Homemaking, Large Family

Large Family Meal Planning – Part 2

On to part 2 of our meal planning. This one is fairly simple, as long as you don’t over think it.

Step 2 –

Make a list of the meals you would like to eat.

So easy. I start with my homemaking binder, which includes all my recipes. I have also made a list at the beginning of my recipes of breakfasts, lunches, dinners and desserts that I make often. I will look through that list and write down any meals that I want to include on the menu I am making. If you are planning for a week, aim for 7 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 7 dinners. If you are planning for a month you could try for 30-31 of each meal, or do 15 of each and have it twice that month.

Next, I get on the internet, usually on Pinterest, and write down any new recipes I want to try.

I do try to plan for breakfasts, lunches and dinners, plus any special snacks I would like for that week. I used to only plan dinners, but I am finding that since I have 6 kids to feed plus a husband who is home some days for lunch, it is so much easier for me to plan breakfasts and lunches so that I have the items on hand to make meals for them. Otherwise we end up scrounging around for food. I also notice that when I don’t make a good filling meal, the kids will be hungry all morning or afternoon, constantly asking for a snack. So its just best for me to plan all meals of the day.

Now that you have your list of meals you would like to have, make a grocery list from the recipes. Be sure you check your freezer and pantry for items first before adding them to your list.

I am a pencil and paper person. I like to use paper and pencil to make lists. For my meal planning, I have found several free, cute, blank menus on Pinterest that I simply print and fill in. Here are a few you might enjoy:

This one is for one week, it includes breakfast, lunch, dinner and snack for each day.

http://jennycollier.com/printable-menu-jenny-collier-tulsa-photographer/

This one is for five weeks. It is simple but looks nice. Probably a good one to use when you are only planning dinners.

http://picklebums.com/montly-menu-plan/

This next one is for one month. It can be edited on the computer rather than hand written.

http://www.noordinarymomentsblog.com/2012/01/monthly-menu-planner-editable-pdf.html

Find the one you like, print it off and save it for next time…

 

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