For a while, I thought menu planning was something only women with children did. Why would a young, sexy, and single urbanite like myself even consider such a thing? (I’m joking; twenty-eight isn’t that young.) As it turns out, menu planning is a great way to save money. The weight loss that usually results is just a bonus.
Back in the day, when I was trying to crawl my way out of debt, I’d cook. Lately, I’ve since reverted to my old ways of paying someone else to prepare practically all my meals. Last month, I spent over $700 on food and, er, alcohol. I don’t feel guilty about spending what many people would consider an outrageous sum of money on food and drinks. Eating out has always been an enjoyable experience for me. However, we should take a close look at what we’re spending our money on every now and then to determine whether our limited financial resources can be put to better use.
I’m embarrassed to admit this, but I’ve never left the United States. There was that one time my mom and I went on a cruise to the Bahamas, but you can’t count that. I’m at a point in my life where some world travel will do me good. And that’s why I’m cutting my food and alcohol budget to $350. Yeah, it’s a drastic cut. But I’ve done it before. The savings will be redirected to a travel fund.
Here’s where the menu plan comes in. If I don’t have any idea what I’m going to cook, I’ll just wait until I’m starving then buy the most convenient, most delicious, and, almost by default, most fattening food I can get my hands on.
So, without further delay, here’s my menu plan for the week of November 1st:
Sunday – Pepper Steak & Onions over Basmati Rice (pictured above)
Tuesday – Chicken Fajitas
Wednesday – Pork Chops with Garlicky Broccoli
Thursday – Leftovers
Friday – Barbacoa Bowl with Guacamole
Saturday – Chicken Posole
Although I’ve included links to the recipes in my menu plan, I modify them quite a bit. Everybody’s different. If you’re interested in how I change the recipes, then just shoot me an e-mail.
I really do like to eat. Do you mind sharing a recipe or two from your collection? No desserts please. Let’s reserve the temptation until about a week before Thanksgiving. Oohwee! My mouth is watering thinking about sweet potato pie. BUT, we’re not discussing desserts yet.