So, how are you feeling after that whole monthly menu planning post last week? You hanging in there? I hope so! It’s takes some time and extra thought the first time around, but practice makes perfect, so practice away! Whether you are using weekly or monthly menu planning, you are perfectly set up to participate in Freezer February. What is Freezer February, you ask? Well, it’s the month when you base all of your meals off of things you already have on hand (in the freezer, hence the name, or the pantry…) so you can use up your old food and make room for new, in-date food. Basically, you are using menu planning to take care of the chore of cleaning out the freezer, fridge, and pantry, which you should be doing at least once a year so you don’t unknowingly poison anyone with food that’s wayyyy past its prime.
You are now pretty well prepared for weekly menu planning and should be practicing everything you’ve learned so far as you write your menu and grocery list each week. Practice makes perfect, so you’re on the right track – yay! As you practice, though, you should consider this: are you better off sharing your weekly menu with your spouse/kids or better off keeping it to yourself? For some of you, this will be a no brainer in one direction or the other, but for others, you may need to weigh the pros and cons. With that in mind, here are the pros and cons to sharing your weekly menu that I’ve thought of so far:Continue Reading
Last week we discussed adding variation to your menus. One of the ways I mentioned is through seasonal eating. This is really the best way to add variation because by eating fresh, local produce you get more nutrients from your food (as they were harvested more recently) and you don’t get sick of any one thing because they phase in and out of season throughout the year. The one pitfall to committing 100% to seasonal eating is that if you have a craving for something out of season, you may have to wait a long time to have it. I’m a big believer of all things in moderation, though, so you could just have that one thing and then go back to eating seasonally – no harm, no foul!
Welcome back to week 5 of Menu Plan Monday! So far we’ve covered:
The next step is building variation into your weekly menu so you don’t eat the same foods over and over again. Life is so much happier when you really enjoy what you’re eating, and as they say, “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” Build variation into your weekly menus so you’ll enjoy each meal more!Continue Reading
This is the fourth post of a series where I will be sharing with you my menu for the week, along with a few helpful menu planning tidbits throughout the summer.
Welcome back for week 4 of the Menu Plan Monday series! Here’s a little recap of what I’ve covered so far:
Week 2: Why I meal plan
If you are new to the series, make sure you go back and read the previous posts so you can have all the info. If you’ve been keeping up, those posts are there for your reference whenever you need them! This week we will be covering how to plan for breakfast, lunch, and snacks including what to do with leftover meals and ingredients.Continue Reading