I’ve been trying to plan our meals for the last two weeks, and I’ve come to the conclusion that I really suck at it. We operate more on the “what’s in the freezer/fridge this week?” meal planning. Every Friday, I look at the list of what’s in the freezer (handily on the upstairs fridge), and fill in our meal plan for the week. Then on whichever weekend morning I’m getting up with Daughter Person, we head to the grocery to get anything we need for the week – mostly fresh stuff.
So, that leaves me without a multi-month plan. Which I’m OK with. If you’re more of the need to plan better type – you’ll need to write down what you want to eat on every day you’ll need food. We just plan dinner for the most part, although I’m starting to get into planning lunches as well, so that we have more interesting lunches. At this point, for me, the lunches are just left overs, but this go-round, we’re making more interesting lunches for Dad.
Once you’ve gotten your plan ready – whether you’re going with my wing-it method or the more traditional write it all down method, we’re ready to move onto the next part – planning your cooking session(s) and shopping.