This has been requested more times than I can count, and I apologize for taking a bit longer to get it all typed up and posted! Its been really busy around here and I haven’t been home much! (I’m actually typing this from my mother’s bedroom!)
Where to begin…
My family is picky.
And when I say picky, I don’t think any of you realize exactly how picky I mean. Nick suffers from a form of anxiety related to food, so he is only able to eat very specific foods that he is comfortable with, and my children are all complete opposites when it comes to their likes and dislikes. Me? I’ll at anything as long as its vegan. So planning meals is a full time job it seems. (Grocery shopping for it all is the worst)
So as I posted in my last blog post, I use my planner for everything. Including this terrible task.
My Erin Condren Life Planner (sold here) is my savior. In the back of this planner there are several lined and blank note pages, which I take full advantage of for meal planning. I have developed a pretty awesome system (if I do say so myself) and I hope that this helps out others the way that it has helped me!
What I do is use sticky page flags (like these here) and color code them. I use yellow flags for main dishes, pink flags for side dishes, orange flags for breakfast foods, and blue for leftover nights. (The blue are my favorite!) I then write all of the meals directly on the page flags.
(I tend to not plan lunch because it really varies from day to day. My children aren’t big lunch eaters as they tend to graze from breakfast to dinner.)
How do I use the page flags?
I use a blank page in my notes section to keep them organized, and the other pages for some recipes. I line the page flags up by color like so:
Then as I plan each week, I place the page flags on the days that I plan to cook those meals. (Shown below) That way, it makes creating a grocery list SO easy. All I have to do is look at the week, write down the ingredients, add whatever else we may need for that week, and its done! No more
“What do you want for dinner?!”
“I don’t know!!!”
It really has made breakfast, dinner, and grocery shopping so much more simple. And once that week is over, I place the page flags back into the note section of my planner, and begin again for the next week!
So there you have it! Its so simple, yet so helpful when it comes to planning dinners for a large family, and all it takes is some page flags and a calendar.
I hope this has helped you!!