Monthly Meal Planning System
I want to be efficient with my time! So, a major focus for this quarter has been creating good systems that allow me to make the most of my time.
One area where I needed a new system was with my meal planning. We previously did our meal planning weekly, but I always found myself STUCK because I couldn’t figure out what to make each week. I felt like we were in the same pattern, eating the same thing week after week. So, I started thinking about a different way to do our meal planning. And, I created the perfect system for us…a monthly meal planning system! Here’s how it works:
#1: Create Daily Dinner Themes
Identify a type of meal or meat that you’d like to have each day of the week. Here’s what we decided on:
- Monday – Soup (or Grill)
- Tuesday – Mexican
- Wednesday – Instant Pot
- Thursday- Chicken
- Friday- Pizza
- Saturday – Beef
- Sunday – New Recipe
#2: Create a monthly calendar
Once I knew the type of meal that we’d have each day, it made it really easy to assign our typical meals to a specific day. Then, I had fun going through my favorite recipes, cookbooks, and Pinterest pins to create a menu for the month. I know that it sounds like a lot, but it was actually really fast! I did the entire plan for the month in less than an hour. The initial work is done, so I can easily recycle the monthly menu from month to month and no one in my family has even noticed!
#3: Plan ahead
Now that I know the meal plan for the month, it makes it really easy to plan ahead. For example, we purchase our meat from local farmers, so now that I know exactly what meat I need to order for the month. Plus, now that I’m not creating a menu every week, I have more time to meal prep.
I love that this new (to us) monthly meal planning system is allowing me to be more efficient with my time!
I’d love to hear from you! Do you have a meal planning system that you love? Leave a comment below and tell me all about it!