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My Menu Planning Method
My menu planning is fairly simple. I love to cook, though I don’t love to spend a lot of time planning. I decided to spend a bit more time planning in order to try new recipes and encourage my children to try new foods.
- Look at the calendar for the following week. Wednesday night is always Venturing night for my oldest son, and always spaghetti and meatballs. If there’s something earlier than 6 on the calendar, I serve leftovers that night otherwise, I plan on starting dinner early.
- Look at the fridge for leftovers from the current week and vegetables that need using up. I check the meat drawers in the freezer in case my husband has used something over the weekend that I thought was still there.
- Sit down with my husband to talk about meal ideas. He loves to cook, and he likes to be included in the meal planning process. We also talk about kitchen food prep jobs that need to be done like making more breadcrumbs.
- Using my 3 x 7 weekly menu plan, I write out the plan in pencil and include notes for food prep, recipe locations, and removing food from the freezer. I always schedule at least one leftover night during the week. If the fridge remains crowded with food, I will change the plan during the week and have an additional leftover night. Usually, I just need to cook a meat for the new leftover night.
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