Menu planning the easy way.
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|Sun, 09-05-2010 - 10:09am|
This is the menu plan I came up with, cause every one else there was out there either was too cumbersome or needed to be installed and took up too much space on the computer. I been teaching people to do this way for years now, it is a easy and logical system and most people like it when they get hang of it.
It is based more on trying to stretch a buck then being fancy and can be applied to breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack if so needed.
This is the theory, all month has in theory 4 week and we all know that every week has 7 days.
Every day get allocated a main ingredient or theme, for example.
Tuesday: ground beef
Friday: Comfort food.
Saturday: pork chops.
Sunday: slow cooking.
Then you need to figure out four recipes for each day.
Monday: Chicken ala King with pasta, Chicken curry and rice, Nacho bake chicken, Autumn chicken stew.
Tuesday: Meatloaf with spuds and gravy, Asian meatballs with noodles, Sherpards pie , Swedish hamburger patties with onion gravy and spuds.
Wednesday: Pasta Bolognese, lasagne, Meatball bake, Pasta Alfredo.
Thursday: Soup ala Bolognese, Bacon and tomato soup, Vegetable soup, Curry chicken soup.
Friday: This is the day, when I do comfort food, like pizza, hamburgers or fondue, something to end the week and bring the family closer around the table, this is the day when the kids get to choose what home cooked meal mum or dad will make. So four of these when the month starts, yes they need to learn to plan a head too.
Saturday: Asian porkchops with pinapple and rice, Apple pork chops with boild spuds and gravy, Breaded pork chops with fries and yoghurtsauce. Cheese stuffed porkchops with baked potatoes and sour cream.
Sunday: Chili with nachos, Beef stew with spuds, Roast chicken with all the sides and Roasted porkside with spuds and apples.
Now you need match up the meals of the days with each other so the ingredients match so you will use up everything you buy.
Asian meatballs with noodles
Soup ala Bolognese
Breaded pork chops with fries and yoghurt sauce.
Chilis with nachos
The chicken curry uses yoghurt, garlic, onion and ginger, the Asian meatballs uses ginger, garlic, chillies and carrot, the pasta sauce uses carrot, garlic, onion and tomatoes and the soup uses a cup of left over pasta sauce for 2, the Pizza if home made can also use left over pasta sauce and the breaded pork chops can be breaded in crushed nachos or cornflakes to get a crisper texture and the yoghurt should still be good for the start of the week and Chilli can use up left over tomatoes, garlic, chilli and onion.
There and if you now start the next week with the Nacho bake chicken, well then you used up the nachos too.