The Good Plate Monthly Menu Calendar

Mark your calendars! Here’s what we’re going to be cooking up at The Good Plate. The recipe planner is updated monthly. Get some ideas by looking at our menu for your own menu. Some of the entries have recipes so please help yourself.

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* Hoppin' JohnHoppin' John

Time: 16:24

* Breakfast for DinnerBreakfast for Dinner

Time: 16:25

* Ginger Man Shrimp and PastaGinger Man Shrimp and Pasta

Time: 16:26

* Kung Pao Chicken & Fried RiceKung Pao Chicken & Fried Rice

Time: 16:28

* Baked ChickenBaked Chicken

Time: 16:29

* Barbecued ChickenBarbecued Chicken

Time: 16:04

* BurgersBurgers

Time: 16:05

* Breakfast for DinnerBreakfast for Dinner

Time: 16:05

* Stuffed PeppersStuffed Peppers

Time: 16:05

* Chili RellenosChili Rellenos

Time: 16:06

* Kung Pao Chicken & Fried RiceKung Pao Chicken & Fried Rice

Time: 16:07

* JambalayaJambalaya

Time: 16:09

* Hot Dogs with Mashed PotatoesHot Dogs with Mashed Potatoes

Time: 16:11

* Teriyaki ShishTeriyaki Shish

Time: 16:25

* JambalayaJambalaya

Time: 16:25

* Out for DinnerOut for Dinner

Time: 16:25

* Crispy Cheesy Pan PizzaCrispy Cheesy Pan Pizza

Time: 16:26

It's the King Arthur Flour's Recipe of the Year for 2020, so we're going to try it.

* Ham and Leek QuicheHam and Leek Quiche

Time: 16:28

* Green Chili Pork StewGreen Chili Pork Stew

Time: 16:29

* BurgerBurger

Time: 16:31

* Kung Pao ChickenKung Pao Chicken

Time: 16:31

* Green Chili Pork StewGreen Chili Pork Stew

Time: 16:32

* Pork Chops PaprikashPork Chops Paprikash

Time: 16:32

* Simple Cheese EnchiladasSimple Cheese Enchiladas

Time: 16:35

* Ham and Cheese FeuilletéHam and Cheese Feuilleté

Time: 16:36

* Roast ChickenRoast Chicken

Time: 16:37

* BurgersBurgers

Time: 16:38

* Beef & BroccoliBeef & Broccoli

Time: 16:38

* Chicken Surprise!Chicken Surprise!

Time: 16:40

It's leftovers night. Who knows? Maybe I'll come up with something noteworthy!

* Chicken a la KingChicken a la King

Time: 16:42

* Cream of Tomato SoupCream of Tomato Soup

Time: 16:50

Category Key
 Holiday Recipes
 Meatless with Recipe
 Out for Dinner
 Recipe Included

Recipe Planner

This is an entirely different way of thinking about food.recipe planner

The best low budget healthy recipes are the ones you like. I’ve been in a position where I had to be very, very careful on my food budget, and I’ve discovered some ways to keep myself on budget and still eat healthy foods.

The first thing to do is make a shopping list and stick to it. Seriously stick to it. Supermarkets love to entice you with things that are “on-sale” that you really don’t need. Just because it’s on sale doesn’t mean you have to buy it. For example, when you have to buy 10 of something to get 10% off, it’s not worth it. Sure, if the item on your list is on sale, or the store brand is less expensive, then get that.

Making Your List and Checking it Twice

About that shopping list… there are some things you need to do before you make it. First, go to your pantry, refrigerator, and freezer and figure out what you already have. I recommend using an app like Out of Milk that has a pantry function. You could also use a spreadsheet program or just plain paper. No matter how you do your inventory, just make sure you do it.

Now that you know what you have, you can think about what you like to eat and when you want to eat it. For example, on Sundays, I make something big enough to have leftovers for Wednesday. Monday is always hectic, so I like throwing a pattie in a skillet and having a burger and salad for dinner. Tuesday is a day off, so I experiment with new recipes. Wednesday is leftover night. Thursday might be leftovers, maybe something I froze, might be breakfast for dinner, or might be dinner out since I have a standing appointment every third Thursday. Friday is our meatless night – it can be vegetarian or pescatarian. Saturday night is International night, so Asian, Mexican, Mediterranean, etc. You can figure out your schedule and what you like to eat. I make my schedule for a month, print it for the refrigerator and I also put it on my Google calendar.

Now that you know what things you want to make, you can look back at that inventory and figure out what you already have to make them. You also now know what you need and you can put those items on your shopping list.

One more thing to put on that shopping list is things you are low on. For example, if you are going to run out of olive oil before the next time you do a “big shop”, then put olive oil on your list, too.

Keeping your pantry stocked will save you money when you are using and sticking to a shopping list. When I started using this method, I was realizing about a $ 50.00-month savings.

For your recipe planner, I’m going to recommend Anylist for keeping track of recipes and menu planning. It also allows you to price items on your shopping list. I’m going to recommend Out of Milk for the pantry and shopping lists.

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