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    Default Who does a weekly menu?

    It came to my attention that I'm the only one in my family/friends who does a menu which I thought was bizzare? So it got me thinking is it a common thing to do or not?

    Just wondering what everyone else does? Do you do a weekly menu? Or just wing it each night?

    I have to do a menu, I hate having to think about dinner plus I live 30mins away from the shops so going to the shops everyday would do my head in plus cost me a butt load in fuel. I couldn't imagine not doing it!

    What's on your menu this week?
    Do you do the same things or do you mix it up??

    Might be a good place to get new ideas for dinner!


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    We do a menu but sometimes (like yesterday) this is done at the shops. I don't sit down or write it out but I do think "we need 3 dinner meals, enough veggies & fruit, snacks for DD and I and do we need to buy cereal'

    When I get home (or DH does, whoever does the shopping, we say to the other) 'we have x y z for dinner this week'

    This week we are having;

    Chicken, veg & noodle stir fry
    Green Thai chicken & rice
    Burritos
    This will do the 3 of us for 6-7 nights.

    Breakfasts= weet box or oats
    Lunches = meat & salad sandwiches
    Snacks = veggie sticks, fruit, yogurt or vita wheats.

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    I do a fortnightly meal plan but I don't have set days for the meals iykwim? I just choose something from the list each night.

    This fortnight I have:
    Lasagna
    Burritos
    Steak and veg x 2
    Teriyaki chicken stirfry
    Homemade pizza
    Fried rice and springs rolls
    Bacon and veg bake
    Fetticini carbonara

    Some of these meals will do 2 dinners and I also factor in 1 or 2 nights for takeaway and 1 or 2 nights for an easy meal (eg eggs on toast).

    I try to switch up the dinners each fortnight to keep it interesting.



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    Yep I meal plan weekly.
    I hate the supermarket and much prefer to do one big shop once a week, i also find i save more money doing it this way.

    I figure out what we will have for dinner each night, what we need for school lunches and anything ingredients needed for baking things.

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    I sit down on a Sunday night and choose my meals for the week (only dinner) and a few things to bake.
    Then I go through and write down the ingredients.
    This week it's
    Mon- Vege and chicken Pasta bake with salad
    Tues - Rosemary marinade steak with potato salad
    Weds - Penang style chicken curry
    Thurs - lamb chops with mash potato and veg
    Fri - lasagna and salad
    Sat - thermie BBQ chicken with veg
    Sunday - roast lamb





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    I also do a menu for the week.. may not stick with it every day but it's so Im not scratching my head trying to work out what to cook.. I look at the pantry and use that as my "guide" for meals.. just so that Im not constantly buying more food when there's heaps in the pantry. Especailly when I get carried away buying multibuys and all those meal base packets/sauces etc.. we will eat the same meal twice in a row.. so Im not cooking everyday and, Yes we are leftovers people..
    ( I know many that don't) or try and revamp a meal for the following night
    ( rissoles into pasta )
    After spending $100-$200 (2 A and 2C)a week in groceries I can't justify buying takeaway unless I put takeaway into the weekly meal plan. My other thought into meal planning was to try and keep the cost lowerer???? Not sure if this goes to plan though ..
    Can I ask.. how much a week you spend on groceries..

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    I meal plan for dinners. On the weekend I'll go through the fridge and cupboard and figure out what I can make with out buying much which usually get 1-2 dinners sorted, then I'll plan meals for the rest of the week. I try to do dinners that will leave us with leftovers either for lunch or so I can have the weekend off cooking. This week we're having:
    Tonight roast chicken and veg
    Tuesday turkey meatballs and veg
    Wednesday spag Bol
    Thursday left over spag bol
    Friday honey mustard drumsticks and veg
    Saturday veg lasagne
    Sunday left over veg lasagne

    I spend about $250-$300 each week for 4 people
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    I do a weekly menu every week, I feel so much better if I plan it out. Basically I just pick 6-7 dinners (we do a weekly shop) and decide that morning what we will have depending on what we feel like. This week and next week my mum is staying with us and she has made it clear she will be cooking so no menu to share this week

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    Yeah I do.. I don't always stick to it, but I like to have the ingredients handy.

    I have just done this fortnights menu..

    Mon - Chicken rollups (thighs with shallots and ham inside, skin on and seasoned) with steamed veg and sweet potato mash.. Just made the rollups and popped in the fridge to cook later..

    Tue - Basic meat and veg lasagne w/ garlic bread and salad

    Wed - Omelette pizza night.. I make omelettes and top them with whatever my kids want

    Thursday - Sweet potato, carrot and zucchini curry

    Friday - Chicken Bosciola with pasta

    Saturday - Tacos

    Sunday - always a roast, this week is lamb.

    Mon - Teriyaki chicken stirfry with Udon noodles

    Tue - Pork and ginger meatballs in coconut curry sauce with rice

    Wed - Dunno yet as I have an appointment late in the day, probably toasted sangas!

    Thursday - Tofu stirfry with veg and Udon noodles ( I love those things)

    Friday - Stuffed capsicums with potatoes and speck

    Sat - Spag Bol

    Sun - Roast pork with veg...


    Love having a plan, stops me from buying takeaway too.

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