A menu plan is your roadmap to getting your family fed during the week ahead. You need one, even if you think you don’t.
I’ve been fighting this for quite some time.
My thought process
I don’t need a menu plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. My husband and I work outside the home. Our son eats breakfast at home, packs lunch for school, and eats an afternoon snack at home. Our daughter eats all meals at Grandma’s house (although I purchase and send food to Grandma’s for the week, on Mondays).
So, I just plan dinners. Then, when it’s time for breakfast, lunch, and snacks, we run out of things before it’s time to go the grocery store again.
Why I DO need a menu plan
If I don’t make a menu plan for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, I run out of food. If my menu plan only includes dinners, and that’s all I buy supplies for…what are we going to eat for breakfast and lunch? I still have to take lunch to work. My husband usually takes leftovers.
How to make a weekly menu plan
I typically have most of the makings for dinners on-hand, at all times.
Write down what you would like to serve / need to cover each meal.
Check the refrigerator, freezer, and cupboards for what you already have.
TIP: If you buy the same things, repeatedly, for breakfast and lunch, stock up when they’re on sale.
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