Archive for the ‘meal planning’ tag
August 26th, 2014 at 3:59 pm
By Kim Ross
“So…what’s for dinner?”
This doesn’t have to be a nightly question that you scratch your head over. Having a menu planned out means you never have to wonder, and you’ll save time and money!
Setting a plan for 1 week, 2 weeks, or even 1 month can:
- Eliminate those pesky multiple trips to the grocery store every week.
- Make use of what is on sale at your local stores, saving you money.
- Cut back on wasted food –cut back on eating out, take out, pizza delivery, etc.
- The ability to buy in bulk from planning ahead can save you money as well.
How Do I Start?
First, consider how much storage space you have. Planning a menu for an entire month may not be possible if you don’t have a place to stash all of the ingredients you’ll need. Make an estimate of what your storage areas can accommodate.
Start small. Try planning for a few days at a time, then work your way up. Think about how and what your family eats, i.e. When a recipe says “serves 4,” does it really serve 4 in your family? Do you eat leftovers for dinner, or is this not an option? Does your family like to eat bread with every dinner? Is dessert a nightly occurrence? If so, will you have to make dessert nightly or can a pan of brownies last 2-3 nights?
A “Master Plan” may be a good starting point:
Sunday = Beef
Monday = Chicken
Tuesday = Leftovers
Wednesday = Pasta
Thursday = Vegetarian
Friday = Fish
Saturday = Mexican
Or, have a themed night every night (Italian night, Mexican night, Asian night, etc.).
To make things easier, keep a list of “family favorites” to rotate into your menu plan…customizing the plan to your family will help make it work for you.
When you’ve created a base for your meal planning, decide on the actual recipes/meals you want to make each night. Check the recipes against your existing items to avoid buying ingredients you already have on hand. Create the shopping list and head to the supermarket for an efficient trip!
What is your favorite menu planning resource?