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  • Weekly Menu Planner

    Does anyone do a weekly meal planner they are willing to share? Seems like a great idea (see Robb Wolf's post).

    I can only guess it would save money on food as well. Looking forward to hearing any replies!

  • #2
    I use a calendar in excel (I'm a nerd) but I can roughly plan for the month. It helps me when i order meat, because I only order once a month.

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    • #3
      I haven't read Rob Wolf's post, so maybe this isn't relevant, but I just save recipes that look interesting as I see them, and before I go grocery shopping I pick out what I what meals I'll be making. Personally, I only plan for 5 dinners as I know that we'll end up doing eggs/going out to eat/going to a friend's house. You know?

      I also don't plan for breakfast (usually) because my husband doesn't eat it, and I usually eat eggs and veggies. Lunches are leftovers.

      This week I have
      - unstuffed cabbage (from lifeasaplate blog)
      -pizza (with a coconut flour and flax crust)
      - pork fried "rice" (from health-bent)
      -Pumpkin chili (from health-bent)
      - Spicy asian chicken and broccoli over zucchini "noodles" (own recipe)
      Last edited by jqbancroft; 01-28-2011, 07:25 PM.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by jqbancroft View Post

        This week I have
        - unstuffed cabbage (from lifeasaplate blog)
        -pizza (with a coconut flour and flax crust)
        - pork fried "rice" (from health-bent)
        -Pumpkin chili (from health-bent)
        - Spicy asian chicken and broccoli over zucchini "noodles" (own recipe)
        *Drool* How could a girl bribe these recipes out of you?

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        • #5
          Since I track stuff in SparkPeople, I usually plan the day(s) ahead based on meals I know I'm going to have. I find it helps me "rebudget" my days accordingly, knowing that (for example) I'll be going out for sushi, or my mom is making spaghetti.

          Not sure if that would help with meal planning under normal circumstances, but it might help some of you.
          "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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          • #6
            Haha, just a request! I'll edit my original post and give links to where I got them.


            For the asian dish, I throw a giant glob of peanutbutter, some splashes of soy sauce and water (equal amounts) into a saucepan and give it a taste. If it's too bland, I add more peanut butter. If it tastes powerfully of soy sauce, I add more water and maybe more peanutbutter. If I can't taste the soy sauce at all, I add some (you get the picture). When the is the right consistency (personal preference) I add a bunch of red pepper flakes and pour it over sauteed chicken, broccoli, and zucchini noodles (or just broccoli and chicken). It's simple, but it's always been a winner! I used to serve it over noodles and it was hit. When I went primal I changed it to veggies and it's still awesome.
            The asian dish isn't ENTIRELY primal because of the peanutbutter, but I don't really care. If you do, you could probably use another nut butter (almond is safest bet, I'd think since cashews are out) but I haven't tested that.

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            • #7
              I also use SparkPeople, you can plan up to a week ahead.

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              • #8
                We have a giant calendar in our kitchen that we write out all our dinners on, as well as events/appointments. I do 2 week spans. Currently we're on a rotation of chicken, fish, critter (anything that's not chicken or fish, lol). Stir fry is a great option for chicken (serve over broccoli slaw with almond butter sesame sauce), fish is great for really fast meals and very versatile. We usually try to have critter on the weekends cuz the recipes from PB Cookbook take FOREVER (4 hours for enchiladas? Really?)

                tonight we're having crockpot ribs, yum!
                --Trish (Bork)
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                • #9
                  OK I found what I was looking for. Thought I'd share it. With 3 young boys, and my wife and I working opposite shifts, I can see this coming in handy.

                  http://www.vertex42.com/Files/weekly-meal-planner.pdf

                  http://www.btbfitness.com/nutrition-...leo-style.html

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                  • #10
                    Thanks, Tango! Looks simple.
                    "Trust me, you will soon enter a magical land full of delicious steakflowers, with butterbacons fluttering around over the extremely rompable grass and hillsides."

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                    • #11
                      I meal plan so that when I get home from work I don't have to think about what to cook for my daughter. she is almost always hungry after daycare. If I'm not hungry, I don't eat supper, but I have to have something made for her.

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                      • #12
                        I've recently started making a weekday menu again, but I'm another nerd who does it in Excel. So far, I love it! The biggest benefit has been drastically cutting down on food waste while only having to go food shopping once a week. It is also awesome not having to figure out what to cook when I come home from work pooped, and just knowing that all the ingredients will be there. I keep a looser plan on the weekends, because I typically go to the farm market Saturday morning and like the flexibility to build a couple meals around whatever neat stuff I find there.

                        SpecOps, I haven't found it makes me any more likely to eat when I'm not hungry - in fact, I'll typically skip a couple of the planned meals for various reasons - not hungry, lunch meeting at work, going out to dinner with friends, etc. It is only really a problem if I've already defrosted a nice piece of meat, in which case it is simple enough to reschedule a few meals so I can cook it before it goes bad.

                        In a more general sense, being able to skip meals was just an effect of going Primal for me. I used to laugh at the advice "only eat when you're hungry," because I was always hungry! Now that I'm not always hungry, skipping a meal once or twice a week just kind of happens. It took a couple months following this way of eating for me to really get my hunger cues sorted out though, so if you're a newbie, I wouldn't worry too much about it yet. And personally, I believe that what you eat is always more important than when you eat it.
                        The Primal Holla! Eating fat. Getting lean. Being awesome.

                        You were sick, but now you're well, and there's work to do. - Kilgore Trout

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                        • #13
                          SpecOps: Not sure about other paleo/primal eaters, but since I flipped to eating primal, I'm constantly hungry. I suppose it could be I'm not eating enough fat at each meal, but I eat, then within 1.5 hrs, I'm hungry.

                          A few years ago I purchased a cookbook from Costco that featured receipes in bulk. Basically each receipe would make 4 meals with 4 servings per meal. The extra's would be frozen in foodsaver bags. It worked out great, as you would make 3 receipes and have about 12-24 meals. The ingredients were layed out so it was a no brainer; only problem is the cookbook was not paleo/primal.

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