I wanted to share with you today about how I've been planning my meals this summer and a fun new little thing I made to help me do it better... and a little freebie for you as well (are you like me and can't get enough of free stuff?). :)
I may have mentioned that I was suffering from a complete lack of creativity with my menu planning until I decided to go a little off the deep end a couple of weeks ago and do five new recipes that week. We loved the variety and had a lot of fun trying different flavors. I use Pinterest for my meal planning (with new recipes) and am always pinning to my "Yum" folder (follow along if you are on Pinterest!).
My problem has been that I write my grocery list and menu plans on scrap pieces of paper and they invariably get lost in the shuffle of daily life. I was up early the other morning (4:30am ekk) and unable to fall back asleep so I decided to have a little fun before my guys woke up. Don't you just love time when it's just you awake in the house? It is such a soothing, healing feeling. Anyways... I made this menu planning sheet that'll outline what I have planned for meals and side dishes for the week. There isn't really a black stripe or a JPG announcement on the document, that was just the screen shot that I got. :)
Then, I made myself a grocery shopping list categorized by the areas of Market Basket that I go through regularly, and I organized the list how I would walk through the grocery store. Don't you feel if you make a random list that you are always walking back and forth? No, just me?
Don't you think the yellow is so cheery? It takes some of the drab, tediousness out of menu planning. :)
Here are some of the yummy things I have made this week. I bet you think I'm a great cook... well, you'd be wrong, I'm just great at following directions like any other goodie goodie. :)
Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you want a PDF of the menu planning / grocery shopping lists... then we can all be somewhat more organized together. Don't hesitate to email me, I won't think you are crazy if I don't know you. :)
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So, tell me, what are your secrets for meal planning? Is there anything you have found that makes it easier?
What is your fave recipe? I love trying new things.