Her eyes got huge as they scanned our heavily laden pantry shelves.
“WOW! Your pantry looks a lot different than mine!”
Maybe it was the 14 bags of coffee, or the plastic baskets filled with cans, or perhaps it was the 6 cases of seltzer water.
But here’s the deal, girls: we live almost an hour away from the grocery store AND I take all three small children with me when we make our weekly pilgrimage.
So, planning and strategizing are crucial. Oh, and coffee. Please and thank you!!!
Here’s the low-down:
I start with a menu template. (Right now, I’m using one that I made myself, but I have used others that I found online like: The Project Girl’s Printable)
For me right now, I plan out all three meals per day, but I don’t necessarily follow each day exactly. For instance, I may plan to have ham and noodles and green beans for Tuesday, but when Tuesday rolls around, I really feel like having Friday’s chicken pot pie instead. No biggie. Friday we’ll have ham.
Pinterest has been a wonderful source of inspiration for new recipes to keep our menu plan fresh, and I have a board for each season. (Find me on Pinterest…you can look me up under Kelly Canfield or impacteternity1). Right now I’m using my AUTUMN and BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE boards.
I also have some great cookbooks that I refer to, but honestly…I don’t have a lot of time. I’m guessing that you don’t either. So usually it’s Pinterest and whatever sounds good on the day that I’m menu planning.
Do you get stumped with breakfast and lunch ideas? I sure do! So, I have a Pinterest board for each of those, too, if we get sick of the good old stand by rotation. In case you’re curious as to what we usually have, here’s a few examples:
- Smoothie and Toast
- Hashbrowns and Eggs
- Bacon and French Toast
- Instant Oatmeal and Banana
- Pancakes and Sausage
- Bagels or Toast and Cream Cheese
- Cold Cereal and Milk
- Box Macaroni and Cheese with veggie sticks
- English Muffin Pizzas and veggie sticks
- Leftovers from dinner
- Peanut butter and apple with crackers
- Grilled cheese with apple slices
- Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with bananas
So there it is, friends! Nothing too extraordinary, but it gets the job done!
What’s your battle plan when it comes to meal planning?