Monday, February 12, 2018
Today's video on Spark Coach was about menu planning. I was pleasantly surprised to find I have been doing all the coach suggested for decades! Yeah, I'm one of those people. I even have a spreadsheet I use now to plan for each five weeks. Instead of rotating menu, though, I have theme nights. Not fancy ones, just Chicken Night, Meat Night, Soup Night, Veggie Night, Breakfast for Dinner Night, Leftovers Night - you get the picture. Recurring favorites are a definite part of each menu calendar, but I also try to make two or three new recipes each five weeks as well. Because we have a big separate freezer, I can take advantage of sales to stock up when I have the money.
When my kids were little and still in the house, I had the perennial problem of not pleasing all the people all the time. The menu calendar allowed me to start a little something we called Get Out of Dinner Free cards. Each Christmas each child got twelve GOODF cards good for a particular month. They could choose one meal they wanted to miss that month and hand in their card that night. Overall, It was a good system.
Having meals planned out for the week ahead makes grocery shopping easier. Check the planner and add items accordingly. And I have only had the problem of "What to make for dinner?!" when I was too tired or too sick or too unorganized. If I was starting out, I would probably start with one week and work my way up. I think it has helped my budget, this meal planning thing. I know it has helped my sanity.