Monday, May 28, 2012
Over the past few years since I've been dating Brett and then married to him, my thoughts on dinner time have changed drastically! I used to have hours to spend cooking and Brett and I could (and did!) eat out whenever we wanted. Then we switched to eating out on the weekends..and now we eat probably one meal out a week. We eat at home a lot! It is just more affordable, healthy, and comfortable with a little one.
So, there are a few things that make my menu planning go well and keep me from having to run to the store every day.
Menu Planning Tips:
*I take one afternoon a week while Anna Ruth naps (generally Sundays!) and write out all the meals and snacks we will eat the following week.
*I find my recipes from magazines, this blog, www.ourbestbites.com, Skinnytaste.com, or by using what I have on hand.
*I then write a grocery list (as pictured above!) written out by the order of the store. This saves SO much time! I start my list with "Produce" because this is the first section I see when I walk in...next, frozen, bread, and so on.
*There are a few "staples" I always make sure we have-whole wheat bread, milk, eggs, a block of cheese, natural peanut butter, and fresh fruit.
Then I shop one day a week for groceries and generally don't have to go back to the store during the week! Occasionally I will buy a treat for the week or bake something. We try not to eat dessert or a treat every night though, which is difficult for me during ice cream weather. :) Watermelon is a great substitute!
SO, I'd love to hear from you! How do YOU keep the meals coming for your family??? Please share below!