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posted at 1/24/2011 5:27 PM EST
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I've always planned menus ahead of time.As a student; I needed to know what was going to prepare for dinner so that could shop for needed n gredients on he way home  from school.
We did not have a car &i f I needed'"something"; it was a long walk to the store, whichI passed on the way home.Frown
Now, I make my  menus  are decidedbywhat'sinmypantry& freezer & what'son salethisweek orwhat oneof uscraves" for: hot dogs; pizza; griled cheese sandwich or pasta.
After my brain njuryhubby thought of a plan tohelp me: He suggested that I routinely make a different category of food on each dayof the week.
On MONDAY; we have"international"  Italian;Chinese; German; Russian;Moroccan;it's my day to have fun & "shine"
On TUESDAY: It's PIza day w/ souP orsalad( weather dependant)
Pizza is the choice because before retirement his company cafeteria serverd pizzas onTuesday & hubby brought one home for dinner .
OnWEDNESDAY: grocery shopingdaysandwiches;something easy for hubby to prepare while I put the groceries away& restup for dinner 
On THURSDAY:egg dishes( fritatta; noodle kugel or omelets.a nearby restaurant used to offer BOGO on omeleton Thursdays & it was a habit while hubby still worked.Once he retired, we decided to continue this snceit fitinto out preference for at least 2 "meatess" meals each week.
FRIDAYIn deferencet my neighborswho requestedI not ake eat on theday they( asCatholics)could not eat meat;I usually make fish( tuna salad; baked;poached;broiled  or fried fish
oraa vegetarian meal
On SATURDAY:
The day local Chinese restaurants often offered special prices; we have Chinese food; though nowI often prepare it myself.I take "liberties"& sometimes make otherPacifc rim foods( Japanese; Phillipine; Korean; Thai orVietnamese; alwaysfun for me to go through my cookbooks & files for something appropriate.We go the Asian market  several times a year (Birthays)& get kimchee; hoisin sauce tamari soy sauce; dry rice noodles; spices & bottles of  dips.I goto these for "HELP" in preparing the exotic dishes we both love so muchSmile
On SUNDAY;  In the hope that family/freinds "on the road"will stop in to say HELLO & join us for a meal:familyfriendly meals:
csseroles( franks& beans; lasagna; roast poulty/meats.; a multitude o side ishes &  desserts to suit all ages & tastes.
I never panic/go blank about mealtimes...iIt's easy w/ each day fitting into a pre-determind category. WinkIt doesn't get repetitous/boring 'cuz there are so many choices in each category. I just look in my pc files & recipe books. and "get crackin"making "magic" in my kitchen...Hubby is no longer a fussy eater; he likes most  dishes( I avoid those   I  know he dislikesInnocent.

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posted at 1/24/2011 7:01 PM EST
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Sunday is the big family meal.I try to plan meals and it depends on my husbands schedule and Dr. appoinments.He works nights on Sundays,Tuesdays and Thursdays, so we have something light.except for Sundays.Monday,Wednsday,Friday and Saturdays I make larger meals.My menu plans vary due to what is on sale. I always have a variety of meat to choose from stocked in the freezer from pasted sales.I pack my husbands lunch and he takes left overs or sandwiches and some sort of fruit and maybe veggies and dip.

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hmmmmmmm  I hope other people have a better answer and I do. LOL

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posted at 1/24/2011 7:45 PM EST
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It depends on what I am in the mood for.  Weekends I plan a bit more than during the week.  I get shopping done during the week, hate the weekend crowds at the grocery store.  But I often "shop my freezer".  I buy items on close out and stick them in the freezer so the weekend may be anything from a steak or burgers (for my husband) to soup, chicken is always a possibility and that will be anything from gumbo to something along the lines of a chicken parmesan.
So much of the "planning" is what happens to strike my fancy or what I have a craving for.

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posted at 1/24/2011 7:50 PM EST
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I wish I was as organized as Ann!  The only menu that  I plan out way ahead of time is for the holidays.  During the week it pretty much depends on what I have in the freezer, what I just bought  or what my husband had for lunch at work that day lol.  Was much better at this when my kids were living at home, but I do try not to serve the same kind of meat or veggies more than twice a week.  We do have fresh veggies and fruits more often now for snacks and dessert than before so that is a plus.

