Why I Menu Plan.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard, observe her ways and be wise, which, having no chief, officer or ruler, prepares her food in the summer and gathers her provision in the harvest.
How long will you lie down, O sluggard? When will you arise from your sleep?
‘A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest’—
Your poverty will come in like a vagabond and your need like an armed man.”
Menu Planning is an essential element in my home and the only way that I can keep on top of my grocery budget and my time. There are few things more irritating that thinking, “Hey! Let’s have such-and-such for supper,” only to realize you have NONE of the ingredients for it. You either have to swap out to cereal or run to the store to get what you need.
For me, Menu Planning stops that last minute frustration right in its tracks.
I’ve been planning menus for most of the 31 years I’ve been married. And I have never enjoyed doing it! I used to sit at my kitchen table with paper and pencil and a blank expression on my face that mirrored the blankness in my brain!
I always kept my menu plans and ended up with about 20 of them. Just think, 20 2-week menus with grocery lists attached. It was great! I could simply pick out one of them and my planning was all done.
The fly in the ointment with this system is that I had no way of adding in new dishes we tried and liked.
Thus was born the Master Lists of meals.
Now I keep a running list of meals we like on my blog. Whenever we find a new recipe we like (AND want to use again, because one does not always equal the other), I add it to my Master List. If you’ve never thought about creating one (since I plan for breakfast, lunch and supper, I have a list for each of them) for your own family and menu planning.
When I first set out to create these, I made sure all my family had input because there were some meals THEY loved that I didn’t. So be sure and get their input!
Hope these Master Lists help give you ideas for your own under-girding to your menu planning.