Do you know what you are having for supper?
I am going to give you 5 reasons why I am going to change that for myself. You just might want to join me!!
I cooked for years for nine people as our children were growing up. I homeschooled them, so life was pretty full. Having a plan in place was such a blessing . . . and when I failed to make one, life quickly became chaotic, starting from my trip to the grocery store.
It isn’t as important to plan when there are only two or three in the household. It is a little easier to find something to eat because the contents of the fridge don’t suddenly vanish!
I can’t tell you how many times my husband has come home hungry and I had just opened the fridge to see what the possibilities were.
Planning suppers still matters!!
There is nothing that tells your husband and children you love them like the aroma of a homemade supper.
Frozen meals just won’t cut it!!
5 Reasons to Plan Supper Saves Time
For some of you, that would be a completely new thing.
For others like me, you have gotten out of the habit for lack of time.
Did you know?
- Planning suppers saves YOU time in the long run. You search through your recipes ONCE instead of in a panic each night.
- It helps YOU to think through your week. Something easier on those busy run-around-days helps so much.
- It saves YOU money. YES!! Saving money is always what we want. You will not have to go back to the grocery store for forgotten ingredients.
- Rotate previously planned weeks. Once you have set up two or more weeks of favorite meals that your family loves, you can rotate that week and save time on meal planning. You would only have to change it up when the mood strikes or time allows.
- Menu planning and a grocery list go together like shoes and socks! You are going to waste a LOT of time if you make a list of what you will cook that week and neglect to make a grocery list!
What if you lived 20 miles from the nearest grocery store like I do? Um yeah! While you have the recipe up on your computer, make a list. It doesn’t really matter if you make this list on scratch paper, the notes on your phone, an app, or on a grocery-list form. Just make sure you make a list!
I used to have many weeks planned out on forms in my Menu Planning Binder. Those were kid-friendly meal plans and now we eat a little differently. I am going to build this list again.
Meal Planning Time-Saving Tips
- Set aside 20 minutes a day to spend on meal planning for a month. If you spend just 20 minutes a day, it will be easier than setting aside 4 hours in one day to set up a month of supper ideas. You will have a month’s worth in just 30 days, LOL!
- Use a Meal Planning form so you can put it into a binder and have a hard copy. If you like going electronic, put it into a program like Plan to Eat or something else that is available.
- Put a copy of this week’s Meal Plan on the fridge. That way, you won’t be searching high and low for the binder at supper time. I have done that! Go figure how I can lose a WHOLE binder, but I have! The fridge is harder to lose!!
- Have a list of groceries needed for those meals ON the same form. Otherwise, looping your Weekly Menu Plans will send you back to the recipes to look for the ingredients again.
You really can do this. Really you can.
Menu Planning will give you peace of mind that you have something in mind each night for supper.
No more staring at a pile of frozen meat in the freezer at 5 o’clock in the afternoon!!
My Challenge for YOU: Spend 20 minutes TODAY (tomorrow never comes) on menu planning. Get out your cook books or visit your favorite food blogs and start making a list of easy family favorite recipes.
Here is my latest Meal Planning scope. At the end, my computer gets bumped out of my post that was keeping me somewhat on track. You can see how flustered I get. THIS is getting out of my “comfort zone” for real!!
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