I’ve been trying to have a weekly menu of meals posted on our little kitchen board. I’ve done it for few months now, and it’s not that hard, really. I don’t remember exactly when I started, but I think sometime last spring. When I do have the menu, everything goes so much smoother. From the beginning of the day, knowing what we’ll eat for dinner, knowing if I should prep anything, or get the crock pot ready, defrost any foods… so much easier.
And I actually enjoy going through my notebook of recipes, recipes torn from magazines, or looking through the many cookbooks we own, and the many others we have from the library. I do really enjoy planning our meals. It’s just a matter of sitting down and doing it. I should do it more often, so it turns into our routine.
And one more thing. I never thought of doing this.
To keep a record of the frozen foods you have in the freezer. Wow! What a great idea, isn’t it?
Well, Mark as he was preparing a bunch of foods the other day, to keep in the freezer for later use, he first organized our freezer. Oh my! How cool is all that! Bringing up the idea of “meal planning”, planning the actual meals, getting the meat cuts we needed, making the recipes, packaging them, labeling them, putting them away in the freezer… I love this husband of mine. He is so awesome. Not only in having this great idea and coming through with it awesome, but in so many other ways. Oh… I’m so lucky.
I don’t think we’ve ever done this much organizing in that freezer in the 15 years or so, we’ve had it. Today, is looking good. We did clean it and defrost it and kept it unplugged while we were in India, but not organized like this while using it. What a great idea. So far, I’ve been able to find everything we’ve needed, and it looks good. I like that.
Mark said that day, as he’s packaging the meats with the marinades, he was writing also what we have in the freezer. He was writing a list to put in the door, so we can check what we have, and check off when we took something out. I thought he was so smart! And even smarter by actually doing it! Oh man.
Even though the days have passed too fast since this original plan was mentioned, and we’ve used already foods from the freezer, we’ll have to count the foods again to make this list accurate again. We’ll work on it. I think it might make our meal planning a whole lot easier. I like it. And I think we should do it.
What do you do to make your meal planning easier?