My Recipe for Menu Planning

(reprinted from my main blog)

With my looney idea to go one whole month without eating out of any kind, I’ve needed to reaquaint myself with, oh, the kitchen.  Menu planning helps.  Last week I hadn’t planned, and one day I came oh too close to saying “forget it! we’re going out! it was a dumb idea from the start!” Nathan jumped in, suggested pancakes, and saved the day. (even though I didn’t want pancakes – I wanted BAJIO)

The next morning, I decided that getting back to planning menus would be a good idea, as it’s the only thing that keeps me from giving in.

My quick and easy recipe for planning menus right now is to have – every week –

one soup night
one pizza night
one freezer dinner night (take dinner out the night before or that morning to thaw, and just cook it that night)
and one crockpot night.

Yes, that’s only 4 nights, but it makes thinking about the other 3 so easy and planning menus anything but overwhelming. A lot of weeks, we’ll have a nice breakfast night and a taco night, too.  There – 6 nights done.

When I plan the meals, I make sure we have at least 1 vegetarian dinner, as well as 1 chicken, 1 beef and 1 fish. If I don’t think of that before hand, and go down the check list as I plan each week, we would eat chicken every single night. (or Rubios) (I wish)

I figured out a year or so ago that planning the main dish only got me into trouble every single night as I scrambled for sides.  So now I preplan side dishes for each main dish.  Usually we have 2, and this week it seems like most nights are a veggie and a bread.

Just thought I’d share what makes life easier over here.  If any of you post menus, I’d love to see and get ideas.  Leave your link in the comments.

I’ve gotten back in the habit again of posting our menu plans on this recipe blog.  I’ve found I really like going back to see what we ate at this time last year to get ideas for this year.

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