Your preferred cooking method will determine how you will menu plan. For our family I cook once a month with occasional days in there when I will make a special meal. I will see what we have in our freezer, fridge, and pantry and then pull out enough recipes to plan out a menu for a month. That alone takes less than an hour for a month or two of meals!
Choose which length of menu you will create:
If you are opting to plan out weekly menus, it is as simple as taking 10-15 minutes at the beginning of the week to see what foods you have on hand and find recipes that will work with your schedule that week. It will amaze you how those 10 or 15 minutes saves you hours throughout the month!
I always suggest looking through your cabinets, fridge, and freezer before coming up with a menu plan. Menu planning is an effective way to make sure that you use all of the food you purchased before it expires or goes bad. No more finding yucky molded, overly expired food months down the road only to throw it in the trash. Now that you have a plan, you can be assured that you will use all of your food before it expires!
Once you determine the length of menus you will be making, be sure to create a master list so that you can easily scan your list to see which meals you will be making that week. Also, make sure to print our any recipes that you will be needing so they will be handy when it’s time to make dinner.
Make sure to print our Menu Plan Master List!
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