So before I moved to PA, I would menu plan before I went to the grocery store. In FL, I would stand in the kitchen at the island. I would write the menu item on the chalk board. Then search the fridge, freezer and pantry for which items I need. Them make my grocery list. This was all done at the same time. Everyone who wanted to contribute to meal suggestions needed to be in the kitchen, or ear shot, while I made the menu. The meals were listed on the chalkboard and that is what we ate that week. I could move around what day we had what, but I knew what we were having and so did my guys.
Living in the townhouse we have a tiny fridge and freezer so I don’t have extra food hanging around. We already purchased our new appliances for the new house and a bigger fridge and a free standing freezer were on the list! We still sit down normally and make a plan and grocery list. But, I’ve found that I don’t always pick all my meals since I’m buying all the items weekly. Sometimes I just wait and see what hits me in the meat section.
Today I was off to the boys school for a volunteer meeting and then the first PTO meeting. Originally I didn’t think I’d get to the store. I knew I needed to come home and make apple pie taquitos to take the ladies night in our new neighborhood. When I did get home I decided I had time to shop. Off to Giant Eagle Market District I went. So where did I start shopping when you don’t have a menu plan? In the meat section. I picked our proteins and then went back to the produce dept to get the fruits and veggies to go with the meals.
So here’s what on our menu this week:
- Pork chops with homemade applesauce (bone in pork chops were on sale)
- Spaghetti squash mock lasagna with meatballs (leftover sauce and meatballs are being pulled out of the fridge)
- Scramblers with bacon
- Fish tacos (frozen talipia was on sale)
- Chicken something (that’s called I don’t know what kind of chicken yet… but I’ll figure it out)… my go to protein!
- Pressed sandwiches
Do you menu plan? What’s on your menu this week??