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Meal Plan ~ February 2013 week 1

French Toast to start our meal plan off right!For me, nesting instincts tend to hit rather late in my pregnancy, staying true to my natural tendency for procrastination. Some people clean like crazy, some people decorate the nursery... my call is to the kitchen. I want to put away healthy and delicious food for me and my family. With my first son I made extra meals to have on hand for the first few weeks, I was glad I did, but I really would have liked more. When my second was born I had a freezer full of homemade food and a couple quick fix meal plans to last me 12 weeks, however it just wasn't enough variety. With baby number three on the way I am trying to set aside 25 different meals (giving me about 50 meals), without over using casseroles. I find that I am not a once a month cooking type of gal, I prefer to make double or triple batches of something when we are eating it. So February is my month of doubling or tripling most of our recipes to make sure I have a freezer full of yummy food once baby arrives. Here is what the first week of February looks like:

February 1 – February 7, 2013


Fri 1


Sat 2


Sun 3


Mon 4


Tues 5

Wed 6

Thur 7


Leftover French Toast

Cinnamon Rolls

Scrambled Eggs

Grapes, cheese, boiled eggs

Banana Muffins (X2)


Ham & Egg Cups

Apple Sauce Pancakes

Fried Potatoes & Eggs



Cauliflower & Egg Drop Soup, toast

Cream cheese and Liver Pate (X2) on homemade bread, Tomato slices

Slow-Cooker Lentil Stew

With Kraut and yogurt

Egg Sandwiches

With pickles

Dinner Leftovers

Bean, Spinach, and Quinoa Burritos (X2)


Hot Dogs


Snack/ Treat


Milk Shake

Using homemade ice cream

Peppers & Ranch


Carrot Sticks & PB




Pizza (x2)

Sausage Manicotti (X3)

Salad with Ranch


Fish Veracruz


Steamed Broccoli


Slow Cooked Pig Cheeks

Rice (make extra)



Vegetable Soup (X2)

Artisan Bread

Breaded Beef Heart


Mozzarella Meat Pie (X3)

Salad with Ranch






Grind Flour

Start Sourdough

Bake Sandwich Brd

Make Yogurt

Cure Bacon

Defrost liver

 Stir Sourdough


Liver Pate

Boil Eggs

Chop Veggies for Lentils

Soak Lentils

Sprout Flour

 Start Artisan Bread

Defrost Cheeks

Freeze/ Seal Lentils

Stir Sourdough


Soak Pinto Beans

Stir Sourdough

Make Pinto Beans

Bake Sandwich Brd

Ferment Ketchup

Stir Sourdough

Make Ranch

Stir Sourdough Make "hot pockets"

Make Kraut

Defrost Beef


Stir Sourdough

Crock-Pot Pumpkin Puree


As you can see I plan out all of our meals; breakfast, lunch, snack, and dinner. It doesn't always happen the way it is planned, but I love having something set up. I will switch things around as different events happen, or as my energy allows. I have been menu planning for at least the last five years (that is as far back as the files go on my computer), I occasionally miss planning for a week or two due to life circumstances, but I often feel like life is too chaotic without a plan so I happily settle back into writing out my meals. I have used various start days for my menu plans; Mondays were the traditional stand-bys (and I hope to head back that way eventually), but my shopping day is now at the end of the week so I have shifted over to Friday as my start day, which also happened to be the first of the month this time around. I have a busy week in the kitchen this week, but I know it'll be well worth it in the end!

Please note that I have linked up to some recipes that are not "Real Food" recipes, however when I make them I substitute unprocessed food, or I use the recipe as a base for our meals. You may notice some odd cuts of meat on our menu plan this week. My parents and I split a grassfed cow, pastured pig, and pastured lamb and when we do we ask for everything, so we eat all of the bits and pieces.

With this being my first post on meal planning I am linking up at I'm an Organizing Junkie's Menu Plan Monday. Where you can see meal plans from all kinds of great people.  


I am also linking up to Menu Monday: What's for Dinner

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