My friend Jean asked me to explain how I plan my meals, that made me realize others might benefit. Therefore this post was born!
When I plan my meals I sit down with my favorite cookbooks and a spiral bound notebook. I make six categories and place four meals into each.
Examples of Categories:
- Tomato Saucey Meals - pizza, lasagna, spaghetti, canvanti
- Soup - During the winter this is a favorite
- Salad - This is a summery one for us
- Mexican Food
- Chicken Dishes
- Freezer Meals - Ones completely done and ready to go for busy days
- Crockpot Meals
Make a list of items needed
While I'm finding my recipes to fill the categories, I skim the recipe right away to see if I have all the ingredients. If I do, great, I go on. Otherwise, I make a list of what I still need. I try to buy the non-perishables right away so that I can have the ingredients in stock for when I want to make the meal. Usually perishables needed are basics that I usually have anyway, such as lettuce, carrots, onions, etc. If it's something more unusual such as an avocado, I'll make a note of it on my list.
Lately, I've even taken it a step further and looked to see what needs to be done with each of those meals. If I need fried hamburger, I try to fry it and have it ready for later that month when I make that meal. If I'm making marinated chicken, I freeze the chicken in the marinade so it marinates as it thaws, killing two birds with one stone. I try to chop my vegies for the coming week. It helps save extra steps on meal night!
Put your Meal Plan together
So now I have 6 categories filled with 4 ideas each. Hmmm... that sounds like 4 weeks of meals, six night a week! Exactly what it's meant to be! So when I go to plan my week, I try to pick one meal from each category. The hard work is already done, now it's just pulling it all together.
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Meal Planning which make my life easier Works For Me and is a much Finer Thing!!! Here's another slip for the Tip Jar! Also check out Thrifty Tip Tuesday. This was also a 30 minute post linked at Steady Mom.