Menu planning has saved me so much time & money, once I started I wondered why I didn't do it sooner! Having at least dinner planned helps so much. I shop for groceries almost always every other week, so I plan 2 weeks at a time. I make simple meals that are easy and healthy. We eat mainly a high protein (meat) and vegetable diet with very few breads, etc. Having lunch planned is handy too, especially if there aren't leftovers to be eaten. I do my menu planning on Sunday afternoon or Monday morning.
Keep it simple when menu planning, I normally only plan for:
1. Main Dish
2. 1 to 2 sides
That's all. To menu plan you just need simple plans, nothing elaborate.
This weeks dinner menu is:
Pizza (We had pizza last week and I made a double recipe of the dough.), & Salad
Lasagna (leftover from last week), & Salad
Sloppy Joe's, & Steamed Vegetables
Lasagna (we had a lot of leftovers) & Salad
Taco Soup with Tortilla Chips
Breakfast for Dinner
Taco Soup with Tortilla Chips (my recipe makes a lot, so we almost always have it two times).
My favorite menu planner is this one. You can view my previous menu plans here.
I know menu planning isn't for everyone, but it's worth it for me!
Read last weeks posts here:
Create a Morning Routine
Making an Evening Routine
Weekly Cleaning Schedule
How I Keep Up with the Mountains of Laundry