Last week went by in a blur. I am so glad that I did my big planning session at the end of July. With the pace that I have been going at in August it has been great to have one less thing to think about and just access the menu plan file for that week and have it ready to go.
I am always a big advocate of menu planning, but going through a month like this one, I honestly don’t know how I would have fed us all healthily and within budget, if I hadn’t taken the time to prepare the menu plans earlier.
Here is what we are having this week:
Monday: Pumpkin Soup
Baking: White Chocolate Chip Cookies
Tuesday: Baked Penne With Bacon
Wednesday: Spicy Chutney Chicken with Mixed Rice
Thursday: Homemade Pasties
Friday: Left Overs
Sunday: Chicken Wings with Baked Potatoes and Corn
I have included the shopping list for this week’s menu plan as an excel file. The below paragraphs explain what is in the attached excel file below.
It contains three separate spreadsheets. The first is named “Complete Grocery’ and it lists by supermarket aisle all the ingredients that are needed to cook the family meals for this week.
The second spreadsheet is named “Ingredient By Meal’ and it lists the ingredients that are required for the family by each individual meal this week. I have also left on the aisle and aisle subsection in this spreadsheet for reference, but if you want to print that out you will need to alter the print area.
The third spreadsheet is named “Menu Plan” and is a modified version of the menu plan that I print and place on the fridge. I have a notes section, that I like to populate with any activities that are likely to impact the evening meal routine.
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