I plan a menu every week. A dear friend gave me the cutest little notebook that makes menu planning a breeze. As I am planning our meals, I make the list of things I will need to cook for these meals. Here are a few things I've learned about planning a menu:
- Don't overestimate my ability to cook and the time I have in the kitchen. I must remember to plan simply.
- Cook something other than chick food. This is a problem for me. Can anyone say "quiche"? It's what's for dinner!
- I plan one meal a week that can serve an extra family in case we decide to invite some peops over to share a meal with us.
- I try to always check my pantry and freezer before I get started so that I will not waste any food or spend money needlessly.
- If I am cooking a recipe from a cookbook, I write the name of the cookbook and the page number of the recipe on the menu.
- I love to cook, but it usually won't happen if I don't plan to do it.
Felafel and quinoa tabouleh
Green enchiladas, mexican rice
Smoked Sausage Skillet
date night! Kids eat leftovers
leftovers, ham sandwiches (bread baking day)
Baked chicken, mushrooms in garlic cream sauce, sweet potatoes
PW's Chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes
sloppy joes on homemade rolls, mashed potatoes, pineapple
pancakes with strawberries and whipped cream, scrambled eggs
meal for church: gallo pinto, mexican cornbread
Feel free to send any menu planning questions, tips, or thoughts my way. Peace.