“What’s for tea” – The words that you dread to hear coming out of your family’s mouth every day. Or they are the same words you say to yourself throughout the day when you are tackling 101 other things. This is why I needed to start meal planning.
Last week on the Organised Jo Facebook page I showed a picture of how I do my shopping list. I also showed how I start planning meals for the week. This is what gave me the inspiration for this weeks post.
I don’t do anything fancy. All I need is a blank piece of paper. This can be the backs of envelopes, the back of a letter from school or a lined piece of paper.
I then add a range of titles which help me group together what I need to find at the supermarket. My titles are below but you may have others you want to add. Mine include:
- Store – as in Store Cupboard
I then also write in one of the bottom corners the days of the week between our shopping day and the next one. Here I write what we will be having for tea every day.
Due to shifts and the girls clubs who is in the house for tea changes every week. So before I start deciding what meals we are having I go through the following routine:
- Look at what is already in the cupboards
- Look at the calendar to see who’s in
- See what shifts the hubby’s working
- What after school clubs the girls have got going on
- I also look at the girls school lunch menu to see what they are having on the days they have hot dinners – i.e. Friday is swimming lessons so the girls have a hot lunch (which is usually fish) so tea will be something snacky (sandwiches, eggs on toast, that kind of thing).
I then plan the meals, adding the ingredients that we need to the shopping list as I go along. This also helps because if we are having a roast on a Sunday then I will probably do something with mash a few days later to make sure we use up a full bag of potatoes (why don’t they do smaller bags, I can never use a whole bag!!! – moan over)
When the tea’s for the week are sorted I then look to see that we have enough breakfast and packed lunch things in the house and add what we need to the list. And off to the shops I go, list in hand and what feels like 1,000 bags for life to bring it all home in!!
Now, to make sure we don’t forget what’s for tea, and whoever is home from work first knows what to start cooking, I add our meal plans to the calendar that we have hung up in the kitchen. This year we are sporting a very fetching Sarah & Duck five coloumn calendar.
What I like about these calendars is that it shows the whole month on one page and that it has the columns, one for each of us and the fifth for writing in our planned meals for the week.
This system has worked for us for a long time now but I would love to know how you manage your meal planning, please leave your comments below. I would, also love to hear if this post has given you some ideas and helped you feel a little bit more organised at what is normally a stressful/tired/teasey time of day.
Lets get organised