It isn’t drudgery… It’s a joy! Here is how it can become a joy for you, too.
Many people think that Menu Planning is just not for them. I used to feel that way. I even went so far as to plan menus and then never use them. How sad, right?
Well, moving to a SUPER small community that is 30 minutes from ANY grocery store and an hour from less expensive grocery stores put me back into menu planning mode. With some modifications in my mind set, I have been successful.
1) I am still flexible. Sometimes life happens. We don’t want to eat Chinese Chicken Salad on a cold rainy unexpectedly fall day and we don’t want hot clam chowder on a surprise warm winter day! So, I change things up. Another reason to be flexible is…. The I just don’t want to eat _______ tonight. I often use those nights to play Food Network’s ‘Chopped’ show. Well, my own version. I have to use the protein that was on the menu. So, for example, Hamburgers was on the menu but I don’t want to cook them (or… shhhh…. I don’t really have all the fresh ingredients) then I would make something else that calls for a comparable amount of hamburger! See, how easy was that?
2) I TRY hard to keep in mind our family schedule. For example, Wednesday’s are church night for some of us. IF we don’t plan for that, my menu plan will fail. 2 of the boys get to eat at church and another son and I don’t eat at church (different programs). I also have my mother in law and husband to include in meal planning. So, I keep that in mind as I work out meals. I also know that Monday’s and Friday’s I am driving into town to pick one son up from wrestling practice at 6pm so that gets included in the planning too.
3) I can ALWAYS change any day for another day! Sometimes, things just don’t come together for a meal for whatever reason, so, I can swap. Sometimes, a meal gets dropped for some reason and I add it back into the menu.
I have always purchased meat when it is on sale so the next month I can use the bargain meats that I already purchased to plan the menu. I am not dependent on the grocery stores to give me the deals that I need.
If you resolved to work on healthy eating and meal planning, maybe this can help you meet those goals! Happy Planning. Please let me know if you have any questions. I would love to help you.