Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: next to the snoring bear
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We make very serious attempts to plan our meals ahead. We try to do it on Saturday afternoons while the little guy takes a nap since we tend to do our shopping on Sundays. We even go so far as to put a menu up on the bulletin board in the kitchen. Whoever gets home first starts the dinner. It all works out for the most part when we actively ractice our meal planning. Sometimes we will switch meals, but the nice thing we can be sure of is that we always have the materials on hand to make anything on the menu on any given day. There are just some weekends where the time goes by and no planning has taken place and we are left to fend on a daily basis.
On a side note, we keep our pantry (read: shelving in the basement)stocked with essentials that don't go bad or at least don't go bad until opened. So we always have broth, beans, lentils, applesauce, dried fruit, sugar, flour, cooking oil, pasta, cans of tomato sauce, tomato puree, diced tomatoes, few instant things for the days when we don't want to really cook much of anything, and other things I can't quite remember. We also keep our freezer, which is small, stocked with frozen things that we have made, leftover sauces or half of the can of something that we didn't use completely. That way we don't have to throw anything away and we don't have to open an entire 12 oz can of something when we really only need 1/2 cup. When we make out our shopping list, we always check the larder and see what we need to replace. If one of our essentials is on sale, we buy way more than we really need so that we can save a little money in the future.