30 Days of Meals

My biggest problem with menu planning is deciding what to make. I love the idea of planning meals for the month, but our schedule changes frequently so I know a month long plan would lead to frustration.

My solution is to create a list, 30 Days of Meals. These are our dinners for the next 30 days. Each week I will pick six or seven meals from the list. There are a few repeats, which are family favorites. This will allow me to stock up on sale items as well as cook certain foods in bulk.

The hard part was creating the list. Each child was able to suggest two meals, which is why fried chicken is on the list. By having a 30 day list I hope to bring a little variety into our weekly dinners as well as continue to make our family favorites.

Here is the list, including links to some of the recipes.

30 Days of Meals

This list should actually last me about 5 weeks with leftovers and an occasional meal at a friend’s house.  This week we are having tuna casserole, salmon turnovers, pizza, baked ziti, bean and ham soup, and spaghetti. After a meal is made it will be crossed off the list, unless it is a repeat meal.

By looking at my 30 Days of Meals I know that I want to look for sales on chicken breast and ground beef/ turkey this month. I also want to look for cheese since it is called for in many of the recipes.

I hope this list will help streamline my kitchen work leaving me with more time accomplish other things and remove the temptation to go out to dinner.

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Comments

  1. Mikki says:

    what a great idea!! I was just thinking today that I need to start making things in bigger batches and freezing them for those days when I just don’t feel like cooking. This is another great way to do things too!

  2. Shanna says:

    Wow! I was just thinking of doing the exact same thing. As meals were prepared, cross them off or take them off the list or something. Whoa! Too weird. Good luck!

  3. Heather says:

    This is what I did recently, too. Just started trying to meal plan again and I’ve been switching things around and crossing them off the list when they’re done (so I know I used that chicken or those pork chops from the freezer). My question is How do you get your kids to eat what you make? Mine are 6 & 3 and used to eat anything I make but now will pretty much only eat chicken fingers, pasta, grilled cheese, that kind of thing. It makes shopping and meal planning a nightmare and mealtimes miserable. I want to stop making 2 meals and get them to broaden their horizons. Any tips? Thanks!

    • Annie says:

      I recently had this same conversation with my husband because he can’t get them to eat much either. My kids will eat everything from sushi to brussel sprouts- but I am the key. If I act like it’s special, and like whatever the food is is a treat, they will eat it. On the same token, they don’t like cake, most cookies, or ice cream, either, because we hardly ever have it or eat it.

      It might work- it’s worth a try.

  4. Rebecca says:

    I just did this for my family! It was a lot of work (especially since I ended up compiling all the ingredients to determine totals needed for the month.) But I entered the whole thing in a spread sheet and am leaving assessments of each recipe. I only did 26 meals though. I also know that next time I should do better at using similar ingredients more.

  5. Jacquelin says:

    Wow, love your meal plan, thanks for the ideas to add to my menu. We are going to try out the salmon turnovers this week.

  6. momstheword says:

    This is a great idea. I have something similar. I just sat down one day and listed a bunch of family favorites and then added in some recipes I want to try.

    I don’t like to eat to much meat so we throw in lentils or salad or breakfast, etc. somewhere in there too.

  7. Sherry says:

    Great idea!! I try to plan meals for 2 weeks but hadn’t thought of doing for a month. I do try to plan our leftovers to make into something else though.

  8. Aha, so THIS is what you were talking about! I like it! Once we did a full on menu, week 1, week 2, and switched, but it got old, quick. I like this pick and choose idea. But YES! Planning the meals is the hardest part! That’s the longest part of our shopping list is meal-planning, ugh!

  9. Nancy says:

    I try to do something like that to. I don’t like having a set dinner for each night, but this way I can pick and choose.

  10. Nicole says:

    Great plan! I have been trying (sometimes unsuccessfully) to plan meals by the week. I would eventually love to be organized enough to have a monthly meal plan.

    ~Nicole
    http://www.5paiges.blogspot.com

  11. Raelene says:

    Great idea!!!

  12. Daniela says:

    As you know Toni, I have recently started working out of home – full time. Suddenly my whole routine got disrupted and so did my ability to prepare suppers. I get home after 6 pm and the last thing I want to do is to cook supper. At first my sweet husband would pick up fast food suppers for us on the way from his work. But this was not going to fit into our budget nor into the eat healthier plan. Then my dear friend bought me a book called Once-a-Month Cooking by Mimi Wilson and Mary Beth Lagerborg. This book is awesome. Not only they give you plans, recipes, the whole shopping lists, but also details such as how many freezer baggies of what size you will need. The idea is you shop and cook once a month (or every two weeks, which ever you prefer). I love it. I use it with my own recipes, but they have lots of great recipes worth trying. So one Saturday I cook like crazy and then each morning I take out of the freezer what we will have for supper. I come home in the evening, warm up the food, enjoy the aromas which are same as if I was cooking all day, and then when my husband comes home we are able to sit together after a long day at work, and enjoy a good home made meal together. We Love It!

  13. Emily Alfred says:

    Im so happy to have found your site food my family will actually eat normal food :)))

  14. Mili says:

    Thanks for this post! I am trying to get my life under control as much as possible before baby no 3 comes in the spring. I plan menus for a living in the summer but these are on a 2 week rotation! It gets old for staff after awhile. This gives me some inspiration. I will probably throw in some take-out meals to make some days easier.
    As for those who have picky kids. I have a very, very picky husband and toddler in my family… I have found that if we are on a tight budget and have a menu planned out and then stick to it with no alternate options they eventually give in after being hungry for a few days. Hunger wins everytime. It can be tough to stick to your guns but it will eventually work out.

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