Friday, November 18, 2011

One Month Menu Plan

OK, haven't done a full month's menu plan in years but now that we live out in the country I've decided I must revert to my old ways to economize my time, money and travel.  The basics of building a one month menu plan are very similar to doing the weekly menu plan except that you only do it once a month. For a one month plan it is still easiest to have a few theme nights, to serve planned-overs (intentional leftovers), and to use what you have purchased on sale previously to plan your meals for the future.

I like to plan my one month meals a little looser than the one week plan giving myself at least two nights of "Chef's choice".  I also like to look ahead at my calendar to see what is coming up on the calendar to take activities, events, and holidays into account. Sometimes things just come up and I have to change the meal plan.  In this case I will often switch weeks or rotate something that was planned for the end of the week to the beginning of the week, etc.
Here's the plan
November
F/18--BBQ with neighbors
S/19--Pizza Night!--Spam and Pinneapple Pizza with salad
Su/20--Breakfast for Dinner--Pancakes and Eggs
M/21--Chicken and Dumplings, Mozzarella Salad
T/22--Taco Tuesday!--Traditional Beef Tacos with all the trimmings
W/23--Homemade, oven baked Macaroni and Cheese with Portuguese Sausage, Eggplant, Green Salad
Th/24--Thanksgiving with all the trimmings!
F/25--Pizza Night!--Sausage Calzones and house salad
S/26--Chef's Choice
Su/27--Breakfast for Dinner--Peanut Butter Waffles
M/28--Turkey and Vegetable Soup
T/29--Taco Tuesday--Turkey Enchilladas
W/30--Saimin and Chicken Stir Fry
December
Th/1--Papaya Chicken, Rice,
F/2--Pizza Night--Stuffed Crust Cheese Pizza and house salad
S/3--Hamburgers, Home Fries, Macaroni Salad
Su/4--Breakfast for Dinner--Crepes with Strawberries
M/5--Turkey Tetrazini, Steamed mixed vegetables, salad
T/6--Taco Tuesday--Cafe Rio Pulled Pork Tacos, Cabbage Salad
W/7--Cheesy Potato Soup, Salad and Breadsticks
Th/8--Uncle Heath's Birthday--Reuben Sandwiches, Home Fries, Salad and Birthday Cake
F/9--Pizza Night--Veggie Pizza and house salad
S/10--Chicken Nuggets, Macaroni Salad and Steamed Veggies
Su/11--Breakfast for dinner--Dutch Babies
M/12--Cashew Chicken, Rice, Peggy's Christmas salad
T/13--Taco Tuesday--Chimichangas, pico de gallo, cabbage salad
W/14--Garlic Shimp, Noodles, Mixed Veggies
Th/15--Chef's Choice
F/16--Pizza Night--Chicken Alfredo Pizza and salad
S/17--Macaroni and Cheese, Large House Salad
Su/18--Breakfast for dinner--Scrambled Eggs, muffins, fresh fruit
M/19--Toscano Soup, Salad and Breadsticks
T/20--Taco Tuesday--Bean and Cheese Burritos, lime rice, salad

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