Once I ask if there's any kind of ideas for suppers (I do sometimes get ideas from Hubs but not too often, he eats anything I cook), I then take a quick look at what is already in the inventory. I check the deep freeze to see what kinds/cuts of meats - frozen veggies - butter stock (we only use butter in this house - kids are allergic to margarine, and I heard one time that margarine is the closest thing to plastic...true or not, we don't use it) - shredded cheese - and already prepared freezer meals. Then to the pantry, cupboards and fridge. I start there, then form a few meals out of what we already have and/or meals that only require a few items to be purchased. If I don't have grand ideas, then I hit up this pretty lady:
A meal idea binder. In here you will find an array of meals that our family will eat and enjoy. Even though there are a couple hundred ideas in here, we find that it feels like we just had it and are in need of something new. In comes...da-da-da...PINTEREST. Oh how I have a love/hate relationship with Pinterest. I pin a few meal ideas here and there, try them out, if we like them, we print off the recipe and slide it into the binder. If it's not one we're so wild about, I simply delete it off my 'Food' board. In this binder you will find ideas for breakfast, lunch, and dinner ideas are separated out into meat categories: beef, chicken, pork and seafood (we don't eat much of this but the occasional shrimp scampi never hurts). There's also a section for dessert ideas (LOVE making it, don't care to eat it that much), and a section for marinades/spices. In the very back of this binder you'll find two double-sided folders. They contain our grocery list sheet, meal calendar template, and coupons that need to be clipped. Here's a glimpse of what our meal planning station looks like:
Allow me to break it down for you:
You may (or may not) be wondering where I got the lovely printable grocery list and meal calendar sheets...well, we all know I didn't design them because posting on this blog is hard enough!!! I actually purchased (don't judge me) these off of Etsy.com, here is the link:
This site has numerous helpful templates for all sorts of organizing! Love the colors and style of them as well.
If you noticed, I titled this as being a Part 1. Well, my meal planning, grocery shopping and actual meal outcome is a few steps. So instead of making a super long post, I'm going to break it up.
*Side note: Target has Washi tape in their dollar bins. The Target I went to had only 2 rolls left in it, but if you're lucky, maybe you can grab up a few rolls for just a few bucks!*
**Another side note: I really do need to write peanut butter on my list.**
***And last side note: I have not figure out how to rotate pix, so please be patient - or turn your screen.***