Friday, November 5, 2010

Meal Planning

Now that I'm a mom of two, I feel like my days should be more professional.  Maybe intentional is a better word.  I have a lot of abstract ideas about what that means, and slowly they are coming into focus.  And I've taken my first action.

Meal planning.  I've read so many blogs about meal planning, but I still don't really understand how they do it.  They all say to plan meals around what's on sale.  But the sale ads don't tell you everything that's on sale.  And much of what they DO say about sales involve sophisticated things like rib-eye steaks and pork loins.  Pretty much things my family doesn't eat because even on sale, it's not in the budget.  I'll be honest: we eat ground beef, chicken and the occasional pork chop.  That's about it.  So the whole concept of planning around sales still baffles me.

Before the baby was born, I was getting pretty good about planning meals a week at a time. I loved having a plan.  I believe it has saved us from eating mac and cheese every week.  But I want to go beyond that.  So the other day, I sat down and made a meal plan for the next four weeks.  That's right...a month's worth of meals, set out on paper. 

Also before the baby was born, I stockpiled a little bit to get us through my recovery.  However, my husband and I are on the worship team at church, and our dear friends from the worship team have provided us with quite a few meals, so my stockpile has been sitting pretty.  So I planned most of the meals around what I already have.  I think this will allow me to buy only what's on sale and then plan the next four weeks around that.  I hope this works.  Maybe I should have tested this theory before sharing it with the world.  I'll let you know if it fails.

Seeing that meal plan on the fridge makes me feel a little more intentional about taking care of the family.  The plan was done in pencil, so I'm not locked in, but I don't think I'll stray from it too much.

Do any of you meal plan?  Do you meal plan based on sales?  Do you have any meals that you make every month just because it's that good?  I'd love to hear about it.

1 comment:

  1. Good for you, Tori! I do meal plan- though it looks a lot like what you describe. I buy some things on sale (ground beef, cereal, fruit) but mostly just shop cheap. I agree that it is a relief to know what to make and that I have everything for it. A little peace of mind goes a long way!