Bi-weekly Meal Plan

I’ve begun this new year focusing on organization within my household.

One of the most crucial areas to be organized, for me, is in the kitchen. Being organized saves time and money! Meal planning is the key to kitchen organization {at least in my home!}

I make a meal plan almost every week but lately my follow through has been hit or miss! I know the importance of a plan and I also know that when I follow that plan, things run much smoother. {I’m working on sticking to the plan!}

I also am shifting to bi-weekly meal planning in an attempt to save time {writing out the meal plan and less trips to the grocery store} and money {less trips to the store mean less opportunities to buy!}

This week is my first attempt at the bi-weekly plan.

Here’s the menu:

Monday-17-Smoked Wings with Sweet Potato Fries

Tuesday-18-Scalloped Potatoes with Ham, Salad and Homemade Bread

Wednesday-19-Vegetable Soup

Thursday-20-John David dinner at church, Leftovers

Friday-21-Sausage Pizza { with Homemade Pizza Crust}

Saturday-22-Meatloaf with Sweet and Sour Sauce, Potatoes, Broccoli and Homemade Bread

Sunday-23-Roast with Onions, Carrots and Potatoes and Homemade Bread

Monday-24-Chicken Parmesan with Salad and Homemade Bread

Tuesday-25-Beans and Cornbread

Wednesday-26-Fried {deer} Steak with Mashed Potatoes and Homemade Bread

Thursday-27-John David dinner at church, Leftovers

Friday-28-{Deer} Fajitas

Saturday-29-Smoked Sausage and Sauerkraut

Sunday-30-Potato Soup

Monday-31-Leftover Potato Soup

Do you meal plan? Have you ever thought about bi-weekly meal planning?

19 Replies to “Bi-weekly Meal Plan”

  1. I love the idea of fewer trips to the grocery store – especially when little ones are involved! I already do a weekly menu, but I may just have to try bi-weekly!

  2. love this idea… with a newborn i havent got the time to do one each week 🙂 thanks for your awesome posts, Rachel

  3. Deer Fajitas sound great, and I have lots of deer in the freezer…. would you share haw you fix your deer fajitas please.

    1. I cut deer steak into thin strips and cook in oil with onions (and peppers if they are in season) then use taco/fajita seasoning for a little more flavor! Easy & delicious

  4. I just started every-other-week planning & shopping. I had great results last week…it actually saved us a little (based on shopping weekly) — and assuming I won't have to run to the store this week for anything! My husband has been begging me to make deer meat (a friend wants to give us some) but I've always heard it's "gamey" tasting & we only eat chicken & turkey (no beef) so I'm not sure if I'll like it. I might borrow one of your recipes if he brings some home. Do you do anything to the deer meat before you cook it?

    1. We use ground deer as a substitute for ground beef. My favorites are Sweet and Sour Meatloaf and soups and chili! I don't do anything to my deer meat before cooking it. I've heard of some people washing it but that's too much hassle!

  5. Hi Rachel! I just started making homemade bread and I love it! I just use the recipe that came with my mixer and I'm on the look out for other recipes. I'd love to hear more about how you bake bread!

    1. I'm just getting into the bread baking too! I currently use a bread machine that was given to me to mix my dough {and then I bake in the oven instead of the machine}. I'm also doing a little experimenting…last week I tried out my mixer to see how that would do and I'm trying out all different recipes too!

  6. I'm with you on the whole kitchen organization. It makes my days run more smoothly. I have just started to plan my menus monthly. At first when I started meal planning, I tried the monthly meal planning and I had a difficult time coming up with that many meals. I just went through a pile of magazines to tear out what I wanted before I tossed them and kept an eye out for recipes, now I FEEL I have enough to make it through the month.
    This month I had most days filled in and then hit a block. I asked my kids and husband and with in minutes all days were filled in. I can switch the meals around during the week, if something comes up, but I do try and see what is going on activity wise and see what meals would be most convient on those days.

    1. I would love to eventually work up to monthly meal planning! I'm trying to compile a list of the meals that we love and are easy and inexpensive to make so I can {hopefully} attempt once a month meal planning in a few months! I may move to a more flexible plan too…so far this week I've moved a few meals around!!

  7. We eat too many fresh fruits & veggies to only go to the market twice a month (this is a bi-monthly plan, bi-weekly would be twice a week). Plus, I love all the farmer'smarkets that we have available to us in Southern CA. But, I love the idea of figuring out two-weeks' worth of menus at once. That's a timesaver in itself!

    1. The only fruits we're eating much of lately are citrus and apples which keep and allow us to do this! Our fresh veggie selections are also limited…how I envy the selection you must have in California!! And I'm working my way up to monthly meal planning primarily to save time, I'll plan the entire months menu and have a big grocery trip and then pick up fresh produce as needed! {And biweekly means twice a week AND every two weeks! <a href="http:// (http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly)” target=”_blank”> <a href="http://(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly)” target=”_blank”>(http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/biweekly) Our mortgage is a biweekly mortgage that is drafted every 2 weeks! Isn't the English language crazy?}

  8. Hi there. I am a huge fan of your website, an appreciate the frugal and simple way of life as this is what is affordable for me. Perhaps you can post a shopping trip. I find it extremely challenging to prepare healty meals on our very small budget usually $40/wk, and we don't have the availabilty to hunt as we live in a large city. Also, if possible I would love the recipe for potato soup.

    1. I've been thinking about sharing more about our grocery budget and shopping. I'll attempt to get a post organized soon and share how we eat {mostly} healthy on a small budget! And, I e-mailed you the recipe! I hope you enjoy it!

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