Meal Planning ~

8 Steps to Organized Meal Planning
by Barbara Myers

1. Keep an ongoing grocery list. Most people can start one about five minutes after returning from the grocery store. Post it so everyone in the family can use it.

2. Take a sheet of paper and make three columns. First, list seven to 21 of your favorite quick and easy entrees. You might include grilled pork chops, chicken pot pie and several crock pot dishes. Keep a supply of beef, chicken and pork in the freezer.

3. List the vegetables your family enjoys on a regular basis. Frozen and canned varieties are the easiest to store. Include potatoes as well. Make sure you keep a good supply of each vegetable in your pantry/kitchen.

4. List bread possibilities. Refrigerated and frozen bread (dinner rolls and loaves) stay fresh for weeks. Just check the expiration dates before buying.

5. Before weekly grocery shopping, choose seven entrees for the week. Check your freezer inventory. Buy in bulk during sales to save money and time.

6. Keep in stock the basics you use regularly: broth, mushroom soup, rice, pasta sauce and jars of gravy. You will always be able to whip up a quick meal.

7. When your inventory is low on any item, add it to your grocery list. Buy more than one at a time to avoid running out.

8. Since your pantry/kitchen stays well-stocked, you can easily make a meal using your list. Throw some chops on the grill, along with dinner rolls wrapped in foil, and warm a bag of frozen corn on the stove. Bon appetit!

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I have found that the farther out I meal plan the more money I save. It also relieves alot of stress to not always be thinking, what’s for dinner?

Here are my top 5 reasons for meal planning
1-cutting down shopping trips saves gas, time and money (less likely to make last minute purchases
2-relieves day to day stress
3- less likely to go out or get take out if you know what’s for dinner at home
4- you eat healthier when you can plan in advance

Published in: on June 28, 2010 at 7:23 pm  Comments (2)  

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thank you so much for your ideas and encouragement with menu planning. Besides laundry, menu planning/grocery shopping are the big areas that I find cause lots of stress when not managed.
    I enjoy the peace of mind and willingness to open my home to others for a meal, tea, dessert, etc. when meal planning is done. It’s a great catalyst for ministry to our family and others.

    I really enjoy reading your blog and topics! Thank you!

  2. Thank you for your kind words!! Yes it seems everything goes better with planning, especially meals and kitchen duties.

    Bless you friend!

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