- Find the Fave-Five – These are the top five recipes you know your family will eat. This is your little black dress approach to meal planning. One dress, or one list, dozens of accessories, or sides that are mix and matchable.
- Create a “getting my grocery groove on” list extraordinaire – something that becomes a signature detailing ALL items you typically use in week. (I include paper products, personal items and cleaning potions.) Print this out and keep it handy to mark when you are out of something important. Your goal: Weekly trips to the grocery store, not numerous pop-ins for vital ingredients.
- Prior to your week; review the calendar =”-webkit-nbsp-mode: normal !important; margin-bottom: 0px; margin-left: 0px; margin-right: 0px; margin-top: 0px; padding-bottom: 0px; padding-left: 0px; padding-right: 0px; padding-top: 0px; word-wrap: normal !important;” xml:lang=”EN-US”>
– Who must be where, when and how many activities conflict with dinner. Here is where you go easy on yourself. Schedule in a taco night, or take-home Chinese, or a pizza and movie night. No one enjoys a martyr mom when it comes to mealtime.
- When you shop, only add to your “getting my grocery groove on” master list just what you need to make your week of planned meals. On super busy nights plan simpler meals, see a few examples below.
- Take a peek in your refrigerator, freezer and pantry, see what’s missing and add it to the list. If you have time, do a quick clean out of the fridge, tossing anything that looks like a penicillin-growing Petri dish, or an alien life form.
What’s 4 Dinner?
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