If you've been thinking about trying your hand at menu planning, I highly recommend reading over her posts on how to get started. Her first post goes over why she menu plans, and her second post gives you some great resources to start menu planning.
And, she's great at keeping you accountable too! She's had two challenges thus far....
1) Create a list of 10 of your families favorite meals.
2) Add 5 more meals to that list, plus a list of side dishes (fruits/veggies) your family enjoys.
Frog Prince and I have been meal planning (with weekly accountability through Organizing Junkie's Menu Planning Monday) for almost a full year now, and I don't think we'll ever go back to not planning. You can read more about why we meal plan, and how we do it here.
Since I already have created a top-10 list of sorts, I'm jumping in this week with 5 more meals, and side dishes. My five additional meals are "fall-themed" as this season quickly approaches.
5 (okay 7) Additional Favorites
Lucy's AMAZING Chili
Meatball Tortellini Soup
Crockpot Broccoli Beef
Unstuffed Pepper Skillet
Crockpot Chicken Parmesan
Side Dishes we love
Herbed Green Beans
Buca Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Sweet Potato Fries
Corn on the cob
Mixed Veggies -either mixed or separate (peas, corn, carrots, green beans)
Herbed veggies (red, yellow bell pepper, broccoli, carrots, with olive oil and herbs.)
Beans (I love 'em... we're working on Froggy)
Rice (brown, wild)
What are your favorite side dishes?
For more ideas, check out Menu Planning 101 at the Happy Housewife!