How to get a consistent, easy way to plan meals? Ready?
Plan your dinners based on the meats. We started with Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey. Repeat. This makes it easy. For example, Beef could mean anything: hamburgers or spaghetti or steak. Chicken can mean sauteed chicken breasts or roast chicken, chicken legs or chicken curry. Pork can mean pork burgers or breakfast for dinner (bacon and pancakes) or cooked into a Mexican dish. Are you getting the idea here? If you have your rotation mapped out, your week is planned, and then you can figure out based on what is in your cupboards what that will look like specifically for dinner.
Now, our 7 night plan is usually: Sunday – Beef, Monday – Pork, Tuesday – Chicken, Wednesday – Liver (hold that thought – I will explain why we do liver in another post:) ), Thursday – Turkey, Friday – Fish or Beans, Saturday – leftovers or soup. In the winter, I like to make a big pot of soup during the week, and then it is ready to go for Saturday.
I typically map out the meat plan once a week. Then I figure out the meals for the day either the night before or the morning of the new day. Our weekends tend to be full of family time. This can mean either busy or slow. Both ways, I don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen away from the action or relaxation, so I like to use all our leftovers on the weekends.
Does this help? Did I mention a dinner dish you would like to get the recipe for? I’d love to hear from you in the comments!!!
~ Savvy Food Mama