Do you plan a weekly menu?

Monday, May 16, 2011
There are a few Weekly Menu memes out there...I guess the most popular, though is over at OrgJunkie's site...
I've never participated, b/c honestly, we never really know from day to day just what we'll want to eat for dinner. But, the advantage of menu planning is that if you're undecided you don't stand in front of the fridge/freezer/pantry with the door open trying to figure out dinner so long that you just end up having cereal!! We actually used to plan meals as we grocery shopped. As something looked good in the grocery story we'd put it in the buggy and before check out take inventory and make sure we had about five meals planned out in the buggy along with the other necessities we needed for the house. Over time we kinda got away from that, though and instead of planning would just buy the essentials and a couple items that looked good with no plan for the week and then we're back to standing in front of the pantry door trying to visualize a meal in there!

So now I want to get back into weekly menu planning - for a couple reasons - it's more budget friendly b/c you buy what you really need and it saves time. With a plan each night I can get home, get dinner done and everything cleaned up early with plenty of play time left in the evening!

If you don't like to meal plan you can always use a site like Kraftfoods.com - they have a cool tool called 1 Bag, 5 Dinners. You can just pick a planned menu from them and they give you the shopping list & all the recipes to print. How easy is that!
Of course, this is only if you like the menu they have for the week. There are a few that are pretty good, but I like to add my own flair to my meals! Though you could always use theirs as a guideline & spruce it up however you like!

So, do you do a weekly meal plan? What's your secret for a successful menu?