Meal Plans for May

Planning a month’s worth of meals saves me a ton of time and headache.

Chicken and Wild Rice Bake

It was so helpful last month to have a meal plan for several weeks at a time. I didn’t always follow it, but it gave me a good idea of what we had on hand and what I could make.

This month I decided to do the same thing. We have a lot going on: two birthdays, three to four hockey games and practices per week, a conference where I’m going out of town, two other special occasions. It actually is easier to plan those things all in one fell swoop.

To make it super simple, I set a little pattern for the month to help me narrow down my choices. I’m focusing on a certain ingredient or method each day. It looks like this:

  • Sunday: Beef
  • Monday: Rice
  • Tuesday: Crockpot
  • Wednesday: Cheese
  • Thursday: Chicken
  • Friday: Pizza
  • Saturday: Easy

salsa verde beef

So, here’s what I’ve got planned for the month of May:

What are YOU having?

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  1. http://www.akatslife.net/?p=1332

    That’s my menu for the week. A bit simple but my back is still recovering. Taking my mom in law out to dinner Wednesday then off to Poker Night at the sis in law’s house Saturday. It’s been awhile since I’ve had no cooking days in my week!

  2. Ashley says:

    Jessica, what did you do about meal planning/freezer cooking when you had little babies? I have a 5 week old who nurses every 3 hours. The entrees in my freezer are almost gone, and my meal gifts have almost run out. (Did I mention that I have 2 other children under age 5?). I just don’t seem to have the time to batch cook!

    • Jessica says:

      @Ashley, God bless you! I know that is hard. We had #2, 3, 4 in three years. It can be hard just to get a shower.

      I often did freezer cooking when my mom was visiting. That really helped. She’d play with the kids, hold the baby, etc.

      I also made things as simple as doubling recipes and freezing the second half. I usually did it that way since I really couldn’t afford long time in the kitchen.

  3. Love to plan ahead, and love inspiration from others, but where is the Fish? Here in Norway it is recomended to eat Three Fish dinners every week. We manage two. I do the same as you and try to have some kind of system. We have Family night With burgers and a Movie every Friday, so that is one day taken care of. Sunday is always salmon and Wednesday is another Fish dish. We do pizza or Mexican on Saturdays, but I’m liking the idea of “simple” :)
    Irene

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