It is that time of year! Time to revamp and reorganize my menu plan with a new monthly menu plan for the spring and summer. I have definitely grown tired of our winter meals (all those yummy root vegetables have been growing old to my taste!) and eager to begin eating those lighter meals for the summer. I absolutely love just making two menu plans for the year, one for fall/winter, and one for spring/summer. Why do I like monthly menu planning?
I only have to make one trip to the grocery store per month! Thus saving me time, energy and gas! It does take a good day off and on to map out a menu plan, but after that I am set for the next few months. On my shopping day I stop by our local Trader Joe’s & Winco. I also make a purchase through Azure Standard (natural food co-op) every two months to cover some of our whole grains and other staple items. Our produce comes twice a month through a local organic produce co-op or farmer’s market. Milk and eggs are picked up weekly through a local farm (which is completed in rotation with a few other families in my area, so I only have to do it once per month!). I honestly don’t stick strictly to this menu plan, it is more of a guideline. As different seasonal produce comes in I will add a new recipe here and there. Also, all dinners are served with some vegetable according to what is in season.
Over this next month I will start sharing with you all our spring/summer recipes, but here is my master list with links to recipes I have already posted on my blog:
This is roughly our breakfast schedule that stays pretty consistent throughout the year.
Monday- Green Smoothies, Eggs, bread, biscuit or muffin
Tuesday- Oatmeal, apples, raisins
Wednesday – Green Smoothie, biscuit, muffin or bread
Thursday – Oatmeal, apples, raisins
Friday – Green Smoothies, French Toast
Saturday – Pancakes or Crepes, fruit
Sunday – Creamy Quinoa Porridge
Sandwiches, fruit, fresh salad
Burritos with refried beans
Regular Hot Dogs or add chili, baked beans, vegi
Soup, grilled cheese sandwiches, fruit, vegi tray
Mondays – Main Dish Salads
1. Southwest Chicken Salad
2. Stir Fry w/Rice & Veggies (twice a month)
3. Chicken Ceasar Salad or Wraps
Tuesdays – Sandwiches & Soups
1. Grilled Veggie Sandwiches (our favorite frugal summer meal!)
2. BBQ Beef Sandwiches
3. Dijon Chicken Sandwiches (using liquid aminos and eaten on hamburger buns with toppings) & Garden Chowder
4. Fish & Chips (with homemade French Fries)
Wednesday – Italian/Ethnic
Thursday – Mexican
1. Grilled Stuffed Burritos
2. Grilled Asparagus (or in season produce) Quesidillas
3. Chicken Fajitas
4. Baked Potato Bar
Friday – Special Dinner Night
Friday is family night, so we also have our once a week dessert on this night
1. Homemade Pizza (twice a month)
2. Hamburgers, baked beans
3. BBQ Chicken
Saturday & Sunday
Leftovers, Spaghetti, Nachos, or Waffles (our favorite Sunday night treat)
Here are a few articles I have written previously on the topic.
How do you do your menu planning? Would love to hear your tips and tricks!