She is like the merchant ships,
She brings her food from afar. She also rises while it is yet night,
And provides food for her household,
And a portion for her maidservants.
I am excited about this week’s focus, menu planning, because once you find a system that works for you menu planning can be fun! Being single I plan very simply, but simple or complicated, your menu planning time should be something you look forward to. How do you do that? Find out a system that is simple and easy to use, something that you will stick to, and you will enjoy the fruits of you labors. Or should I say the foods of your labors?
There are many tools for menu planning, many guides on how to menu plan so I won’t belabor the point. A simple google search can turn up sites like Organized Home which will help you learn how to menu plan if you do not already know how. But I do have a few tips…
Work with what you like…meaning if you are media driven then use an internet or computer based program. In the book One Bite At A Time there is a whole chapter dedicated to menu planning and in this chapter the author, Tsh Oxenreider, shares her very media based method for meal planning using google calendar, and pinterest (for recipes). Perhaps you are more pencil and paper driven, then try the old fashioned calendar sitting in front of you and clippings from magazines attached. Explore, try different methods until one fits you and stick with it.
Another trip that I use is sticking with recipes that are tried and true and only introducing new ones a little at a time. For me this means a new recipe about once a month. But I only have one mouth to feed, for you maybe it will work better to try something new once a week. Our grocery store puts out a monthly magazine that is free and filled with recipes. I always grab it and go through and tear out the recipes I want to try. Others keep pinterest boards specifically for recipes they want to try. Once I find a recipe I like I write it on a card and put it in my recipe box. My rule is that no recipe goes in the box until I have tried it.
Thats it for now, for the rest of the week I will upload some of my quick and easy recipes, and I will continue to try to find new tips and tools to help us all in this area.
One Pan Chicken Dinner