Have you ever wondered what you are going to have for dinner and just can't make up your mind? Does making dinner every night become a drag for you? Are you tired of sitting down to make a menu plan for a week or a month?
Believe me when I say that I am tired of it. I don't even want to think about how many meals and meals plans I have made over the years. Let's see. Three meals a day for almost 50 years minus about 24 meals eaten out a year would be almost 53,550 meals. That makes my head hurt!
It's not only the number but the time to shop, plan and make them. I came across a woman named Tiffany who sells meal plans. I am always leery of paying for something that I can do myself. So I watched her videos for a while and then tried a couple of meals that she shows. Hubby loved them.
Hubby who is a real fuss budget(and has gotten worse over the years) sat down and watched some her videos with me. We noticed that her meals were easy, full of flavor and variety, and healthy. I especially like her Whole Foods plan.
I also read in comments on her videos how so many people were saving money every week on their grocery bills following her plans. Well you know that I am all about saving money!
So Hubby( Mr. Fuss Budget) says to me : "Why don't you buy her plans?" It would save you time every week. I don't have to be told twice. So I purchased her 3 month plan. It's a little more expensive than buying a year's worth but a little cheaper than buying a month's worth. I figure a month is too short to make sure that we really like her recipes. But I didn't want to commit to a year before I am sure.
She has 3 different plans: Whole Foods, Slow Cooker, and Traditional. You also get some Freezer Meals. She gives you a month's worth at a time when you buy her plans. The plans are fantastic because they not only give you a menu plan to print out and put where everyone can view it but she gives you each menu and a grocery list for the week. The recipes and grocery list are color coded so that if you don't make every meal every week, you can easily skip or cross out the ingredients that you aren't going to use. I am finding that many of the ingredients for her meals I already have in my pantry and freezer stockpiles.
You can just follow the entire meal plan for the week or pick and choose which ones you are going to make. Hubby is so fussy that I was sure he will not want me to make some of them. So with that in mind, here is my Menu Plan for the week:
Sunday: Red Beans and Rice with Ground Turkey(my recipe) and Salad- already had the food thawed.
Monday: Terriyaki Chicken, Roasted Potatoes, Broccoli
Tuesday: Leftovers from Monday
Wednesday: Italian Pork Chops with Tomatoes in the Crockpot( served on rice or noodles), Salad
Thursday: Leftovers from Wednesday
Friday: Grilled White Fish, Salad Greens with Berries and Dressing, Baked Potatoes
Saturday: Leftovers from Friday. I may make Fish Tacos
We always eat our leftovers but you could make a new meal everyday. Her recipes are for small families (3-4) and large families (6-8). Her quantities are plentiful. So her meals make more than enough for each serving. So we will use the one for small families and have two meals using leftovers. Or many of her meals are freezable for the crock pot, so I can just split them and freeze them and that will give us more variety.
So this is a new journey for me that I am looking forward to. I am never too old to learn a different way.
If you would like to look at her site and get a free meal plan, here is her link:
Eat At Home Cooks
I am just starting on this journey and will let you know how this works for my family as we get more into it.
Disclaimer: This not a paid referral link.