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posted at 1/24/2011 7:57 PM EST
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I usually like to plan big dinners but not just everyday ones for hubby and me.

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posted at 1/24/2011 9:53 PM EST
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I plan what I want to make for the week, then when I do the food shopping, I pick up the ingrediants to make it.  I also base what I make if there are doctor appointments, days that I volunteer to help at the food bank, Lionettes meeting, etc.  Some weeks, I try new recipes and I always bake once a week.  It's just my husband and I unless we have company over!

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posted at 1/24/2011 10:50 PM EST
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I usually plan my meals around what is on sale, what coupons I have and what I have in the freezer and the cupboards.  I like to plan ahead.  I start to make a grocery list whenever things begin to get low.  It is a running list from one shopping day to the next one.  Also, if there  is something that one of us would like to have, I plan on that.

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posted at 1/28/2011 1:28 PM EST
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I've always planned menus ahead of time.As a student; I needed to know what was going to prepare for dinner so that could shop for needed n gredients on he way home  from school . We did not have a car &i f I needed'"something"; it was a long walk to the store, whichI passed on the way home. Now, I make my  menus  are decidedbywhat'sinmypantry& freezer & what'son salethisweek orwhat oneof uscraves" for: hot dogs; pizza; griled cheese sandwich or pasta. After my brain njuryhubby thought of a plan tohelp me: He suggested that I routinely make a different category of food on each dayof the week. On MONDAY ; we have"international"  Italian;Chinese; German; Russian;Moroccan;it's my day to have fun & "shine" On TUESDAY : It's PIza day w/ souP orsalad( weather dependant) Pizza is the choice because before retirement his company cafeteria serverd pizzas onTuesday & hubby brought one home for dinner . On WEDNESDAY : grocery shopingdaysandwiches;something easy for hubby to prepare while I put the groceries away& restup for dinner  On T HURSDAY :egg dishes( fritatta; noodle kugel or omelets.a nearby restaurant used to offer BOGO on omeleton Thursdays & it was a habit while hubby still worked.Once he retired, we decided to continue this snceit fitinto out preference for at least 2 "meatess" meals each week. FRIDAY In deferencet my neighborswho requestedI not ake eat on theday they( asCatholics)could not eat meat;I usually make fish( tuna salad; baked;poached;broiled  or fried fish oraa vegetarian meal On SATURDAY : The day local Chinese restaurants often offered special prices; we have Chinese food; though nowI often prepare it myself.I take "l iberties "& sometimes mmake otherPacifc rim foods( Japanese; Phillipine; Korean; Thai orVietnamese; alwaysfun for me to go through my cookbooks & files for something appropriate.We go the Asian market  several times a year (Birthdays)& get kimchee; hoisin sauce tamari soy sauce; dry rice noodles; spices & bottles of  dips.I goto these for "HELP" in preparing the exotic ddishes we both love so much On SUNDAY ;  In the hope that family/friends "on the road"will stop in to say HWLLO & join us for a meal:familyfriendfly meals: csseroles( franks& beans; lasagna; iroast poultry/meats.; a multitude o side dishes &  desserts to suit all ages & tastes. I never panic/ go blank about mealtimes...iIt's easy w/ each day fitting into a pre-determined category. Itdoesn't get repetitious/boring 'cuz there are so many choices in each category.I just look in my pc files & recipe books . and "get crackin " making "magic" in my kitchen...Hubby is no longer a fussy eater; he likes most  dishes( I avoid those   I  know he dislikes .
Posted by Ann N

Hi Ann, I see on the bottom there that you enjoy Asian food .I love Japanese food.My dear brother in law who is no longer with us was Japanese.I was very fortunate to be able to sample things that his mother made.My husband will not eat Japanese food,he doesn't know what he is missing.I was also fortunate to learn how to make sushi,which I love.I also love Kim Chi,I know that is Korean but that is awesome too!My brother made some Kim Chi and it is just like what you get from the Asian market I'm almost done with the Quart jar that he gave me for Christmas.That is so healthy for a person to eat ,it's loaded with pro biotic.I just finished making homemade sauerkraut and I just put Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls in the oven.It smells wonderful.I try to learn how to make all sorts of things from scratch,it's kind of a hobby and the rewards are wonderful.I love to cook and bake new and interesting things but it hard when you have a husband like mine who is reluctant to try new things.My nieces are half Japanese and half Hungarian, what a combination huh,They teach me Japanese cooking I teach them Hungarian.I love to read your menus everyday they make me hungrySmile

