Menu Planning

Something I used to do on a regular basis not too long ago. Life was disrupted and some how I have ended up with a pantry and freezer full of food. Not complaining at all but now as part getting back into routines and such and making wise use of the food we have I need to start menu planning again.

The main reason is so that I can keep track of how much of various items we have. How much we are using of said items and when to time stocking up. I am moving towards once a month shopping so I really need to track these things.

Menu planning is also cost effective. It doesn’t have to be written in stone, I am totally into flexibility simply because things happen. However, if you have a good idea of your weekly schedule, appointments, activities, etc you can easily plan what food things you will need. This works well for weekly, bi-weekly and monthly cooking/shopping.

A few good tips for helping with menu planning:

  • Start off weekly
  • Keep a running list of basic must have items that you and your family use daily.
  • Start a pantry/freezer/refrigerator list
  • Pick one evening and use it as your planning night, remember to ask for family input
  • Plan your meals first based on what you already have on hand
  • If you are making a specific recipe make sure you add those ingredients to your shopping list
  • Don’t be afraid to substitute items in recipes for less expensive options, recipes are after all just guidelines.
  • Plan your menu around your family’s schedule. 
  • Just like going grocery shopping, I don’t recommend menu planning on an empty stomach. 
Light, Love and Peace!

Published by Tammy Curry

Single mom of awesome kids, writer, social media enthusiast, registered nurse, gardener dragging her family along on a journey to self-sufficiency. I have been described as driven, artsy, genuine and earthy. I am the modern granola girl!

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