December Monthly Meal Plan

I know, it’s not December yet. But, it starts this week. And since I already know what’s in my pantry and freezer, I went ahead and made a meal plan for the month. Once you see it, you’ll realize there’s a whole lot of routine going on, which makes it easy to plan for. This really is not rocket science.

My rationale is that routine (and easy meals) are ideal for December. There’s so much else going on. I can focus on some key special dinners and then coast the rest of the month.

Here’s my meal plan for this tail end of November and the bulk of December:

27. Turkey Pot Pie, green salad

28. Quesadillas, veggie dippers

29. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, garlic bread, salad

30. Roast Chicken, Quinoa Pilaf, Steamed or Sauteed Veggies

1. Soup Night – Thursday Night Soup, Buttermilk Cornbread

2. Pizza Night

3. Tamales

 

4. Grilled Asian Chicken, Rice, Sauteed Greens

5. Quesadillas, Green Salad

6. Soup Night, Popovers

7. Slow Cooker Pot Roast (recipe coming later this week)

8. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad

9. Pizza Night

10. Mexibar: taco filling, toppings, tortillas, taco shells or chips

11. Grilled Mustard Chicken, Lemon Roasted Potatoes, Veg

12. Field trip, dinner out

13. Soup Night, Pumpkin Rolls

14. Fancy Dinner Out :)

15. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad

16. Pizza Night

17. Mexibar: taco filling, toppings, tortillas, taco shells or chips

18. Grilled Herbed Chicken, Rice Pilaf, Veg

19. Quesadillas, Veggie Dippers

20. Soup Night, Garlic Bread

21. Beans and Rice with Toppings

22. Pasta bar: lots of noodles, two kinds of sauce, bread, salad

23. Pizza Night

24. Tamales, Rice, Salad

25. Grilled Tri-Tip, Scalloped Potatoes, Veg, Rolls

26. Lentil Chili, Cornbread

27. Staycation – dinner out

28. Grilled Chicken, Couscous, Pita Bread, Salad

29. Staycation – dinner out

30. Pizza Night

31. Mocktail Dinner

This method of meal planning has been so helpful to me over the last few months. I feel like I have enough direction without feeling like my creativity is stifled. Plus, I’m taking the pressure off myself.

What’s cooking at your house?

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Comments

  1. oh I’m so glad you posted this today! Searching through your menu plan for november was on my to-do list today. I’m going to attempt a monthly meal plan instead of weekly-especially since I’ve stocked my pantry so well that there isn’t room for much else inside! Hello, pantry eating!

  2. Looks great –
    here’s my plan:
    http://testosteronepalace.blogspot.com/2011/11/trying-to-get-organizedand-menu.html

    Your ideas inspire me – thanks!

  3. Thanks for sharing this. I love how simple it is. I’ll have to borrow some of these ideas. I hope you will post the lentil chili recipe sometime, too. I’d love to see it.

    • The Lentil Chili is an experiment. My family doesn’t like lentils, but I have several bags to use up, so I’m going to start hiding it in things. :)

  4. Could you post your lentil chili recipe. I have a bunch too, and would like to get them rotated through!
    Thanks!

  5. I’m in the same boat, lentils to use up and a family who won’t eat them. I’ll be interested to hear how your experiment turns out!

  6. I love seeing what other people are eating!

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