Tuesday, May 8, 2012
How I Meal Plan
Hello ladies! I am going to be starting a series of posts on the system I have been developing for planning, organizing, and saving money on food purchasing, storing, and preparing. I find that this skill set is so important to keeping a well-running, sane, and loving home (not to mention a frugal one!). I’m calling the series The Old Fashioned Kitchen and while I dont claim to be an expert in these areas I hope to have some fun passing on the little system I have begun to call my own. This will be the first in said series, and I want to share with you how I do my weekly meal planning.
The first thing to say is that I am still doing my meal planning weekly. I know many organized homemakers like to plan further ahead, say for the month, but I find that I am far too fickle to plan meals for a month and actually stick to my choices three weeks in. Right or wrong, I like to have a little more choice as to what takes my fancy week to week, have the opportunity to use a new recipe without having to wait a fortnight, and as my current schedule allows for it, weekly it is.
Here are the key points of my meal planning:
1. I meal plan primarily based on the food I already have in my home. As I will discuss in future posts, I try to do my best to shop sales and take advantage of discount prices and as such I like to meal plan for the week ahead based primarily on food I already have in my freezer and pantry. This frees me to buy whatever might be on sale each week as I dont have to be as concerned about buying expensive items at full price just to make my week’s meals.
I keep white boards on my refrigerator itemising what foods I have in both of our freezers as a way to use up what I already have in the house and to have a convenient visual aid to help me meal plan. I got these thin magnetic whiteboards at the dollar store for- you guessed it- a dollar each, and I highly recommend this system- its cheap and easy as pie.
I browse through my recipe book and, based on our current food stockpile, I plan lunch and dinner meals for the week ahead, making sure at least two of the dinners are meatless.
4. I keep a white board on the front of my refrigerator where I detail important food prep steps needed for each day of the week.
5. I add any items we do not have to our shopping list.
6. Finally, I use a decorative chalk board in my dining room to display the menu for the week for our family.
Thank you so much for stopping by, ladies. I want you to know that I love and appreciate your comments and please do leave one if you stop by so I can check out your blog, too! And be sure to find me on Facebook if you hang out there as much as I do. :) God bless you and see you soon! Happy Homemaking!