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2018!  Almost time to ring in the New Year again!  As I write this, the weather has been weirdly warm and not at all snowy, so it’s hard to believe we’re in the winter season, much less approaching the new year.  I’m sure that will change – us Nebraskans can’t go a whole winter without at least a few major snowfalls.

As for me, I’m excited for the new year.  I think it’ll be a good one for our house.  Truth be told, 2017 was a little rocky, but things are looking up. I think.  Who knows what the year holds though….I mean, a lot can happen in 365 days.  As much as you try to predict life, it can be unpredictable.  Which is why I try to predict my menu.  Sure, things will come up that will blow a day or so to pieces, but a plan is always better than no plan.  Makes it easier to back on track.

So I menu plan.  For my budget.  For my sanity.  A few minutes each week makes that week much smoother.  If you don’t already menu plan, you should!  You can do almost anything you want – but try this one if you need a place to start.

The Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Menu:

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The Dinner Only Menu:

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Its okay if you don’t like these recipes or these ideas – make your own!  Just open the Excel version, delete what you don’t want and keep what you do want!  I have a menu plan that works for my family – you should have one that works for yours!

What if I don’t cook every night?
Awesome!  I don’t either – we often have leftovers 2-3 night/week.  Just take this basic plan, cut out some meals and make leftovers part of your plan!

What if I don’t want a particular meal on a specific night?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan and swap meals around.

What if I don’t eat beef?  Or chicken?  Or pork?
Awesome!  Just take this basic plan, remove the foods you won’t eat and put in foods you will eat.

What if I don’t know how to make that meal?
Awesome!  Included are the links for the recipe that I usually use.

What if we always have pizza on Friday nights?
Awesome!  (Can I come over?)  Just remove my Friday meals and put in pizza.

What if I don’t like your recipe?
Awesome!  Use whichever recipe you normally use and just use this basic plan as a suggestion.

What if I have my own monthly menu plan?
Awesome!  Care to share it?  Share it down below in the comments so that we all can see it and be inspired!

What’s cool about this menu plan?
Breakfast & lunch are simple and repetitive while still providing variety.  For dinners, I try to have a lot more variety each week – some beef, some chicken, and some pastas.  That way you won’t get too bored.  There are also plenty of ways to save time when using this menu plan.

Examples:  When prepping chicken at the beginning of the month, make enough for the other recipes and freeze it for future use.  When making ground beef, brown 2-3 times the normal amount and freeze that. Check out these easy crockpot instructions for bulk cooking chicken and bulk cooking ground beef. It makes it super quick to pull meals together!

Recipes in this menu plan:

Breakfast Recipes:
Breakfast Popsicles
Sausage Breakfast Casserole
Sausage Bagel Sandwiches
English Muffins (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Breakfast Burritos
French Toast Sticks
Scrambled eggs
Cinnamon Rolls
Fried Eggs
Bagels (top with butter, cream cheese, peanut butter or jelly)
Baked Oatmeal

Lunch Recipes:

Tortilla Roll Ups
Easy Skillet Nachos
Chicken Nuggets
Soup Ideas: Baked Potato Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Ham & Potato Soup, Cheesy Veggie Chowder, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Tortilla Soup, Ham & Bean Soup, Slow Cooker Chili, Taco Soup, Vegetable Soup, Broccoli Cheese Soup
Bean & Cheese Burritos
Summer Sausage, Cheese & Crackers
Macaroni & Cheese
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Mini Pizzas
Cheese Quesadillas
Cobb Salad
Peanut Butter & Jelly
Egg Salad

Dinner Recipes:

Baked Potato Buffet
Baked Quesadillas
Chicken Tacos
Balsamic Chicken & Veggies
Stuffed French Bread
Crispy Onion Chicken
Teriyaki Grilled Chicken
Chicken Curry
Chicken Tacquitos
Hawaiian Chicken
Italian Sausage & Peppers
Meatball Subs
Baked Honey BBQ Popcorn Chicken
Bean & Cheese Enchiladas
Pepperoni Roll
Beef & Barley Stew
Slow Cooker Sweet & Sour Pork
Spaghetti Pie
Chicken Noodle Casserole
Bow Tie Fiesta
Candied Chicken
One Skillet Mac & Cheese
Chicken, Green Chile, & Cheese Enchiladas
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
Slow Cooker Pasta e Fagioli Soup
BBQ Chicken Foil Pack
Philly Cheesesteak Crescent Ring
Little Meats & Gravy (Beef Stroganoff)
Loaded Cauliflower Chicken Bake

Jayme is a wife to 1 and a mother to four little boys. She tries to coupon, builds a smart stockpile, and always meal plans. While she likes to cook, she’s in the stage of life where simple is usually better – she never knows how many hands she’ll have free at dinner time! You can find her at No Regrets Living.

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