While I’m fairly organized with my homekeeping, I don’t feel as on top of my menu planning. Which is a shame because I do love cooking and baking. I feel great when I’m in the kitchen prepared with a plan.
School Year Goal: Menu Planning
This year, thanks to an even busier schedule plus the activities of 5 kids, I am challenging myself to become the menu planning queen, goddess, or at least good enough at menu planning. Honestly, I feel like a bit of a fraud when it comes to menu planning. I know that menu planning has many purposes:
- prevents food waste
- saves money
- ensures my family receives nourishing food
- makes dinner time less stressful
I’m just not always disciplined about making the plan, though once I have the plan, I’m pretty good about sticking to it.
I already have a weekly menu plan 3 x 7 on the site which works pretty well for me. I keep this posted on the fridge for everyone to see, and believe me, they do look. I get choruses of groans if I have to change something at the last minute. Which can happen if my husband uses something over the weekend for dinner, or a certain teenager eats all the hot dogs.
To make menu planning a little easier, i.e. starting with some already favorite family meals, I put together a blank 21 Favorite Meal list. I will admit to stealing the idea from ListPlanIt.com; it is a good idea for those weeks when you’re coming up empty on ideas. Once you get your 21 meals together, how about coming up with a list of last-minute meals in case something goes wrong and you need to have dinner on the table in 20 minutes.
School Year Goal: School Lunch Planning
This year, I decided I would tackle planning lunches. I’d like to make lunches more fun for my kids without losing my sanity. I also wanted to make their homemade snacks so wonderful they wouldn’t even think about bringing their allowance to school to buy snacks.
Each Sunday afternoon, I’ll sit down with my meal planning printable and plan the lunches and dinners for the week. After that, the kids can help me prepack any snacks we’ll need like grapes, homemade crackers, or sweet treats. They’ll also help with creating the lunch plan. Then, the menu plan goes on our fridge for everyone to reference.
Menu Planner (3 x 7 PDF)
21 Favorite Meals (PDF)
Lunch Ideas (PDF)