Monthly Menu: July

I have a confession to make: lately I’ve been a mess when it comes to cooking.

We used to have a routine where we’d sit down every Saturday morning and plan out our meals for the week, then go shopping for the ingredients we would need to make them. Unfortunately, Shawn has been working a lot of Sundays recently which means we really only have one day for chores and relaxing (I guess we could do stuff on weeknights, but let’s be honest… that’s not happening). Grocery shopping and menu planning has been getting shoved to the back burner, which leaves me scrambling during the week with no plan and no fresh food in the house.

This month, I decided to try something different. Instead of doing a weekly plan I sat down and came up with a whole month of weeknight meals. I’m a few days into it and, so far, it’s working out great! I feel so much more organized and knowing that I have a plan (and the ingredients I need to make it work) make me much less likely to pick up the phone and order a pizza.

Here’s the plan I came up with for July – consider it a preview of the recipes I’ll be posting for the next few weeks. I’ll add links to the recipes throughout the month.

Week 1 (July 1-6):

Week 2 (July 7-13):

  • Cajun Chicken Pasta
  • Italian Beef Sandwiches
  • Salad with Goat Cheese and Grilled Nectarines
  • Southwest Potato Pancakes

Week 3 (July 14-20):

  • Salad with Grilled Avocado and Jalapeno Vinaigrette
  • Pan Roasted Chicken with Carrots and Almonds
  • Red Pepper and Egg Galette
  • Chicken Tacos
  • Bi Bim Bap Burgers

Week 4 (July 21-27):

  • Chicken and Spinach Meatballs with Yogurt Sauce
  • Pasta with Arugula Pesto
  • Greek Stuffed Onions
  • Grilled Balsamic Steak with Zucchini

Week 5 (July 28-31):

  • Jerk Pork Chops, Roasted Onion and Pear Salad
  • Penne Pasta with Chicken Sausage and Vegetables
  • Veggie Tacos

Comments

  1. Heather Sullivan says:

    Great idea! I try to plan a few things weekly, but monthly would avoid the whole feeling like we eat the same things each week

    • Lauren @ HealthyDelish says:

      it also took a lot less time, like one 45 minute planning session instead of four 30 minute sessions!

  2. Emily P. says:

    I’m impressed! I menu plan weekly, with a combination of what’s on sale at the supermarket and what’s available at my CSA, as well as what’s already in my pantry. Given the first two factors, I’m not sure how well I’d manage with monthly menu planning, but I really like the idea. Good for you

  3. This is such a great idea for getting back on menu planning track! And I bet it is SUCH a time saver. I plan weekly but doing it in bigger increments like this could totally make sense also.

  4. Heather @ Sugar Dish Me says:

    Thanks so much for linking up to my Cherry Bomb Chicken– I hope you’ll let me know how you like it if you try it!
    Your meal planning is awesome and sounds delicious– in fact I may invite myself to dinner a few nights. Just a heads up.

  5. Katies PamChef says:

    I have done the monthly menu planning for a few years. I cant tell you how much stress it takes off your day. We home school and it was a dreaded thing come 4;30 every day. cuz there was no meat out of the freezer. you will love it. Like you said it only takes about 45 min of your time at the beginning of the month.

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