Meal planning, recipes, and budgeting

Sounds like fun, right? I started meal planning because I was bored when we first moved here and I needed something to do other than fill out job applications. It is now a habit; typically BLT and I meal plan on Sundays after I get the newspaper with advertisements and coupons. I use this printable sheet for writing down my meals and making a shopping list: http://www.iheartnaptime.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/Menu-copy1.png

This week’s meals are as follow:
Monday: steak, spinach, and corn bread (BLT was craving corn bread)

Tuesday: crispy cheddar chicken and green beans (recipe here: http://jamiecooksitup.net/2011/10/crispy-cheddar-chicken/) I don’t make the gravy for the chicken

Wednesday: Breakfast (sausage balls and 7up biscuits)- for the sausage balls, I just take a package of Jimmy Dean sausage, mix it with about 2 cups of Bisquick and 1-2 cups of cheddar cheese, and then roll them into balls, bake at 350 for 25 minutes. The 7UP biscuit recipe can be found here: http://www.yourhomebasedmom.com/7-up-biscuits/

Thursday: Leftover white bean chicken chili (from Sunday) I essentially use this recipe, but leave out 1 can of beans so only making it with 2 cans http://www.food.com/recipe/cheesy-white-chicken-chili-393460

Friday: Going out

Saturday: Chicken Mac

Sunday: Chicken Rollatini (haven’t made it before, but here is the recipe http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/04/chicken-rollatini-with-spinach-alla.html?m=1)

BUDGETING

I have created a Family Budget Binder and printed pages 5, 7, 9, 11 from this site http://www.thirtyhandmadedays.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/budgetbinder30daysblog.pdf

We also use a budgeting tool in excel that is a simple monthly planner. November budget

The meal planning, recipes, and budgeting help keep me under control. If I come home from work and there isn’t a dinner planned, then I am likely to give into McDonald’s or let Brandon get a pizza. It was hard to remember to take chicken out in the morning but now we have the hang of it pretty well.

Adios

nail color of the week: DS Extravagance by OPI

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One thought on “Meal planning, recipes, and budgeting

  1. Shannon says:

    I love this!! Keep blogging. I want to get involved with meal planning and a budget. Looks like you are motivating me already!! Cant wait to see you sometime in the near future!! Happy Blogging!

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