Hey there. I've been busy wrangling my kids, walking my pooch, and cleaning my house (And doing laundry. There's always so much laundry...) but I wanted to share the new way I do meal planning. Well it's not so much new as perfected from last fall.
With the spring soccer season in full swing and my daughters both in rehearsals for local theater productions I've opted to simplify as much as I can. Planning two weeks at a time just makes more sense. I'm making basic meals, many without recipes. (So no vintage creations for a while longer.) I organize my grocery shopping so that I buy everything in one or two big trips. My master grocery list is on a spreadsheet. Hubby just about cracked up when I asked him to help me set it up. This is just so not me. I like short shopping lists on cute family stationery with my kids' names under their stick figures. Now I whiz thru the store with the spreadsheet clipped to a clipboard and a pen clenched between my teeth. I must say I look like a boss in my black yoga pants and mom bun. Unfortunately this look rarely makes it to a yoga class.
Here's a pic of our meal plan for April 26 thru May 8th. It goes with my hubby's pay periods so it's not exactly in the beginning or middle of the month. I only plan dinners. Breakfasts, lunches, and snacks are simple- leftovers or whatever one likes.
I still use the binder I showed in my meal planning video but there haven't been any new recipe additions in a long time. Luckily I've built it up enough that everyone is relatively happy with our meals. (And if not I remind them that I'm not a short order cook. I'm a boss. With a bun...)
Here's the accompanying master grocery list. I do one big trip the first week and another the second. I still may run in to buy a little unanticipated something (or a sale item) but for the most part this is it.
The prices are to help me stay on budget and the highlight colors tell me what to buy at which store. I started crossing things off but stopped when I thought about doing this post so you could actually read it. The best thing I ever did was to list the items according to categories. Helps me whiz faster thru the store and there's less room for error.
How do you meal plan? Does it change with the seasons or the school year?
I hope you are all doing well and enjoying spring. It finally feels like it here in the midwest. :)