I have adopted the habit of Menu Planning our meals on Sunday nights. I do it for a few reasons. I can stretch our Grocery Budget if I know what I’m making. I also go to the grocery store and just stick to the list (for the most part. I am guilty of adding things if there is a good sale or I can get a rebate on an item from one of the many shopping apps I use.) It also helps us eat through our fridge and pantry so I waste (hopefully) less food.
It also really helps me not come home and panic about what to make for dinner. My kids have different school schedules and when they are in school, we pretty much drop one off and pick up the other and drop one off, etc. It’s a ton of Mom-Taxi Service during the school year. My husband comes home for lunch at dinner time and it helps me have dinner for him ready to eat if I know what I’m making.
I used to plan a month at at time but I feel like we eat the same things all the time. In fairness, I am super picky though and the foods I like, I really LIKE. Haha.
I also really don’t like leftovers so when I plan, I try and make 2 different meals out of one thing. Example: Ground Beef: Tacos one night and Lasagna another. Chicken: Chicken and Chicken Salad Sandwiches later in the week, This also saves me prep time because I can brown a pound or two at the same time.
I also make sure I do a crock-pot meal on Monday’s to get back into the flow of the week and one Thursday, because I’m pretty exhausted by then. This weeks menu doesn’t reflect that since the kids are still on Winter Break from school.
Today’s meal was supposed to be Turkey Taquitos to use the last of the Turkey from Christmas but I am soooo turkey’ed out. So while I was at Target today, I noticed they had seasoned Chicken Cutlets on Special for $3 off (making it $5) and I had a box of wild rice in my pantry. It’s ok if you change it up if necessary. It’s a PLAN, it’s not binding.
Also just because it’s scheduled on a particular day, doesn’t mean we will 100% eat it that day.
Do you menu plan? Do you have an easy go to recipe for when the weeks are just too crazy?