Here is my Publix meal plan for next week. Since I typically shop at the end of the Publix sale my menus are always a week ahead. I don’t know about you guys but there is nothing worse than standing in front of the refrigerator hoping a dinner idea will jump out. My husband is usually not much help when it comes to menu planning. He is so laid back and will pretty much eat whatever…so it is left to me to come up with the menu. It makes it nice as I get to cook what I like most – tee hee!
Having my menu done for the week also allows me to move things around if I need to. If I decide that I am not in the mood for Moo Shu Pork on Monday I can easily move it to Thursday as I will have everything on hand for the entire week. Folks are always asking how to cut their grocery budget and I honestly think meal planning is the easiest way to slash spending!
Being able to inventory what you have on hand and then just fill in with sale items means you only buy what you need. I really think people spend too much money on things that they might use. I used to walk down the aisles thinking that by putting lots of veggies in my cart mean that we were going to have so much to choose from and I would magically have great meals at my fingertips! Usually I tossed out half of what I had bought due to spoilage. I was overbuying in a big way. While I would love if my family would eat massive quantities of the good stuff…there is really only so much you can eat in one week. I found that planning meant that I was actually using what I was buying. I was not buying nearly as much and what I did buy – actually got used! So one head of cabbage is used for two meals and completely consumed. No more half a head left in the fridge to wilt and rot!
Here is what I have on my menu for the week -
Moo Shu Pork
Spinach Sunflower Seed Pesto Sauce over Grilled Chicken
Cream Cheese Stuffed Roasted Chicken (without the potatoes)
Roasted Asparagus & Cauliflower
Korean Beef Tacos
Black Bean & Corn Salsa
SUNDAY (Easter Dinner with Family)
Green Beans or Baked Beans
Potato Salad (my mom is bringing this)
What’s on your menu this week? Share your menu or your recipes in the comments. I always love getting new ideas!
Also, if you have questions about menu planning or just want to share some of your best tips – bring them on. I really think if you start planning your meals you will be amazed at what you will save – both time and money!