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Sunday, January 10, 2010

Menu Plan Monday - January 11, 2010

For this week's Menu Plan Monday, I'll give a glimpse into planning the dinner menus for our big grocery trip planned for Saturday. We'll shop for 8 weeks which means the next time I grocery the temps will be above freezing. Yeah!

There are 56 days of dinners. Eight will be our Friday Night Bible Study. Nine will be AWANA which I plan quick & easy like frozen pizza or cold cuts. That leaves 39 dinners to plan and purchase ingredients for.

With my new love of cooking for planned overs, here's what we have:

Pinto Bean Mix (6-8 lbs.)
  1. Bean Burritos
  2. Bean Burritos
  3. 2 Bean Chili
  4. Beef & Bean Crescent Pie
  5. Taco Salad

Ham (15 lbs.)

  1. Baked Ham
  2. Colorful Ham Strata
  3. Greek Ham Wraps
  4. Sliced Ham and Cole Slaw
  5. Sunshine Ham
  6. Ham & Beans

Hot Dogs (8 Packs)

  1. Coney Dogs
  2. Cheesy Mac & Dogs
  3. Hearty German Potato Salad
  4. Franks & Beans
  5. Hot Dogs

Chicken (2 Whole, 3 if less than $5 each)

  1. Roast Chicken
  2. Grilled Chicken Salad
  3. Chicken Primavera
  4. Chicken Barley Soup
  5. Mexican Chicken

Bulk Sausage (3 lbs.)

  1. Cheesy Sausage Penne
  2. Sausage Braid
  3. Biscuits & Gravy

Meatballs (2 lbs.)

  1. Spaghetti & Meatballs
  2. Spaghetti & Meatballs
  3. Chili Day Meatballs
  4. BBQ Meatball Sandwiches

Breakfast for Dinner (once/week usually when Bryan has a late meeting)

  1. Hashbrown Casserole
  2. Hashbrown Casserole
  3. Waffles & Sausage
  4. Waffles & Sausage
  5. Blueberry Pancakes
  6. Blueberry Pancakes
  7. Baked French Toast
  8. Baked French Toast

Clean Out the Freezer (I can usually scrounge at least four meals out of things I've shoved in the freezer.)

That's it! And I can honestly say that it took me longer to type this post than it did to plan it to begin with. With the meals centering around a common ingredient or theme, the cooking time will be cut down dramatically!

Find more menus at orgjunkie.com. Our menus for the year can be found at our website. Breakfast menu is here; Lunch is here. What's on your menu this week?


  1. This does look doable. I think I'm gonna' try it as soon as we get a larger refrigerator and a freezer. Thank you.

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  2. I loved AWANA.

    I like your method of grouping meals by main ingredient. I should consider that. Seems like it's more helpful.

  3. Thank you for sharing your Menu Plan! I am always looking for new ideas to feed my family. www.colieskitchen.com