Here’s this week’s planning list. I love this format because it keeps all of my plans for the week in one place! If I have recipes that I’ve printed out, I’ll staple them to this sheet as well.
Basically the routine goes like this:
1) Figure out dinners for the week – search recipes, inquire about current cravings from Mr. M, add old standards, think about what’s already in the fridge/freezer and plan around it.
2) Add ingredients to buy on the sectioned list.
3) Visit the grocery store on Monday night after work.
4) Cook according to schedule, or modify as needs arrive and push meals to the weekend if needed. (You know.. the work late nights, the last-minute dinner plans with friends nights, or “omg I totally can’t think of cooking tonight” nights.)
We don’t have the luxury of lots of time to run to the grocery store after work, so the once a week shopping is really the best option for us. It also helps keep us from buying lots of random stuff at the store. Notice that chips and soda and cookies aren’t on the list. That means that they rarely get purchased with any normal schedule. I mean, sure, ice cream gets grabbed as well as awesome sodas or random new cheeses. But we usually do that on weekend trips to the store… the “fun” food trips… so it limits the excess purchasing.
I don’t know why this form makes planning lots of fun… but it really does help me get excited about making dinner every week!
Does anyone else use this planner? Or maybe another one that could help people stick to meal planning week after week?