School starts this week and it’s time to get organized for the year. One of the best things I do for my week is to plan out a week or two of meals. This isn’t meal prep, this is just planning & organization. It helps avoid the “What’s for supper? What do I have to make supper?” dilemma.
Step 1: Gather Supplies & Research
I need my phone or computer to look at Pinterest for recipes that I pinned and want to make, paper, pen, cookbook(s) that I want to use, a clear space on the table, and a cup of coffee. Then I set myself up on the table, open the doors to the pantry so I can see what we already have, and also take a minute to look in the fridge and both freezers.
Step 2: Find Recipes
I use my cookbooks & Pinterest the most for recipes. I try to stay with 1-2 cookbooks each month just to keep it simple. I look for 10-15 recipes that I want to use. This will make enough food for around 20 days for our family when you consider leftovers.
Step 3: List Making
I end up with 2 lists. The first is my shopping list, and the second is my Recipe List. For each recipe I write down on the shopping list any ingredient I need. Then I put the recipe name, cookbook name, and page number on the Recipe List. Pinterest recipes are always marked with a capital P.
Step 4: Shopping List
The shopping list goes to the grocery store with me and I stock up for the next 2-3 weeks.
Step 4.1: Recipe List
The recipe list goes on my refrigerator and each day as I cook I pick one thing that sounds good because I know I’ve already got everything I need to make it. Finding the recipe is easy because I have the cookbook name & page number or marked it P for a Pinterest recipe that I’ve pinned. After I make a recipe I scratch it off the list, because I don’t have all the ingredients on hand now.
This entire process takes around 30 minutes to do, an hour or two of grocery shopping, and saves me a ton of time during the week, leaving me free to do the things I really love, or at least have time to help with homework, play with the kids, and maybe even get in a 15 minute workout.