When sticking to a budget, as well as a diet, planning is a crucial part of your success.
There are plenty of websites and services available that will plan your menus for you and even provide you with a handy dandy shopping list. The problem I have found with most of the free programs is I simply do not like a lot of the menu items. I also refuse to pay someone to create a custom menu when, with a little time and effort, I (and you) can do the same thing!
Keep reading for tips on creating a perfect menu for your family!
- Try using a variety of flavors and cooking techniques. It is easy to get stuck in a rut and use the same flavors all of the time. I get it- sticking with what you know is easy and I am definitely guilty. But, it gets boring! Mix it up!
- Incorporate a variety of proteins into the menu. Instead of chicken, try Cornish game hen or turkey one night. Tired of salmon? Try halibut, tuna, or swai (check out my awesome swai fish tacos here!) Additional tip for keeping it healthy: aim for only using red meat once a week.
- Add at least one fresh vegetable into every meal. In the world of veggies, the possibilities are endless, but adding a simple roasted veg to any meal is an easy and delicious way to get that green on the plate!
- Try to incorporate at least one thing you have never made or never eaten before. It makes cooking (and eating) way more fun!
This is our actual menu for this week! I actually made falafel last night!! It was actually pretty darn good, if I do say so myself!
Sunday– Cedar plank salmon with avocado salsa severed with ancient grains.
Monday– Scallion beef with roasted broccoli served over kelp noodles (there’s the something we’ve never tried before!)
Tuesday– Homemade falafel with tahini sauce, tomatoes, and cucumbers served in toasted pita.
Wednesday– Chicken pesto served over spaghetti squash.
Thursday– Pan seated pork chops with roasted truffle oil Brussels sprouts.
Friday– Grilled venison hamburgers with sweet potato fries and salad.
Saturday– Halloween pot luck! Crescent Mummy Hot Dogs (Hebrew National, of course)