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Menu Plan Monday Dec. 30


What happened to the time?  Is it really gonna be a new year this week?

I have had a nice break from cooking on a regular basis, but I really need to get back into the habit.  I had to figure out something to cook last night and it was torture!

It is times like those that I really appreciate meal planning.

Right now the meal planning website I use, Plan to Eat, is offering 20% off gift subscriptions.

At first I was hesitant about spending money on this kind of service, but since I signed up two years ago I have not regretted it.  The service just keeps getting better.

I love how easy it is to add recipes and search for them.  It makes planning my week of meals so fast!


You can put recipes in your queue making them easy to find, that way you don’t end up cooking chicken all week-long.

Another wonderful feature is that once you plan a recipe, the ingredients go into your shopping list.  Which you can go through and indicate the things you already have.
They have really tried to make the program more useful by combining the same ingredients.  So if you are making chicken twice in one week it will add the two amounts together.


Since I have signed up in Sept of 2011, I have spent over 51 hours on the Plan to Eat website.

This discount is a great way to get someone you love organized with their meal planning.

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Menu Plan 12/30-01/5

Mon: Rustic Skillet Chicken 

Tue: New Years Eve ~ Taco Bake with Spanish Rice

Wed: Garlic Rosemary Pork Tenderloin with Garlic Rosemary Potatoes 

Thr: Pesto Chicken Tortellini Soup {I will use cheese Tortellini and add cooked chicken to my soup}

Fri: plans with friends

Sat: kitchen is closed

Sun: dinner out


Happy Cooking


Need something to help plan your meals?  I use the Plan to Eat online meal planner.  Try it free for 30 days

Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

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Meal Plan Monday

As I discussed last Monday I use a meal planning program to plan out my meals for the moth or week.

The program I use is an online program that stores recipes and has a drag and drop style planner.  Once the meals are planned it generates a shopping list which you can edit and move items to a pantry list.  There are many other features that I really like; the ability to share recipes with other members, easy importing from websites or blogs, and many others.

If you want to learn more about it you can go to their site and try it for free or purchase a subscription today at 50% off!
Simple Meal Planning - Plan to Eat

Week of 11/26-12-2

Mon:  Chicken Carbonara and Zucchini Frittata

Tue:  Tequila Lime Pork Fajita

Wed:  Fauxtisserie Chicken with Mac & Cheese (with butternut squash puree)

Thr:  Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos

Fri:  Sautéed Pork Cutlets with  Pepperjack Potatoes

Sat: Leftovers

Sun:  Lasagna Soup


Need more ideas? Find some more meal plans here.

Hope this helps you find something to cook!