight Meal

-Turkey Burgers: Lean turkey meat, chopped onion, chopped green pepper, cumin, chili powder, garlic powder, salt, pepper… favorite cheese on a whole wheat bun…

-Sweet Potato Fries: Cut up a sweet potato. In a bowl combine with a little olive oil, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon, salt, pepper…bake them @400 degrees for about 10-12 minutes.

The spices TOTALLY bring the burger and fries together… feels sssooooooo indulgent but is actually pretty healthy. Especially if you skip the bun and go bunny style (between lettuce leaves)


Post # 8
690 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Check out Cooking Light and Epicurious websites for fresh recipes. You can also print them out in recipe card format. I like to keep all of my recipes in a recipe card box for easy reference when planning my grocery trip.

My main recipes:

Swedish meatballs, whole chicken stuffed with herbs, breaded yogurt chicken with couscous and veggies, homemade pasta sauce, breaded pork chops and applesauce, potato leek and chickpea soup (thank you, Jamie Oliver). We also make ground turkey tacos, big salads with lots of healthy fixins and rice and veggies with veggie burgers.

Post # 9
1820 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I hate to grocery shop (I actually really like the idea of it, but shopping on a weekend in the city is such a hassle that it makes me hate it), so I try to do one big outing every two weeks.  I usually end up making an additional stop or two for fresh produce/fish, but those stops are just for 1-2 items, so here is what I do:

Every other Saturday/Sunday – big grocery shopping trip to get everything we need for two weeks of meals (planned out in advance)

Tuesdays – farm share pick up for fresh vegetables (May-November)

Saturdays – farmer’s market in my neighborhood for fresh produce, eggs, and sometimes fresh bread

(and, yes, I do spend an obscene amount on groceries – probably $350-$400/month for everything)

If you are going to try this, just plan ahead and don’t beat yourself up if something doesn’t work out.  Serious meal planning is actually REALLY HARD, so allow yourself to ease into it.  Also, plan for leftovers, and think creatively about what you can do with them (i.e. roasted whole chicken = roasted chicken + stir fry + chicken salads + chicken noodle soup made with bones and leftover meat).  Some common things I make for dinner (I try to make a big pot/crock pot of something over the weekend so we can eat leftovers/similar meals, then I just pair everything with a salad or fresh vegetable):

Carnitas (Mexican pork roast made in the crock pot) – one roast can make several meals (tacos, quesadillas, burritos, carnitas salads)

Chili with ground turkey/beef and lots of beans or Mexican posole

Soups – chicken noodle/rice, potato/kale/carrot, minestrone, white bean and kale, lentil

Baked/grilled fish

Grilled lean steak with salsa salad (black beans, tomato, cilantro, lime, cucumbers, red bell pepper, red onion, cumin) or chick pea salad (garbonzo beans, crumbled feta, parsley, lemon juice, cucumber, green onion)

Pasta with red sauce (homemade – SUPER easy in crock pot)

Risotto with onion, lemon zest, parsley, a little parmesan

Whole roasted chicken (again, super easy with a dutch oven) with lemon + all the things I can make with the leftovers

Stir fry with leftover beef/chicken + lots of vegetables

Even though I try to mix up our dinners every couple of weeks (check out epicurious.com for ideas – you can just enter an ingredient you like/already have and tons of recipes will come up!  Plus, all the recipes are from Gourmet or Bon Appetit, so you know they will be good.), FH and I eat pretty much the same thing every day for lunch – salad.  I buy a ton of produce for salads, and then pre-cook and -chop everything over the weekend and keep it is separate tupperwares so all I have to do when I pack lunches is grab a handful of each and toss it together (FH and I both keep dressing at work).  What I usually have on hand (I don’t use all of these at once, but these are common themes in our house):

lettuce (baby spinach, mixed greens, arugula, or a combo)

grilled chicken (marinate in red wine vinegar, lemon juice , oil, a few dried herbs, salt and pepper and it’s amazing!) or some other leftover meat

beans – cannolini, shelled edamame, or garbonzos, usually

cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, sliced green beans

crumbled feta

hard-boiled eggs

cooked wheat berries or quinoa

sometimes I will add chicken salad or tuna salad on the side if we have it.

Sorry this is so long!  But I hope it is helpful… (and I really wish this bee thing had spell check)

Post # 11
2006 posts
Buzzing bee

Ok so I have a “cookbook” of recipes I get of websites such as sparkpeople, foodnetwork, and cooking light. Here are a few things I have in there. Everything is made with chicken (99% of the time chicken breasts) and 99% FF Ground Turkey. I also always serve a side salad, brown rice, and/or fruit with each meal:

Island Style Chicken w/Pineapple Salsa

Turkey Burgers on Sandwich Thins

Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Fajita Pizza

Chicken and Cheese “Taquitos”

Peach and Chicken Kabobs

Turkey Lasagna Rolls

“Tex Mex” Calzones

I have so many other yummy (mostly healthy) recipes, I’ll link to more later!



Post # 12
1937 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Lauren1018 – I didn’t realize when I was typing that so many of those were winter foods.  It’s been so gross outside recently here that I’ve been trying to make a few of those dishes “one last time” before summer comes!  

I like all the ideas everyone has!!

Post # 13
204 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Haha! Me too! I want to sneak in one more pot of beef stew while I can!!!!

Post # 14
5496 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2010

Most common meals that the hubby and I really like:

Chili and rice

Beef Stroganoff

Baked Ziti

Pork Tenderloin with a red wine sauce

Spaghetti with meat sauce

Baked mac n cheese


Notice these are NOT healthy LOL  I need to find healthier foods that he and I like-I’m a big meat and potatoes and pasta girl and don’t like many healthy foods. 🙁 

I love the website All Recipes.com, but I’m going to check out the epicurious site-never heard of it! I also want to start taking cooking classes..we have a neat place very closeby that has great nightly and weekend classes for only about $50 per class. I need to expand my cooking skills greatly! I only started really cooking a few years ago…

Post # 15
1676 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I try to plan 3-4 good solid meals for each week, then we fill in the other nights with leftovers and staples that we always have around the kitchen (pasta, soup & sandwich, various frozen stuff from Trader Joe’s, etc.).  We also tend to eat out, or at a friend’s house at least once during the weekend. 

This is our dinner menu for this week:

Monday – TJ’s salmon florentine, rice pilaf, and roasted asparagus (took all of 30 minutes to make all of this, with only 10-15 mins of hands-on time)

Tuesday – Russian plemeni (little meat raviolis) with sour cream & chive garnish and a green salad on the side

Wednesday – I had a work dinner out, Fiance heated up some leftovers from the weekend

Thursday – Quinoa salad: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Quinoa-Salad-232677

Friday – steak fajitas (just broil some pre-cut steak along with peppers & onions), then serve w/ tortillas, sour cream, fresh salsa (from TJs), and guacamole (I make my own)

Post # 16
913 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

My Fiance just made a fabulous dish yesterday – better on cooler days (yesterday was rainy and cold so it was perfect!)

Spicy chicken sausage – sliced 1″  chuncks

chicken brest – 1″ chunks

summer squash/zucchini

brown rice (1 package)

sliced red potatoes or sweet potoes

2 cubes of chicken buillion and water to dissolve

other seasonings to taste depending on how flavorful you want it

diced onions and peppers

LITERALLY throw it all into the crock pot – all together and leave it on warm – until the potatoes are cooked through.

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