One of the posts today on Kosher on a Budget (one of my favorite blogs ever) was the February Monthly Meal Plan. Yeah, for the whole month! I really like the idea of planning on that level, but, as usual, my first thought was, “Oh, I’m just not there right now.”
And then I had a revelation: If there was ever a month that I needed to have a monthly meal plan, this was it.
If I can remove one more decision I have to make during the day this month, that’s one step closer to a more relaxed and sane me. And we all want that, right?
The planning was easier than I thought. I looked at what I had already in the pantry, fridge and freezer, thought about what I usually serve my family, and that was pretty much it. Easy peasy.
So here’s my plan for the month. I added a little twist of making a lot of these meals ahead and freezing them, so I have even more time to gear up for our awesome concert on February 27th.
- Feb 1: Creamy Parsnip Soup, Near East Couscous, Salad.
- Feb 2: Steak, Potatoes, Salad (we don’t usually have steak during the week, but this is a thank-you meal to my husband for being such a trooper during all the crazy rehearsals and whatnot)
- Feb 3: Pasta with cheese, Coleslaw
- Shabbos: The usual – Fish, Salad, Chicken soup*, Kugel*, Chicken, and then Cholent for lunch.
- Feb 6: Shabbos leftovers
- Feb 7: Crockpot Chicken pot pie (with chicken from the soup), NearEast Rice
- Feb 8: Tuna Casserole*, Veggie
- Feb 9: Creamy Parsnip Soup*, Couscous, Salad
- Feb 10: Pasta with Marinara sauce, Sautéed Veggies
- Shabbos: same as last week, with minor variations (a different kugel*, chicken, etc.)
- Feb 13: Shabbos Leftovers
- Feb 14: Spinach Cheese Quiche*, Veggie
- Feb 15: Chili, Salad
- Feb 16: Salmon Patties*, Rice
- Feb 17: Pasta with cheese, Salad
- Shabbos: again, same thing
- Feb 20: Shabbos leftovers (see the pattern here? I’m so glad my husband likes leftovers and my kids are too little to have an opinion)
- Feb 21: Stir fry (with chicken from soup), Rice
- Feb 22: Tuna Casserole*, Salad
- Feb 23: Veggie Stew, Couscous
- Feb 24: Pasta with marinara, Sautéed Veggies
- Shabbos: Yep, same thing
- Feb 27: Shabbos leftovers
- Feb 28: Chicken Salad (with chicken from soup), Rice
*made ahead and frozen, oh yeah!
Lunches are simple:
- My husband always takes two cheese sandwiches, a fruit and a snack. Always.
- My toddler barely eats, but I try with cream of week, PB sandwiches, crackers, waffles, bananas, apples, and whatever I can cajole him into eating.
- I either eat sandwiches or pasta, and have yogurt or fruit for a snack.
Thank you so much, Kosher on a Budget, for once again, helping me streamline my life and save money doing it.