My Monthly Meal Plan for February

TJ
Not sure if it's because it's the end of the month or I had some extra time on Sunday, but I decided to tackle meal planning for the entire month of February. This meal plan may change during the course of the month.

What’s In My Freezer & Fridge for Meals (February 2021)
  • 3/4 - Package of Sliced Ham -Aldi (use for lunches and 1 or 2 meals)
  • 1 - Whole Chicken (2 meals)
  • 6 - Veggie Burgers
  • 1 - Bag of Veggie Potstickers (Costco)
  • 1 - Kielbasa
  • 2 - Packages of Chicken Legs (9 ea., 2 meals)
  • 2.25 lb. Stew Meat (2 meals)
  • 1/2 Box of Frozen Eggplant Parmesan
  • 1/2 Package of Ground Meatless Meat (1 meal)
  • 3 Sausage Links (1 meal)


How I Plan My Meals for a Month

  1. Check Your Freezer: Before you make a meal plan check your kitchen and shop at home. Make as many meals from what you have at home first. Above are the items that I have in my freezer and refrigerator this month.
  2. Check the Calendar: I take a look at the calendar and place meals around holidays, birthdays, or other events. We have yet to resume afterschool clubs and sports so this month, Valentine's Day is the only day where a special meal is planned. I'll make pollo guisado for the meat eaters. Along with yuca fritters, rice, and beans that I can eat.
  3. Sundays: I decide what large meal to make that I can turn into a second meal for another day of the week. Most of the time that's a whole chicken. It makes enough shredded chicken for soup or burritos.
  4. Make it Meatless Monday: Since everyday is meatless for me, I try not to make it every night. So Monday, I place a pasta dish on the menu, usually without meat. Either veggie lasagna roll-ups or spaghetti with frozen eggplant parmesan. When I make the boxed macaroni and cheese, I'll warm up some of the sliced ham from Aldi.
  5. The Second Meal: is placed on the calendar for Tuesday, i.e shredded chicken for soup or burritos.
  6. Plan a Meal: I check to see what I haven't used from the freezer and make choose a meal to make for Wednesday.
  7. Left Overs: I usually place left overs on the menu for Thursday from those meals made on Monday or Wednesday.
  8. Take Out: Schedule a take-out meal for Friday. (We usually get take out twice a month). Homemade pizza is placed on the Friday that we are not getting takeout.
  9. Saturday: plan an easy, fun meal to make like breakfast for dinner or a simple pasta.



Week 1: January 31 - February 6
Sunday: Veggie Fried Rice w/ Potstickers (Frozen Fish Sticks)
Monday: Mac - n- Cheese (Boxed) w/ Roasted Vegetables & Ham (Maybe, I have a lot sliced ham left. I took it out of the freezer on Saturday.)
Tuesday: Kielbasa & Rice w/ Frozen Vegetables, Veggie Burger for Me
Wednesday: Scrambled Eggs w/ Ham & Cheese/Left Overs for Me
Thursday: Left Overs
Friday: Homemade Pizza and Salad
Saturday: Penne Pasta w/ Sausage Sauce, plain sauce for Me.


Week 2: February 7 - February 13
Sunday: Whole Chicken w/ Potatoes (Veggie Burger for Me)
Monday: Spaghetti & Eggplant Parmesan
Tuesday: Fried Rice & Potstickers
Wednesday: Burritos w/ left over Shredded Chicken
Thursday: Left Overs
Friday: Take Out
Saturday: Veggie Cauliflower Balls


Week 3: February 14 - February 20
Sunday: Pollo Guidado, Rice and Beans for Me
Monday: Veggie Roll-Ups
Tuesday: “Ground Beef” w/ Cabbage & Carrots
Wednesday: Make-Ahead Burritos
Thursday: Left Overs
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner


Week 4: February 21 - February 27
Sunday: Beef Stew, Lentil Soup or Black Bean Chili for Me
Monday: Spaghetti & Eggplant Parmesan
Tuesday: Fried Veggie Rice & Potstickers
Wednesday: Left Over Soup/Chili from Sunday
Thursday: Left Overs or Rice and Beans
Friday: Homemade Pizza
Saturday: Breakfast for Dinner


Sunday, February 28
Sunday: Pollo Guidado, Rice and Beans for Me

Keeping Track of the Plan
I snagged this chalk board from my youngest child's closet. It's a two-sided board. I write the meals on the white board for the week. The prep work and other things I want to make are added to the chalk board side, like energy bites or bread. I put it in the kitchen on the weekends to keep track of what I need to do.