I was just inspired by Simplicity Parenting to try "Monday is rice bowl" menu planning, but am having a hard time pinning down what categories would work for our family. I'm hoping that having a routine will simplify planning and make it automatic (with flexibility for seasonal cooking, etc.). But--would I divide by protein? By cooking method? By origin of food tradition? Some things I've come up with:
rice bowl (rice plus protein plus lots of veggies all set out for each person to assemble)
salad/soup/sandwich (often BLT in summer, or cold salad, and soup with bread in winter; I think this feels workable)
Friday night supper (often chicken)
Sunday night supper (trying to do this with family, so depends on who is coming)
It seems a little heavy on wheat, and I'm not sure where to put something like rice and fish. Or what if the weather is crappy and I don't want to grill? Or we want to make sushi? I am probably making this more complicated than it needs to be, and I do plan to implement this gently and without fanfare, letting the rest of the family kind of discover that we are moving toward a reliable pattern...
... but I would also love to see what categories other folks use. Thanks in advance!