As we get life in order for the fall, creating an organized meal plan is a piece of the puzzle for me. The average woman will plan, shop, cook, and clean up over 1,000 meals in just one year!!! So for me, finding a system that works, is efficient, and stays within our budget is important.
In Excel I have created a couple of pages titled Meal Plan, Grocery List, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Dessert and Snacks. As I make my meal plan, I just click to my breakfast ideas or lunch ideas and plug them in for the week. I also look at ads for the best deals and what coupons I have.
But I also want to share with you a Meal Plan that one of my readers (Denice at Living Spring Drops – who also happens to be a Good Morning Girl) uses. She commented on my Daily Schedule post with this meal plan and I LOVE it and am going to give it a whirl this fall as a guide.
Here is what she wrote:
I am a scheduler but with 5 children ages 17 to 6 it doesn’t always go the way I schedule it. I get in Menu ruts. So, to help me stay creative but stay structured I came up with this:
Thrifty & Thankful Thursday
Mexican is anything from tacos to cumin-lime chicken, burrito, black bean soup, etc.
Tomato-ey is anything tomato based, from the obvious like pizza and spagetti, to bruchetta or tomato soup.
Wild-Card is my freedom day. I can do leftovers or another Fancy if I like.
Thankful is something ALL my kids truly enjoy AND isn’t very expensive…like mac & cheese with hotdogs.
Fancy is our night for grilled salmon, marinated london broil, and en extra special dessert.
Soup and Sandwich speak for themselves….but sloppy joes, BBQ, and pbj grilled have all been had.
Sooooooo, this helps my menu and market jobs go by faster!!! Then I’m not sitting around staring at my menu sheet with writer’s block!!!