I think I fall somewhere in between. I do 2 week menu plans but I kind of pick and choose which meal we're having on the day of based off what I feel like. I do my menu plan and grocery list at the same time (in 2 different notebooks because I have a system!) and I try to limit grocery shopping to once every 2 weeks but generally have to make a stop in between for a couple of things.
This coming week my family will be eating (most likely)
Sunday: Out - because after all the Halloween madness I'm not going to feel like cooking though I might not feel like getting out of my pajamas so it may be takeout!
Delicious Creamy Mashed Potatoes, pinto beans
Tuesday: Taco Tuesday which around here translates to fajitas. I use this flour tortilla recipe from Mom on Timeout, saute some chicken with fajita seasoning and then we have shredded cheese, salsa, sour cream, and pickled red onions (though that's mostly for me)
Wednesday: Garlic and Vinegar Glazed Pork Chops with Scallions from the Chopped Cookbook and brown rice, sugar snap peas
Thursday: Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Scampi from Diary of a Recipe Collector. I haven't tried anything from this blog before so I'm really curious to see how this recipe turns out. It looks tasty and I like the look of her blog so I have high hopes. And a salad
Saturday: This is kind of a freebie. We may pick something up or go out to eat or I may make one of the meals that I always have the ingredients on hand for like - Stuffed Pizza Sticks from Southern Plate (we call it Inside Out Pizza) or Easy Chicken Ranch Tacos from Six Sisters Stuff
There will also be bread on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday but I tend to pick the recipe that day depending on how if I have time for a yeast bread or a quick bread.
Extras: Every week I like to tackle a fun recipe. Sometimes it happen and sometimes not so much. This week I'd like to try Geoffrey Zakarian's Cinnamon Cupcakes with Vanilla Frosting from his My Perfect Pantry cookbook.
Also, instead of getting my dad a Christmas or birthday gift I basically do a Cookie of the Month club because the man is impossible to buy for. We made this agreement a couple of years ago and he enjoys getting a different batch of cookies every month and I enjoy experimenting. For the November entry I'm planning on making Milk Chocolate Thumbprints from Fat Witch Bake Sale which I got from the library last week.
So how does dinner work at your house? Do you plan or are you more spontaneous?
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads