Monday, August 8, 2011

Simplifying Meals: Master Menu Plan

I've become pretty lax this summer with menu planning, cooking and grocery shopping. As I look to the fall and the demands on our time, I want to make the most of my time in the kitchen and at the grocery store. So, I need a plan that will be a guide with lots of room for flexibility.

We'll see how it goes, but here's what I'm thinking. There will always be a fruit and/or vegetable offered with each meal, and sometimes bread.

Master Menu Plan (I have it in an easier to read chart, but unfortunately it does not transfer with good results.)
breakfast - oatmeal & fruit
lunch - sandwiches
dinner - cook's choice
prep - make yogurt

breakfast - waffles
lunch - salad
dinner - chicken

breakfast - toast & eggs
lunch - mac & cheese
dinner - pasta or Mexican
prep - baking

breakfast - cereal or granola
lunch - snack lunch
dinner - beans & rice, potato bar or leftovers
prep - clean the kitchen

breakfast - free for all
lunch - quesadillas
dinner - pizza & salad

breakfast - muffins & smoothies
lunch - sandwiches or leftovers
dinner - grilling

breakfast - scrambled eggs or omelets
lunch - freezer or crockpot meal or dining out
dinner - soup
prep - make bread


Stephanie said...

Planning your prep time is such a good idea! Then you just know you will do it, and don't have to figure out when.

How do you make yogurt? I think I need to eat more, but I don't always want to buy it...

Michelle@ Simplifiy, Live, Love said...

I think this is a great idea. A while back I made the same thing for each meal for about 3 weeks. It certainly simplified life, that's for sure! But mine did not allow for much creativity and it got boring. You can still have a lot of variety with your plan!