How I meal plan.

I wish everyone could find the same joy in cooking and planing meals for their family as I do.  I love it, I think I’m just a happy planner and that’s all there is to it.  So This is my meal planning post and it is in no way suppose to be the end all best way to get things done, it’s just my approach.  I cook for two, which can honestly be great and it can be difficult at the same time.  

First I look in the pantry/fridge to see what I have or what might be near death needing used up.  Well no actually first I panic that there is nothing to cook or I have no idea what to make, then I look in the pantry.  Anyway – moving on; Nothing is worse than tossing something because I find it weeks later and think – oh I didn’t know I had this I could have used it – so I check my resources. Incidentally forgetting to do this is how I ended up with lots of onions this week – weird.  Anyway that’s where I start.

Then I move onto the weekly grocery store add(s).  Sometimes I find inspiration there, plan meals around what is on sale or see that toilet paper is on special an remember we are nearly out.

Last before making a grocery list I poke through my cookbooks or any book marked recipes, picking meals. Some friendly advice; for every 3-4 meals I plan to fix, I pick one new recipe to try and keep the rest tried and true.   I think limiting the experiments keeps my husband from wondering about dinner, and I still get to make an adventure meal here and there. Happy home am I right?

Anyway then I head off to the store, come home with my bounty and cheer myself on for planning a great menu.

One other thing that helps when planning meals – keep your pantry stocked.  I’ve seen countless lists and recommendations for what’s best to stock –  just do what feels right, and don’t get all crazy.  (Unless crazy feels right of course.) I’ve seen ‘saffron threads’ on a list as a staple – what no – I don’t buy that diamond and platinum priced spice unless I need it!   Think simple, you know your family this will be easy. For example, we really like a particular microwave rice packet, so I keep a few around.  

Point being, do what feels right and have fun.  If you are satisfied with the outcome, that is what matters.  If you’re not – well take your miserable butt back in the kitchen and fix it already.