You may use this guide when planning meals for one week, two weeks or a month.
YOU WILL NEED:
- A calendar or clipboard for meal lists
- A Notebook to write down favorite meals, ingredients and shopping lists
- If you clip coupons, a place to keep them near your grocery lists
- Make a list of favorite meals
- Keep in mind seasonal produce and holiday favorites
- List the ingredients with the meals
- Check freezer and storage for what you have already and check off the ingredients from your list. *If you have an item, use it first. Can't think how you can use it? Look online for a new recipe.
- Make a grocery list
- Items that are not checked off are your main shopping items. If doing this for a month, you will need 2 shopping lists. 1 for the beginning of the month and one for mid-month.
- Place meals on calendar or place list of meals on a clipboard to check them off as you use them. Calendars are easier.
- Place meals with the freshest ingredients immediately after shopping days, so they are not wasted.
- Remember preparation times. Don't make a dish that takes an hour on a day you know you are busy.
- Try new recipes on days you have the time.
- Remember leftover nights, too.
- Remember times you will be eating out for functions or family outings.
- There is nothing wrong with soup and sandwich nights on busy sports, church or school function days.
STEP 6: (For super busy people: small or large families apply)
- Pre-make a few meals and freeze them. Then you will have a fast healthy meal.
- For smaller families, make a meal into two or three meals.
STEP 7: USING THE MENU
- If you don't use a meal on your calendar, underline it.
- Write unused meal in the next month, or in your notebook to remind yourself you still have that available.
- Always keep back-up dinners not on your list (ex. Frozen pizzas, burgers for the grill or breakfast for dinner.)
- Remember if you are using a back-up meal, underline the one you have on the calendar and place accordingly.
Make this fun for the whole family!
- Eat healthier foods,
- Rotate Food Storage
- Save Time
- Save money!!!
Source: Christine Schwent, an expert on provident living from my ward