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posted at 1/28/2011 4:11 PM EST
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Hi MARIE; your method of meal plannning, is pretty close to my own':I plan my meals based on what's in the freezer & cupbopards; what's on sale.I  keep a"running list;" a s things run low &  if it's a regularly used item,I put it on my list.
I try to remember coupons I have and match them up to sale items...when these are also on  my "running list"; I put them on my weekly list "TO PRINT". When hubby requests or I crave a dish;I try to work it into my menus and/ or  my shopping list.TheBIG  NO-NO for me is "impulse" buying.It is often difficult to pass by an item on display.If it isreally a good price & regularlyused & memory says I don't have a bunch already at home,I'll grab it; otherwise I stick to my list.
 I sometimes regret later; passing up something that"might have been nice to buy"but I'd rather that regret than  to  regret having more of an item than I can use up in a reasonable time period which = "wasted food $$$$$$$$$$$$$$/moneyEmbarassedYell.This weekend, hubby wanted a pork roast...he had bought a small one on(unadvertised) mgr. special/ sale 2 weeks ago; I froze it that day.I thawed it out planning to prepare it, this weekend.Then he requested a lima bean bake;I had the dry  limas, cooking onions & seasonings so that too is on my menu.I have applesauce in the freezer & pantry; I suddenly craved sweet & sour red cabbage .I thawed out  a mud pie.Suddenly " IT'S A MEAL"Undecided, worth preparing & that we'll both enjoy eating!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
SUNDAY 's DINNER MENU:

pork slices
 applesauce
 lima bean bake
 S&S red cabage
beverage choice(s)
mudpie
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I usually plan my meals around what is on sale, what coupons I have and what I have in the freezer and the cupboards.  I like to plan ahead.  I start to make a grocery list whenever things begin to get low.  It is a running list from one shopping day to the next one.  Also, if there  is something that one of us would like to have, I plan on that.
Posted by Marie F

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posted at 1/28/2011 6:19 PM EST
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I sure enjoyed my meal of tangy BBQ beef made in my crock pot.  ... Thanks to Susan

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posted at 1/28/2011 8:02 PM EST
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 Hi H.M & others; I'm able to be organized, because I am retired & am home w/enough time  to be organized. If I  were still busy volunteer teaching and/or working,My mind would be "focused"on those things.All I really have on my mind these days is reading books  & household tasks:laundry, bedmaking( hubbyhelps w/that& meal planning & preparation. 
Before I retired,I still tried to be organized, but of course did not have the free time to put to it; like I now do.I worked full-time or part time & volunteer taught home economics part time.I volunteered at church running an after service snack bar that earned enough$$$$$$$ to finance the home economics classs I taught,there.We had fresh coffee/tea/hot cocoa & asst.cookies & pastries which were sold at extremely lowprices.Visitors to our church including homeless people were given a hot beverage &  pastry as "a gift" from our church to thank them for visiting us that day.
I was so involved w/my class & fudraising thatI did not always plan menus, for my famil.y HubbywasOVERSEAS.I like many others onVBB grabbed "something" on the way home from work & often made daily trips to  buy groceries that might have already been in my much larger pantry  back then. 
I started this discussion about menu planning in order to help others see how it can be done & how it actually makes life easier when you plan your menus in advance. Cool   

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I wish I was as organized as Ann!  The only menu that  I plan out way ahead of time is for the holidays.  During the week it pretty much depends on what I have in the freezer, what I just bought  or what my husband had for lunch at work that day lol.  Was much better at this when my kids were living at home, but I do try not to serve the same kind of meat or veggies more than twice a week.  We do have fresh veggies and fruits more often now for snacks and dessert than before so that is a plus.
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posted at 1/28/2011 8:49 PM EST
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HiGALE ;  If we were neighbors, we'd have so much fun...My family is part Hungarian. I grew up w/stuffed  abbage rols, a eglar item on our dining table.Smile.MyFather'sfamilyis"pureGerman"
I make a dish called "cabbage saute" that is something like sauerkraut w/ carraway seeds in itubbygrewe up eatingwhateverwasleftoverfrom thehospitalkitchen where hisMomworked.coldeatlaf; cold mac & cheese;
no microwave ovens back thenFrown
He was very fussy when I, as a young bride cooked for him HIS RULES:
: no casseroles; no chicken;
nolamb; no veggies; & lots of stale cakes & cookies.
Hegraduallylearnedto eat & enjoy potroast; steaks,lamb chops 
& platters f steamed fresh veggies.

