Howdy all. Sorry this is a little slow in getting posted. It’s just been one of those days!
But I wanted to quickly share with you a menu planning calendar that I came up with. This can help relieve that stress of always wondering ‘what am I going to make for dinner tonight?’.
Just take a few minutes to sit down and plan your menu for the week (or even your whole month if you’d like!) and then you don’t have to worry about it each day. And if some meals need extra ingredients from the store, just add them to your shopping list and then you know that you’ve already got everything it takes to make all your meals that week/month.
Another method that may work better for some people is to go ahead and write the meals down for the week, but then feel free to switch the days up. So it’s more like having a pool of options to pick from. You know you’ve got the ingredients for the meals on the list, so you can just pick whichever one you’re in the mood for. Then just cross it off and then next day you pick from the remaining meal options until you’ve used them all.
This is also helpful for keeping track of what meals you’re making and how often (refer to List #4) and for remembering which ingredients/items need to be restocked.
Anyway, it’s a pretty self explanatory calendar. “M” is for Main Dish, “SD1″ is for your first side dish, and if you’re super ambitious in the kitchen and like to have two side dishes, there’s a spot for that one too (“SD2″).
Just click on the image and save it to your computer or there’s a pdf file at the end. Enjoy.
And here’s the PDF file for anyone who would like to just use that: Monthly Dinner Menu
05/25/2010 • After last weeks bombardment of lists and information, I wanted to give you some tips & tricks, or things to consider when making those lists that may help make it easier. I'm also going to give you some blank forms to use that will hopefully help to get you started as well (if you haven't already :)). So let's see... I'll break this down by lists. List #1: This is pretty self-explanatory. We're just taking our recipes we gathered and doing that multiplication I talked about in the 'Multiply and Replenish' post. I decided to switch my breakfast and lunch meals more
05/18/2010 • Alright. It's been two weeks. Do you have all your recipes? Don't beat yourself up if you don't have them all yet. Just give yourself another week and dedicate some time to it. I've got mine pretty much done, but I think I'll likely end up tweaking some of the numbers as the year(s) go on. But THAT'S OKAY! That's one of the beauties of this process-- it grows with you! Don't be afraid to start because you feel like your recipes or numbers are not exactly right or perfect. You can change things as you go. Just START with SOMETHING! Okay, more