Monday, October 17, 2011

{31 Days to a Functiona Kitchen} Day 17: Menu Planning Monday

One of the first blogs I ever followed was I'm an Organizing Junkie.  Laura has an amazing blog and website about all things organizing.  I must say, she is my idol.  Every week she hosts Menu Plan Monday, an amazing link-up party with over 300 bloggers sharing their weekly meal plan.  While I find this idea amazing, I am horrible at planning.  That being said, meal planning is an incredible way to be more efficient in the kitchen. 

Having a plan allows you to be prepared which can save you both time and money.  Two things any busy mom can appreciate.  With a plan you can ensure that you have the necessary ingredients, you can base your plan on your schedule, available time each night to cook and of course, the weekly specials.  If you are interested in starting to menu plan, Laura share some amazing resources here.  I highly recommend checking these out.

Back in January I gave menu planning a try - sadly, it lasted only a couple of weeks.  But, in the spirit of this series, 31 Days to a Functional Kitchen, I have made a plan for our very busy week!

Monday - Lemony Shrimp Scampi Pasta with broccoli

Tuesday - Taco Salad with Ground Beef and Quesadillas

Wednesday - {Chuck E. Cheese - school fundraiser}

Thursday - Chicken Stir Fry with Brown Rice

Friday - Spaghetti with Meatballs (husband will make as I will be at Glitter Academy - can't wait)

Saturday - Pork Tenderloin with Fingerling Potatoes and Fried Apples (possible dinner party)

Sunday - {Dinner at In-Laws}

What is on your menu this week?  Do you menu plan?  How has it helped you save time?

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