Today is Monday and I am going to do what I said I was going to do…I am going to plan my meals for the week. I have a cup of my favorite coffee, I have my supplies…I am ready to get started.
I use to write my meal plan out in my daily planner but I believe this is one reason I got off track before. It was an out of sight, out of mind kind of thing. I decided this time to go with a magnetic notepad that I can put on the front of my refrigerator…right in front of my face!
#1 large divided notepad to write out my menus – this way I can see at a glance what is going on for the week, as well as, what meat I need to pull out of the freezer when.
#1 small notepad to write out my shopping list – this also goes on the refrigerator so we can easily write down an item we use up during the week.
I also realized that I already have quite a bit of food on hand between my pantry and my deep freeze. HOWEVER, this is what my deep freeze looks like…
Yikes! who knows what is in that unorganized mess. I do know that there is nothing older than a year in there…only because we lost all our food in a four-day power outage when hurricane Irene came through at the end of August last year.
I started searching the internet for the perfect freezer inventory printable and while I was doing that I came across this blog post by Amy Bayliss at Cajun Joie de Vivre, Creative Organization: Organize Foods in the Deep Freezer w/ Printables.
Love her ideas on organizing a freezer without the use of an inventory list!
Goals For The Week:
- Organize my deep freeze using Amy Bayliss’ method
- Make a menu based on the food I already have
Menu Plan for the Week:
Monday ~ Taco Salad with Guacamole Salad
Tuesday ~ Thai Chicken Pasta with garden salad
Wednesday ~ Leftovers
Thursday ~ Pork Chop Casserole w long grain rice
Friday ~ O.T. E (we are going out to eat with friends)
Saturday ~ Homemade pizza (sauce)
Sunday ~ Whole fryer (cooked in crock-pot) with mashed potatoes and Weeknight Dinner Rolls
Anybody else tackle meal planning this week? How do you keep track of your menu?