For 20 years he cose to eat nomeat.He still didn' t  ike chicken or lamb;so hard to feed him thenYell
 In SanDiego,our neighbor(a navyw ife wasJ apanese.For my birthday one year she made me a platter of maki sushi(rolls) I had never had them before & immediately loved them.Hubby worked; fo r a short time inPalmdale;an airforcetow& tried ushi on he ase. We both love maki sushi, ( the rolls of seaweed rice & cooked or raw fish/pickles.;  In San Diego we both tried sukiyaki & BOTH LOVED IT.Here ,in N.H. i tis not available in most Japanes restaurants. Skiyakifor2 costs50_...Imay have to learn to make it  myself or learn to live w/o itCry
I'm sorry your husband is not an adventurous eater; how boringfor him & frustrating for you Tongue outHas your husband tried Japanese tempura?( beer batter fried shrimp & veggies?
Since most men seem to enjoy beer, this might apeal to him.It's deep fried, not raw. Japanese salads often have a ginger dressing on them; spicy & aromatic;verya ppealing.What does your husband eat? If he ate here;he'd starve,  since I cook very little "AMERICAN" food.Most of our diet is international;more flavors & veggies; less meat. I  bought my husband a Qt of Kimchee for his Birthday in October and another in December.I eat very little of it.He finished it off tonight w/the  sliced jalepenos & hot roast beef sandwiches.WinkSounds weird, but  his dessert t of strawbery-rhubarb pie a la mode is even weirderSurprisedLaughing
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In Response to DO YOU PLAN MENUS?? HOW DO YOU PLAN? : Hi Ann, I see on the bottom there that you enjoy Asian food .I love Japanese food.My dear brother in law who is no longer with us was Japanese.I was very fortunate to be able to sample things that his mother made.My husband will not eat Japanese food,he doesn't know what he is missing.I was also fortunate to learn how to make sushi,which I love.I also love Kim Chi,I know that is Korean but that is awesome too!My brother made some Kim Chi and it is just like what you get from the Asian market I'm almost done with the Quart jar that he gave me for Christmas.That is so healthy for a person to eat ,it's loaded with pro biotic.I just finished making homemade sauerkraut and I just put Hungarian stuffed cabbage rolls in the oven.It smells wonderful.I try to learn how to make all sorts of things from scratch,it's kind of a hobby and the rewards are wonderful.I love to cook and bake new and interesting things but it hard when you have a husband like mine who is reluctant to try new things.My nieces are half Japanese and half Hungarian, what a combination huh,They teach me Japanese cooking I teach them Hungarian.I love to read your menus everyday they make me hungry
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posted at 1/29/2011 1:29 AM EST
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I plan what I want to make for the week, then when I do the food shopping, I pick up the ingrediants to make it.  I also base what I make if there are doctor appointments, days that I volunteer to help at the food bank, Lionettes meeting, etc.  Some weeks, I try new recipes and I always bake once a week.  It's just my husband and I unless we have company over!
Posted by Susan K


Hi Susan,you volunteer at the food bank,I think that is so great.In this great country no one should go hungry.

