Meal Planning for 4
Over the last three months Lovey and I have decided to meal plan our dinners. I’m only going to cover our weekly dinners on here because we don’t typically have breakfast or lunch together as a family. All of that is accounted for differently.
Why we decided to plan our meals
We used to eat out a lot, and when I say a lot, I mean every other day. By preparing and making our meals daily we are able to budget our family meals better. I can make the dishes we enjoy eating in the comfort of our own home. We are also able to choose better ingredients for the food that we want to make and eat.
Below is a template that is provided by Word Excel for meal planning.
I typically hand write all my meal plans down on a piece of paper, but for the sake of blogging and making it look neater I’ll use this template.
The breakdown is very simple for our dinners. There are two weeks on here and they are color coded two different shades. This makes it easier for me to see week 1 and week 2 without having to place actual dates. On the side I added a column just for ingredients. By doing this it makes it a lot easier for me to see what I need to check my pantry for, and how much of something we need.
I keep my list and meal plan for 2 weeks, until I make a new one. I also keep a meal plan because it helps me see what dishes I’ve already made. This makes it a lot easier for me to decide whether I want to recreate that dish again for the following week or try something new.
Sample of my list filled out (this is what we’re actually having this week)
The ingredients list isn’t in order, but you get the idea of how I put my meal plans together. I’m also a huge enthusiast of trying new dishes that I have never made before. Lovey typically like’s eating the same things every week. He finds that it’s a lot easier and simpler to put together. I, on the other hand, prefer tackling the challenge of trying to make something new. There was a week where I made some new recipe every evening. As fun as that was, it was also challenging. I try to keep a balance with our meals now.
I stick to a 50/50 type of meal plan. Each week I throw in the regular dinners that we have all the time, and mix in a few recipes that are new to us. This week’s menu is primarily from Southeast Asia. We’ve got Filipino, Indian, Japanese, Italian, Middle Eastern, and for Friday.. I’m thinking American. I still have to fill that in, but I’ve listed what our 2 week menu is going to look like. If you have any questions regarding the recipes that I’m using or you’d like to see a post about it, please let me know. I would be more than happy to share what I make every evening!
- 04.01.18 – Ordered Toppers Pizza for Easter
- 04.02.18 – Beef Sinigang (Filipino Beef Tamarind Soup)
- 04.03.18 – Chicken Tikka Masala and Chana Masala
- 04.04.18 – Japanese Shrimp Ramen
- 04.05.18 – Chicken Marsala
- 04.06.18 – Monterey Jack Burgers
- 04.07.18 – Middle Eastern Chicken and Beef Kabobs
- 04.08.18 – Pork Chops with Green Beans and Mashed Potatoes
- 04.09.18 – Orange Chicken with Rice
- 04.10.18 – Japanese Beef Curry with Rice
- 04.11.18 – Tuna Sandwiches with Fries
- 04.12.18 – Tex- Mex Style Tilapia with Green Beans and Broccoli
- 04.13.18 – Chili with Lobster Rolls
- 04.14.18 – Galbi w Kimchi Fried Rice
- 04.15.18 – Greek Gyro Skewers w Zucchini Fries
This concludes our 2 week meal plan. I’ll slowly be posting each of these meals, minus Toppers Pizza because we barely order out, and I forgot to take a picture of it last time. I’m still brainstorming about how all my food posts are going to be on here. I’m still testing the waters whether I like how this is falling into place. Stick around for the next post!