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Make Meal Planning Easier with a Rotating Meal Plan

If I had a dollar for every time I’ve thought “I have no idea what to put on next week’s meal plan” I’d have a lot of dollars…. like enough to pay for eating out everyday and not having to worry about meal planning! πŸ™‚ Let’s face it, as much as I love meal planning and how it organizes my life while saving us money – it IS just one more job to do. It adds a certain amount of stress to my weekly home obligations that I would prefer to avoid if possible.
Thankfully there is a perfect fix available – a rotating meal plan calendar. (Check out our Rotating Meal Plan board on Pinterest if you’d like a few inspirational ideas.) Fortunately starting a rotating meal plan calendar for your family isn’t very difficult – so there is really no good excuse for the fact that I still haven’t finished making mine, argh. To get started follow these simple steps:
  1. List out at least 14 meals your family loves. The number of meals you list determines how often you rotate your meal plan. For example, a list of 14 meals means that your family will rotate and eat the same things exactly every two weeks. If you can come up with a list of 30 meals then you’ll only eat the same meal once a month. Make sense?
  2. Group your list of meals based on perishable ingredients. I hate to waste food or not use something up before it goes bad – for that reason I like to purposely plan to eat meals that require similar perishable ingredients close together. (Note: I say perishable because things that can be stored for long periods of time are not a problem to keep around. I freeze butter milk for example, but items like sour cream I prefer to use up right away.) A great example in our family is sour cream – I like to clump quiche and a mexican meal close together so that we use up the entire tub of sour cream.
  3. Post your schedule for the family to see. No more children (or spouses!) asking “what’s for dinner?” The menu for the upcoming days & weeks will always be visible for everyone to see.
  4. Looking for extra credit? As you make your grocery list each week based on the meal plan ahead – create a neat copy, that way you’ll never need to create a new shopping list for that week’s food again. Since you’ll eat the same food again in a few weeks you can just reuse the same grocery list – talk about a serious time saver!
What are you waiting for?! Get out a pen & paper and start listing out your families favorites right now. You’re just a few steps away from a rotating meal plan that will please the whole family, save you time & money. Happy Meal Planning! πŸ™‚

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