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Hi GALE ;  If we were neighbors, we'd have so much fun...My family is part Hungarian. I grew up w/stuffed  abbage rols, a eglar item on our dining table. .MyFather'sfamilyis"pureGerman" I make a dish called "cabbage saute" that is something like sauerkraut w/ carraway seeds in itubbygrewe up eatingwhateverwasleftoverfrom thehospitalkitchen where hisMomworked.coldeatlaf; cold mac & cheese; no microwave ovens back then He was very fussy when I, as a young bride cooked for him HIS RULES: : no casseroles; no chicken; nolamb; no veggies; & lots of stale cakes & cookies. Hegraduallylearnedto eat & enjoy potroast; steaks,lamb chops  & platters f steamed fresh veggies. For 20 years he cose to eat nomeat.He still didn' t  ike chicken or lamb;so hard to feed him then  In SanDiego,our neighbor(a navyw ife wasJ apanese.For my birthday one year she made me a platter of maki sushi(rolls) I had never had them before & immediately loved them.Hubby worked; fo r a short time inPalmdale;an airforcetow& tried ushi on he ase. We both love maki sushi, ( the rolls of seaweed rice & cooked or raw fish/pickles.;  In San Diego we both tried sukiyaki & BOTH LOVED IT.Here ,in N.H. i tis not available in most Japanes restaurants. Skiyakifor2 costs50_...Imay have to learn to make it  myself or learn to live w/o it I'm sorry your husband is not an adventurous eater ; how boring for him & f rustrating for you Has your husband tried Japanese tempura?( beer batter fried shrimp & veggies? Since most men seem to enjoy beer, this might apeal to him.It's deep fried, not raw. Japanese salads often have a ginger dressing on them; spicy & aromatic;verya ppealing.What does your husband eat? If he ate here;he'd starve ,  since I cook very little "AMERICAN" food.Most of our diet is international;more flavors & veggies; less meat. I  bought my husband a Qt of Kimchee for his Birthday in October and another in December.I eat very little of it.He finished it off tonight w/the  sliced jalepenos & hot roast beef sandwiches. Sounds weird, but  his dessert t of strawbery-rhubarb pie a la mode is even weirder In Response to Re: DO YOU PLAN MENUS?? HOW DO YOU PLAN? :
Posted by Ann N

Hi Ann yes we would have fun. Do you like Hungarian food?Have you ever eaten seaweed salad? I can't get enough of this stuff! My son's both eat rice and seaweed (Furi Kake Nori) I made sure to expose my sons to a variety of foods.I would always buy the seaweed for them by the case and you would have thought I gave them the world.My husband says it stinks and the boys would both chime in and say "this is good" both love Sushi also.My husband isn't as bad as my sister in laws husband his diet consists of cheese  burgers and more cheese burgers now that is boring. My Husaband is a meat and potatoes guy .My father was born in Hungary and came here in 1922,His father was 100% Hungarian and his mother was Hungarian and Austrian.My Mom's parents were both Hungarian,Her parents were both born in Hungary,but my Mom was born here.Hungarian food,I should say Eastern European food is very rich,not so healthy but very good.It's funny but my Japanese brother in law didn't like Japanese food but loved Hungarian food.My husband will eat tempura.I love tempura battered smelts and veggies too.I could check with my nieces and see if they know how to make Sukiyaki and get you a recipe.Well like I said Ann I love reading your menus everyday,they make me hungry.

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hmmmmmmm  I hope other people have a better answer and I do. LOL
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Nancy, I love your answer.   You make me laugh.  I needed that.  DiAnne

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Ann, I really enjoy reading your menus when you post them.  I would like to start planning ahead too.  I do watch the sales, use coupons, use up my freezer meat and from the cupboards.  So I am frugel but make things as I have a desire for that day or next day.  There is a web site, can't remember where, that has a calendar to put recipes you find at this site on specific days.  I might try that to see if it works for me.  Thanks for your input of your meals, I like that.

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I don't plan menus.  We eat out on Monday, due to our volunteer job, and we go out on Saturday for fun.  We always bring home a doggie bag and have the other half for an after church meal.

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Yes, we plan menus. We find it easier to grocery shop and it's way more efficient if we know what we need for the week in advance!!

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I don't do a lot of planning.  I see what the grocery stor has on sale, then I "plan" to eat that.  Or I use something a bought a previous week that I have in the freezer.  Husband hates leftovers.  He won't eat the same food more than a couple times.  I on
the other hand love them.  If I am cooking, I try my best to fix enough to last several days.  Before I was married I would cook enough for the whole week.  I also "plan" to have leftovers when I go out to eat, if at all possible.  I really enjoy eating the rest of my dinner the next day for lunch or dinner again.  It also saves me a huge amount of time. 
Since I spend a lot of time helping my Dad, if I can save time anywhere, I usually take it.
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