Menu Plan Monday - Start the Year Off Right With Planning

Happy 2011!

I hope you had a very enjoyable holiday season. Now that it's over, it's time to get back to real life. Tough, but necessary.

Last year, I talked a lot about menu planning. Well, it turns out, I did it for a good reason. As a busy working mom, the thing that saved me the most was menu planning and using my crock pot.

I have been working hard to lose weight, so I will need to balance the crock pot use with my food allergies (dairy, wheat and yeast) and making a healthy meal that everyone will be interested in.

Grilled half poussin at Time 4 Thai, Edinburgh
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To kick off the year right, I want to share some links to help you menu plan. Even if you only plan 3 meals a week, you will be ahead of the game. If you plan 3 meals with leftovers, that's 6 meals. If you freeze them, you have ready made meals for those days where you are just too busy to cook a good meal.

This weekend, I used several frozen meals as we recovered from the holidays. It was awesome to not have to cook. This is my plan for next week too.

My newest meal planning challenge?

Eating all the meat that my husband has killed. We have a freezer full of different meats, including elk, deer and antelope. We processed a lot of it into mixes - ground beef mixed with elk, ground sausage mixed with deer to make breakfast sausage, etc.

This is not within my norm, but so far it is working out well. We have had deer meat chili and spaghetti and neither kid was for the wiser. I want to use the meat we already have.

Here's the links on getting started with menu planning:

Menu Planning

Menu Planning from Organized Home

A Basic Guide to Menu Planning from Simple Mom

Meal Planning Tips and Tricks from Annie's Eats

And of course, Menu Plan Monday from I'm an Organizing Junkie.

Have I convinced you yet? I am telling you, this is one of the biggest timesavers you can employ. If you have already started planning your menus, tell us what is working. If you haven't, what is stopping you? Leave a comment so we can help you out!

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