I'm shaking it up folks! This year the monthly meal plans haven't been working too well for us. For one reason or another we haven't ended up making the things I had planned out. Our schedules have been crazy busy with a lot of things going on.
Another thing that has happened is me. My tastes are changing as I am focusing more on healthy eating to improve health and well being. One of the biggest changes I've made has been to incorporate more plant based meals and fewer meat dishes. Sometimes I end up creating two meals to fill up the kids and take care of me.
The girls and I talked about it and we've decided, in order not to work poor Mom to death we would divide and conquer. From now on, I'll be doing my grocery shopping bright and early on Saturday mornings. It is just too hectic to stop after work and shop. And honestly, after a long day of work, I'm tired and just want to go home.
We have loads of food in the house so there are plenty of good options stockpiled away. I'm going to focus most of my shopping on produce and a few supplemental and sales items.
|With this template the menu plan is on the left|
and the shopping list for the following week is on the right
Based on what I buy on Saturday I will map out the meals for the week ahead meaning I'll be using my Weekly Menu Planner now. This is a huge change for me. I'll probably do two or three weeks at a time, but then go back and tweak them once I've done my actual shopping.
Lastly, if the girls decide they don't like what I'm fixing for meals then they will take over the responsibility of creating something else. They are excited about it and I'm excited for them. I'm sure this will give them loads of good meal planning and cooking experience.
|Nachos w/ homemade guacamole|
Of course, I'll be sharing all of our culinary creations with you. Not sure yet what the format will be exactly, but I'll come up with something. I'll also be posting recipes too, so be sure to look for those.
I'm pretty excited about this. I definitely am looking forward to giving it a try.