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. says

    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. says

    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 =-.

  3. says

    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.

  4. says

    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….
    .-= Crystal´s last blog ..Valentine’s Day Shout Out!!! =-.

  5. says

    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. :)

  6. says

    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 =-.

  7. says

    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.

  8. says

    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 =-.


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