Originally Posted by syn_ack89
Here is what I do for meal planning...
On Sunday, I sit down and decide which recipes I am cooking that week for dinner. I write it out. I use a notebook to track my plan and grocery list. That way I can look back at previous weeks to get ideas. Here is an example.
Sun - Grilled Chicken, Mon - Chicken Tacos, Tue - Salmon, Wed - leftovers, Thu - Spaghetti, Fri - leftovers, Sat - Baked Taters.
I just write a short note about what I am making...I don't list out side salads, veggies because I know what I usually make as a side with each main. I don't plan for breakfast (otameal and fruit) or lunches (usually sandwiches, soups, salads, nothing fancy).
I then write up my grocery list based on what I am cooking. I will, at that time, check for staple ingredients (onions, pasta, spices, etc to make sure we still have enough - if I am running out I might put a note to myself in my planning book). I put other "normal" (weekly) items on the list - milk, fruit, snack veggies, bread, yogurt.
I set up this system myself because it made sense to me. It may not work for you. Good luck in setting something up. Life is so much easier for me this way!
We don't plan b-fast (almost always the same - I like my morning routine, cuz I'm so grumpy in the morning) or lunch (usually leftovers of supper the night before). Once or twice a month, depending on when it's needed, I sit down with the bf. He gets the big dry-erase calendar that hangs in the kitchen. I pull out my smart phone with it's grocery list app. We first plan out meals to use up what we already have. If we need something extra for those, it goes on the grocery list. Then we decide what to make for the rest of the month, adding to the grocery list as needed.
We have stand-by meals (veggie-spaghetti, meatloaf, veggie pizza w/ cream cheese, etc.) and we try to put in something new each week. We also have two days a week designated as veggie days (no meat or poultry, though fish and cheese could go on those days) and two days a week designated as poultry. We also have one day a week that is designated as soup or salad. This way we are varying our diet and not eating so much red meat (maybe three days a week).
The bf (who stays home more than I do) takes care of the meals, with my input. On the weekends, especially Sunday, when he works, I can just look at the calendar to see what we are having. We check it every morning and pull out meat, etc. to thaw, and we often look at the next day's meal to see if beans need soaking or soup needs prepped.
I was very resistant to this when I first heard about it, and the bf was resistant when I introduced him to it. But it works SO well, I can't imagine not using it now, and neither can he.
Originally Posted by Chicky2
Recipe for the lemon rice soup, please?