Meal Planning

What’s for Super? That’s an easy enough question if you are organized enough to have a meal ready to go or in the crock pot. If not, then one agonizes over the question. If you are like me, you hit the closest “Fast Food” joint on the way home. This is not only bad for our waist lines, it is also hard on the wallet.

What’s a mother to do? Meal Planning!

Things you will need to accomplish this task:

notebook paper

pencils

STEP ONE:

On page 1 of your paper write down every main meal you and your family likes.

example: Beef brisket, Beef Roast, Beef Stew, Beef Stroganoff, Enchiladas, Chicken & Noodles, Chicken Pot Pie, Chicken Salad, Chili, Corned Beef Hash, Egg Salad, Fish, Fried Chicken, Ham and Beans, Ham Steaks, Lasagna, etc…

Page 2 Vegetables: This can include your green salads, and cold salads.

example: Asparagus, Baked Beans, Broccoli, Broccoli Casserole, Cheesey Potatoes, Green Beans, Green Salad, Macaroii Salad , etc…

Page 3 Desserts.

example: Cake, Pie, Jello, Pudding, Cookies, Fruit cup, etc…

Page 4 Breads & Rolls

example: Hard Rolls, Loaf Bread, Soda Bread, Potato Bread, Corn Bread, Garlic/Texas Toast, etc…

STEP TWO:

Now comes the fun part! On a sepratete sheet of paper start mixing and matching your main meals, to your vegetables, deserts & breads. Remeberber not all meals need to have a dessert!

Now that we have our lists of foods our families love, here comes the work! Grab your favorite beverage, and the following:

Your Family Food List

Your family Calender

Pencil

Blank Calender Page

There are some folks that plan their meals around grocery flyers and what is on sale. In all honesty that just isn’t my thing. I plan around our schedules and the time of year. Yes, I still look at what is on sale, and use my cupons but having a well stocked freezer and pantry is my key to meal planning.

Step One:

CHECK THE FAMILY CLALENDER

Looking at your family Calender what is going on this month? I know that every 2nd and 4th Wed. there is a meeting for DH and me, so I will need a quick meal on those days. I grab my blank calender and up in the corner of the box for those Weds. I put q.m. (quick meal). Now look at the rest of the month. Any other q.m.’s needed? Are you going to be later than usual and need a crock pot nite? Initial those places on your blank calender as well.  Now this is up to you, but I do a whole months worth of meal planning at a time. If you want to do 1 or 2 weeks thats fine nothing is set in stone.

STEP TWO:

START PLANNING.

Grab your food list and start filling in the blanks on your calender. 

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