Planning a week, 2 weeks, or even a month of meals is not hard to do. First make a list of every meal you can remember eating and liking. Keep it handy so you can add to it as you think of new things to add. After creating a list, make a theme plan (the one below is just one example). Then begin putting your favorite meal ideas into the categories they fit. There will be crossover as you can see on mine. Next print out or create a menu calendar (pdf file). Look over your list of recipes and begin planning your menus for the week, 2-weeks or month. Keep in mind what you already have in the pantry and fridge/freezer. Then make a list of what you'll need on your next grocery trip to complete the recipes and when you'll need them and voila! you are ready to go for it!  


Bean/Cheese Quesadillas w/Spanish Rice

Cauliflower Au Gratin

Cheese Tamales
 w/Spanish Rice

Cream of Broccoli Soup w/Muffins

Lentil & Brown Rice Soup w/Muffins

Lentil Rice Casserole

Red Beans & Rice

Rice/Bean/Cheese Burritos

Rice, Corn, Cheese Casserole


ABC Soup
, Corn Bread Muffins

Blackened Chicken

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Fajitas

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Chicken Fried Rice, Egg Rolls

Chicken Lo Mein, Egg Rolls

Chicken Quiche

Chicken Salad

Chicken Stir Fry, Fried Wontons

Chicken w/Gravy, Stuffing, Peas

Country Chicken Pot Pie

General Tso's

& Fried Rice

Honey-Pecan Crusted Chicken, rice pilaf, 
green beans

Nacho Chicken Bake

Roast Sticky Chicken

Santa Fe Chicken Pilaf


Bacon Quiche

Beef Quiche

Beef Stew w/biscuits baked on top

Broccoli Quiche

Chicken Broccoli Casserole

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Quiche

Country Chicken Pot Pie

Ham & Potato Casserole

Lasagna w/garlic bread

Lentil Rice Casserole

Mexican Spaghetti Pie

Nacho Chicken Bake

Rice, Corn, Cheese Casserole

Shrimp Quiche

Skillet Lasagna

Tuna Casserole


BBQd Beef sandwiches, onion rings

BBQ'd Meatballs, Rice a Roni, green beans

Beef Burritos

Beef Fajitas

Beef Hot Dogs, Fries

Dad's Chili
, Corn Bread

Hamburger Patties w/Cheese, Broccoli

Hamburgers, fries

Meatball Sandwiches

Meatballs & Gravy on Egg Noodles w/Peas

Meatloaf, Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans

Rice a Roni w/beef
Roast, Boiled Potatoes, Peas

Roast Beef, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Sloppy Joes, fries

Spaghetti & Meatballs/ Meat Sauce, garlic bread

Steak, Baked Potatoes, Salad

Taco Salad


Crock Pot/Pork/

Baked Fish, Baked Potato, Veggie

BBQ Beef or Chicken (in crockpot) on Buns w/Fries, Cole Slaw

BBQ'd Pork Chops

BLT's on toasted bread

Jambalaya, Corn Bread

Meat & Vegetable Wraps

New England Clam Chowder

Pork Chops, Rice a Roni, Green Beans

Pork Loin, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Potato, Ham and Leek Chowder w/Carrot Bran Muffins

Shrimp Gumbo, Rice

Shrimp Fettuccine Alfredo

Shrimp Quiche

Shrimp Rice Pilaf

Stir-Fried Shredded Pork

Stir-Fried Shrimp w/Vegetables



BBQ Pizza

Black Olive

Cheese Pizza

Ham Pizza

Low Carb Pizza on toasted tortilla shells

Mexican Pizza

Pepperoni Pizza

Sausage Pizza

Veggie Pizza



ABC Soup, Corn Bread Muffins

Beef Stew, Biscuits

Cream of Broccoli Soup, Bran Muffins

Dad's Chili, Corn Bread

Easy Bean and Ham Soup

, Corn Bread

Lentil & Brown Rice Soup, Zucchini Muffins

Potato Soup, Carrot Bran Muffins

Shrimp Gumbo
, Rice

White Chicken Chili