Part of why I like to menu plan is to take the schlep out of “what’s for dinner”. A small time investment over the weekend means I don’t have to waste time each day assessing what we have on hand or what needs to be used up (or worse still going to the shops every day). The plan means I can arrange to have the ingredients on hand, defrosted and ready to roll, so that whether M or I get home first we can get started without too much faff.
A great thing about doing a plan is it helps me make sure we have variety through the week (read: avoid serving chicken 4 nights in a row), as well as planning to use fresh items before they perish (I really hate to waste food).
Another way I manage the “what’s for dinners” and avoid getting stuck in a menu rut is inspiration and ideas from websites and blogs. Some of my go-to’s when I’m in need of some inspiration for the week:
- Healthy Aperture
- The Lean Green Bean
- pinch of yum
- the kitchn
- Everyday Food Magazine
- BBC Good Food Magazine
- Taste Magazine
- Cooking Light
- Eating Well
Laura from I’m an Organizing Junkie shares her weekly menu plan every Monday along with a linkshare at the end so others can also share what’s on their menus for the week. It’s a wonderful opportunity to keep your menu planning efforts on track week after week, as well as get some great ideas and recipes that come from reading the menus of the many other participants. Below is my menu plan for this week, I hope this inspires you or gives you some good ideas for your week.
Monday: mushroom and thyme crustless quiche with coleslaw
Tuesday: tuna lasagne and salad
What are your go to weeknight meals?