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Menu Plan Monday (Recipe: Weeknight Chicken Stir-Fry)

Please tell me I’m not the only one who does this. I get all motivated to do something and then an event… being sick, crazy schedule, full moon… something out of the ordinary comes up and I fall right off the wagon. I get in these spurts with menu planning where I do really great and then before I know it a couple of weeks go by and I realize we’ve fallen into old bad habits.

So, this week I’m on the wagon – I have my menu planned, groceries purchased and the motivation to hopefully get me through to next weekend’s menu planning session again. You would think that simply looking at my bank account on the weeks that I menu plan versus don’t would be motivation enough to keep me consistent! We do so much better, which means more fun money, when I plan out our meals and stick to it.

Here is my menu for this weeks Menu Plan Monday at I’m An Organizing Junkie:

Coming up this week on Dine & Dish:

If you are looking for something quick and easy to add to your weeknight menu, this Chicken Stir-Fry recipe is a regular on our menu. Switch up the veggies for what your family likes and will eat!

Chicken Stir-Fry (adapted from Recipezaar)

  1. Cut chicken into 1/2 inch strips; place in a resealable plastic bag.
  2. Add cornstarch and toss to coat.
  3. Combine soy sauce, ginger, and garlic powder; add to bag and shake well.
  4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  5. In a large skillet or wok, heat 2 tablespoons oil; stirfry chicken until no longer pink, about 3-5 minutes.
  6. Remove and keep warm.
  7. Add remaining oil; stir fry bell peppers, carrots, and onion for 4-5 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  8. Add chicken broth.
  9. Return chicken to pan.
  10. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
  11. Serve over rice.

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  1. What amazing meals you prepare every week! I’d love to eat at your house. I completely agree, I notice when we don’t plan everything is much, much more expensive. And yes, I think everyone falls off the wagon with meal planning…in fact, we did tonight.

  2. Your dinners this week look incredible! I’d like to be there for dinner. :)

  3. if anyone say that doesn’t happen to them they are lying! the important thing is to try and try again.
    .-= picky cook´s last blog ..12 sweet ideas for valentine’s day =-.

  4. What a delicious stir fry dear……

  5. You aren’t the only one…. it’s so easy to get distracted from organizing goals… but you’re right, menu planning saves us a lot of trouble and money, when we can do it!

    This stir fry looks great — colorful and delicious! We make a similar one and add pineapple chunks and their juices… it becomes like sweet and sour chicken! Yum!
    .-= Bethany´s last blog ..Chai-Spiced Apple Cake =-.

  6. I should take your lead. I’m terrible with meal planning but with so many great recipes out there there’s no excuse. Tomorrow night looks especially yummy.
    .-= Amy from She Wears Many Hats´s last blog ..Dorie made me do it. =-.

  7. I just can’t seem to stick to a menu plan despite the best of intentions so I do what I call “go European” and buy enough groceries for a few days. This works well if you are single.

  8. I just started menu planning myself this past week and in just one time of planning and organizing my grocery list I’ve noticed a major difference in my grocery expenses. I created my menu by keeping in mind of what I already had and going from there. I only spent $2o on a weeks worth of meals for 3! Amazing, right? I’m very excited to see how this week goes and to continue menu planning in the future.

    Check my menu plan for the week…. http://savvymommablog.blogspot.com/2010/02/to-menu-plan-or-not.html
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day Shout Out!!! =-.

  9. i can’t seem to menu plan for the life of me, haha :)

    i like this “go european” idea…

  10. Your menu sounds so much yummier than mine. I’ve got chicken, pork chops, and chili. Haha. You’re all fancy and I’m just…not. :)
    .-= Karly´s last blog ..Secret Ingredient Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

  11. That looks delicious, colorful, and healthy! I’m the same way with menu planning. Some weeks I’m really good about and some weeks not so much. I always end up eating a lot healthier on the weeks that I plan!
    .-= SugarCooking´s last blog ..Perfect Pizza Crust and Roasted Garlic Chicken Pesto Pizza =-.

  12. Stir fry rules. Great recipe!
    .-= Bob´s last blog ..Chocolate Valentines, Molten Chocolate Cakes =-.

  13. Menu planning… I’m not naturally organised, but I’m getting there! And for some reason I am really very erratic over evening meals. I can buy a great big grocery shop for the fortnight but do i know when I’ll actually make everything? Not at all, and I always end up going through my cupboards saying ‘can’t make that, its frozen, can’t make that, the peppers have gone dodgy…’ I think this is something I should really take upon myself to develop the will for! It’ll probably make life a great deal easier for myself!

    Gorgeous stir fry, looking forward to the Adopt A Blogger updates. :)

  14. Oh yeah, been there done that for sure! Something that really slapped me in the face recently was when I decided to go back through three months of bank statements and itemize everything that we spent. I was SHOCKED at the amount of money I spent on groceries alone, simply because I wasn’t planning. I’ve been itemizing everything this month and have everything budgeted out. I am happy to say that I’m on track on my budget so far and if it stays on track I will have saved approximately $600! So yeah, menu planning rocks :)
    .-= Amanda´s last blog ..TWD: Dorie’s Best Chocolate Chip Cookies =-.

  15. I have things come up and ruin plans all the time, so I only plan 3 days at a time. That way, if something does come up, I don’t have any ingredients go bad! This looks like a great weeknight meal.

  16. Looks amazing! I haven’t made a stir fry in awhile. I usually do them with tons and tons of veggies.

  17. Ok so you aren’t the only one that does this…but I thought I was! So thanks for making me feel part of a group. I like to call it Mom ADD, you know where your brain is so into one thing, like menu planning, and then, just like that, it flips to something totally off topic, like laundry. Wouldn’t it be fun to trace the brain waves that take you from delicious recipes to dirty undies.

    Love the stir-fry recipe! Thanks!
    .-= Kim´s last blog ..Betty Challenge #7: Cheese Ball =-.

  18. Stir fry looks incredible…as does your menu!!! Love to be in your house this week! ;o)
    .-= Liesl´s last blog ..Nutella Peanut Butter Hot Chocolate =-.

  19. All your meals for the week look fabulous! Meal planning is my forte. When I shopped at the commisary I planned meals for a month. I had to make good use of my freezer. For some reason my high school students do not understand the concept. Thanks for sharing !
    .-= The Teacher Cooks´s last blog ..Sugar Cookies for Your Valentine =-.

  20. I am so proud of you for even thinking of planing for a week! The thought never occured to me. I get inspired in the morning as to what protein I want to cook that day and go from there…
    .-= Nanan´s last blog ..Sweet peas and potatoes with a little roux. =-.


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