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Stop Mealtime Boredom...Help with Dinner Planning!

Updated on January 26, 2012

Save time and money by planning meals a month in advance!

Stop Mealtime Boredom...Help with Dinner Planning!

Last year, I realized I was cooking the same meals over and over again. While sticking to familiar recipes is comforting on some level, the repetitiveness causes home chefs to develop a "cooking block." I lose interest in cooking when this happens and tend to spend more money eating out. This is one of my favorite lists because it helps me avoid a rut. Assuming a calendar month of 30 days, each day offers a different menu option. Print the list, then check off the meals that you have made during the month. Use new recipes to spice up your dinners. For instance, chili night offers a number of options, such as White Bean Chicken Chili, Three Bean Vegetarian Chili or Traditional Texas Chili. I keep a notebook to keep track of recipes I have prepared so I do not repeat the same recipes each month. Please note, we have a grill night and a meat and 2 veggies night each week, and I always make a Main Dish Salad twice a month.

Dinner Planning List

  1. Spaghetti
  2. Other Italian Dish
  3. Tacos
  4. Other Mexican Dish
  5. Cajun Dish
  6. Breakfast for Dinner
  7. Casserole
  8. Asian Dish
  9. Frozen Pizza
  10. Sandwiches
  11. Canned or Prepared Soup and Grilled Cheese
  12. Soup, Stew or Chowder
  13. One Skillet Meal
  14. Top-Your-Own Baked Potato
  15. Crock Pot Dinner
  16. Macaroni and Cheese Night (I usually serve this with a side salad)
  17. Indian, French or Greek Dish
  18. Seafood Boil (with veggies like potatoes and corn on the cob)
  19. Vegetarian Night
  20. Main Dish Salad
  21. Main Dish Salad
  22. Fun Night (Appetizers for Dinner or Nachos)
  23. Grill Night: Burgers and Hot Dogs
  24. Grill Night: Steak
  25. Grill Night: Fajitas
  26. Grill Night: Misc.
  27. Meat and 2 Veggies
  28. Meat and 2 Veggies
  29. Meat and 2 Veggies
  30. Meat and 2 Veggies


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