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    Default I am really liking this pre-planning stuff!

    Dinner has become so easy since I've started pre-planning it! Granted, I don't always follow the plan exactly (stuff happens, you know!) but I mostly do, and this week has gone well. Here is my menu for the week:

    Sunday - Roast Beef, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, Italian bread

    Monday - Corned Beef, sauteed cabbage, parsley potatoes

    Tuesday - Italian "steak" & cheese on buns, fried potatoes (the "steak" was left-over roast beef, sliced thin and marinated in Italian dressing before reheating and adding to the bun with sauteed onions & peppers)

    Wednesday - Spaghetti & meatballs, salad, garlic toast

    Thursday - Reuben or Rachel Sandwiches (made from left-over corned beef) and potato chips

    Friday - Home made pizza & bread sticks

    Saturday - Stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, Bread or rolls

    I tried to creatively recycle the leftovers this week. So far it has gone quite well! The cool thing about pre-planning my menus is that when the family asks the inevitable question, "What's for dinner?" I just tell them to go and check the menu!

    I have tried to do this before, but I never really stuck with it. Thank you to all who post to this forum for the inspiration to try again, and I'm sticking with it this time.
    I am SO looking forward to "empty-nest syndrome"!


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    Sounds like a good plan here. Good luck with your week.
    JoAnn
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    Sounds good, motivates me to plan too.

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    Great menu! I love planning ahead. It's one less thing to worry about.


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    I havent managed to do this yet. I wish I could. as close as i get is I want to make this sometime soon.

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    GREAT menu and recycling the meals! isn't so much easier now?! you can plan AND save time and money!

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    Redring -- just keep reading all of the great ideas posted and maybe it'll help you to get motivated and more organized. go ahead and cheat! LOL! that is, copy someone else's menu(s) until you get comfortable planning on your own. take it slow if you need to and just substitute a couple of meals that you know your family realy enjoys until you can completely write your own. then you better post 'em so we can get some fresh ideas from you

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    Redring, I know it's tough getting started with menu planning. Why don't you try planning for just 3 days. It's a start, even if you only plan 3 menus a week! Once you start to realize how much smoother mealtime goes you will probably be motivated to plan out even more! I have been trying to plan out a month at a time, but leaving room to rearrange the menus, and concentrating on just one week at a time. I have had so much more time since I started doing this that for the first time in a long time, my house is clean and I have had a little free time! I love it!
    I am SO looking forward to "empty-nest syndrome"!

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