A few months ago I worked full time for a few months and with that I needed to find a way to be more organized for meal time. I guess in some ways I am a little more old fashioned. While I do really enjoy going out to eat even that gets old too.
A friend on a forum that I am a member of once said she kept menus in a binder and used that to help be organized for meals and grocery shopping. so as i thought about what to do to be more organized I came up with a version that would work for me. I am not rigid about following this but it does save a lot of time and alleviates the "what's for supper" stress.
Ok, here we go. The first thing I did was get out some index cards and then just think of some of the meals we normally eat-- nothing new and nothing fancy. I did this for 20 meals.
On the fronts of the index card I wrote the meal and on the back of the card I wrote the ingredient list. Not nearly as hard as it may sound because ,remember , these are things we have eaten over and over and over. I also wanted to do grocery shopping every 2 weeks instead of weekly.
Here are a couple of examples:
Before grocery shopping I look through the cards and pick out 10 cards. I use these to make my list. I keep the cards in a zip lock baggie hanging on the fridge. In the mornings I can get out a card for the supper meal and know that I have the ingredients and if need be start to thaw the meat.
While this may sound time consuming it really isn't-- it is a big time saver. I can made my grocery list in 10 minutes for 2 weeks of food.
This may or may not work for anyone else but it saves me a little time that I can use for fun things. And of course nothing is ever written in stone-- we may eat out or we may have something not on the cards.
If anyone has another method tha tworks for them I would love to hear about it. I am always up for a timesaver.