“Manic Monday” – Organizing Your Meals

Well, I had a super busy week last week so I was unable to post to this blog at all last week.  I’m determined to make this week better so please be patient with me.  🙂  Thank all of you for reading.

Organizing Your Meals

How often do you find yourself running around like a mad woman trying to figure out what to cook for dinner?  We all lead busy lives so the least we have to worry about the better, right?!  Well, I have a few ways to make planning your family meals a little easier.  Let me know if I leave anything out! 

Begin by carving out a few minutes once a week to plan a week’s worth of meals.  You may flip through a magazine or take out an old cookbook you haven’t used in years. 

Compile a master grocery list of items you frequently purchase.  This should be on made on a computer so you can print the list out each week.  Be sure to leave a couple of blank lines for items that you may need that aren’t frequently purchased.  You should also organize the list according to the layout of your grocery store.  That way you won’t remember you need bananas when you have made it all the way down to the meat and bread aisle. 

Each morning lay out the necessities for the meal.  For instance, if you are planning to make lasagna you can go ahead and layout the noodles, a mixing bowl, measuring cup, etc.  The more you can do ahead of time,the easier it will be when you start to prepare the meal. 

I actually have a cousin who plans her meals a YEAR ahead of time!!  While this is difficult for some, it works easily for her.  It took her a while to compile a database of around 300 meals, but she started by entering every recipe that she loved into a word document when she ran across one.  She would also frequently get recipes from the web and copy and paste them into a word document.  Now all she has to do is print each weeks meal plan off!  No stress and no guess! 

If you have any great ideas for organizing your meals, recipes, or grocery lists please let me know!  I am always looking for new ideas.

Have a great day!

Erin Sharplin Love

www.panachebyerin.com

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