1.24.2011

Monday Meal Day

Monday's are the days I sit down and pour over recipe books, magazines, web sites and more to try to decide what to make for the week. I'm really bad at meal planning. I like fast, easy, healthy meals, that don't require a lot of ingredients. Sundays are the exception as I usually like to make a nicer dinner on Sunday and dessert. During the week however I go for easy. I have somewhat of a formula. Certain days I set aside for certain things. Like every Friday is sandwich night, and we usually eat out on Saturdays. Thursdays are dedicated to left overs. But Mondays give me a head ache. This week I decided to try to plan several weeks at a time so I don't have to stress every Monday about meals. I like to cook I just don't like planning and preparing for it. I found a great website that has several free printables to help with things like this. Some great tools to help keep you organized. It's called Mommy Tracked. Today I decided to utilize the eat sheet. I'm hoping it will give me some direction. How do you handle the task of planning your families meals?

7 comments:

Barlow Fam said...

Cute site. I'll have to play around on there. I like to shop for the month. We go back to the store for some produce when we need milk, but for the most part we make it work for the month. I just make a list if all the food I want to eat for the month (usually 4 real meals a week) then we I make a list of those meals and put them on the fridge. I also add all the ingredients at that time to my grocery list to shop for the month. When it's all done, it's done for the whole month. Feels good to just look at the list and know what I have the ingredients for and then go with it. :)

John, Carrie, Grant, Anna and Swampy said...

I type up my menus and grocery lists on the computer so when I dont feel like creating a new menu I just print off a previous week's menu.

With that sad, this looks like a great website, I am going to check it out. Thanks Bailey.

Beth said...

I made comment on facebook with a couple sites I use. Here are two of the easiest dinners ever (and yummy):

BBQ Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
Creamy Tomato Basil and Sausage Soup (this is my standby in the cold months when I can't think of anything else to make b/c it's SO EASY - serve w/ yummy bread and/or salad).

Beth said...

Another thing I've learned is I don't even attempt to make anything complicated if Adam works late. If it's me and the kids, I do Trader Joe's or something super simple. Like leftovers or spaghetti. Or mac and cheese for them, and a TJs salad for me (something like that).

Beth said...

Here's the soup link. I don't think it worked the first time:

http://picky-palate.com/2009/03/26/creamy-tomato-basil-and-italian-sausage/

Bailey said...

Beth did you post about that soup on your blog once? It's one of my favorites and I think I found it because of you. You are a wealth of information. I love it!

Susie you amaze me. I need to start planning for the month.

Marie said...

Menu planning is a MUST... have you tried this site?? http://www.supercook.com/