No, this isn't me starting back with my weekly menu planning posts... sigh. But I am making a valiant effort to make better menu plans. My new tactic? Monthly Menu Planning!
See, here's my thinkin' - I will create a master list of favorite dishes, sides, lunches, bulk breakfast prep, the recipes and ingredient lists. Then every month I will create a 'plan' of meals (including sides). In the past I would create a plan for one week, but plans would change, or what I had just did not sound good at all at the time and was pushed back. This way, I can look at the list, see what's available and then pick what we want! I won't work out 31 meals exactly - because there will be times we eat out, have dinner with friends, last minute get-togethers, etc. But no worries... because I will still have to make lighter trips to the store for perishables and veggies.
Kudos to blogger "Life as Mom" = her blog is a big help! She is a planner and has some wonderful ideas, tips, make ahead recipes and freezer planning (which I will start featuring.) Be sure to check her out!
Now, my question for you.... any suggestions?!?! I want a nice Rolodex assortment of options! I will combine new and old, healthy and indulgent... and I want to be sure to have some dessert options on hand :) If I can get organized and work my way thru my freezer and pantry I think this will be a big help as I get closer to my due date and definitely while on maternity leave.
Thanks everyone - I look forward to hearing your suggestions!