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Monday, April 02, 2012

What's for dinner?

Since January I've been actively working on feeding my family. Instead of scrambling every night to figure out dinner, I have a weekly menu established by Monday morning at the latest. It has saved me a lot of frustration and HUNGER.

Also, weekly planning means going to the grocery store is easier because I know exactly what I need to buy for the week. Plus, I think we eat more healthy because everything is thought out and we don't settle for fast food/convenience foods as often.
Kim mentioned these printables a while ago on her blog, and she got them from Artsy-Fartsy Mama. It's funny  how a little piece of paper with designs on it helped me get so much more organized. I mean, I could just as easily write a menu on a blank piece of paper every week. But for some reason I never did.

Another nice element is that, like Kim, I can keep these pages for future reference. I three-hole punch them when the week is done and slip them into my recipe binder. It makes a big difference because I can read my notes on who liked what, or what wasn't good enough to have again.

There are still nights we go to Arby's and get roast beef sandwiches; there are still nights we make a pizza or eat pasta with sauce from a jar. There's nothing wrong with those nights! But, for our budget and our waists, I think it's important to eat at home as often as possible. Not to mention that Aspen focuses a lot better on meals when she has them in her own chair instead of at a restaurant.

The best part about all this is having Kev tell me how much he appreciates my efforts. What's better than coming home from a long day at work and knowing there will be dinner cooking or already on the table?

5 comments:

  1. I love it! I need to print that out and use. I've just started trying to make weekly menus again.

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  2. Go you! I've found this exact same thing has done wonders in our home as well. I have our menu sheet hanging on our kitchen wall (it's in a picture frame so I just use a dry erase marker to write on it each week). I can't save it like you can though. However, I usually just throw away the recipe if we didn't like it and just keep the ones we do like with my notes written right on the recipe in a binder. It's amazing how far a little planning goes though and I think it makes for a happier less stress free dinner time too. :) I've even attempted planning two weeks in advance these last couple of months. Mostly because I hate grocery shopping. Good luck with your meal planning and I look forward to seeing some yummy recipes you've tried show up on your blog. :)

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  3. We do the same thing. We plan out our meals week by week. We got sick of not knowing and last minute fast food. Jesse also eats much better in the quiet of our own home. It is also nice to sit down as a family, around the table and just talk about our day. Wednesday is our for sure eat out night at Chick Fil A. It never gets old and Jesse loves the play area. I will have to print out some of those to make my menu easier. I write a :) for a recipe we liked and a :( for the ones we did not like.

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  4. That is awesome. I totally agree, things are so much easier when I plan out my menu for the week. Why I don't do it all of the time is beyond me. That is such a smart idea to keep your menus in your recipe binder with notes. I am just starting to compile a list of foods that I make that we like. I would be so much ahead if I had done that sooner. Go you!

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  5. so glad you're liking it too! it's totally helped me, my issue was just sitting down to figure out what to make, instead of running out and grabbing stuff last minute. i spend a whole lot less this way, and find time sunday to sit down and write it all out along with my grocery list. and it forces me to try new things, thank you pinterest. :) and so true, it really isn't anything fancy, but it totally helps me!

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