Posts Tagged ‘Kitchen Organization’

Meal Planning

11 January, 2008

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. 

The Well Stocked Pantry

11 January, 2008
Ever wonder what a well stocked, organized  pantry should contain? Well, here is my list. Add or subtract from it to suit your family.
Aluminum foil, waxed paper, plastic wrap, freezer bags, sandwich bags and snack bags.
Bakers chocolate
Baking soda and powder
Bouillon cubes or granules
Bread crumbs, plain and Itallian
Brownie, Cake, Cookie and Muffin Mixes
Canned and dried beans
Canned fruit
Canned pie fillings
Canned soups and dried soup mixes
Canned vegetables
Cereal
Chocolate Chips
Coconut
Corn syrup, corn meal, and Cornstarch
Crackers, saltine, ritz, and party 
Crushed, diced, whole and seasoned tomatoes
Evaporated, powdered and sweetend condised milk
Flour
Garlic
Gelatin and pudding mixes
Honey
Jam & jelly
Ketchup, mustard and mayo
Non stick cooking sparay
Nuts: walnuts, pecans, almonds
Oats
Olives black and green
Pancake mix
Paper towels and napkins
Pasta: fettucini, linguine, lasagna, macaroni, penne, rotelle, rigatoni, & spaghetti
Peanut butter
Pickles: sweet, dill, & bread and butter
Relish: hot dog and sweet
Prepared pie shells
Ready-made pasta sauces
Rice
Salad dressing
Salsa
Seasoning mixes
Soy sauce
spices and extracts (including salt and pepper)
Sugar: granulated, brown, and confectioners
Syrup: Chocolate, Carmel, maple
Tomato sauce and paste
Toothpicks
Vegetable oil and shortening
Vinegar