Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Life Change 2 - Meal Planning

2nd of the Series of Life Changes – Meal Planning Every other week we’d go through an hour or more of meal planning – what did everyone want? What did we just have? What’s on sale? It took forever! So much mental energy, and then to figure up what we needed for each meal….exhausting! So Todd suggested we do a revolving menu. I sat down and for hours poured over our favorite meals, the inexpensive meals, and the healthy meals, to make up the best 3 – 2 week menus for our family. Then I worked up the ingredients I’d need for each meal and listed them beside the nightly menu so that whoever is in charge of setting out dinner will know exactly what we need for that night. Lane Michael (who wants to cook in the worse way) can now pick dinner, set it out, and eventually get started (once he knows more about that meal). This makes my life and grocery shopping SO much easier! some of the menus include things like chili and then 2 nights later we have cincinnati spaghetti. tacos, meat loaf, spaghetti and homemade meatballs, 2 nights later we'll have meatball subs. Just one change that made my life easier!