Once you have your menu planning done for one week, why not continue what you are doing and make it for a month?
This works out so well during the fall and winter months.
If you are a homeschooler it is so awesome to have a plan in place as so much gets packed into your day.
Even for those who send your kids to school, those hours fly by quickly. You need a plan for when they walk in the door with claims of starvation!!
Two Ways to Plan a Monthly Menu
The easiest way to plan for a month of meals is to simply plan one week at a time. It won’t seem like you are doing anything extra. In no time, four weeks will pass and you will have a month of menus!!
The other way, but more time consuming, is to sit down and collect your favorite recipes in one larger block of time.
I have done it both ways. They both work, so consider your season of life.
I keep my weekly menus on a chart that has only that week.
I will have a bunch of these that are added one week at a time.
Another thing I have done is to put them on a chart for the whole month. It looks like a calendar. That works too.
Do you can see how flexible this is to your preferences?
Giving Yourself Grace
Have you ever NOT felt like cooking THAT recipe when the ‘day’ arrives? That’s me!!
The thing about this is that it is flexible. Give yourself grace!
Just remember that you are a whole lot better off just having made a menu. It gives you recipes to swap up with when you ditch plan A for plan B.
In choosing the recipes, pick your family’s favorites and don’t go for difficult ones to make. The day will come to cook that recipe and if you are like me, you will ditch it because you are too tired or stressed to add it to your day.
Keep more time intensive recipes for maybe once a week, or not at all if you have littles.
Make Sure to Add Where the Recipe is Located!!
Have you ever written down your recipes without including the cook book? I have!!
There is nothing more frustrating and time consuming than to be frantically thumbing through cook books just before supper to locate that recipe.
Make sure to include the cook book or URL for the recipe in your weekly or monthly menu plan!!
Start TODAY not Tomorrow
Tomorrow never comes!!
Start today by just spending 20 minutes in collecting your recipes. Set the timer on your phone and stop (or continue) when it goes off.
A great way to start tackling a monumental task is to just take baby-steps and do a little each day for a month. That is what I am doing as I remake my menu plan this month.
Let’s do this together!!
My Challenge to You: Make a menu plan for just ONE week (I know, I know, this post is about doing it for a month) and then put it on your schedule to do another week in your planner. Just one week at at time will give you a month of favorites for your family’s suppers!!
Read previous posts on Menu Planning HERE!!
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