Feeding The Monsters For A Month – Meal Planning Around the New Arrival.
I recently wrote on the Common Chaos Chronicle Facebook Page, about how I had managed to plan enough meals to feed our family for around a month.
Meal planning is normally a fortnightly thing here at Chaos HQ, but with the baby arriving in less than a week and the school holidays also almost upon us again, I decided that I would give monthly planning a go.
Planning for a month would normally be impossible for us as we budget fortnightly, but with a little bonus in my pay, it was made possible so I went for it.
Many of you were keen to know what was on the menu and were also looking for some meal planning inspiration.
Our meals are fairly basic, quick to prepare and have been scheduled in on appropriate days where we have things on, or will be relying on others to cook when I am in hospital. Some meals have been repeated a few times as they are favourites and some have been repeated simply because they are pre-made in our freezer!
I used my meal planning printout to record all the meals so if you want to do something similar you can find the FREE PRINTABLE BELOW. Just click on the pink writing!
B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
So here goes….
Fri 22nd June – B: Weet-bix, L: Lunch-Boxes, D: BBQ Plum Chicken Wings, Packet Pasta & Oven Chips
Sat 23rd June – B: Coco Pops, L: BBQ at Relos, D: BBQ at Relo’s
Sun 24th June – B: Crumpets & Muffins, L: Steamed Dim Sims, D: Ravioli with Sundried Tom Sauce & Garlic Bread
WEEK BEFORE BUB ARRIVES – 2 Visits to Doctor Planned
Mon 25th June – B: Weet-Bix, L: Lunch Boxes / Take-out, D: Pasta with Pre-made Sauce
Tues 26th June – B: Honey Wheats, L: Lunch Boxes / Pies, D: Beef Casserole & Mash
Wed 27th June – B: Corn Flakes, L: Lunch Boxes / Sandwiches, D: Baked Spuds with Beans, Bacon & Sour Cream
Thurs 28th June – B: Rice Bubbles, L: Lunch Boxes / Take-out, D: Lasagne & Wedges
Fri 29th June – B: Power Grain, L: Lunch Boxes / Dim Sims, D: Honey Mustard Chicken on Rice
Sat 30th June – B: Muffins & Crumpets, L: Nachos, D: Homemade Hamburgers & Chips
Sun 1st July – B: Porridge, L: Hot Chips, D: Chicken Schnitzels & Potato Bake
SCHOOL HOLIDAYS & BABY DUE – Recovery from c-section.
Mon 2nd July – B: Weet-Bix, L: Packed Lunch, D: Fish Fingers, Fish Portions & Chips
Tues 3rd July – B: Honey Wheats, L: Packed Lunch, D: Take-out
Wed 4th July – B: Corn Flakes, L: Packed Lunch, D: Pasta Bake from Freezer
Thurs 5th July – B: Rice Bubbles, L: Snacks – Lunch Provided at care, D: Chicken Nuggest, Chicken Infusions & Chips
Fri 6th July – B: Weet-Bix, L: Packed Lunch, D: Frozen Pizzas (Movie Night)
Sat 7th July – B: Toast/Raisin Toast, L: Party Pies / Sausage Rolls, D: Lasagne & Wedges from Freezer
Sun 8th July – B: Power Grain, L: Noodles / Tin Spaghetti, D: Roast Chicken Rolls
Mon 9th July – B: Weet-bix, L: Ham & Cheese Toaties, D: Chicken & Noodle Stir-fry
Tues 10th July – B: Corn Flakes, L: Packed Lunch, D: Baked Spuds with Beans & Bacon
Wed 11th July – B: Rice Bubbles, L: Tin Spag/Baked Beans on Toast, D: Pasta with premade sauce
Thurs 12th July – B: Power Grain, L: Deli Meat Sandwiches, D: Sausages, Corn on the cob & Mash spuds
Frid 13th July – B:Weet-Bix, L: Packed Lunch, D:Ravioli with Carbonara Sauce & Garlic Bread
Sat 14th July – B: Honey Wheats, L: Take-out, D:Sizzle Steaks, Packet Pasta & Chips
Sun 15th July – B: Porridge, L: Picnic, D: Honey Mustard Chicken on Rice
SCHOOL GOES BACK
Mon 16th July – B: Corn Flakes, L: Lunch Boxes, D: Southern Drumsticks, Vegies & Mash
Tues 17th July – B: Weet-Bix, L: Lunch Boxes, D: Lasagne & Wedges from freezer
Wed 18th July – B: Rice Bubbles, L: Lunch Boxes, D: Fish Portions, Fish Fingers & Chips
Thurs 19th July – B: Honey Wheats, L: Lunch Boxes, D: Homemade Pitta Pizzas
Fri 20th July – B: Weet-Bix, L: Lunchboxes, D: Apricot Chicken, Vegies & Mash (Slow Cooker)
Sat 21st July – B: Corn Flakes, L: Hot Chips, D: Curried Sausages
Sun 22nd July – B: Rice Bubbles, L: Toasted Sangas, D: Provincial Chicken, Corn & Mash
And that makes 4 weeks worth of meals.
Simple, organised and one less stress at this crazy chaotic busy time!