Monday, January 10, 2011

Menu Planning Monday

As I mentioned in a past post, I have become a meal planner in the past few months.  With my son's allergies/intolerances and our busy schedule, well-planned dinners are the only way for my family to sit down to a nutritious, allergy-friendly meal by 6:00 p.m. (which is the latest my little guy can wait for his dinner and the exact time my husband can make it home from work)!

I was excited to find that the one of my new favorite (aforementioned) blogs, I'm an Organizing Junkie, also has a passion for meal planning.  So, I am joining the ranks of her blog readers as part of Menu Plan Monday (or MPM).  Check out her blog on Mondays for her meal plan and hundreds of others for some dinner inspiration!  This is my first week taking part, but I have been using some of the recipes I have found via her blog for a couple of weeks - LOVE it! 

Menu planning also allows me to take a look at what is on special at the grocery store and work meals around that, saving me quite a bit of money.

Hopefully, my menu plan (and others!) will give you some motivation to give this a try!  (You will also note that the two linked recipes come from a great crock pot recipe website called One Year of Slow Cooking, all gluten free!)

Week of January 10th

Monday: Pork Carnitas leftovers from Sunday
Tuesday:  Yellow Chicken and Rice with green beans (from one of our Kid-Friendly Allergy Cookbooks)
Wednesday: Hamburgers, baked squash and salad
Thursday:  Crock Pot Sweet Potato Chili
Friday:  Pasta cu Sugo with meatballs (my Nanny's recipe, waiting in my freezer to be defrosted!); spinach salad
Saturday:  Out for dinner
Sunday:  Enchiladas (recipe care of my sister-in-law, Lindsey Tibesar!)


  1. Welcome aboard--and good for you. Can't wait to try the carnitas link--thanks!

  2. Thanks for posting the carnitas recipe! Very excited to try it.

  3. welcome to MPM!!! i always love menu plans with links!

  4. Welcome to the MPM. I'm still fairly new, too.....

  5. So glad to find your blog through MPM. We are currently dairy-free and soy-free for my infant son & we are just slowly trying to reintroduce wheat. The sweet potato chili sounds really good. I'll have to try!

  6. Thanks so much for joining us!!!

  7. The carnitas was a big hit for us this weekend! Such an easy and tasty recipe. We'll definitely be adding it to the rotation. Thanks!