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Make a Menu Plan {A Fresh Start}

{ Fresh Start Series: Get Moving [3] ~ The Family Dinner [4] ~ Lighten Up [5] ~ Go to Bed With a Clean Slate [6] ~ Just Say No [7] ~ Use It Up [8] ~ Unplug [9] ~ Do Over [10] ~  Hydrate [11]~ Smile [12] ~  Snack Smart [13] ~ First, Gratitude [14] }

A Fresh Start ~  from AmysFinerThings.com

It’s always good to have a plan, especially when staring at the still-stuffed pantry and freezers wondering what on earth is in there?!  I made a quick grocery run for essentials last week, but we’re trying to use what we have [8] this month.  Not a trying task, really, when we keep a cow in our freezer…

Last week’s pantry fun came in the discovery of half a bag of fresh cranberries and two partial bags of chocolate chips.  Cranberry Chocolate Chip muffins, anyone?  So yummy!

Keeping meals simple this week, with a big emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies.  The comfort foods of winter are fabulous, but not at the expense of essential vitamins and minerals to ward off this seasonal influenza garbage that is the talk of the nation.  Plus, as my good fortune would have it, our kids prefer fresh fruits and veggies over any prepared fruit and veggies. Win!

If you find yourself staring in the fridge at 5:00 with little people biting your ankles, may I encourage you to make a menu plan?  It doesn’t have to be strict, and you can use any of several methods.  Having a plan, any plan, might just prevent a number of financial, time, and sanity woes.

Seven Layer Tex-Mex Dip

Sunday, January 13

Easy, Overnight Granola from AmysFinerThings.com

Weekday Breakfasts

Loaded Tostadas from AmysFinerThings.com

Weekday Dinners

Saturday, January 19 ~ Basketball chaos today, so we’ll start strong and end scrounging from whatever is left in the fridge.

Do you find it harder to eat fresh fruits and veggies during the winter?  How do you get the job done?