Menu planning saves you time and money. No more running
out every night to pick something up for dinner. No more ordering out for pizza
and Chinese three times a week or standing in front of the freezer going, "I have
no idea what to fix tonight."
You can either make a menu plan once a week,
make a month full of menus at a time and rotate or make up to three months worth
of menus. You can just make dinner plans or plan breakfast and lunch, too. Just
choose a plan that suits your needs.
- Gather all your favorite
recipes, your cookbooks and menu plans torn from magazines. You can get suggestions
from the family of their favorite recipes. Below are some links to different menu
plans and recipes.
- Now decide what kinds of foods to have each day to
get a variety. Monday can be soup and sandwiches, Tuesday can be chicken. Then
there's fish, beef, casseroles, pasta and leftovers. You can include a kid's cook
night or have an eat out night on a busy evening.
- Plan your menus. Take
a sheet of paper and use it to chart out your menu plan for the week or month.
Or use this Weekly
Menu Planner. Next to Monday you may have tomato soup, grilled cheese sandwiches,
carrots and broccoli with dip. Tuesday might be grilled chicken, tossed salad,
rice and green beans. If you like experimenting, you can choose one night a month
to try a new recipe.
- Next time you go grocery shopping you just take
out your menu plan and write down the ingredients you need. You can also make
a master grocery list on the computer if you think that would help you.
Here are some links designed to help you plan your meals.
Kitchenlink has tons
of recipes and has a menu plan at Surf for your Supper
Recipes Daily meal, special occasions, thousands of recipes
Cooks Menus, make ahead meals, freezer meals, fast meals
by Numbers Tell them what's in your pantry or fridge and they come up with
some recipes for you
Crocker has several different weekly menu plans like gourmet, kids and fast
Meals for You
Huge assortment of recipes, menu plans like international, lighter fare and vegetarian
plus a grocery list maker
Menu Plans and recipes
grocery list from Digital Women I love this because all you do is print it,
check off what you need then add to it if you have to
List software Free download
Planning with Excel let your computer count calories, etc. for you
Once a Month Cooking
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