Happy Monday (what a misnomer!)!!

For this week’s Menu Plan Monday, I wanted to post an updated list of my potential dinners for the week.

Eggplant Parmesan

Why bother?

Here’s why – as I have stated many, many times, menu planning is one of the easiest and most important things you can do to save yourself time. And as a parent, we are ALWAYS about saving time.

The steps:

1. Make a master list of dinners. List anything that your family will eat.

2. Decide how to rotate meals. Will you go straight down the list? Put them on index cards and pick at the beginning of the week? Use a random number generator to choose?

For me, all of these are a bit too complicated (although, I am a nerd at heart and am more likely to use the random number generator). When we menu plan, we basically think about how busy our week is, the ingredients we have on hand and the flavors we want for the week (right now I am off anything resembling Mexican food, which is weird for me).

3. Make a weekly plan and shopping list.

My husband does all of the grocery shopping and he HATES the way I make lists. Therefore, I created a shopping list that goes in order. I can just write in what we need and he can go in order through the grocery store. Anal retentive much?

So, once you have this, you are all set! For more ideas about menu planning, check out Organizing Junkie – lots of great info!

THE List:

  1. Mac and Cheese
  2. Grilled Chicken
    • Grill with bbq sauce or marinate it for a fuller flavor.
  3. Spaghetti
    • To add variety, make different types of noodles or put it over squash.
  4. Ribs
    • These can be cooked in the crock pot, broiler or grill.
  5. Turkey Burgers
  6. Grilled Turkey Legs
  7. Beef Stroganoff
  8. Slow Cooker Chicken
  9. Slow Cooker French Dip
  10. Pot Roast
  11. Baked Chicken
  12. Chicken Parmesan
  13. Albondagas
  14. Tacos
  15. Enchiladas
  16. Tostadas
  17. Taco Salad
  18. Pork Chops
  19. Sausage
  20. Bratwurst
  21. Red Beans and Rice
  22. Fetticinni Alfredo
  23. Chili – we make it healthier by using ground game meat (deer, antelope, elk, etc)
  24. Fajitas
  25. Stir Fry
  26. Lasagna
  27. Tuna Casserole
  28. Enchilada Casserole
  29. Eggplant Parmesan
  30. Ham with Greens
  31. Tostada Goop – sooooo yummy! Make extra and you can use it for enchiladas or tostadas or taco salad or…
  32. Neat Sloppy Joes
  33. Chicken Fried Rice – don’t use oil (I just use water) and save on the fat content.
  34. Steak
  35. Kabobs – super easy to make
  36. Meatballs – add bbq sauce and let the kids eat with toothpicks for extra fun, provided no one gets poked in the eyeball
  37. Meatloaf – we make ours with bbq sauce. And bacon. Can’t forget the bacon.
  38. Philly Cheesesteak Sandwiches
  39. Sub sandwiches – use mini rolls and make them custom for everyone
  40. Nachos
  41. Stuffed Peppers
  42. Shrimp Tacos
  43. Gumbo
  44. Jambalaya
  45. Potato, Green Beans and Hamhocks – some good ole soul food that is also super healthy!
  46. Baked Fish – we like halibut, catfish and tilapia
  47. Ceviche – surprisingly light
  48. Rotisserie Chicken/Turkey – pair with a bag of steamer veggies to make a complete, healthy meal
  49. Pulled Pork – with my husband’s homemade BBQ sauce…YUM!
  50. Carne Asada – we have yet to find good asada out here in Colorado, but we will keep searching.

So, here you go. Now my question for you is this – do you have a list? If not, will you do one? Let me know in the comments! And if you do a blog post about it, let me know so I can link up!

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4 Responses to Menu Planning – Do you have a master dinner list? 50 dinner ideas

  1. Neat sloppy joe sound fabulous–great menu plan!

  2. whenfoodisdangerous says:

    I don't make enough of the same thing twice to create such a list! However, I do plan around themes each week – soup one day, breakfast for dinner another, pizza or sandwiches one night,etc. I like your list!

  3. Jen says:

    This is one of those projects I always say I'm going to do, but alas….
    thank you for the inspiration to do it!
    Great recipe ideas too!

  4. [...] Here are 10 recipes that I will be trying over the next few weeks. I figure if I find about 10 that I like, I can mix that into my menu planning along with grilling and be ok with dinners for a few weeks time. I won’t plan more than a week ahead, but it’s nice to have options. Next week, I’ll post my updated master meal list, which by then will organized into categories. Here’s the original list. [...]

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