My Meal Planning Helper

When I fall into a cooking rut, (far more often than I'd like!), it's usually because I haven't been planning my meals.

I use calendars and planners to map out each days meal, but when I'm busy or tired I just don't do it. That's when I turn to my handy master meal list I keep in my planner.

I wrote out every meal I could remember making so when I can't think of anything, I don't have to! I just look down the list for something I can make with what I have on hand.

On my meal list, I've also started writing out the ingredients so I can plan a meal when I am out. If I am in the car waiting or have a quiet moment (Ha!) I can make a quick menu list and grocery list to go with it. No thinking required. And that's music to the ears of this mommy of three little ones.

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  1. Thanks for the tip! I don't usually plan out meals for each day, but depending on the sales for the week, seasonal foods, etc., once my grocery shopping is complete, I have a dry erase board on the fridge where I write all the "possible meals" we can have with the supplies on hand. It has been very helpful to me when I'm short on time or ideas (as I am working full time too)!

  2. I have one of those too and I just love it! Anything to free my mind from stressing about what to make for dinner is a life-saver in my book. I always wrote out all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, side dishes and desserts. Then I just pick what I want for the month and make my grocery list from there.


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