So, instead, I make a list of meals and just cross them off as I make them. This allows me to still grocery shop for the month and avoid major what-are-we-going-to-eat-tonight dilemmas. Another thing I started this month was to put an * next to the meals that had produce that would soon go bad, and I ate those meals first.
One last feature of my menus - I only plan about 14-16 meals. With family dinners, date nights, church functions, etc., we don't eat at home every night of the week. Other nights I just pull something out of the pantry rather than have a predetermined meal from the list.
Okay - here are the meals from last month with links to the recipes for those that have them. I recommend all the recipes, unless I note otherwise (I mainly use two cooking blogs - Jamie Cooks It Up, introduced to me by Kendra and Mel's Kitchen Cafe, introduced to me by Alicia. My mother-in-law just gave me the Our Best Bites cookbook, so next month's menu has a ton from their site).
- Sloppy Joes with corn on the cob
- stir-fry noodles with chicken and steamed buns
- pad thai
- chicken and grape tomato skewers and cous cous with summer squash
- Pulled pork sandwiches (didn't love this version - the peppers were way too spicy. And we like spice)
- Sweet & sour turkey meatballs with brown rice (I used this sauce with this cooking method)
- Thai pizza (using about 4 different peanut sauces, not sure what we were doing wrong. Finally this one turned out. Thanks, Veeda!)
- grilled sausages with grilled potatoes and corn on the cob (didn't love the potatoes, we might try slicing them thinner next time. I like the idea of them.)
- spicy ramen
- grilled fish with grilled red potatoes
- red coconut curry noodles
- Fake-me-out Cafe Rio salads
- Sausage and spinach pasta (Costco carries a chicken sausage that is really good!)
- margherita pizza
- honey-lime chicken enchiladas (my new fav)