Womansday.com/menus OR womansday.com/recipes then click on Month of Menus.
This monthly meal planner has saved my diet! Each day has a relatively balanced meal plan for Supper including portion size and nutritional information. On the same page there are shopping lists divided out per week and even per section of the grocery store which makes for SUPER SUPPER shopping! All of the recipes are based on a busy lifestyle and so normally take less than an hour to prepare and cook.
Because it's based on a busy lifestyle, sometimes the quick approach can lead to some not so healthy side dishes. I just substitute somethign healthier like a salad or some steamed veg on those days. Also, if you're cooking for just 2, it makes 4 servings so we have a home cooked lunch the next day!
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Itís really easy to keep track of your meals when you do it in food groupings. I try to make 4-5 menus for each meal and then rotate them through out the month,. When they get old I add new ones but by having that menu placed in the food grouping it is just one click and everything that I ate for that meal is listed.
Making a dinner menu for a month before grocery shopping helps me keep my food costs down. I scour the sale papers & try to plan menus that utilize food that is on sale. This way, we aren't wondering what to have for dinner every night - it's right there on the fridge.
Doing this is also helping us save money on going out. If we know what we're eating for dinner, we're less likely to want to go out to eat instead of cooking. I always try to build in a night a week where we eat leftovers to clean out the fridge of everything we haven't eaten for lunch.
I found a good list of under 200 calorie drinks at Starbucks. I haven't been there in a while as I am somewhat addicted. These were listed on their website so you can arm yourself before you step in the door 469
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