Most days I feel like I am barely keeping up. I rarely feel "on top" of anything anymore. I have come up with a few different tricks to help me keep my sanity. One of these tricks is meal planning.
My husband and I get paid on a bi-weekly basis, so I do 2 week meal plans for our suppers. Every time we get paid, I sit down and plan our meals for 2 weeks and write out our grocery list. Here is what I do:
1.) Check flyers for sales. I learned in the last few months that grocery stores run sale cycles. I learned this from Whitney on her blog, Come Home For Comfort . I highly recommend checking out her blog if you are looking for advice on how to do meal plans and stay on budget.
2.) I write out my schedule. I note which days I am working, so that I can plan for leftovers for Miss. E's lunch. I also note any plans that we may have, so that I know not to plan meals on those nights.
3.) I write out meals in my daily planner. I try to vary things as much as I can. We eat a fairly restricted diet due to allergies. I try to get creative, but we often have repeat meals in the 2 week period.
It is nice to come home and not have to think about what I am going to make for dinner. I just check the planner and start making dinner. I can also be flexible during those 2 weeks and swap meals if need be. My husband also finds it helpful, as he knows what to start for supper if he makes it home before Miss. E and I.
I am going to give you an example of my 2 week meal plan. Please note that I often just write "veggies" with each meal. I like to use frozen vegetables for convenience. Our favourites are frozen peas or California mix (broccoli, cauliflower and carrots).
Tuesday: Chicken Breasts, Noodles, Veggies
Wednesday: Salmon, Sweet Potatoes, Veggies
Thursday: Turkey Meatballs and Spaghetti
Friday: Roast Beef, Potatoes, Onions and Carrots
Saturday: Beef Buns and Au Jus
Sunday: Shrimp Stir Fry
Monday: Chicken, Potatoes, Veggies
Tuesday: Salmon, Rice, Veggies
Wednesday: Turkey Bean Soup and Biscuits (Freeze leftover soup.)
Thursday: Chicken, Butternut Squash, Veggies
Friday: Having Supper at the Town Christmas Event
Saturday: Salmon, Rice, Veggies
Sunday: Roast Chicken and Vegetables
Monday: Leftover Turkey Bean Soup