I scrapped menu planning during the summer, and it worked great. Late nights, last minute plans, garden produce. Not having a plan just fits the way we live in the summertime.
Once September arrived and school started, it’s a different story. If I don’t make a plan for dinner, I feel like I’m constantly scrambling at the last minute to pull something together. Meal times feel chaotic because they are often late. And then there’s the whole grocery budget. When I don’t regularly menu plan, I spend more on food because I am either running to the grocery store for a handful of ingredients or we are eating out more often.
Menu planning just makes good sense for a bunch of different reasons. So I am back on the wagon and determined to stay there for the rest of this year. Join me! Once you have a system that works for your family, I guarantee you will notice a difference.
Here’s what’s for dinner at my house this week:
Monday — Pizza Night, green salads
Wednesday — Dinner with Friends (I’m making No Knead Bread)
Thursday — Hearty Tortellini Soup, leftover bread, salad
Friday — Homemade Chicken & Noodles, green salad
Saturday — Leftovers
Sunday — Dinner Out (and my first Blazer game ever!)
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What are you making for dinner this week? Be sure to leave a link to any recipes in the comments!
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