Lately, I've been trying to do up a menu plan before I do the shopping list. It helps me to buy only what I need and, usually, reduces the amount of wasted food and time spent standing in front of the pantry/fridge scratching my head wondering what I'm going to cook.
My menu plan usually gets chopped and changed and, depending on what's happening in our hectic schedule, it can look very different at the end of the week to what was planned at the beginning of the week.
For example, this is what my menu plan looks like today:
- Monday: Steamed Fish with Asian Greens
- Tuesday: Chicken and Leek Pie (this is a new favourite website of mine, a Kidspot Top 5 Blogger)
- Wednesday: New Potato Spinach and Feta Frittata and Salad
- Thursday: Beef Burgundy and Rice*
- Friday: Caramelised Chicken Cutlets with Rice and Stir-Fried Vegetables*
- Saturday: Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie*
- Sunday: Curried Sausages with Rice
- Monday: Swimming lessons = Pasta mixed with canned chicken soup and melted cheese on top
- Tuesday: Tennis lessons = Cheap Tuesday pizza
- Wednesday: Soccer training = Fried egg sandwiches
- Thursday: More soccer training = Pasta with passata mixed with beef mince and called bolognese
- Friday: Exhausted after busy week = Meat pies and chips
- Saturday: Two lots of soccer games during the day = 2-min noodles
- Sunday: It's Sunday = Fish fingers, mac and cheese with frozen peas (if they are lucky, the peas have been thawed in the microwave).
I'm working on it, and if it wasn't for the fact that I am at least trying to plan our menu, it would look like the second version every week of the year.
Do you have any useful tips for weekly meal planning or are you a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants kind of person?
* I might share the recipe for this with you, if it ever comes to pass.