Thursday, April 2, 2020

I keep hearing from friends and family that they are cooking more than ever! Some are doing so out of necessity – they have never been home so much and these people that live with them require three meals a day! And, some are fearful of delivery or carryout right now. I am cooking a lot but I am also allowing myself to order carry out a couple of times a week. I am a member of a Facebook group to support locally owned restaurants. I thought I would order more, but I am trying to use what I have at home. If you are trying to work from home and homeschool kids, there may be more need to meal plan than ever before.

I like the idea of themes and I have talked about this before:

Sunday – leftovers from weekend, soup and sandwich

Monday – pasta

Tuesday – Mexican food

Wednesday – chicken

Thursday – fish

Friday – pizza

Saturday – carry out

Something like this works for many families

Another thing that I think is helpful is to make a list of all the breakfast and lunch possibilities so you don’t have to constantly repeat them and so you don’t have to wrack your brain for ideas on the daily.

Several years ago, I tried Blue Apron and Hello Fresh – one time each I think. I only ordered enough for two and then I thought I would supplement for the boys. It was just too expensive to order the meal for four. Well, I was reading The Frugal Girl blog a few weeks ago and she talked about a meal plan service called Dinnerly that advertised as being half the cost of the others. She also included a $10 coupon code. The earliest I could get a box scheduled was for this coming week but I figured I would be ready for some fresh recipes by then.

Here is what I chose:

I will let you know what we think!

I made Bacon Alfredo this week. It is a really easy and yummy dish. Boil angel hair or whatever type of pasta you want and mix with a jar of alfredo sauce, cooked bacon, 1/2 cup of sour cream. Put in a dish and then top with mozzarella and parmesan if desired. Bake for about 20 minutes at 350.

The final product served with Texas Toast (my boys love) and broccoli:

We also had Mexican lasagna this week. Instead of noodles you use flour tortillas and you layer a mixture of cooked chicken, black beans, corn, salsa, sour cream, and shredded mexican cheese.

I bought a few of these packets and I have been making these for the boys for lunch a couple of days if they don’t make their own sandwich or Ramen.

What have you been making?

Stay well,


4 thoughts on “Thursday Thoughts on Meal Planning

  1. Your Dinnerly options look tasty! I’ve never tried a meal delivery because it just seemed too expensive. Your Mexican lasagna is something I need to add to my menu. I’ve tried the bacon alfredo and love it! It’s nice enough today to grill out and I’m going to grill some brats tonight. I’ve been trying to use up things in the freezer and stretch my usual grocery shopping out a little. But grilling out will be a nice change the next few days. Enjoy your Thursday!

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    1. Thanks! This was only $50 for 3 meals for 4 people so I thought that was really good – supposed to be $4.99 a serving. I am kind of in a rut with meals. We have not grilled yet but we should start this weekend. Good idea to use up freezer supplies. Enjoy your brats! This time of year is great before the mosquitos come out!


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