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Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning


Cooking on a Shoestring: Monday Meal Planning

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It’s Monday–time to share our dinner-time game plans for the week!  A little effort with meal planning at the beginning of the week helps me to provide my family with nutritious, budget-friendly meals, and also allows me to get my act together when our family’s headed in several different directions.

Aahhh…this week I feel like our summer finally begins!  June was insane with the kids’ sports, my teaching during the day, and a ton of extra activities on the evenings and weekends.  All good and fun, but it’s pretty fantastic to have a more low-key week stretching in front of us.  Knowing that low-key will only last a few weeks, I’m trying to take advantage and do a little freezer cooking for vacation and when soccer season fires up in August.  

Here’s my plan for this week:

Monday:  Spaghetti and meatballs–making a BIG pot to hopefully freeze 2 dinners’ worth in addition to what we eat tonight!

Tuesday: Grilled chicken, baked potatoes, green beans, salad (prepping extra grilled chicken and salad for lunches the rest of the week)

Wednesday: Picnic dinner on the way to a swim meet!

Thursday: Pot roast in the crock pot, mashed potatoes & gravy, broccoli  (making two roasts so the leftovers can go in the freezer for Pulled Roast Beef Sliders on vacation!

Friday:  Cookout with friends

Saturday:  Birthday party for my dad and sister

Sunday: Stromboli–making extra to freeze for vacation!

How about you–what’s on your menu this week?  Join the conversation in the comments or on Facebook!

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