A Look at Your Week: Menu Planning Basics

Last week we talked about why you should menu plan and this week we’re discussing things that you need to look at before you make out your plan. In order for your plan to go smoothly you need to have the right meals for that week.

  • You need to see how much time, realistically,  you have for dinner each night. If you don’t get home from work until five and have a dance recital at six then a main dish salad or a slow cooker meal would work best.
  • Take a look at the weather. Grilling during thunderstorms is not a good idea and having the oven on for extended periods of time during the summer can heat up your house.
  • Do you have any social activities that week like going to dinner at a friend’s or a church potluck?
  • Is anyone coming to your house for dinner?

The key to menu planning is figuring out what works best for you and your family. If you like theme nights like Taco Tuesday and Pizza Friday go for it.  I used to make my menus where each night was assigned a certain meal and very rarely did that work exactly as planned. That frustrated me to no end because I was letting the plan rule me instead of using it to help. Now I look at what commitments I have that week and know if my slow cooker will be my best friend or if I can make more involved meals.

Coming next week: The final step- making your menu.

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  1. This is such great advice, especially to look at your week. So often I plan meals, buy the ingredients and THEN look at my calendar, only to find I don’t have the time to make what I’d planned. Thanks for the advice, stopping by from SITS!

    • Thanks for your feedback. I do the same thing sometimes even after almost a decade of menu planning.


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