I love menu planning. I usually do it for a whole month at a time, and make a big Sam's run the first week of each month. We keep a calendar on the wall of the kitchen, and the kids love checking it to see what's for dinner. I start by putting night time activities on the bottom line. This helps me decide if a particular day needs a quick and easy meal, or if we can try something new. Really, we tend to eat the same things over and over! Next I put the "title" of the meal on the top line and the ingredients fill the rest of the space. That makes checking my cupboard and compiling a shopping list quick and easy! I'll also include the rough cost of what I've paid for the meals we'll be eating. (I have some great cheap/free food sources, so your price may be higher than mine.)
Breakfasts: cereal, bagels, cottage cheese, cantelope, milk ($5/week)
Lunches: PB sandwiches, pretzels, fruit (apples, cantelope, watermelon), milk (yes, we eat the same thing every day!) ($5/week)
Monday- Hot dogs, fried potatoes, broccoli, juice ($2)
Tuesday- Fried Rice, juice ($2-3)
Wednesday- Pizza Pasta, juice ($2)
Thursday- Homemade pizza, juice ($2)
Friday-Sunday- the kids and I are visiting family while Daddy goes on a men's retreat.
Estimated cost of our meals for the week: less than $20 for a family of 6!
That's my plan! Visit orgjunkie.com for more menu ideas!