Menu and Grocery List Week 1

Heather says:

For a long time, I’ve wanted to help readers with the creation of weekly menus and shopping lists. Up until this point it meant creating the menu, listing all of the ingredients and manually creating a pdf from this list. I’ve been working with Brian Hutchins of to create an easy way for Home Ec 101 readers to create their own weekly meal plan from the recipes here on Home Ec 101.

Each recipe has been written so pantry items are easily added to the shopping list or removed.

Here is the editable shopping list for Home Ec 101’s Weekly Shopping List #1.

Easy peasy, no?

Grilled cheese, Leek and cabbage soup

Chimichangas, Refried Beans, Spanish Rice

C.O.R.N. (Clean Out Refrigerator Night)

Italian pork chops, Rice, Peas and Almonds

Dilled Salmon, Wilted Spinach, Butternut Squash

Sloppy Joes, Roasted Broccoli, Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Chicken Mushrooms and Peppers, Lentil Pilaf, Sweet Cornbread Recipe

*I did assume you know what you need for grilled cheese rather than adding a recipe for that sandwich to this site. So you’ll need to add bread and American cheese.*

Each week, I’ll be sharing a sample menu plan based on what we’re eating, which tends to be seasonal and based on what’s on sale at our grocery store. These menu plans feed 4 – 6 people with leftovers consumed for lunch and one night a week.

SayMmm has a free membership, just set up an account to get started. Enjoy this free tool that should help make your menu planning and grocery shopping a lot easier.


  1. Mindy on December 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    I've been doing the whole weekly menu thing for a while. Because I'm not home until 5:30 or 6:00 every night, it's hard to get home, come up with a plan and then execute it. If I have the menu already done, at least one step is done. Makes it soooo much easier to get through the week.

    I'm definitely going to check out SayMmmmm though. My problem has been that I set up the menu and shopping list at work and often forget to bring it home to do the Friday/Saturday shopping. Having an online version might be nice.

  2. Michael Carnell on December 7, 2010 at 7:13 am

    First of all, leak and cabbage soup sounds totally gross! But to each their own…

    Second, Saymmmmm looks like a totally cool site. Gonna sign up now. They should be at the Type-A Mom / Parent conference next year.

    • HeatherSolos on December 7, 2010 at 9:28 am

      Dear Michael,
      Your mother probably told you something along the lines of "If you can't say anything nice at all. . ."
      Maybe you should give her a call.
      I'll mention that to Brian.

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