Every week I make a menu in which detail what I am planning to serve for supper each night of the week. I started doing this last year as a part of my household binder. I enjoy doing it and it makes my life so much easier.
- I don’t have to come up with something to make on the fly after a long day’s work.
- I know what to buy at the grocery store.
- I only have to travel to the store once a week.
- I save money on groceries – only buying what we need.
Sounds great, doesn’t it!? Unfortunately, when I sit down to plan out meals I am often left asking myself or my family, “What do you want to eat this week?”
Solution: We quickly brainstormed a list of meals that we love! Now if I don’t know what to add to the menu, I can glance at our favorites list and pick something from there. Or if I have a particular ingredient, but don’t know what to make I can try to find a suitable match off that list.
By no means is this a summative list – just a start as we are hoping to made additions. In fact while brainstorming ideas we decided that it would be fun to try out a brand spanking new recipe every other week. That will add some variety to our menu and expand our list! Which has also sparked yet another list. (Can you tell I have a love of lists?)
How do you menu plan? Do you have any family favorite recipes that we need to try?