Tonight we demolished a large pan of lasagna. These teenagers eat a lot!
One of the best meal planning tips I read lately was to assign each night a type of main dish.
Here is what has worked out best for us.
Sunday - if we are all home I cook a roast... beef, ham or turkey... if the big kids attend youth group then the rest of us eat leftovers or nachos. Either way, ice cream is our regular Sunday treat. :)
Monday - soup or stew
Tuesday - pasta
Wednesday - meatless (so I have meatless leftovers for Friday lunches and to cut costs)
Thursday - casserole
Friday - meatless
Saturday- sandwiches (usually sloppy joes, meatball subs, barb-que chicken, or something like that) or tacos
I purchased an e-book that has been very helpful to me in planning meals and stocking the freezer in a useful way. We do not have a big freezer right now so all I have to work with is the freezer in our side by side refrigerator. Not much space. So the ideas in this book were gold for me. Freezer Cooking With Meal Starters. It's simple. Cook, season and chop meat, then package it in quantities that work for your recipes. We also cook and freeze beans. So simple. But the little e-book lays it out nicely and we have liked the recipes as well. I plugged them into my lists under each day's main dish category. We like homey food that is nutritious and filling.
Just thought I'd pass on something I found helpful to my fellow moms!