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September 21, 2009

Week 5 of My 5 Week Meal Plan



Learn more about my 5 Week Menu Plan with my Q&A post right here.

It's Week 5 of 5 of my 5 Week Menu Plan. I didn't post my weekly meal plan (Week 4) last week, but I did use it. I've got a copy printed out and posted on the inside of one of my kitchen cabinets for easy reference. I'll update with a back-dated Meal Planning post for Week 4 later today.

I have to say, this experiment - planning FIVE weeks of dinners rather than just one has been a huge success for me. Since I already cook with a cook-ahead/double duty dinner mentality, planning ahead for just a little over a month allowed me to plug in those doubled dinners into later dates (usually our most busy nights).

And - this is the biggie - given our hectic family schedule (I chat a bit here about how I'm worrying we're becoming overbooked), planning ahead for a month or so allows me to identify days when I'll have more time for extra cooking and days when I'll simply be so busy that I won't have time to do anything more than defrost and nuke a pre-made dinner.

Because this has worked so well for me, I plan on doing this again, and I plan adding a tab to the header of this site and a button on the sidebar to link to my 5 Week Menu Plans. These will make it easier for you to locate my 5 Week Meal Plans as well the links to the master Google Docs I've made (the five week calendar and weekly grocery lists) for these menu plans. I hope that you find them useful!

Here's what's for dinner at my house this week:

Monday

Lasagna Rolls with Italian Sausage with salad and breadsticks.

Tuesday

King Ranch Chicken Casserole (I'm attempting this in my slow cooker; I'll let you know how it turns out!)

Wednesday

Leftovers!

Thursday

Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas (Mmmmm! I could eat this every night!)

Friday

Calzones with homemade dough and Salad.

Saturday

Chicken and Dumplings (I made this yesterday for dinner as well; it's one of our family faves! I alter the recipe a bit and I'll share that with you in a later post.)

Sunday

Free Night! (Going to our Parish Picnic -- keeping my fingers crossed for good weather!)

My 5 Week Menu Plan (with recipe links) is posted right here (as a printable GoogleDoc) and embedded at the bottom is a link to Week 1's Grocery List, Week 2's Grocery List, and Week 3's Grocery List (all are also printable GoogleDocs).

I'll update with the grocery lists for Week 4 and Week 5 later today.

I'm not perfect (I've got big fat clay feet here, y'all) so be aware that a link could be haywire and that the Grocery Lists are basic guidelines; be sure to check the recipes and see what items you'd omit or add and adjust amounts for your family size.

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Don't forget to hop on over to the linkeroony at Meal Plan Monday hosted by Orgjunkie.com to drop your meal plan post and surf the links for ideas!

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3 comments:

  1. Congrats on completing the 5 week menu plan! I know our family couldn't do it. They don't care if I menu plan or what not, but they are so unpredictable and don't want to eat in all the time, so I have to change that meal to another day, and it's just hectic. Maybe i'll try 2 weeks.

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  2. thanks for the great recipes I cant wait to try the lasagna rolls

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  3. Come post your favorite crock pot recipe at Crock Pot Wednesday on diningwithdebbie.blogspot.com

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