As I looked over some of my menus for the last few weeks, I realized I was seeing a trend. I serve the same type of item each week. While I haven’t yet repeated a dish (I think), I have repeated the type each week.
The categories/types of dinners are:
- Meat with one or two side dishes
- Sandwiches and sides
- Pasta or rice main dish
- Breakfast for dinner
- Crockpot/soup/stew item
- Pizza (introduced this week, but will probably be a regular)
To make my weekly meal planning a lot simpler, I could pick a dish from each category. That way, I know I’m not being too repetitive, but I still can balance out the prices of the week’s menu. The day I serve meat as the main dish will cost more than the breakfast night, but it all balances out.
I go grocery shopping on Thursdays, and I plan my weekly menus before I go. I post my weekly menus on Mondays, in case you’re interested.
So this week, I’m going to follow that rough outline and see if it makes meal planning a little faster.