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Simplify your Meal Planning, part 2

In Part 1 of Simplify Your Meal Planning, I talked about how to simplify meal planning by making a list of tried-and-true foods that you and your family enjoy for each meal.  I keep my list pretty basic by only adding things that are easy enough for me to make on any given day.  This list has made meal planning so much easier for me since I don’t feel the need to search out new things to make every week.

 

Now I want to show you another way I make meal planning even easier.

 

My weekly meal rotation plan.

 

I’m a guideline kind of girl.  Working within certain boundries = freedom, less stress, more ability to be creative.  General guidelines are good for me.  Trying to keep to a regimented, detailed schedule = being overwhelmed and stressing about the details. Strict schedules are bad for me.

 

I have made a general plan for each day of the week to serve as a guideline for meal planning.  I love this!  I spent so many years overwhelmed with meal planning and this system has taken the stress out of it for me.

 

Here is my breakfast rotation.  I keep the ideas basic which gives me more freedom to use what we have each week as far as fresh produce goes.  For example, where I have “eggs” listed I might make veggie fritatta, crustless sausage quiche, fried eggs and potatoes, dutch puff, hardboiled eggs, etc.  The “eggs” on the chart is my guideline and I factor in how much time I have and which ingredients I have to choose which egg dish to make.  Make sense?

 

Breakfast

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Eggs

Eggs

Baked oatmeal

Eggs

Yogurt smoothie

Hardboiled

Eggs

and fruit

Pancakes or Waffles

 

 

 

For dinners I use the same guideline idea.  I have planned the meat I use for each day and base my meal ideas on that.  I also work hard to stretch our food dollars and so I incorporate meals based on leftovers each week too.  So, if I make a beef roast on Sunday, I might make beef and veggie stir fry Tuesday to using whatever beef is left over.  If there is a lot left over, some will also be saved for lunches or snacks.  Making a plan for the leftovers makes it easier for me to stretch the meat.

 

Dinner 

SUNDAY

MONDAY

TUESDAY

WEDNESDAY

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

SATURDAY

Crockpot Beef

or

Ground Beef meal

Fish

Leftover beef meal

Roasted Chicken

Leftover chicken meal

Open

Soup and salad

 

 

So, between my list of tried and true foods and my weekly meal rotation plan, meal planning has become a breeze for me.  It also gives me a lot of freedom to experiment with new recipes or add in a more complex recipe that I don’t make on a regular basis. Flexibility and freedom…what’s not to love?

 

I love the simplicity of just choosing what I’m going to make from a list of things I know my family enjoys and plugging them in on designated days.

I love the fact that my plan gives me freedom to use what I have on hand by not planning for veggies and sides.

I love that I don’t tie myself down to using specific recipes, but rather give myself the freedom to mix it up.

I love the balance of structure and flexibility.  It’s perfect for me.

 

How about you?  Do you think making your own list of tried-and-true foods and weekly meal rotation can simplify your meal planning?  I’d love to hear from you!

 


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